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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Jan.4/17

January 4th, 2017

 

2017 marks the 20th season we have been operating Port Renfrew Marina.

 

 During that period, which began with us leasing the site from TimberWest, we jointly purchased the property with the Pacheedaht First Nation, and as of January 2016 we secured 100 percent ownership of the site.

Changes and upgrades to our facility have taken place over the years. These changes have been made with a careful eye on keeping the rates affordable, thereby allowing working class people to continue enjoying the recreation or even passion for fishing and camping we all have.

Our new piped water system is now operational and while that water is not piped to the individual campsites, there are several hose bib locations for water fill up. We even have a fire hydrant!

Changes have also been made to our communication system at the Marina. We now finally have a fixed “land line” for telephone and Internet. This replaces the wireless system we have used in the past which has often been inconsistent and inoperable during BC Hydro outages. By upgrading here our hope is to provide our guests with better access to these services.

Over the years, the marine environment at the campground has reeked havoc with our electrical power distribution system. 2017 will see a major rebuilding of the power distribution system.

 The Port Renfrew Marina “family of guests”, many of which fished and camped here prior to our first year of operation in 1998, continue to return each year. There is a real community of friends here with most of the Seasonal guests securing the campsites and moorage slips they had the previous year. We want to extend a secure thank you to all our Seasonal and Monthly guests along with the many weekender and daily guests for their continued support of our facility. As you all know, there is a real sense of camaraderie here making it an enjoyable experience both on and off the water.

 On behalf of Port Renfrew Marina, we wish you all a very Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing you all when we re open in May.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report October 18/16

October 18th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina our 2016 season is now finished. We are now officially closed until May 1st 2017. Shortly after our fantastic Cho derby mother nature put a definite and abrupt end to the season. Epic early October rains have not let up since then. It’s too bad as it was going to be the best Coho fishing in a dozen years. Well, this makes lots of fish for the river systems.

At the marina we still have some units left that need to be clarified as to whether they are to be stored or pickup. Any left will incur storage costs. If you suspect you may have any costs still unpaid please contact us so we can get things all accounted for. We want to send out thanks to Todd Garrett for staying on at the marina after closing (and in the bad weather with no power) until our caretaker, Desi Hatchard, is home from his hospital stay and is well enough to handle things.

Please take note that now that the marina is closed the gate is locked and access can only be done through the caretaker. The storm on the past weekend did some damage to the area, besides many trees in the area but not in where the units are, caused tarps, costco tent covers and misc things left at sites to get torn or blown around. We have tried to contact the people who we knew needed to come get things but you can call and make arrangements to come out and see your place or just park outside the gate and walk in to see. Please note that power was off for about a day and a half. The number to call for Desi is 250 483-1486 the office phone is no longer active.

We at Port Renfrew Marina want to thank all our customers both new and long standing a healthy, happy and safe winter and look forward to seeing everyone again in the new season. Lets all hope for a better year of fishing!

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct.12/16

October 12th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina the 2016 season is a wrap. Unfortunately the rain killed what was shaping up to be an epic Coho season. With the pending weather prediction of heavy extreme rains and strong winds for this upcoming weekend we are hoping to close the gate early. It is not safe or manageable or even worthy of your time to try and fish in the conditions that are predicted. If you are planning on coming to take your units out, come early if possible and make sure you don’t leave anything that can get blown away such as Costco tent frames. They will blow away even without the tents on them no matter how hard you think you have staked them. A big thanks goes out to Odd and Reid for their help again this year in putting the docks away.

  Closing date: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing this year on October 16th not October 15 as first stated, sorry for any confusion. It is imperative and your responsibility to contact the marina regarding your items at the marina to inform us as how you want to deal with taking or storing them. If left, you will incur winter storage fees. Once the marina is closed the gate is locked and you will need to contact our caretaker, Desi Hatchard @ 250 483-1486. The marina number 250 483-1878 will become inactive after October 16th until opening of May 1, 2017                                

At this point our caretaker, Desi hatchard is not well and is in the hospital. If you do not reach anyone at the marina after closing for a few days you need to consider the marina closed and locked so don’t make a trip out as you will find you can’t get passed the gate. It is imperative you contact someone first so arrangements can be made but better yet, come by before October 16th while we are still open. We will be shutting down that day at 4:00pm. 

