You forgot the "NO HOLLERING, EVER!!!" rule.
This usually prevents Poach Pirates from invading your chum line.*
* Not always 100% effective.
Cleaning up afterwards should be mandatory.
I once let a friend insist we leave to pick up his daughter from school. I only needed a couple of minutes to rinse the hoopnets.
The host said it was not a problem and gave me half a seabass and a limit of bugs before we left them to finish the post trip cleanup duties.
Halfways down the street my friend says he just wanted to get out of there quick and didn't actually need to pick up anyone. He thought he was doing me a favor!
I have not been invited back on that boat.
This was a real bummer because the boats owner taught me about fishing seabass and hooping at Catalina. He was also the person who put me on my 1st Yellowtails, my 1st Albacores and my first DoDo's in Mexican waters.
I really wanted to learn as much as I could from him about Hali fishing because his photo album was loaded with really big flatty pics along with big yellows and seabass.
I never got a chance and I believe it was due to our early departure that day.
I don't let that happen anymore. I always do extra when cleaning and I make sure to ask if there is more that I can do to help before leaving.
I'm not too excited but with a response like that maybe that's why you didn't get invited back.... not just for flaking on doing your jobI needed the ride and was not in a position to argue the point. I no longer hang out with the person, so that should calm you down.