Dec 2014 Volume 13 Edition 8 InTheBite Publication
InTheBite Staff Report
“It happens every season: at some point there will be a captain or crewmember who feels they did not receive a fair share of tournament prize money that’s won by the team.” With that in mind, we set out to research the subject of a crew’s percentage. What’s fair? What’s too little, or too much? We conducted extensive interviews with some of the sport’s top owners and captains and the results were…interesting.
For those who compete in tournaments with more than a pickle dish at stake, it’s a subject that’s near and dear to both hearts and wallets: the percentage of prize money that’s awarded to the captain and crew. That amount can range from zero to 100 percent but generally it falls somewhere in the middle.
Not surprisingly, the owners interviewed for this feature wanted to keep their input off the record. They felt that the financial arrangements between themselves and their crews were private matters, which is completely understandable. But looking at the issue from just the captains’ perspective would be unfair as well so we have chosen to use the input from the owners without naming individuals or boats.
The Agreement Disagreement
Capt. Rob Stalcup has been around the tournament scene for quite a while so when he jumped on a boat earlier this year he looked forward to fishing a few East Coast events. He led the team to a couple high-profile wins but was disappointed to learn that his expectations and his owner’s were quite different when it came to the crew’s percentage. “I’ve always been paid off the winning number,” he says. “So I was blown away when the owner took out not only the calcutta entry but all the expenses…..(To continue reading this article click here) You can also subscribe to InTheBite The Magazine to get more industry leading editorial.