I'm not a mate,but will try to answer your question. It all depends on what you fish for. In Sheepshead Bay,most Fluke boats will give you at least the first rig on the boat(Cost of doing business).If using your own rod,they might charge after that.If using a boat rod,it's usually re-rigged at no charge.
It's not likely you'll lose anything while Fluking,and that's why they do it.Now,with Bottom-Fishing,it's a whole new set of rules.Whether you bring your own rod or not,if you need tackle,you will be charged for it,right from the start.Why..because depending on the species you're after,and the level of experience you have,it is NOT un-reasonable to lose 10 to 15 rigs in one day!!! The boat will not eat that as the cost of doing business!! That is one reason why people out for a day of fun on the water should go Fluking. Only those who take their fishing seriously,should get on a bottom fishing boat.Bottom fishing WILL cost you!! To answer your other question,I believe the boat,not the mates,supplies the tackle,and makes the money,so..please don't take it out on the mates if you lose alot of rigs,and it starts to get expensive. Accept it,as we all have,as a learning experience. You will discover,as you become a better bottom-fisherman,that you don't have to lose all that tackle. there are tricks to freeing yourself,and saving a ton of money!!(As well as a ton of frustration)!!!
P.S. Just saw your response Capt. Neil.
You took the words right out of my mouth!!!
(This post edited by PIER4 on 02/12/2003)