Bud & Rex

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report October 2/16

October 2nd, 2016

Well, for Port Renfrew Marina the “world famous” “Winner Take All” Coho derby for 2016 is over for another year. This extremely popular derby is a pretty level fishing contest, anyone, with anything, can win the pot.

This year the story behind catching the winning fish is great! Our long time customer at Port Renfrew Marina, Mark Perkins fishing with his friend from Saskatchewan, bought a third ticket to be able to run the Prairie trout rod his friend brought from home. Sure enough the trout rod went off, on a 8 pound test line, 5 feet long with a 2 ounce weight. They chased it and had no choice with a small rod, the multi jumping Coho for 3o minutes, into the backing, thinking oh it’s gone over and over then finally it the net! Caught early on Saturday it held up all that day and through Sunday to be the winning Coho at 19 pounds and 14 ounces and a real beauty.

There were lots of last minute weigh ins in the 15 to 16 pound range but no new winners.

Mark Perkins & friend 19’14″ Coho 

“Winner Take All” Coho derby
showing rod used to catch the fish! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coho were being caught on spoons, hootchies but the best was anchovy. Thirty to fifty feet was the best depth. Sundays seas and weather conditions were the best of the year! Flat calm seas, no wind and lots of sun. You could easily have gone to the bank and maybe even motored to Hawaii at 30 mph with water flat like a lake. Got to love those fishing days!

The final numbers are in for monies raised for the San Juan Salmon Hatchery. With money raised at Port Renfrew Marina’s Labor Day derby, general donations given during the course of the season, and the money raised at the Coho Derby Port Renfrew Marina is happy and proud to say we have given the hatchery a total of $16,001.75 this year. We want to thank everyone who made donations either directly or through donations for the derbies and are pleased to know that we all played a part in helping out our local hatchery to keep it being a viable source to help maintain and support the salmon in our area. 

The raffle that was held at the marina for the nights stay at the Villa Eyrie Resort and the 1 day member experience at the circuit racetrack under the guidance of an instructor team and access to drive an assortment of luxury vehicles such as Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, BMW and more  valued at $3000.00 was won by a Steve Rogers. Very generously donated by Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, Dan Maxwell & Rutland Glass.

 Closing date: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing this year on October 16th not October 15 as first stated, sorry for any confusion. It is imperative that you contact the marina regarding any winter storage you may need for either your boat or unit. It is your responsibility to contact the marina regarding your items at the marina to inform us as how you want to deal with taking or storing them. If left you will incur winter storage fees. Once the marina is closed the gate is locked and you will need to contact our caretaker, Desi Hatchard @ 250 483-1486. The marina number will become inactive after October 16th until opening of May 1, 2017.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.27/16

September 27th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina a quick short report before our Coho Derby coming up this weekend. Coho fishing remains good, with the mornings seeing the better fishing. The main focus has been offshore in the 400 foot to 600 foot depth of water. Fishing depths have ranged from on the surface top right down to 80 feet!

Bait is always number one but pink, yellow, blue and silver hootchies are doing well on a very short leader. The herring “Baitrix” should work well as most of the fish have herring in their stomachs. Baitrix is somewhat unknown lure to use but can work very well.

If you see jumpers in the river mouths you should stop and cast for them. Zingers seem to work best for these fish. We are of the thinking that this year is going to be a very successful derby as there are lots of fish around and some big hooked nosed northerns!

Check out our raffle below! It is a chance to win a once in a lifetime experience!

Renfrew at dawn. First light in the morning heading out for a days fishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPERIENCE the ULTIMATE ESCAPE!

Donated by: Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit & Dan Maxwell & Rutland Glass

There will be a raffle draw on Sunday October 2nd for a package of a 1 night stay for 2 at the beautiful Villa Eyrie Resort, 1 day of member experiences at the circuit under guidance of instructor team & access to drive a fleet of vehicles including an Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche to name a few with a value of $3000.00!

Tickets: $20.00 each available at  Port Renfrew Marina

Upcoming Event: Coming up on this weekend October 1st and 2nd Port Renfrew Marina is it’s annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is incredibly popular and people by the hundreds show up for the chance to win a large chunk of cash usually with winnings around the $10,000.00 mark. The entry fee is $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each fee going to the local San Juan salmon hatchery in Port Renfrew. This derby should prove to be an interesting one since the Coho seen so far are proving to be the largest at this time in years. Come and make the most of the closing of the season in Renfrew, have a fun two day fishing trip for $25.00 and help the hatchery at the same time. Please be advised that we are a cash business so please bring cash for your expenses and tickets. We do have an ATM for your convenience.

