I'd be up for it - even if I don't bring any fish home, I love going collecting.
we would each need to have a fw fishing liscense. We might also need a collecting permit.
I'll try emailing Scott and see if he knows what we'd need or who to talk to.
I've got a few minnow traps, a cast net (sometimes good for sunfish etc, but sometimes bad for certain fish as they get "gilled" and really beat up), dip nets, an umbrella net, and last but certainly not least, a nice minnow seine.
A tougher question is sometimes where to go - we want clean (ie not dangerous to wade in - no staph bacteria, mercury levels, etc) water, fairly easy terrain (too many rocks or stumps means seining\castnetting is difficult, but traps work well ), physically safe (no broken beer bottles in the water to step on ) yet not too restricted (ie no collecting in state parks by law).
In the spring I recommend waders or wetsuits, in the summer I just go with reef runners and a swimsuit.
Aquatic diversity is also an issue sometimes - I know a few ponds that are full of sunfish and baby largemouth bass - but very little else (and the largemouth are not technically native to this area). I know another where I once found small trout stalking little "minnows" -- the "minnows" turned out to be 1" largemouth bass (they look like glowlight tetras with a green stripe instead of orange, at that age - wicked cute ) -- but the penalty for even accidentally collecting gamefish is huge.
I have collected darters once locally - at a pond in Easton MA, when they had drawn the water down during the construction of a new dam, I was able to dip net some swamp darters. However, that was years ago and the water is much higher now.
I also know a few good spots to collect saltwater or brackish natives down on Cape Cod - some salt marshes, a few jetties, etc.
Now I guess I just need a few more tanks setup to put the fish in (like I need a hole in the head)
Its new, its improved (its still a work-in-progress)