By Captain John CrupiDo you motivate and manage those around you? Do you inspire others to care and take pride in their work? Do you lead by example? I believe one of my greatest accomplishments and rewards is seeing those that have worked under me move forward and thrive in
There are many "good," but far fewer "great," captains and mates floating around the industry. The age-old question from owners, captains, and aspiring captains is how to make it to the top echelon, make a name for yourself and maintain that status as a great captain or a great crewmate.
When I was young, my father gave me some great advice: Let the tool do the work. I was probably yanking on a hook with my pliers or trying to hack up bait with scissors when Dad gripped my wrist, looked in my eyes, and told me to stop fighting
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A good mate is worth his weight in gold. From wiring a blue marlin to serving cocktails, the second in command on a professional sportfishing boat has many jobs to master and many people to please.
So, how do you quantify the value of excellence? How
It been called ˜the toughest job youll ever love: being a world-class mate on a top-flight sportfishing boat. These guys are the unsung heroes of the team”while the captain and anglers can take all the fame and glory they can handle for a tournament win or running 250 charters
WANTED: I am looking for the perfect mate. My previous relationships just havent worked out. I need one that is not too young, not too old, that doesnt cost too much money and that knows their way around the cockpit. I also need someone that is loyal, who wont
As a traveling mate, you never know when and where fishing will take you. You can be releasing 35-pound sailfish one day and get the call to go to Bermuda the next. Even for those with a wealth of experience, leadering big fish on heavy leader can be a dangerous
Like almost every industry, the current sportfishing landscape looks completely different than it did 40 years ago. While time changes everything all of the time, in the last five years alone advances in technology and equipment have inspired the development of outcome-driven techniques, altering the state of the mate in
It really a thing of beauty to see a top-shelf mate (or a couple of them) set up a spread and work it throughout the day when the fish are really snapping. Whether snatching perfectly-rigged ballyhoo out of the cooler and threading them back through the dredges and shorts with
You know them: the seasoned, fish-where-I-want, when-I-want types seen at all the top spots. The ones who get the absolute best out of every fishing experience while making a career of it without being tied down essentially having their cake and eating it, too. But for these rock