Closing date: Port Renfrew marina will be closing this year on October 16th not October 15 as first stated, sorry for any confusion. It is imperative that you contact the marina regarding any winter storage you may need for either your boat or unit. If left you will incur winter storage fees. Once the marina is closed the gate is locked and you will need to contact our caretaker, Desi Hatchard @ 250 483-1486. The marina number will become inactive after October 16th until opening of May 1, 2017.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.18/16

September 18th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina Coho fishing slowed down a little, especially offshore. Since then, before the rain, fishing improved again. Inshore at Camper Creek large Coho are being caught by anglers targeting spring salmon. Lots in the mid to high teens are hitting the docks and they are beauties.  Coho are now in the bay and river mouths so even if you don’t have a boat shore fishing is now an option.

Chinook fishing is winding down after a generally slow year although we did see quite a few come in, mostly in the twenties. Hopefully we get lots back to the river and will report when we hear from the hatchery.

Halibut fishing is improving and has had a little to no pressure in the last month. If you head out watch the weather as this time of year we can start to get SE winds again.

Port Renfrew Marina has completed our end of the water line and once the line if done from the other end we will be connecting up. It is looking like that will be after the marina closes.

The results from Port Renfrew marina’s Labor Day Derby are as follows;

  • Port Renfrew General Store gift basket              $715.00
  • Islander Reel from Islander Reel                      $1620.00
  • Pelican Cooler donated by Joe Serpa                $660.00

Live Auctions:  A total of $3255.00    Silent Auctions: $1835.00

With misc cash and check donations the grand total is so far $11,234.50, we are pretty pleased with this amount and it will be more once we have our annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All” coming up in October and also the monies raised on our ongoing raffle for the nights stay at the Villa Eyrie Resort and a days experience of driving luxury high performance cars on the Van. Is. motorsport circuit…see below. Tickets are available at Port Renfrew marina and the draw will be done on October 2nd. After that time we will be posting the total amount being donated to the San Juan salmon hatchery.

EXPERIENCE the ULTIMATE ESCAPE!

Donated by: Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit & Dan Maxwell & Rutland Glass

There will be a raffle draw on Sunday October 2nd for a package of a 1 night stay for 2 at the beautiful Villa Eyrie Resort, 1 day of member experiences at the circuit under guidance of instructor team & access to drive a fleet of vehicles including an Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche to name a few with a value of $3000.00!

Tickets: $20.00 each available at  Port Renfrew Marina

Upcoming Event: Coming up on October 1st and 2nd Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is incredibly popular and people by the hundreds show up for the chance to win a large chunk of cash usually with winnings around the $10,000.00 mark. The entry fee is $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each fee going to the local San Juan salmon hatchery in Port Renfrew. This derby should prove to be an interesting one since the Coho seen so far are proving to be the largest at this time in years. Come and make the most of the closing of the season in Renfrew, have a fun two day fishing trip for $25.00 and help the hatchery at the same time. Please be advised that we are a cash business so please bring cash for your expenses and tickets. We do have an ATM for your convenience.

Closing date: Port Renfrew marina will be closing this year on October 16th not October 15 as first stated, sorry for any confusion. It is imperative that you contact the marina regarding any winter storage you may need for either your boat or unit. If left you will incur winter storage fees. Once the marina is closed the gate is locked and you will need to contact our caretaker, Desi Hatchard @ 250 483-1486. The marina number will become inactive after October 16th until opening of May 1, 2017.

Bud & Rex



Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.10/16

September 11th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina we can only do reports when we are between times up there so reports can be behind in information at times. Well… this is HOT off the press! One hour ago. Coho fishing is fantastic!! Limit catches for all and some big fish with 15 and 16 pound Coho’s being brought in. Reports are that Steve Bryant brought in a 21 pounder! It has been years since we had one over 20 pounds. Looks like there will be lots this year. Things are looking good fishing wise now!

There are still springs around in good numbers but with the Coho here, why bother? Nice to have the choice at this point and time.

The ongoing water line is nearing completion. It is looking like it will be in working order for next year as there have been delays and our season will soon be coming to an end.

