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Fishing Charter Prices – Up to 6 Anglers

4 Hours1-2 Anglers$375.00
6 Hours1-2 Anglers$575.00
8 Hours1-2 Anglers$775.00
Each Additions Angler Each$75.00
Fish Cleaning$35.00

Max of 6 anglers per charter.

Fishing Charter’s include all needed Rods, Reels, Tackle, and onboard water and soft drinks!

Gratuities are greatly appreciated!

Call me to Plan and schedule your trip!

314-783-6882 CaptainMikeDoll@gmail.com

GRATUITY GUIDELINES FOR FISHING GUIDES AND STAFF

You hire a professional fishing guide to help you have a great day on the water. After all, the guide has the knowledge, skill, equipment and local history to ensure your day on a river or lake is the best it can be. So, what happens at the end of a day of great fishing when you park the boat and step out of lake or river? You take pictures, clean and package your catch, prepare to part ways with the guide who has worked his heart out, tied dozens of hooks and baits onto your line, given great advice on how to’s for your lake fishing needs in the future, shared beverages, and even managed to get a great photo of you and your catch just before and after your catch. That’s right, you pull out the wallet and reward the effort.

TIPPING YOUR GUIDE IS LIKE TIPPING YOUR SERVER

When you go to a restaurant for dinner, you know the expectations when it comes to tipping. Some people tip at the low end around 10 percent, and about 20 percent toward the upper end. Some anglers might not think anything of putting a $20 tip on a $100 bill, even though the time spent taking care of you during the meal is measured in minutes and your server’s time is split among several tables. Put that same person in a guide boat for four to eight solid hours under the hot sun and suddenly 20 percent seems like a not lot of money, remember you have your guide’s undivided attention for the entire four to eight hours.

ANGLERS REMAIN CONFUSED ABOUT TIPPING

When you book with an independent guide, you know that the owner is the one doing all the work. He is also the one making the boat payment, and guide and boat insurance payments, liability, repair responsibility, and filling it with gas, providing high-end gear and tackle, cleaning boats and boat docks, he tips the local lodge deck hands for their help and use of space, and shopping for the beverages.

If you pick the right guide and play your cards just right, you might also become a better angler by listening to what the guide says about how to read what the fish are doing right now, reading electronics, safe boating and boat position, casting, lining rods and tying baits, what baits to use in what conditions and terrain, and other skills. A tip in this case shows the guide you appreciated the service and recognize his many years of experience. It also shows you want him to be in business next year so you can book with him again.

Fishing pros are paid a base wage that probably doesn’t pay the bills.  Not unlike the server in a restaurant, a guide expects a tip as part of his or her income.

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU TIP YOUR GUIDE?

What is an appropriate tip? In many cases, you can follow the same standard you would in many other tipping situations. Reward your guide with about 20 percent for ok service, more if you’re really happy and can afford it. If you’re not thrilled with the service, drop it down to about 15 percent. If you’re bad at math and/or don’t want to mess with it, you can tip about $70 to $150 per day depending on how long, how attentive the guide was, how hard he worked, and whether he was friendly and tried to meet your needs.

It’s also important to remember, no matter how much you paid for your day on the water, there are many factors the guide can’t control. Bad weather, changes in water flow rates, temperature, rain — all can conspire to ruin a good day of fishing. Your guide’s job is to work hard for you and if he busted tail all day and you still didn’t manage to catch the number of fish you expected, that’s not really his fault any more than it’s your server’s fault if the food doesn’t taste good or is not cooked to your liking.

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