RE:Avoiding gut hooking
I struggle with this question every time I take my four year old out. The best thought I've had was to try circle hooks.
Using circle hooks has been abysmal for me. I did get to try it out with some eagle claw circle hooks in size 8, but I couldn't hook a fish for the life of me. I saw a Gamakatsu circle hook in size eight at a fishing show in California last spring, but have not been able to get my hands on the hook for testing.
What has partially worked to avoid gut hooking is to switch to a small Thill bobber weighted so that it is very sensitive to the bite, and having my son lift up any time the bobber moves. This has cut the number of gut hooked fish to 1/2 what it was before. But its still too many.
I hope that some one has a good answer to this question.