Reid Warren of RAW Charters days catch of Coho 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Event: Coming up on October 1st and 2nd Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is incredibly popular and people by the hundreds show up for the chance to win a large chunk of cash usually with winnings around the $10,000.00 mark. The entry fee is $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each fee going to the local San Juan salmon hatchery in Port Renfrew. This derby should prove to be an interesting one since the Coho seen so far are proving to be the largest at this time in years. Come and make the most of the closing of the season in Renfrew, have a fun two day fishing trip for $25.00 and help the hatchery at the same time. Please be advised that we are a cash business so please bring cash for your expenses and tickets. We do have an ATM for your convenience.

 

EXPERIENCE the ULTIMATE ESCAPE!

Donated by: Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit &

Dan Maxwell & Rutland Glass

There will be a raffle draw on Sunday October 2nd for a package of a 1 night stay for 2 at the beautiful Villa Eyrie Resort, 1 day of member experiences at the circuit under guidance of instructor team & access to drive a fleet of vehicles including an Alfa Romeo, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche to name a few with a value of $3000.00!

Tickets: $20.00 each available at  Port Renfrew Marina

This year Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 16th. It is important for all customers to contact us regarding their units and boats. They must be removed on or before October 16th unless arrangements are made for winter storage. Boats or units left after closing will incur winter storage fees. It is important that all customers speak to us so we are clear on how to go forward with their property.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 7/16

September 8th, 2016

At Port Renfrew Marina soon after our last report Chinook fishing turned on again. Chinook fishing is very good right now. If you want to get an extra edge try jigging the anchovies that are under the marina docks. They are silver and green and and work very well after brining in salt. Small teaser heads work well with them but anchovies in general are the way to go.

The real surprise is the Coho fishing. In the twenty years we have been here we have never seen this many, this large, this early. Lots of limit catches, with fish up to 19 pounds already! You can get them on the beach but the best place seems to be in 300 to 350 feet of water down 35′ to 40′. Spoons and hootchies in green, white or yellow seem to be working well. We would say that this is shaping up to be the best Coho year since 2000.

For halibut, no one has really been fishing lately but while it generally slows down in August, by mid September it picks up again. Good currents in the next two weeks should make for some favorable conditions.

This past weekend was Port Renfrew Marina’s 19th annual Labor Day Derby. It was another great success with 271 tickets sold. The weather on the Saturday was a wonderful early autumn day, warm, calm seas and no fog. Sunday the fog arrived and a bit rougher waters but not enough to stop the anglers from trying to catch the winning spring, all in all two great days of fishing. On Saturday there were 136 salmon weighed in with even more than that caught as we only weigh one spring per ticket. On Sunday with the shorter hour, final weigh in time was 1:00, there were 50 fish weighed in. Luckily the fire ban had been lifted so the evenings were a great time to sit back and talk about the days fishing.

Derby Winners:

  • Brian Paulson  37.15   First place
  • Ian Batty  30.8             Second Place
  • Mike Styba  28.14        Third Place

Woman’s biggest fish: Judy Thorarinson  25.5       sorry, no pic of Judy or Mike and apologies for the head chops!

Brian Paulson 37.15  

Ian Batty 30.8  

Mike Styba, Ian Batty, Brian Paulson, Rex Coburn, Bud Watt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Bullhead Derby:  

  • Boys winner:  Brooke
  • Girls winner:  Kiana

 

Brooke

Kiana  

For Port Renfrew Marina many people helped make this derby successful. We had a different direction for the dinner this year. While in previous years we had someone local prepare and serve it, this year we had to create the menu and the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen served it up for us. PRM wants to send out a huge thank you to Clayton Wright who coordinated the incredibly generous donation of Tim Hortons chili, cups and spoons from the owner of the Duncan restaurant and others, Greg Adams. Clayton Wright managed to get the donation and bring it to the marina, get the cookware arranged, helped in arranging how to get it all prepared (it is not done in a conventional way). Clayton took time out of his days to personally super clean the pots and donated his propane tanks for cooking. We can’t thank him enough for all he did.

Like most derbies we held some silent and live auctions which went well but the most outstanding one was when Judy Eilertsen’s famous blueberry cheesecake was auctioned. It started of at $200 and very quickly jumped to $715.00 by Ian Batty, it was then put to Judy Thorarinson to match the difference to make it an even $1000!! She did and the cheesecake sold for the $1000.00! That’s what we call real enthusiasm for the salmon enhancement cause!

