By Captain Scott “Fraz” Murie
Have you ever been around someone whose attitude is always negative or whiny?
You see this type of person in the morning and say, “Good morning, how are you?” Their response is usually, “Good morning, my belly hurts, my arm hurts, my head hurts, etc…” Then for the rest of the day you hear him pouting and whining about someone who was mean to them or they wanted to go marling fishing but their boss wants to go grouper fishing.
Day after day they are cry babies. I’m sure most of you have at least one of these types of people on your dock.
When you’re in our business, attitude is everything. If you wake up in the morning and don’t feel good, fake it. No one really cares what‘s ailing you. Maybe your momma does! If you work on a charter boat, people spend money to have a good time. Fishing may be slow but a crew with a good attitude is going to compensate for the slow fishing.
A good fish story, a joke or two and pleasant conversation with the guests is something you may have to try to do but in return, their trip will be more enjoyable and so will yours. When the boss comes down, the crew should go out of their way to make things as pleasant as possible with an upbeat attitude. Sure, he may make a few suggestions that you may not agree with, but it’s his boat, and he’s not there that much.
For you whiners out there, go ahead and wear your cry baby hat at your house but take it off before you get out of your truck at the dock. Your charters don’t want to hear or see it, your boss certainly doesn’t, and if you’re going to be at the marina all day, the crews on the other boats don’t want to tip-toe around any crybabies either. So for all you whiners, get over it or get a job at the daycare. It’s been proven that happy is healthy. Sometimes it’s a choice. So choose health.
—That’s my two-minute warning.