Bait Barge Tipping

aguachico

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Jul 20, 2004
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Art
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I tip $5 for a full or half. Don't buy many half scoops.
It's not for the scooping of the bait. They are always friendly no matter what time.
Give good dope.
Don't laugh too hard if I miss the can't park the skiff.

That job , unlike many others, deserve the tips.
 
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MikeyLikesIt

did you say FISHING ???
Feb 24, 2003
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I try to always have a couple of cold Monster drinks to offer them. They ALWAYS take them....then I offer a beer....sometimes they take that too.

after doing this for a season, I found that I usually had to tell them when I had enough......they would just keep loading.....


so yeah, tipping does have it's advantages. :)
 
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Innocent Bystaner

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Nov 5, 2006
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I always give the guys at least a $10 tip in adviance. Chat them up and find out where the fish are. They talk to all the boat captains and know where the hot bites are. They are a wealth of information. They work hard in a shitty environment. Would you do what they do for minimum wage?
 
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get some

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May 1, 2005
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I dont buy a lot of bait but when I do I never get a lot because I've got a small tank. I usually hand the guy 30 bucks and say give me 30 bucks worth. More often than not I refuse the last pass because my tank is full. If you leave the amount up to them the bait guys they will usually give you more than you'd get if you requested a set amount...
 
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bmachale

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Jul 8, 2007
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Bob MacHale
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Just wait until you can't get good bait for whatever reason. Then you will not mind paying 25-30 for a half scoop. Very hard to make sardines and/or anchovies on your own. Macks yes, but sometimes they are not small enough or can catch enough for a whole day.

Appreciate the fact you can get then and tip the 5 bucks.
 
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mrbigfish43

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Aug 8, 2011
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1996 Grady White 268 Islander
The prices for bait depends on the harbor/operation. Yes all they are doing is scooping bait into your tank but in my opinion, making sure they are taken care of will make sure you get taken care of in return. I usually tip an amount so they don't need to give me change back, keep the line moving as quickly as possible. 25 for half so I give 30, 50 for full so 55/60. I've payed for a half and been given over a full scoop, so its all up to how you want to be treated, IMO. Water, cokes, beers and smokes also go a long way with them.
Don't forget a breakfast burrito or two. Usually gets you an extra pass or two..
 
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fishkilr

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Aug 27, 2012
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alby
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At our docks in redondo and used to be del Rey we just want customers to be happy... After giving the standard passes for how much bait requested I always ask if you would like another pass tip or no tip.....if your cool and don't try to take advantage or act like a dick(especially when bait is scarce) you always will be happy drivin away...bait dock guys that get a small percentage or get paid by the hour may be influenced by tips more than others so feel it out and treat them like you wanna be treated
Just remember that different types of fishin require different amounts of bait...if your just halibut fishin you don't need as much bait as when your chummin for bass and cuda and using a chum bucket for bass will help you save bait when bait is scarce...
 
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plj46

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Jan 7, 2008
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Just wait until you can't get good bait for whatever reason. Then you will not mind paying 25-30 for a half scoop. Very hard to make sardines and/or anchovies on your own. Macks yes, but sometimes they are not small enough or can catch enough for a whole day.

Appreciate the fact you can get then and tip the 5 bucks.
Yes making bait is tough ! Only once have i been able to catch Anchovie and it was by accident.Ive never been able to catch Sardines.Mackeral,no problem but they are usually too big for most fish.If i can buy bait i wont waste fishing time by trying to catch bait.
 
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c-goat

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May 4, 2004
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On my boat we split cost of bait.We always factor in an extra 10 bucks whether its a half scoop or 2 scoops even if its shitty bait and the bait dude is being stingy like the MB guys LOL.
Time is money,making bait takes way too much time,especially at 2 or 3 am.Me likey preciuos sleep:)
 
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c-goat

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Just wait until you can't get good bait for whatever reason. Then you will not mind paying 25-30 for a half scoop. Very hard to make sardines and/or anchovies on your own. Macks yes, but sometimes they are not small enough or can catch enough for a whole day.

Appreciate the fact you can get then and tip the 5 bucks.
FUCKIN-A-DITTO that! We made bait last year due to the shitty bait due to the shortage,it totally sucks because it takes away from fish time.BD YT tourney last year,perfect example.Making bait while we should have been fishing is like the blues brothers elevator scene,Ya know what I mean?
 
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wils

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May 31, 2003
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Remember, the bait guy can't go to 7-11 for his breaktime. Bring him a commodity. Fresh grub from In-N-Out & a Milkshake!

DAMN.................. but I hate it when I cant go to the 7-11 on my breaktime.

I see the market for a Taco Boat --- similar to a Taco Truck.

back on subject:
I always tipped Larry in MDR $5 and always got good tips as to whats working where for what I wanted to catch.
 
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whosmatt

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Feb 25, 2011
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San Diego, CA, USA
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Matt
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17' self built cc skiff, Daft Boot
after doing this for a season, I found that I usually had to tell them when I had enough......they would just keep loading.....


so yeah, tipping does have it's advantages. :)

I always just give $30 for the half scoop, never a problem. I usually ask for a light load since my tank is only 15 gallons, and they've offered to split it for me, letting me come back later in the day for the rest if I'm going to be close enough to do that.
 
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Phat Boat

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Apr 18, 2004
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I always tip $5 and when we do well ill drop off fish on the way in.
 
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Timmo

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Feb 18, 2013
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I think tipping should either be cash or something that last, like cigarettes. Can you imagine bringing a hot burger or burrito, or a dozen donuts, and the 10 guys in front of you doing the same.... lol.
 
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striper30

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Nov 23, 2011
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Jim
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Precision 28
5 up to 10 bucks every-time and Coffee no- cream if I have it. Once, I forgot my wallet in my truck and Nacho said pay me next time (which I did). Also have borrowed misc. crap like zip ties and tape if I forgot something.
I am almost always greeted with a grumpy smile.
 
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