When it comes to donations anyone who has done this knows that it is a huge job. We have had a few people who help out over the last three years and we also couldn’t do it all without them. There are a couple people who really put their time in for us and they are Vic Gee and Sharon Winters. Both of them go to many businesses and tirelessly go from one to another in their area. We have help from others also, Brian Kitagawa, Larry DeFrane, Jack Hughes, Debbie Gilmore, Linda Bondu, Grant Hilliard, and many individual donators. All are listed at the bottom of the report. We thank all those who do this work for us, it means everything to have that kind of help.

For a derby there is endless help needed, in setting up, keeping track of auction tables and raffles and clean up, etc. Again when it comes down to the crunch we can always count on a few people and Sharon Winters stands out amongst them all! She is up for whatever you need done and puts in hours of her time with out any complaints. She is amazing and so organized and can calm things down so things aren’t spiraling out of control! We can’t thank you enough Sharon, you are wonderful. Having said that we had lots of help from others in setup, take down, clean up, and general running around. Thanks go out to Dennis Summerhayes, Linda Holman, Cheryl Gillard, Gwen Coleman, Dave Mills, Paul Ricard, Doug Larsen, Dave & Doug Mills, Sadie (granddaughter of the Holman’s). A special thanks goes out to Joe Serpa for letting some of the band members stay in his little cabin.

And last but not least we give a huge thanks to the Kinsmen, Dustin Mayo and his wife, Crystal (who happens to be pregnant and still pitched in hugely), Brian, Steve and Allan. They were great, doing whatever was needed to make this work and had the help of Dolores Forsberg, Brooke and Gabrielle Winters, Diane Clarke, Alex Gummeson and Claire Cooper who helped prepare the food ready for cooking.  As you can see the list is long and it all comes together with all of their help, from small to big jobs, they are all important! If we have overlooked someone please accept our apologies!

So the derby was a success with a great showing of Chinooks caught over the two day period many of the entrants coming back with great catches and after the presentations and dinner, the band, Mathison, played into the night with many of the marina’s customers and derby entrants dancing and celebrating the weekend. Not a bad way to say farewell to summer and look toward the fall.

Upcoming Event: Coming up on October 1st and 2nd Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is incredibly popular and people by the hundreds show up for the chance to win a large chunk of cash usually with winnings around the $10,000.00 mark. The entry fee is $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each fee going to the local San Juan salmon hatchery in Port Renfrew. This derby should prove to be an interesting one since the Coho seen so far are proving to be the largest at this time in years. Come and make the most of the closing of the season in Renfrew, have a fun two day fishing trip for $25.00 and help the hatchery at the same time. Please be advised that we are a cash business so please bring cash for your expenses and tickets. We do have an ATM for your convenience.

Businesses and Individuals who donated to the derby:

