RE: Tipping a charter
As a former first mate, please tip the mate, as long as he is working for you and trying to get you on the fish. Sometimes the fish don't cooperate but the mate works just as hard. When I worked, I got $40 per day from the capt. plus any tip. The captain has his price set to cover him and make a profit after all his daily expenses (not including boat payment, insurance, dockage, lures, bait, etc.) That $40 was for a typical 10 hour day for me and sometimes 11 or 12 hours working my arse off running 12 to 16 trolling lines and then cleaning fish, fueling up and cleaning up the boat after the trip.
My best customers were a group of "Sanitary Engineers" from Jersey and New York City. $200 tip from those 5 guys after we limited out on walleye in 3 hours and then messed around with smallmouth for a couple hours. I think all the gold they were wearing attracted the fish! I wasn't complaining though.