In answer to Yukon on the other thread:
If anyone out there is interested in the trials and tribulations a guy has to go through to start up your own charter operation I'd be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Yeah, I'm a "rookie" guide and have a lot to learn, but I have been through the whole process and might be able to help anyone else that might have designs on doing the same thing with any questions you might have. This will be the 20th year I've fished the Kenai Peninsula, so hopefully any knowledge I can share with anyone interested will be educational.
In answer to your question, Yukon, I've been thinking about starting my own guide service since about the time that "the other" forum was really popular. Won't go into all the details, but I finally got around to it right about the time that they instituted the new halibut charter rules in this area. But since I had moved myself down to Homer and bought a nice boat already I decided to just forge on.
Of course it won't effect me this year, but when next Feb. rolls around and it takes effect I'll deal with it then. This is my own personal opinion, but I have an odd feeling that for some of the people down this way that will be put out of business there are going to be serious repercussions. My guess is there may be a lawsuit or few for the feds to deal with that might change things, though I wouldn't want to bank on it. So that could change things.
I also know that there will be quite a number of charter operators wanting out of the business that will be selling their "share" if it's transferable---for some it will be, and others not. So time will tell how much I would have to pay for one of those "shares" for a 4 person boat. I may be able to buy into it and I certainly will if I can find an affordable "share".
I just love to fish and if it comes down to it I'll just guide for salmon and any other fish other than butt. That other "administrator" and I keep in touch quite often and we've been discussing the options. I have fished winter kings almost every day you could be out there since last fall, so that's something I can bank on---there are a number of winter king operators down here, but there's always room for another one.
I know of people that love to catch rockfish and lings. I guess I could start specializing in that.
What it boils down to is there are other options. But the more I can fish and the more I can share the experience of one of the finest fishing opportunities you can find in Alaska, the happier I'll be to do just that.