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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report May14/17

May 14th, 2017

With all the work being done at Port Renfrew Marina this spring and having the power delayed, mostly due to bad weather, fishing trips have been few. We had hoped to have the power completed by opening but that was just not possible. We are shooting for another week but it may take longer. We are trying very hard to have it done by the May long weekend. The weather is still holding things up some with terrible rains more days than not. When you make your first trip to the marina you will see many changes, the first being a beautiful brand new sign at the entrance of the driveway. Please be aware in the next while to keep in mind no power means not expecting to leave food or bait behind. We did have some issues with our ATM and pay phone but they have been cleared up and both are now working.

Halibut fishing is still very good. With no angling pressure for six months the first of the season always produces lots of fish of a good size. As usual the first catches of the season taste amazing!

Days catch of halibut

Salmon are coming in from Camper Creel but again there are days without a boat in sight, if you like to fish quiet and without crowds this is a great time to do that. The third year net pen fish from Mill Bay will be returning this year so Woods Nose could be the place to be.

Crabbing is very good with the heavy commercial type traps out fishing all other kinds. If your trap isn’t heavy then it is highly recommended you weight it with rocks or something to make sure the trap stays solid on the ocean floor and not swaying and moving with the current. The crab don’t like the movement and will take off.

Important Date: This year the Cowichan Kinsmen Salmon Derby will be held July 29th and 30th. This is a great derby and grows bigger every year. It is following in the footsteps of the Davey Derby where they help various people and organizations in the Cowichan and other areas. They do great work and are a bunch of really great people. the derby is a lot of fun and they have great prizes. Stay tuned for updates and info as we get it.

IMPORTANT: If you are an existing seasonal customer at Port Renfrew Marina and have NOT contacted us yet as to your return you have run the risk of losing your spot as we have people wanting camping sites.

 

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report May 3/17

May 3rd, 2017

 

At Port Renfrew Marina the season seems to be off to a good start. Crabbing has been very good as it usually is this time of year. Again, hard and sweet and healthy sizes. Got to love crabbing time, there isn’t much like it! Halibut fishing is good also but you have to know your weather and seas as it can still be windy and rough out there. Salmon fishing is also good but they are still on the smaller size but great tasting. Lets hope that this year’s fishing stays good and just gets better!

At Port Renfrew Marina the electrical work continues. We are trying hard to get it completed but the weather has not cooperated. We are working every day all day to get the lines in and the grounds back to normal. We first thought it would be done around opening dates but that got bumped to mid May. At this time we are hoping that timeline will work but it may take longer. If you are planning on coming out to set up your camp and get settled in you may want to call the marina first to check on how things are in case there are trenches near your site or other work being done there. Please take note, there is NO POWER for hook up at this time. All power has been turned off while the work is being done. If you do come out before power is restored make sure you bring only foodstuffs that can be consumed while you are there unless you have your fridge set to propane. If you went o the marina’s site and found it down, it was due to a domain transfer and should be fine now.

Also at this time the docks are being put back and repair work is underway. We would like to thank Odd Johansen, Dave Mills and TJ Watt for helping put out the docks.

Right now, the marina’s ATM is not working. We are awaiting a part for it. The winters seem to affect even electronics that are indoors and kept dry, etc. We should have it up and running by this coming Sat. So please be aware if you are coming before that you should have cash on hand as we are still a cash only business.

A reminder: If you are a seasonal customer at Port Renfrew Marina it is time for you (unless you have already) to contact us regarding your return. We have people who are enquiring about sites and we need to know who is keeping their spots and who may not. Please take a minute to call the marina and update us as to your decisions. Please have a look at the rates page as some things have changed.

Port Renfrew Marina would like to welcome our new caretaker, Reid Warren. He has been a huge help with the excavator work needed there and is doing so much to get the marina looking clean and organized for the coming season. Also, Knut is back for the new season as you all know him.

For Port Renfrew Marina the first derby planned so far is the Kinsmen Salmon Derby. It is scheduled for July 29th and 30th.

Bud & Rex

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report April 23/17

April 23rd, 2017

Port Renfrew Marina will be opening this coming weekend for the 2017 season. The office will be open Sat. April 29th and will be open every day until closing in October.

To all early season guests for the 2017 season:  As many of you already know, we are in the process of upgrading our electrical distribution system at the marina. The underground construction process is taking more time than expected, in large part due to the terrible wet weather we have had. The electrical is all underground and the trenches have been like small rivers so we have had to work when the weather has permitted it. This will delay getting power supply to your campsite. If you are planning on setting up in the next two weeks please be aware that there will likely be no power available and to plan accordingly. Do not bring perishable foods that you aren’t prepared to consume before you leave or have a fridge set on propane. We are estimating that electricity will not be available for most serviced sites until mid May. Also when you arrive with your unit please make sure you come to the office so we can advise you as to if your spot can be driven over, some people will likely have to park in the storage area if their spots are still under electrical construction. Best to call us ahead of time and we can update you. The number is 250 483-1878 and it will be active.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon.

On the up side we now have water available at certain spots around the campground in standing pipes and our hope is that getting water will be a much easier job now.

Recently Port Renfrew Marina’s domain was about to expire and in the process of moving it to a different company there is a transfer that has to be done and there is a small chance that the site may go down for a day or two. We are hoping this won’t happen but if it does just know that it is temporary and we will be back up shortly.

As mentioned in the last report we now have a new caretaker, Reid Warren, who, pretty much all of you have met. He is in the modular to the right of the office. He is there daily but may be driving the excavator so if you call, leave a message and he can get back to you. His number is 250 483-1486. At this time we ask that anyone who has been seasonal please contact us as to your status on your return for this coming season.

We at Port Renfrew Marina all look forward to seeing all our old and new customers for this season and lets hope it’s a great one for fishing!

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Apr.10/17

April 10th, 2017

Well another season at Port Renfrew Marina is only three weeks away from starting. This year we will be open on the weekend of April 29th. Bud, Tedi, Rex, Diane, Knut and Reid welcome you all back and look forward to seeing both old and new customers and friends for this 2017 season.  As most of you are aware last year the focus was to get a new water system in place. That has been done and there may be even more improvements on it before we open. When you arrive you will notice standing pipes in different areas of the marina so there will be no need to fill up at the old water truck. We also have a fire hydrant for any kind of fire emergency.

This year we have been busy upgrading our entire electrical system which was in dire need of doing. When you arrive this year please check in at the office if you are one of our customers who uses power, the system is different now. Redoing the electrical system is a huge job to get done in a very short period of time before we open this spring. Luckily we have Reid Warren (who seems to be a machine himself!) on the machines all day every day working to get this done before we open but if not please be patient! We are going as fast as we can. As each upgrade and repair is done we will be moving on to other much needed areas of work.

A heads up on a few other changes also. First, we recommend you check our website out on the rates page and check out some minor rate increases for the 2017 season to see if they apply to you. This is the first rate increase in four years.

Also we are pleased to announce we have a new caretaker for the marina. It is Reid Warren of RAW Charters. He will be in the modular and he is the person you need to contact if you are needing to come out to check on things while we are closed. The gate as usual is kept locked during that time and he will need to be contacted to make sure the gate is open for you. The phone number to reach him is the same as before 250 483-1486.

So far we have not  heard much in the way of the forecast for fishing this year and from previous years we have found often they aren’t extremely reliable, so time will tell soon. At least your stay at the marina should be more comfortable this year. Reports through the grapevine say crabbing is good already so it should prove to be a good year hopefully.

Bud & Rex

 


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