Taking guests on your boat.

7/7/14 @ 7:54 PM
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TTESOX
TTESOX
USER since 6/20/01
Just wondering, if you invite people to fish with you is it wrong to expect anything in return?? Before I had my boat I would always offer to pay for launch fee, gas or lunch/dinner if someone took me out, now I pay for my trucks' gas towing to lake, gas/oil for boat, beer/snacks and launch fee, am I wrong to at least expect an offer?? Comments welcome... Speechless
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7/27/14 @ 12:00 PM
MuskyHunter
MuskyHunter
USER since 6/17/01
Buddy of mine owns a big charter boat. 40ft+ and twin 454s. He said we can fish all we want, just gotta pay for fuel. Typically $30-40 a guy per trip. Very nice price, esp with all the room we have and all the top equipment. I'm always willing to run rods and help with boat maintenance. I get a kick out of guys who see $550 for up to 6 people for a charter and then ask well how much for 3 guys?

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7/25/14 @ 4:22 PM
irishman46
irishman46
USER since 3/23/12
I and a couple friends go out on Lake Michigan with a few friends with bigger boats,all met on LL.We always kick in $20/25 each.It's a small price to pay for something so enjoyable.If going to an inland lake with a bud we just split cost,whose ever boat is used.It's the right thing to do,and I would expect the same.

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7/25/14 @ 12:19 PM
Mr.Bass1984
Mr.Bass1984
USER since 6/12/10
Watchinbobbers -

My guess is the outrageous launch fee is from somewhere in the flatland near the Chain O' Lakes. I'm pretty sure the launch fee for Bangs Lake is something like $25 or $30. It's pretty damn ridiculous.

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7/25/14 @ 8:31 AM
Fishercreek
Fishercreek
USER since 10/2/05
If someone asks if I am going fishing and asks to come along or says "when are we going fishing?", an offer to chip in for the launch fee, gas, or offer to bring food or drinks is the polite thing for them to do.

If I call someone and say "I am going out- Do you want to come along?" I expect nothing as I asked them to come along. If they offer, great, if not, great-I was going with or without them. If I am asked along by another I always offer something in return-That is how I was raised and what I believe in. I have fished with others who invite themselves along or beg to go fishing and offer nothing. After a couple of trips like that, I won't take them again.

I have a friend who offers to chip in every time, even though he knows I will say don't worry about it. He has gotten wise and brings food and beverages, or bait, or beats me to the launch fee envelope, or pays for the gas when ever he can beat me to the cashier.

On the other hand, I have a brother-in-law who used to invite himself and never chip in, and he no longer gets sets foot on my boat.

Those who run their own boats and fish with friends or others on another boat, definitely are better about chipping in as they realize the associated costs.

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7/25/14 @ 6:01 AM
Watchinbobbers
Watchinbobbers
USER since 6/30/10
Where are you paying 25$ for a launch fee? In my area they range from 3$ to 6$.

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7/25/14 @ 1:20 AM
poorboy1
poorboy1
USER since 1/12/11
If I buy the bait, fill the boat and truck with gas, pay a launch fee of anywhere from $15-$25 I would expect the other person to offer up some kind money to help defer the costs.

Fishing a hot bite from anywhere 5-7 days straight can get kinda expensive and I think it's only fair that the person who is fishing with you shares on the expenses. The guys who I have fished with in the past and never even offered are left at home to read my fishing reports .....

Poorboy

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7/9/14 @ 3:39 PM
ayeFeesh
ayeFeesh
USER since 5/17/11
If you invite them they owe you nothing. Should they offer? Yes, they should just to be courteous and you should have the decency not to accept it.

Unless its a big trip. Then I will say right up front, do you want to go fish XXX and split the gas? If they say yes, then I expect gas money.

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7/9/14 @ 11:49 AM
luv2fish<3
luv2fish<3
USER since 4/23/14
When I invite someone to go with me I don't expect anything. The offers are always there which is nice but the way I look at it is I'm going anyways so I would be burning up the expenses that go with it regardless. However if I'm invited to go with someone I do offer just common curtesy. Cool

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7/9/14 @ 11:01 AM
lakeshiner
lakeshiner
USER since 7/20/09
Depends where you fish too. Going casting on an inland lake might cost $5-$10. Big deal. But going trolling all day might be anywhere from $30-$50 or more depending on where you run to and your boat size. That adds up after a few days if you are the only one chipping in.

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7/9/14 @ 10:34 AM
Prop
Prop
USER since 4/9/03
I just appreciate a thanks. Gas money seems silly to me. I have had people offer just never accept it. I was going to go myself so that isn't necessary. Some days just having another person in the boat is enough. I rarely go with someone else if I do it's same people who go with me so we just consider it a wash. If we buy bait the other guy pays for that. That's about it. Biggest thing to me is the people who notice what you do and how much work you do for them in the boat. When it's 25 plus mph wind and your fighting the wind with the trolling motor keeping them on fish. Those are the guys I want to fish with not just the guys offering me money.

Our cabin is little different. When we go with friends some are lot better than others that's for sure. I don't expect them to pay me to stay there. Some will pay for our supper if we go out some will not do anything. You know the people who appreciate it and the ones who don't. Not just by paying for stuff but the way they act. We don't feed them and wait on them and everything like they are visiting our home. We split meals and cooking duties. It's our vacation too. We have made that known since the beginning. Only time gas money is nice or expected is when friends use the jetski's. I make sure they are filled when we leave when it's just us. I make it known that they get filled when our friends are with us too.

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