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Out of curiosity what do yall give for gas when you are a non-boater? And when you are a boater what do you get or ask for gas?

I've only ever been a non-boater and have usually given 20 - 30 bucks.
 

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In our club we have a ' set ' amount for the non-boater to give depending the lake we are fishing. Ranges from $10 - $20.


$ 10.00 Lakes

Clermont Chain...... Lucy Chain ..... Johns Lake



$ 15.00 Lakes

Butler Chain..... Conway Chain ..... Lake Griffin ONLY ...... Holly Chain ..... Lake Yale...... Lake Weir



$ 20.00 Lakes

Lake Crescent ... West Toho ..... East Toho .... Kissimmee Chain.... Harris Chain ...... Tas Apopka ...... Walk n Water ...... Winter Haven Chain ..... Lake Panasoffkee ....... Lake Monroe ..... St. Johns River ...... Lake Istokpoga .....Lake Okeechobee ...... Lake Marian .... Alligator Chain .... Lake Jackson .... Lake Hatchineha ...... Lake Kissimmee ..... Lake Cypress .... Lake Marion .... Lake Pierce.....Crooked Lake
 

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I have been on many sites where this was talked about to there are blue in the face.Myself as a boater aways start tourney with a full tank 30 gallons.when the tourney is done as long as the non boater got to fish some of his water I will asked for half.Now I am the type of boater that will let the non boater picks his spots on the lake for part of the day.Thats me I am sure there will be 100's of more ideas
 
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You mean you guys get gas money from your non boaters? :) Man, who are these guys? lol.

I think it all depends on how much running the boater does personally. If only 30 minutes of running then $15-$20 max is more then fair. If they ran all over the lake allot whether you asked them to or not ;) then you should give them $30-$40.

Gas is not cheap and neither is oil. I paid $25 for 1 gallon of Yamalube recently yikes. With gas prices closing in on $3 a gallon again, $20 don't do a whole lot anymore.
 

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I'll usually give about $30.00 depending on the water covered...
 

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I think its totally dependent on wether the no boater has a say in where to fish. If you drag a guy around all day long and don't let him fish than I don't think its right to ask for gas money. But thats just me.
 

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I own a very nice Ranger, however this year I am fishing some events as a non-boater. We won't get into all the reasons why but being a boat owner I fully understand the fuel and maintenance cost for the tow vehicle and boat and in todays world it is not cheap.

It is by choice I elected to leave my boat home and fish out of someones else boat. So even if we never crank the big motor and I never get to fish any of my spots at the end of the day he will get my $40 and I get to go home, he has to go home and clean his boat.

I know I am weird, but the $40 seems cheap when you consider it all.
 

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From ESPN's WBT FAQs: "There is no set amount. It is suggested that the non-boater share at a minimum, the current cost of gas and oil for the competition day. They should take into account the boater having to tow the boat to location, put fuel in their vehicle and boat and having to make sure there is proper insurance coverage in place."

It's just a reasonable coutesy to share expenses for the day, each day. If a non-boater can't afford to do that they probably don't have any business messing with tournaments. Share means 50-50 in this case. Anything less is a tip.

These days many guides are charging a base fee plus fuel used. If you rent a boat you pay rent plus fuel used.

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I think its totally dependent on wether the no boater has a say in where to fish. If you drag a guy around all day long and don't let him fish than I don't think its right to ask for gas money. But thats just me.
Then go let him buy his own boat and fish!!!

Offering 20-30 is one thing, taking it is another. Just depends for me. Fishing isn't cheap.
 
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What do you guys do when taking friends along? Do they need to pay for gas or are you just glad they came along with you? Just curious?
 

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What do you guys do when taking friends along? Do they need to pay for gas or are you just glad they came along with you? Just curious?
heck Id be happier as hell to have a friend come fishing and nope wouldnt ask for gas money.

As a matter of fact that the one sad thing about my new boat... my fishing partner never got the chance to see it or fish out of it.
 

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No doubt about that Jared, he's looking down with joy upon you and your rig. The way this all fell togeather for you, maybe there was some heavenly intervention involved.
 

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If a guy front ends me all day long and then expects me to pay half the gas he is crazy I aint doing it. If he gives me a chance to fish and asks me about a long run I have no problem about giving gas money. When my freinds fish with me we usally make a deal whose ever boat we take the other guy tows. That helps out a bunch and if he can't who cares you got some one to fish with it usally all works out. BTW I got my own boat and I practice what I preach!
 

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When I go with friends and take my boat, I dont expect anything. ( the 50hp dont suck gas down )

When we take their boat I buy lunch. They wont take money from me for gas etc.. so I just buy us lunch at Mcdonalds etc..
 

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The way this all fell togeather for you, maybe there was some heavenly intervention involved.
i cant help but wonder about that. I've been tryin to get this boat since 1994 believe it or not. Always something got in the way. So often lately i cant help but wonder, "why now? whats up with the timing?"
 

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All my friends own boats, and we usually just fish out of one anothers boats and don't pay. But I know and they know if we burned a lot of gas, we offer. Whether or not they take it is a different story, I just don't ever want anyone to think I don't pay my way. I hardly ever let any of my friends pay for gas, especially if I am going to go anyway, but I hope they at least offer to understand the expense of the day. If it is a cheap tournament (60 or less), I or they just pay for the tournament and thats good for the day. If it is more, we split the tournament and split the gas for the boat and the truck. It cost to fish, and I think everyone, boater and non-boater should pay their way. If you can't afford it, stay on the bank.
 

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the past two tourny I have been in I gave the boater $40. Now with that said the first guy I drew was great he put me on the fish and gave me alot of pointers, but the second guy I paid for all his gas and then some. He didnt go over 50 in that ranger with a 200 on the back of it. I bet he didnt burn 5 gallons that day and I got screwed. I will never pay a guy up front ever again. Now if we both just have a bad day I will still give 40 bucks but no more than that. If I win the tourny then I will give him more. This is the way I look at it, I own a boat and know it is expensive to operate these days but if you are the boater YOU decided to pay the extra and try to win more money and have control all day. NOT ME. Like I said I will still help with some money because I want to, not because I have to. I think people look into this subject to much and then get all mad at each other about it. I pay because it is nice and dont like it when I feel pressured to give money.
 
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I don't ask my friends to pay gas and rarely if ever accept it if they do offer. In a small tournament they usually pay the entry fee and I am cool with that. I would do the same thing.

I think $20 is plenty for me. So whoever asks me what they should pay $20 is always good. I have never had anyone offer to pay me $40 so I doubt I would accept $40 from someone even if they offered. I guess the way I look at it I was going to go with or without them. So anything they give me is a bonus :)

Lord, send me some guys who will pay me $40 to take them fishing...haha. Just teasing. I just like the comaraderie more then anything when I am fishing.

Peace.
 

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I believe the difference in cost sharing for tournaments and fishing for fun is a wide one. Tournament fishing was always a matter of doing business, going after a profit at least expense. I considered a non-boater partner, often a stranger, to be in the same business, and owing part of the cost of doing business. Local fruit jar events have never counted like a distant tournament. No cash changes hands except for side bets.

Yesterday a friend fished out of my boat and cost sharing never entered my mind or his. That's fine, the way it should be. If he topped the tank off while I was in the marina store I'd let him and appreciate that. No big deal.

Jim
 
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