Someone once told me that the word TIPS means ?To Insure Pleasant Service?, I don?t know if it’s true but in service industries throughout the world workers expect them. As the owner of this company my personal feelings on the practice are simple, it?s voluntary!
In other words, don?t tip just because you feel you have too, tip because you feel the crew earned it! A good rule to follow is 10% -15% with 20% being very, very generous!
Most all other companies here in Costa Rica demand you pay 20% per day as though they are entitled to it! We think they?re dishonest and exploit their guests!
We do believe though that tipping should NOT be based on how many fish you catch a day. Its called fishing, not catching! Your paying for the services of the captain, crew, and equipment. If the captain and crew worked hard at finding the fish, made multiple moves, changed baits and lures, serviced your needs and were friendly and accommodating with you and the equipment all worked, then they are not to blame because the bite was just not on that day. We never leave the dock hoping we’re NOT going to catch fish that day, we give it our all every time and hope for the best bite each time out!
We understand what this trip means to you and respect that your expectations for the day are high, trust me we feel it! We all work very hard to deliver a hassle free day of fun, hoping to have a trophy day on the water. However fishing will always be fishing and if the fish won’t bite, they won?t bite! Theres is so much that goes on behind the scenes here to pull your trip together and you don?t see how difficult it is because we just make it all look easy, but trust me we work very hard for you!
Fortunately we have more successful days on the water, than are not as successful fishing wise. But like any place in the world you go fishing, slow bite days happen and there is nothing we can do about it other than offer another trip for days we skunk. So please don?t fault your Captain & Crew for a slow bite.