we seldom get lucky to get into numbers of the big stripers that have been feeding in North Jersey the last few years. I personally target the back bays unless conditions are perfect so I am even more pressed to catch Large.
That being said I the main problem I have with this entire concept is that I don't believe that there should be any distinction between a charter and a private boat. I do agree that the captain and any other paid help on the boat could be eliminated from the boat limit, but the paying crew are "Recreational Anglers" and should be subject to the same laws that any other angler is subject to wether fishing from the beack, dock or a private boat.
As to half price if you can't catch the target species, that would never fly on my boat. There are times that the bite is on and everyone is worn to a frazzel with all the fish in the box desired in a very short time. These are the days every charter captain lives for and oviously would never think to cut the price even though his time and gas expenses may be much less than normal.
The SKUNK is one of the things that I and every other Captain that I know will do anything to avoid. When it happens I have used every trick and spot in my arsenal and usually spent more than my usual amount of time trying to put together some kind of catch. I've more than earned my fee and this is one aspect that I feel separates the Recreational Captain from a commercial fisherman who gets paid for the fish on the dock. If the fishing is tough for any reason I will discuss this with the charter group before the trip. Many times there are no options for going other days so if a decision is made to make the trip. I'll give them my very best effort, this is what I'm paid for.
I have long been a proponant of a true slot limit and would even like to see it taken a step farther with seasonal changes.
Spring Pre-spawn 1 fish 24" to 28"
Summer post-spawn 1 fish 24" to 36"
Fall Migration 2 fish 24" to 36"
True Trophy tag from the state for all anglers $50 (to be used for striper conservation) for a fish over 40"