Besides the cocky deckhands (alot of boats hire), crazy fish cleaning prices, "sleeping rack" surcharge etc this is another reason I stopped fishing on sport boats years ago. These guys have huge bait capacity, electronics that lead the industry, big water capability, comfortable dry conditions and they can't find yellowtail or tuna within private boater range. Like eltoro I am hard pressed to believe that. When things get slowI don't get this. Why is the fishing slow? By what standard? It hasn't been for me, and I fish a small private boat with limited bait capacity and simple (by comparison) electronics. Other private boats I know and have seen here are whacking them too. My brother had limits of nice YFT on a little 17' boat and no bait just a few days ago. A 5 day on one of the world's finest sportboats fishing rockfish? WTF, over! Maybe the capt took a vote and the charter decided on that, but I'd personally be pissed. I'd rather work hard and scratch for tuna, or kelp yellows, long before I resorted to cod! I'm confused.
In SoCal water we trailer to San Quintin and Loreto. Beats being yelled at by some guy with his boots folded
Half way down blowing cigarette smoke
in everyone's faces. In all fairness, maybe things have changed in the sport boat fleet since I last used them. It's been at least 10 years since I have been on one. When I used to use the SD sportboat fleet, the fishing was good and the customer service wAs terrible. Perhaps they are inversely proportional. Good fishing/bad service ... bad fishing/ good service. I'm inclined to believe el toro, these boats can find the same fish the private boaters are locally, but then the price would have to reflect the shorter trips.