I like doing business this way...up front and no hidden costs. :tu:
I agree however if a boat doesn't catch fish on a level with other boats ridership will drop off...JMOOuthouse said:With the ever rising cost of fuel, such practices will encourage folks like me who travel from out of state to continue to come. Being a "Bean Counter" it is easy for me to get a grip on what to expect. Based on their given base, a 5 day trip will cost the boat $6750 in fuel (450 * 3 * 5). If the cost of fuel rises to $5 per gallon, then I could expect to pay an additional $180 if there were 25 anglers on board. I can accept this.
The only fear I have is that the Captains won't be as willing to try a far away spot simply because of the pre-determined arrangement. Last year on my Excel trip, the fish weren't biting at Cedros and Justin decided to travel WAY down south in search of warmer water. I appreciated the willingness to look for fish even though it meant traveling all night instead of being anchored at one of the islands.
willy now that's classic....I won't tell Karen what you said....willy said:This is an interesting development. Transparent, yes and I applaude the step in the right direction. I personally feel all the boats will continue to fish the way they always have. If their fuel nut is reasonably covered they will go the extra mile for fish. These things even out over a season. Their catch ratio and customer service will remain the same, this is what they have built their businesses on. If the people on a trip think for a moment they didn't go the extra mile to save on fuel, it will backfire. The internet has introduced the free flow of information to the fishing community like never before.
The other place they will get in a bind is if they fuel in Mexico and then still charge the surcharge at the same rate as before, that would be uncool so maybe some boats will not be so transparent.
BTW if I have to pay an extra $20 a day, it's a bargain. Hell I paid $5 fuel surcharge to have my wife's flowers delivered on Mother's Day. Looking at that I personally get more bang for my buck fishing LR.