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Topic: Water Taxis in Res Bay - Can't Beat It  (Read 1693 times)

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Klondike Kid

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I've been communicating with Millers Landing folks about using their water taxi service for day trips and overnighters at the outreach of Resurrection Bay. A round trip is only $60 to Fox Island. I believe that is called a drop in the bucket. You can shuttle out there, catch a limit of rockfish, maybe troll up a feeder king salmon, or get lucky and hit a halibut and be back at the Landing at 5pm. Compare that to a halibut/rockfish combo charter for $350-$450.

With the dismal loss of tourist dollars to our fellow Alaskans' businesses, I've decided to spread a few greenbacks around the Peninsula. Especially after watching Rudy's video nail that 127 pound halibut out there while salmon fishing at the island.

For overnights they allow you to take just about everything but the kitchen sink. 32 ft landing craft can hold a LOT of 'stuff.' And their operations are not going to be as busy or crowded as a year when 550 cruise ship sailings are bringing in tourists.  ALL of those have been canceled~!

In the next week...or two...I intend to make a scouting trip with Millers out to Fox Island drop off and do some exploring and testing the waters. My quest is a 100+ pound halibut sometime this summer.  Lingcod season opens July 1st and from Fox its about 6.5 miles run to get outside the bay where its legal to fish for them. On a good day that is doable.

There is a great WX window popping up Wednesday through the weekend for the Kenai Peninsula. Am hoping to maybe hit Portage Lake to film the glacier from my kayak and  drone and then head to Seward. Thinking about trolling for sockeye at the head of the bay or taking a day trip with Millers to begin my research for a planned multi-day overnighter.

Also with so few tourist anglers coming to Alaska this summer there is going to be a huge amount of halibut in Cook Inlet that won't get caught. In fact the International Halibut Commission has approved in an emergency meeting to eliminate the Tuesday and Wednesday no halibut charter closures AND they are changing the charter angler's bag limit to allow one fish up to 32" (was 28") and one fish any size....all due to the fact that thousands of visiting anglers will NOT be coming up to fish so the harvest quota won't be reached.

All you anglers out there....its looking possible that the Kenai River late run of king salmon may be in trouble too. If that is the case, like the early run restrictions/closure, it could mean that all commfish beach sites are closed to protect the kings. The Kenai River sockeye run could be a great opportunity to fish because No Tourists and no commfishing on beach sites. River will be full of reds to Dip and Sport fish.

Good luck and good fishing.
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