So after a lot of saving up $$$ and lots of research I decided to pull the trigger and book a private charter rather than a shared fishing trip out of Maui for my vacation. It was clear to me that I wanted to book a charter that got me to the fishing buoys at sunrise so I went with the Start Me Up out of Lahina for their longest trip that left the dock at 2:30am and was a 9 hour trip. They are a sponsor here on BD, and I read their reports the board and felt they would be a good choice. This cost me over $1k and took me over a year to save up for, but figuring if I did alright fishing I could possibly go home with 100+lbs of filets and around $10 per lb, seemed like it would be worth doing(I know it's fishing, not catching guaranteed, but the risk vs reward for me was worth it). I went down to the docks and spoke with Capt. Deli from the Start Me Up, who seemed like a great guy and I was ready to drop my cash on the trip when he handed me their flyer that said, 42ft custom built sport fishers, modern, clean, fast, comfortable fish ready yachts- YOU CAN KEEP YOUR CATCH, HAVE IT MOUNTED, OR TAG AND RELEASE, IT'S YOUR CHOCE. I put the last statement in bold for a reason!!!! Now on to the trip: We arrived at the dock at 2:15am to board their 42ft custom built sport fishers, and were shortly met with the captain and his deck hand. Me and my girlfriend boarded the boat which seemed VERY SMALL for a 42ft yacht (the boat we got on felt just like my 28ft fiberform from a few years ago). I was really excited to go fishing so I decided not to say anything about the small size of the boat and have a good time anyways(on the way in the captain told me the boat was the smallest in the fleet at 32ft, not the 42footer that was advertised). As we left the dock, the deckhand came down and decided that right next to the twin diesel motors it was a good place to tell us the details of our trip(neither me nor my girlfriend could hear even 10% of the words coming out of his mouth, but being a life long fisherman and this not being my first rodeo, we smiled and nodded.) BIG MISTAKE!!!! It turns out that other than telling us that we needed to stand while fishing rather than sit(we are smaller framed people, I weight 145lbs at 5'11 and my girlfriend is petite, 5 months pregnant and barely 5'4), and that they would only give us enough fish to eat while we were on the island and they would keep the rest of the fish to sell to the restaurants so they could make more money.(Had I know that from the beginning I would never have spent $1100!!!) Well we both decided to try to get a little more rest in while we made the trip out to the buoys and were woken up about 15 minutes before sunrise at the grounds. The deckhand told us that he would get live bait hooked up and we should be on a fish really fast if they were there, and that we needed to bring them into the boat as fast as possible. Well he was right, 3 minutes in and the first pole started to sing, Fish On!!! He handed me the pole and I was expecting him to put me in the chair that was RIGHT THERE, but NOPE, he said "spread your legs and use the boat as your tripod". Ok, I'll give it a shot, well I was in the most akward stance trying to balance on the bouncing seas, and reel this giant reel in that seemed impossible… I MUST HAVE A GIANT FISH ON!!!! I mean, I've pulled in my fair share of 30-50# albacore and a 60# yellowfin and this thing was making those feel small, so this must be a GIANT… after 40 minutes of fighting this fish standing up my arms were giving out and I could barely hold the pole and called for help so the deckhand gave me a hand and his fresh arms got him that last 25ft to the boat, handed me the pole, gaffed the fish and thew him on ice… WTF? This fish wasn't that big, maybe 50lbs at most, why couldn't I bring it in??? Oh well, 50lbs of sashimi in the boat and the next rod has another fish on and my girlfriend next on deck… Well she fought that fish for 20 minutes like a champ and handed the rod to me with my already jello arms and I fought him for another 20minutes and had to ask for help AGAIN from the deckhand, who pulled it up the last 15ft by hand and gaffed it. Same size fish… Why are these things sooo much harder than when I use my own rod and reels for larger fish? The only thing I could figure is that Instead of sitting like I always have, now i'm standing with my knees bent at 90 degrees, trying not to fall out of the boat while holding my balance fighting this fish. Well we hooked into over a 25 fish on the trip, some landed, some not(mahimahi, aku, and small yellowfin) and ended up with 6 mahi mahi(10-25#s), 6 aku(3-5#s), 5 small yellowfin(5#s), and 3 bigger yellowfin(35-45#). They said we would troll lures back to port and hopefully hook up with a marlin or wahoo. No such luck… as we got closer to port the captain came down and said, which fish do you want to take, I said all of them and that's when I found out that they only allowed me to keep some of the fish and the rest was for them to sell to the restaurants. WHAT???? I PAID $1100.00 CASH, HAVE TO TIP YOU MINIMUM OF 10%(another $110), AND YOU ARE GONNA KEEP AND SELL SOME OF THE FISH I CAUGHT??? WTF is this BS??? Do I get money back from my trip for the money you make selling my fish??? Well I decide that since I was on vacation I wasn't going to let it ruin my trip, at least I could keep the biggest fish for myself… Right??? NOPE… TOTALLY OPPOSITE…. They gave me the smallest 7 fish, and kept the 180#'s + of Yellowfin and Mahi Mahi for themselves!!! I ended up with MAYBE 30lbs of filets to take home when I paid 1220$$$$$$$$ HOW IS THIS OK??? THE CAPTAIN AND DECK HAND WERE PAID TO TAKE ME OUT FISHING AND THEN TOOK THE MAJORITY OF THE CATCH AND SOLD IT!!! SHOULDN'T I HAVE GOTTEN THAT MONEY OFF MY BILL SINCE I PAID FOR IT? Basically I feel that I got robbed for 100+ lbs of food for my family.