Whoa! Did I strike a nerve or what? Yeah, I got over it long ago, my man (or woman). Excuse me if I don't know your gender. Believe me, I am one of the first to admit that fishing can be good or bad on any given trip. And I have had my share of both! In response to your comment that in S.B., they always get bait on the boat after the passengers board so that they can fish for seabass or halibut in the harbor is completely bogus. They do it so that the crew doesn't have to wake up even earlier and get bait before the passengers board. I don't like it, but I can understand and do accept it. Deckhands (in general) certainly work their butts off and I don't blame them for wanting the extra sleep!
You are certainly entitled to disagree that $27 is too much for a 1/2 day (3 to 4 hours of fishing). I for one, and others I know as well, believe that this is a bit too high for the amount of time you are fishing out there. If you want to compare, just look at the 3/4 day prices in Ventura County (low to mid $30's). Then, for kicks check out what Sea Landing charges for their 3/4 day open party on the Seahawk. I think you'll be surprised... Or maybe you won't be? After all, we are talking about $$$ SANTA BARBARA $$$ here.
As I've said before, I think the Stardust is a great boat with an awesome skipper and crew. And, I've had good fishing days with them! If you think $27 isn't too much? Then by all means, go for it! Have a great time and I wish you the best of luck out there!
P.S. - Unfortunately, I no longer need that Kleenex. My tear ducts have just plum dried up.................