There seems to be some question as to the rules regarding guides fishing with clients. I'm not sure why people can't just look in the regs because it is there in very plain English. This is for SC, so don't take this to mean it must be true in your area. I don't look at the regs for other areas because I don't fish there and I don't care. I don't fish in Tierra Del Fuego so I couldn't care less what the regs are there either. Here goes:
On page 7 of the regs it says:
Guides may not sport fish
In all fresh waters of the West Cook Inlet area (map, page 20), Susitna River drainages (page 23), Knik Arm area (page 33), Anchorage Bowl area (page 36), and Kasilof River (page 43), in waters open to fishing for king salmon while a client is present or within the guide’s control or responsibility, unless the guide is providing assistance to a client with a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This prohibition also applies to saltwater guides operating in the Early Run King Salmon Special Harvest Area (page 14) from April 1 to June 30.
In the Kenai River, from January 1—December 31 a guide may not fish from a registered guide vessel while a client is present or within the guide’s control or responsibility, unless the guide is providing assistance to a client with a disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As for "change of possession" the rules are posted right on the back cover of the regs. I guess most people just don't look at it. Here goes:
5 AAC 75.010(a) states that no person may possess any unpreserved fish not legally taken by himself or herself, unless he or she has a statement signed by the person taking the fish stating the type of fish, number of fish, the location and date taken, and the sport fishing license number. See page 4, “Possession of sport-caught fish.”
Then there is a form that must be filled out when you give people your unpreserved fish. How "black and white" can that be?
Please don't ask me any questions regarding "interpretation" of these rules or the ethics of them. I don't think they are open to "interpretation" and I have absolutely no qualms with anyone catching their legal limit of fish and giving those fish to whomever they please. I don't think that is unethical at all.
For the select few that get off "arguing" their point, have at it. I won't get involved.