Vancouver Is. Motorsport Circuit & Dan Maxwell- Rutland Glass, Greg Adams of Tim Hortons, Harbour Chandler, Islander Reel, Neil Hanson of Milroy Engineering & Coast Reels, Sooke Harbour Marina, Gizmos Computers, Island Outfitters, Joe Serpa, Chris Flint, Tomi’s, Handsome Dan, Rick Jakimchuk, Westcoast Tire, Soule Creek Lodge, Butler Bros, Dodds Lumber, Central Is. Powerline, Kenyon Wilson Surveyors, CC Investments, Valley Foods, Redl Sports, Oki’ Tackle, Mt. Sicker Lumber, Nisers, Home Hardware, Big Fish Lodge, Doug Brouwer, Trailhead Motel, Cowichan Engineering Services, Cindy’s Hair Creations, Steel Electric, McGregors, Eagle Eye Sports, Anglers Retreat, Richlock Rentals, Northwest Aluminum, Bow Mel, Three Point Properties, Alpine Marine, Scotty, Cabelas, Prestige Oceanfront Resort, Sooke Power Supplies, Trotac, Shane & Samantha Morse, Andrew Sheret, Adrena Line Zipline, Deans Marine, Monti’s Boat Sales, Choice Charters, Mike Young, All Battery, Barry Hobbis of Victoria Harbour Ferry, Berks Intertruck, Duncan Coastal Outboards, Silver Streak Boats, Pacific Gateway Marina, Audie Williams from Davey Derby, Gord’s Fly & Tackle, Tube Shack, Bonnie Curl, Princess Auto, Great West Equipment, Bob Biggs, DSS Welding, Hugh Hamer, Hotel Chemainus & Green Lantern Pub, Dave Haddadd, Diamond Eye wear, Superstore, ECS Electrical Supply, Boston Pizza, E-Fish-Ent fish Processing, Kelz Bakery, Artisans Well, ATP Bait and  Tackle, Market on Millstream, Fastenall, Shoppers Drug mart (Colwood & Sooke), 17 Mile House, Mike Smith, Buckerfields, March Meadows, Enex, Fields, Item, Dennis Murray, Country Grocer, Queale Electronics, Island GM, Hardie Honey, Liqour Planet, Sherringham Distillery, Black Dragon Enterprises, St. Jeans Cannery, Wholesale Sports, Madill, Mike Game, Peninsula Coop, Sylas’ Treasure Chest, White Spot, Oughtred Coffee & Teas, Sabhai Thai, Stickleback Restaurant, Mai Mai Bistro, Great Canadian Oil Change, Turmeric Restaurant, Route 14, Milestones, Floyd’s Diner, Browns Social House, IMax from Jordan Batchelor, Blanshard St. Winery, Thriftys Foods, Verity, Western Foods, Darcy’s Pub, Dog House Restaurant, Steve Beal, Glenwood Meats, Starbucks (Colwood & Langford), A&W (Colwood, Lk.Cowichan, Sooke, Vic), Westland Insurance, Village Foods, Gordon n Gordon, Judy Eilertsen, Irly Bird, Lifetimer Boats, Marina supply, Lake Cowichan Coop, Lake Cowichan J&V Burgers & Pizza, Tugwell Creek Winery, Tim Hortons (Colwood, Langford, Lk. Cow), Country Grocer (Lk. Cow), Jakes on the Lake, Subway (Lk. Cow, Colwood), Superior Propane, Serious Coffee, Linda Bondu, Walter Pederson, Dennis Summerhayes, The Oak & Carriage Pub, Ampersand Gin, Cobblestone Pub, Sawmill Restaurant, Tiptons Outboards, Marian Randall of MVVC Communications, Doug Mills, Sylas’ Treasure Chest, Botanical Getaway, Gallery House, Greg’s RV, Fairway Markets, Buckerfields, Black Swan Pub, Dan Maxwell, Lake Cowichan Coop. Wayne & Judy Schiffner, Matt Wiley (from the Cowichan Salmon & Steelhead club), John Sheldrake, Select Mortgage, Fountain Diner.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if we missed a donator! It is of upmost importance to us to acknowledge and give recognition to the people and businesses who are generous enough to donate to this great cause and we do not want to forget anyone!

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.30/16

August 30th, 2016

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing slowed right down on the weekend with the exception of the Gagen and Hydes boats that had their limit of 6 springs both days. Everywhere was generally poor fishing. Even East Point got very quiet.

Tuesday saw a great improvement, with Chinook in all the regular fishing spots. While anchovies are the bait of choice, spoons are working as well. Coho killers are a popular choice also.

Farther to the west “hole in the wall”to the NitNat gap has been very good, just pick a good weather day.

Nice sized Coho are showing up on the beach, with some hatchery fish pushing 12 pounds. Still to early to target them offshore. It looks like it may bode well for the Coho derby coming up on October 1st and 2nd.

Halibut fishing has had no pressure, we know of only one boat up on the top end of the closure that got some fish. The halibut fishing should improve towards mid September.

Crabbing is still fair with most people getting a couple for the pot.Considering what crabbing is usually like this time of year, this is a bonus.

Notable catches:

  • Grant Graver   31
  • Barrell Gallant  34  hatchery  Sorry for the head chops!!

 

Barrell Gallant 34 hatchery     

Grant Graver 31

Ian Batty days fishing 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Port Renfrew Marina and the area of Port Renfrew are still under the campfire ban. For additional information you can go to www.bcwildfire.ca. Some areas on the island are opening up so it may be that Renfrew will soon also, we will try and keep you updated. For a map showing the areas affected go to http://ow.ly/AIGB303J6nB.

