With all the threads asking about recomendations for charters out of various ports, I thought it would be good to broaden the discussion of what you do and don't like in a captain.
What to look for, I want somebody that makes an honest effort. Making a run, dropping the hook and fishing one spot when the fishing never picks up just doesn't cut it for me. Having a love for being out on the water. When the captain points out wild life, maybe makes a detour to get you closer to an item of interest. Having an upbeat attitude works wonders. The fishing may be so-so, but having a good time is what the trip is really about. Good gear in good condition, both the boat and the rods/tackle. I don't expect monster fish, but good respectable fish with an effort to take them. In general, you can usually buy fish cheaper than the you can drive down to Homer and take a charter for a day, so it's having a good time on the water that atracts people to a charter.
Things that'll keep me from returning to a boat: A know it all arogant attitude. Yup, it may be your boat, but if you want paying passengers you just might want tone down the my way or the highway spiel. Youre not in the Navy barking at enlisted folks. Telling people a ping pong paddle is a nice fish. Just because a 5# cod sinker makes a 10# halibut feel like you've got something big on the other end, don't make it so.