Finally got the boat wet Sunday, went down to Seward for the first time and dropped the boat in the water to troll for Kings; nice ramps, good parking right next to the ramps, no snow worth mentioning, overall a nice town.
It was 42 degrees and "clear and a million", 1 foot chop and 3 foot ocean long wave swells - pretty good day.
I noticed though that as we're running down Res bay there really isnt much of anything in the bay, couple of small coves and thats about it until you hit the mouth and then you're exposed to open ocean.
I was looking for structure/topography that'd be good for fishing and I really didnt see any. Just the bay.
So we proceeded to go to the mouth of the bay and troll for Kings (got skunked, still thoroughly enjoyed the day)
Costs: One-way its 66 miles additonal miles and (at least) an additonal hour and a quarter to drive to Seward, at the 14.8 MPG I get thats 8.91 gallons of gas, at an average of $3.75 a gallon (was 4.01 in Seward) that all works out to $33.44 EXTRA to just to drive to Seward, park and launch is another $10.00
Contrast to Whittier
Town and facilities are below-par (to be nice about it), parking is a long dang walk (why dont they at least build a stinking foot bridge?!), costs are: $20 tunnel, $20 launch, $10 parking.
.....But the bay is a heck of a lot better; more structure, more and closer topography to get to; such as Esther Island, Pigot Point, Culross, etc. Just a better place to fish from a boat IMHO.
For me, the town facilities just dont really matter - they're good enough, I'm not there for the town, I'm there to go boating and fishing.
Its a shorter drive, I'm in the water 2 and a half hours longer, and it only costs an extra $6.56 versus going to Seward, in my opinion Whittier wins hands down.
I cant see a compelling reason to go anywhere else, I can slay Kings, Silvers and Halibut just fine within an hours boating from Whittier Harbor. Might have to go deep, but its still good fishing. And its a heck of a lot prettier to look at.
So, thats my reasoning, can anybody find fault with it?