The beginning of this month marked my 20th aniversarry...Of my first Winter Steelhead catch. My first ever Salmon or Steelhead actually. And the funny thing was, I took one handoff from my dad, and whacked the first one, but I actually made the cast, that landed me my first, no more than a half hour after takin the handoff. Very cool, keep him interested if he seems to take a liking, and continues to enjoy it. And yeah, stickin fingers in gills is kind of like stickin a couple fingers in our noses, and a couple more in our mouth, but if it was released, I'm sure it went no worse for the wear. It looked very fresh, and if it was still consious, probably full of piss, and vinegar. I don't know the regs. down there, I don't know if there is a fin fish retention deal. Pretty sure fins get the kick back tho... Either way, your son can only go farhter into the game from here! Congrats to your son man.