We are planning our summer dipnet season at Kasilof for the year, and a couple of things have come to attention. 1.) My girlfriend doesn't want to dipnet from my boat on the Kasilof. She just doesn't feel safe. 2.) Some (at least one) other families want to come down and dipnet with us (i.e. borrow our net). 3.) My girlfriend's dad (the third household permit) MAY come down and dipnet out of the boat with me.
One version of our plan calls for me and my gf dad dipnetting in the boat (two household permit holders in the boat). My gf and her sister in law dipnetting from shore with 1-2 kids running fish from the netter up the beach to the other person cleaning and clipping fish.
I'm not sure if this is legal. As we all know, each household has its own permit, and each fish caught must be recorded immediately upon being harvested. How can I record my harvest (as it happens) if my girlfriend has our permit with her on the beach? The reverse is also true if I have the permit in the boat. One solution I can think of is two way radios and the person on the beach recording the boat harvest as I call it in on the radio.
Another solution involves combining the harvests, so to speak. If I and my girlfriend's dad have HIS permit on the boat, and we record all fish caught on the boat on his permit, and my girlfriend and her sister in law record all of the fish harvested on the beach on their two permits, then I think we are meeting the letter of the law. As long as the total of fish harvested does not exceed the maximum combined limit of all three permits, AND no one household goes home with more fish than is allowed on their assigned permits, that should met the spirit of the law.
Lastly, my girlfriend's dad is eligible to do a proxy fish permit, and I could be his proxy, but how am I his proxy if he is in the boat with me?
Any thoughts on any of this? I REALLY do not want to dipnet from the beach and my girlfriend REALLY does not want to dipnet from the boat. I think the kids involved would rather be on the beach as well, just for getting to handle the fish more and play in the low tide mud.