 

Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby: Coming up this long weekend will be the marinas 19th annual Labor Day derby and things are moving along well. This year the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen will be serving the dinner. The success of a derby depends so much on the help from businesses so the funds can be raised for the cause which in this case is the local salmon hatchery and such a deserving cause it is! We all want to see the salmon stocks kept alive and well for ourselves and future generations. Donations have started coming in and we hope to collect more so keep that in mind if you think you can help, we also can always use help with collecting donations and we are always in need of helpers to set up the tables, sell raffle tickets, etc the day of the derby. If you have a donation or know of a place who would be interested let us know asap. The derby is a super fun event and if you haven’t attended it before you should come and see for yourselves what a great time it is, bring a friend to participate. It is a two day event wth many prizes including hidden weight, biggest fish for a woman and a teen under 16 and silent and live auctions and raffles. Tickets are now available at the office and are $60.00 a rod which includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, a dinner and beverages and a live band on the Sunday. Dinner tickets are available for those who aren’t in the derby but would like to participate. The same band will be playing again this year, so get your dancing shoes ready!

At Port Renfrew Marina this year there will be a form to fill out voluntarily for fisheries to help them determine fish stats. This form is optional and should you want to fill it out below is their reason behind the form use. Fisheries will be donating a $70.00 gift certificate for gas at PRM in a draw from the entries they receive.

There is some worry by recreational fishers that treating derby weekends the same as other days of the month is resulting in over‐estimates of the recreational fishery catch. To explore and protect against this potential, the Port Renfrew Marina 19 Annual Labor Day Derby is partnering with DFO to improve recreational catch estimates and management in the west coast portion of Juan de Fuca. The goal of working with DFO is to have our derby catch known exactly and not have it estimated by the creel survey. This will improve overall effort and catch estimates, which will lead to improved management and regulation of our fishery. To achieve our goal of improved catch estimates and be entered in the derby prize draws, you must fill out the catch information on the opposite side of this sheet. Bring this completed form to the derby weigh‐in station. Official weights will be recorded on the form and the form submitted as your derby entry. This information will be added up to document the total catch in the derby so the catch does not need to be estimated by DFO.

Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is raffling an Islander Reel donated by them to raise funds for the local salmon hatchery. It is a MR 2-LA Mooching Reel called ARBOR SLATETickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 and available at the marina. Buy a ticket and support the hatchery so you and generations to come can enjoy the sport of salmon fishing. Value of the reel is $625.00.

Another Raffle Item: Again the Port Renfrew General Store has generously donated another gift basket for raffle for the Labor Day Derby. This basket is full of some amazing items, such as a bottle of  Ketel vodka, Gran Reserva Bacardi rum, 1 bottle of quality red wine, & a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, a ceramic LED candle lantern, a box of Purdy’s chocolates, cedar salmon wraps, acrylic plates and bowls, 1 pound Salt Spring organic coffee, Stash organic green tea, bamboo reed diffuser, 4 stemless wine glasses and much more, all sitting in a metal beer cooler tub with a built in bottle opener on the side.  It can be viewed at Port Renfrew Marina now. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, what a deal for a basket of approximately a $300.00 value! Must be 19 or older to buy tickets and attendance is not required to win.

And yet another Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling a Pelican ProGear 95 liter Cooler, generously donated by Joe Serpa. This cooler is extremely tough and so well insulated that it can keep up to 10 days ice retention. With many excellent features it can last for years and is guaranteed for life. Can be seen in the marina office. Value of the cooler is $500.00. Tickets available at the office at $5.00 a ticket or 3 for $10.00. Again all proceeds go to the local San Juan salmon hatchery.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.22/16

August 22nd, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing continues to be very good with lots of comments of “just like the old days!” Fishing has definitely picked up and seems to be staying. Seems as though there is a good tide for the first couple of hours after daylight and then a very good bite in the early afternoon. All the usual spots are producing fish everyday. Hot teaser heads are  bloody nose, glow green and chrome mint pearl and a few others. Some anglers are trolling medium size herring and are doing very well.

Coho are starting to show up which is a good sign of things to come soon. Some hatchery fish are up to 12 pounds already! Should make the coming Coho Derby on October 1st and 2nd an interesting and exciting one. Probably a little early at this point to target Coho but they are a nice incidental catch.

Halibut has slowed down but there is a very little pressure as all anglers are focused on the springs right now. Crabbing is still quite fair to good, not as many but nice big hard ones for the most part.

Important News: As of Aug. 17th there are no campfires allowed in any areas of Port Renfrew, no exceptions and not allowed until further notice. Be vigilant with any thing that could start a fire and FYI the fine for having a campfire is $1100.00. Conservation officers are on the lookout for violators. We all love a nice campfire but the risk is too high, we could lose so much of our beautiful forest and last years fire was terrible, with road closures for two weeks.

