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  • Boat out of Whittier vs Seward?

    I'm thinking about getting a boat this summer and plan to take out the family as much as possible (or as much as they can tolerate). I live in Eagle River and will trailer the boat with me. I know the basics like Whittier is closer but in Seward the launch is better and facilities are better. The main objective is to go out fishing for halibut, salmon and other fish and not have to travel too far (if possible).

    So... Whittier vs Seward
    79
    Whittier
    55.70%
    44
    Seward
    44.30%
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  • #2
    i like to go out of whittier because of the calmer seas. ive been in resurrection bay in some nasty stuff. not saying whittier cant get nasty but to me it seems like theres more places to hole up if need be. ive heard of halibut being caught close. pigot bay, around esther but ive never had any luck for butts near whittier. i had one good take in the western entrance of esther passage but lost it and nothing after that. by the way what kind of boat are you looking for?

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    • #3
      Both for different things

      We camp in the coves out of Whittier early in the summer, do the shrimpin' thing. Then when the silvers start running later in the summer we do more Seward trips. We usually go to Homer if we want halibut anytime in the summer. My thoughts on catching fish; Seward the silvers are consistent -they hit pony and sixty boats will be in an area the size of a football field, you just follow the boats. If you want halibut out of Seward you go to Montague, that's the only "consistent" halibut hole. Homer, it's a matter of hitting a slack tide and somewhere around two hundred feet of water, or follow the charter boat chatter on the radio until you find all the boats. Catching fish out of Whittier is a lark, unless you have knowledge of where and when to go. It's to big of a place with many bays that may or may not hold any fish. Seward and Homer are huge also, but it's open thus giving it's secrets away easier, -see no boats, probably no fish.

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      • #4
        This is tough. It all depends on the weather and what going on. If the silvers are running good I will go to Seward. Spring Bear Whitter.
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        • #5
          Whittier is great for the scenery and getting the family out on the water. For fishing find someone that knows how to catch them there, yeah I am still looking for that person!
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          • #6
            Seward Whittier Whittier Seward

            If you want to go fishing, go to Seward or Homer. If you want to go boating, go to Whittier. If you want good halibut out of Whittier, its a 180mile round trip by boat to Montague.

            Do a search on this topic. Its been discussed at length before. The previous question as to what kind of boat are you going to buy is very important here. The reality is long distances and potential big water where ever you go.
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            • #7
              Whittier hands DOWN. Both Homer and Seward are relatively unprotected from the Gulf as well as very susceptible to day breezes. Whittier has much better scenery, and the fish are there too, you just have to know the holes.

              Any dummy can fish out of Seward and Homer. And fight 4' seas on the way home.

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              • #8
                Boat I'm looking for

                Originally posted by akriverrat View Post
                i like to go out of whittier because of the calmer seas. ive been in resurrection bay in some nasty stuff. not saying whittier cant get nasty but to me it seems like theres more places to hole up if need be. ive heard of halibut being caught close. pigot bay, around esther but ive never had any luck for butts near whittier. i had one good take in the western entrance of esther passage but lost it and nothing after that. by the way what kind of boat are you looking for?

                I'm looking to get a 24-26' hardtop with cuddy

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                • #9
                  It's a wash in terms of time and $. Whittier is closer, but by the time you wait for the tunnel, launch and park, you are looking at the same time as going to Seward. And you can either pay to go through the tunnel and get jacked on the Whittier launch and parking fees, or spend more on fuel driving the Seward and back.

                  I'm also in eagle river and for the last two seasons have been trailering the boat to the sound. In that time we went out of Whittier a dozen times, Seward once and Homer twice.

                  Whittier is a great spot for running a small boat, as there are hidy holes all over the sound, and countless spots to explore. The downside is, if really want to catch fish, you have to run at least 50 miles to get into spots that will consistantly produce fish, and further out for buts. Yes, you can catch fish closer in, but its not going to be red hot fishing.

                  Seward will provide good fishing closer to port. But, Reserection bay doesn't have many if any places to hide, and conditions can be such that while you had no problem getting out of the bay, you might have a rough time getting back in. I'd wanted to fish Seward a few times last season, but my schedule and weather didn't cooperate.

                  Either location makes for a long day trip, and given the expense of taking a boat out, making a weekend of the trip is a much better route to go, it also allows two daily limits of most fish. For weekend trips, I'd definately go with whittier, as you can run 50-80 miles out to the good fishing spots, have most of the day to fish, a nice location to anchor for the night, and another 1/2 day to fish before heading home.
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                  • #10
                    Mostly Seward

                    Let's see you said family & 24 to 26 foot boat. Seward would be good for the family because there is stuff to do and good services, places to eat and stay over night. In Whittier you have great scenery and little else, i always had to run at least to culross passage and further south to main bay and eschamie lagoon(wrong spelling) to get into decent fishing. With a boat your size the water conditions in reseruction bay will be managable if you get online and check the marine forcast at NOAA. It is a longer drive to seward but you make up the difference in fuel to seward after you pay for the tunnel and higher launch and storage fees at whittier. As of last summer i decided to store the boat in Seward and save a lot of bucks in fuel (19 mpg vs 10 mpg) not to mention wear and tear on the equpimnet and driver.

                    Just some thoughts, been doing this from eagle river begining in the year 2000 ...

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                    • #11
                      Whittier exclusively

                      I have fished Whittier exclusively for 15 years and have learned that there are honey holes thruout the Sound. The coves provide protection from wind and seas and there always fishing about the Lee side of the islands. I have a condo there and leave at 0400 hrs before the tunnel opens and am around good fishing within 2 hrs. I have no need to go anywhere else.

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                      • #12
                        I voted for Whittier

                        Because, even though Seward offers better facilities, amenities, and crazy amounts of silvers, it doesn't offer shrimp, multiple coves, waterfalls, wildlife, hospitable beaches, hiking and berry picking. Plus, I'd be willing to bet that water stays flatter in the sound more days than it does in the bay. To each thier own I guess. Let's see.....3 months to go? Maybe a little sooner....
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by AlaskanSD View Post
                          Whittier hands DOWN. Both Homer and Seward are relatively unprotected from the Gulf as well as very susceptible to day breezes. Whittier has much better scenery, and the fish are there too, you just have to know the holes.

                          Any dummy can fish out of Seward and Homer. And fight 4' seas on the way home.
                          Sounds good...!
                          So.... where are these holes..heh....
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                          • #14
                            Paul H

                            Well Put Paul H. I totally agree with you. I still always seem to go to Whittier. There are some great honey holes out of Whittier, but I had to put in ALOT of time to find them. There is some decent fishing about 30-35 miles out, but that is still quite a run for a smaller vessel. I usually catch fewer halibut than other places, but I seem to catch alot more of the large fish. That is alot of fun, but not always what you want. Plus, how can a guy argue with 15-30 pounds of shrimp tails for a couple days work? That reminds me of what I want for dinner tomorrow!!!!
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                            • #15
                              Curise Craigslist In Portland

                              While Cruising Craigslist in Portland I found what appears to be a decent deal on a boat. It what really makes the difference is the full top, which can cost mega dollars to add up here.

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                              Date: 2009-02-07, 12:03AM PST
                              Last edited by akfishnut; 02-12-2009, 00:56. Reason: spelling
                              How stupid is it to be wasting tons of salmon and halibut as bycatch in the Bering Sea and then have the coastal villages hollaring they have no food? It's got to stop!

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