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#7217276 - 07/06/18 01:18 PM To Tip? How much?
JB1316 Offline
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Going on a bay fishing trip this weekend with another couple and curious what folks do for tips here. Its $650 for 4 adults, half day trip. The owner and operator will be our guide. I know my take, but another part of the group has a difference in opinion on this and curious what everyone else does. If this were an employee or something booked through a company it'd be a lot easier to convince everyone tips are appropriate since the guy doing the work is just an hourly worker - but when the guy running the show is getting the entire payment/rate, it seems a bit murkier. What do you guys think?

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#7217281 - 07/06/18 01:27 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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I'd think $100 would be fair.

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#7217287 - 07/06/18 01:28 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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I tip 10% if it's just an ok trip and guide. I tip 20% if the guide works his butt off, is friendly and does his best to get me on fish. Owner/operator or regular old guide makes no difference to me.

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#7217295 - 07/06/18 01:36 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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Customers have paid me extra before, even though I didn't expect it, or ask for it. Usually about 15%.
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#7217296 - 07/06/18 01:36 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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What fouzman said
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#7217317 - 07/06/18 01:57 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
I tip 10% if it's just an ok trip and guide. I tip 20% if the guide works his butt off, is friendly and does his best to get me on fish. Owner/operator or regular old guide makes no difference to me.

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#7217335 - 07/06/18 02:13 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: PMK]
JB1316 Offline
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Sounds like everyones on the same page here on the forum.

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#7217375 - 07/06/18 02:56 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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Originally Posted By: JB1316
Sounds like everyones on the same page here on the forum.
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#7217409 - 07/06/18 03:41 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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Depends on trip and how hard he works on getting you on fish. A guide that stays in one spot most of your outing without fish in the boat would not be rewarded like a guide that ran his boat up and down the bay to put fish in the boat. I've been on both trips with different guides.

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#7217455 - 07/06/18 04:30 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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What I tip depends on how hard the guide work like posted above per person on the trip. If he just went thru the motions then 10% tops. If he did everything in his power to make the day as successful as he could then it will be more. He can't make the fish bite or the game move but he can put in the effort.
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#7217456 - 07/06/18 04:30 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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$100

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#7217507 - 07/06/18 05:22 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: PMK]
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Originally Posted By: PMK
Originally Posted By: fouzman
I tip 10% if it's just an ok trip and guide. I tip 20% if the guide works his butt off, is friendly and does his best to get me on fish. Owner/operator or regular old guide makes no difference to me.

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And ditto. Makes no difference whether it's an owner/operator or just hired help. Tell your friend he's a tightwad. Unless these guy's wives have a very good job, there ain't no benefits.
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#7217516 - 07/06/18 05:28 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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Life's too short to worry about an extra $40 bux. How old are these folks??

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#7219743 - 07/09/18 03:11 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: JB1316]
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Tip what you think its worth. Do not tip poor service it encourages more of it.
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#7219802 - 07/09/18 04:18 PM Re: To Tip? How much? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
What I tip depends on how hard the guide work like posted above per person on the trip. If he just went thru the motions then 10% tops. If he did everything in his power to make the day as successful as he could then it will be more. He can't make the fish bite or the game move but he can put in the effort.
Pretty much my thoughts spot on. On the flip side I never expect a tip when I'm outfitting and am grateful when I get them. The one time I felt "dissed" was when a PITA hunter that I busted my hump for 4 days with handed me the remnants of his handle of Evan Willams before he headed to the airport, and said he hoped I enjoyed my tip. (and he shot the biggest buck of his life on that trip).
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