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Visited family last week in Wilmington. SnL and I fished every day behind the house. Decided to step it up a bit and reserved spots on a all day Gulf Stream boat. Numerous things happened on the trip that I've NEVER seen on charter boat but the one that really chapped my butt was witnessing the mates throwing cans, wads of tangled mono, etc. in the ocean. I mentioned this to my SnL and the young mate over heard our conversation. He said it was OK to throw cans in the ocean because the SW dissolves them! His next comment was that it was also OK because we are way out here! (50-60 miles) I quickly told him that it's NOT OK throw anything in the ocean. I told him my My SnL cut his foot on a pop can while walking on Bald Head Island because someone was a slob and threw a can in the ocean. I've fished from FL. to Maine, Hawaii and Alaska. Never witnessed this behavior before. I thought about calling the boat owners but somehow I don't think that will change a thing. What should I do? Several other issues also bothered me. Capt. sleeping?, mates fishing? Capt. fishing? 3 hr boat ride back and not one fish cleaned till we hit the dock at 7:30 pm. We had to wait 1 1/2 hrs till our turn came up, then they cleaned our fish. Finally left the dock at 9 pm. I've been on ALOT of boats. Saw a few things over the years. But I Never saw the Capt sleep for 2 hrs w/ the boat on auto pilot, never saw trash thrown in the ocean nor told it was OK to do so!, never saw mates fishing while customers had empty hooks, no bait cut at times, never saw a Capt. fishing unless invited, and for **** sure never saw mates sitting on their butts on the ride home when there were fish to be cleaned! The kicker is though, EVERYONE caught fish. Lots of them! Lot of happy fisherman. On one hand the boat did a great job and put every one on fish but on the other hand they did a lousy job. These other details left a sour taste in my mouth. Is this normal for the NC, SC fishing fleet? Who should I report this to? Or should I just let it go? I feel I should say something but not sure the right way to go about it.