sent a message to the wildlife troopers....got a response back. Whatever you do BEST thing is to call the local trooper office to make sure you are legal, ask the appropriate questions to the right agencies involved
Re: questions about sport fishing compensation for incrued costs
Good morning. It is legal for several friends to help pay for expenses such as fuel. What can't occur is the friends pay for the fuel and the boat owner pays for nothing. All expenses must be split equally among the participants. The law says that you can't receive compensation for sport fishing services. (Guiding) There are several other areas that you need to be careful about such as; advertising to take people fishing, trading services where you are receiving the obvious better deal and others. Before you start doing this, call and talk with your local office of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. We will ask questions about how you plan on making this happen and let you know if it is legal. Finally, there are different rules with halibut so you will also need to call National Marine Fisheries, Office of Law Enforcement to ask about halibut specifically.
Thanks for the question. AWT