Notable catches: 

  • Wallace Cheong  32
  • Kevin McKenna  43

Kevin McKenna 43

Andrew Atchison days fishing

Wallace Cheong 32

Cory Kovacs Chris Arnold days catch

Water Line: Some of you may be wondering about the water line. It is coming along slowly, we will soon have the line done to the road and then we need to wait until work on the other side will be done. Once it’s completed we can get hooked up. It is starting to look like it may be operational fully by next season but maybe sometime in Sept if things go well.

At Port Renfrew Marina this year there will be a form to fill out voluntarily for fisheries to help them determine fish stats. This form is optional and should you want to fill it out below is their reason behind the form use. Fisheries will be donating a $70.00 gift certificate for gas at PRM in a draw from the entries they receive.

There is some worry by recreational fishers that treating derby weekends the same as other days of the month is resulting in over‐estimates of the recreational fishery catch. To explore and protect against this potential, the Port Renfrew Marina 19 Annual Labor Day Derby is partnering with DFO to improve recreational catch estimates and management in the west coast portion of Juan de Fuca. The goal of working with DFO is to have our derby catch known exactly and not have it estimated by the creel survey. This will improve overall effort and catch estimates, which will lead to improved management and regulation of our fishery. To achieve our goal of improved catch estimates and be entered in the derby prize draws, you must fill out the catch information on the opposite side of this sheet. Bring this completed form to the derby weigh‐in station. Official weights will be recorded on the form and the form submitted as your derby entry. This information will be added up to document the total catch in the derby so the catch does not need to be estimated by DFO.

Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby: Coming up soon will be the marinas 19th annual Labor Day derby and things are moving along well. We still could use donations or suggestions as to what businesses might want to pitch in and donate. Anyone with a suggestion of a business or person who may be willing to contribute please contact the office and let us know. This year the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen will be serving the dinner. The success of a derby depends so much on the help from businesses so the funds can be raised for the cause which in this case is the local salmon hatchery and such a deserving cause it is! The donations have started coming in and we hope to collect more so keep that in mind if you think you can help, we also can always use help with collecting donations and we are always in need of helpers to set up the tables, etc the day of the derby. We all want to see the salmon stocks kept alive and well for ourselves and future generations. If you have a donation or know of a place who would be interested let us know asap. The derby is a super fun event and if you haven’t attended it before you should come and see for yourselves what a great time it is, bring a friend to participate. It is a two day event wth many prizes including hidden weight, biggest fish for a woman and a teen under 16 and silent and live auctions and raffles. Tickets will be available soon at the office and are $60.00 a rod which includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, a dinner and beverages and a live band on the Sunday. The same band will be playing again this year, so get your dancing shoes ready!

Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is raffling an Islander Reel donated by them to raise funds for the local salmon hatchery. It is a MR 2-LA Mooching Reel called ARBOR SLATETickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 and available at the marina. Buy a ticket and support the hatchery so you and generations to come can enjoy the sport of salmon fishing.

Another Raffle Item: Again the Port Renfrew General Store has generously donated another gift basket for raffle for the Labor Day Derby. This basket is full of some amazing items, such as a bottle of  Ketel vodka, Gran Reserva Bacardi rum, 1 bottle of quality red wine, & a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, a ceramic LED candle lantern, a box of Purdy’s chocolates, cedar salmon wraps, acrylic plates and bowls, 1 pound Salt Spring organic coffee, Stash organic green tea, bamboo reed diffuser, 4 stemless wine glasses and much more, all sitting in a metal beer cooler tub with a built in bottle opener on the side.  It can be viewed at the Port Renfrew General store or at Port Renfrew Marina later in the month. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, what a deal for a basket of approximately a $300.00 value! Must be 19 or older to buy tickets and attendance is not required to win.

And yet another Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling a Pelican ProGear 95 liter Cooler, generously donated by Joe Serpa. This cooler is extremely tough and so well insulated that it can keep up to 10 days ice retention. With many excellent features it can last for years and is guaranteed for life. Can be seen in the marina office. Value of the cooler is $500.00. Tickets available at the office at $5.00 a ticket or 3 for $10.00. Again all proceeds go to the local San Juan salmon hatchery.

Bud & Rex