OK, I will talk with TOO and volunteer to being the chartermaster for this trip. If anyone objects (or already is the chartermaster), let me know. I have been on the Big E twice and about 5 other overnight long range trips, so I feel comfortable with the task. I will post on 2cool as well. All input is welcome and we can see what we can make happen. Here are some areas and ideas to address. Please add more. 1. Food--I am fine with TOO supplying food for a small fee. That way, I can still bring some food to eat between meals. Less stuff to carry is all the better, IMO. 2. Burlap bags--I don't want any and I do not think we should be responsible to lug fish around and down 200 feet of dock. I think we should adjust tips accordingly if we have to deal with burlap bags, warm fish, and fish slime. This isn't a 100 person snapper trip. The deckhands should be able handle 35 fishermen and we can tip them very well if the job is done well. I am willing to help bleed and tag my own fish to help them as well. 3. Tips--I think 10-15+ % unless we deal with burlap bags. We can collect part of the tip upfront to show the deckhands we are serious about a good tip for a trip well done. 4. We need to determine how we want to handle tackle and gear in the galley. I don't think we need to restrict the area to all tackle, but table hogging will not be tolerated. 5. Fishing techniques--how about a serious night drop for swordfish? SHould we organize this? How about kites? 6. Live bait--how much do we want and when should we start getting it. Are those that refuse to catch live bait welcome to use it? 7. Do we need to have a little intro to tuna fishing when we get on the boat? Maybe some snacks and we can all meet in the galley to talk techniques, rigging, fighting, communication while casting and fighting fish? I think this can go a long way. Let me know if anyone is interested in leading this discussion and show and tell. You do not have to indulge all your secrets! 8. Bottom fishing policies--best way to avoid tangles, fishing spots on the boat, etc. 9. Fish ID--best ways to mark your fish 10. Fish handling--bleeding--we can tell the deckhands how we prefer it done. Once againg, this could be incorporated into their tips if done the way we would most prefer. 11. Fish Handling after the trip--getting the fish to the weigh area, cleaning fish, etc. This is an issue and solutions would be great. 12. Big fish contestst--Should we do it? In Oct I had the second or third largest non tuna fish and no one really paid attention to the pot. I ended up forgettig to grab my winnings. 13. Tackle policies? 14. Sponsors and shirts? 15. TV--They have DVDs. Anyone want to bring videos, fish videos, etc. Let me know. I will post on 2 cool later.