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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept18/17

October 19th, 2017

Well, the 2017 fishing season at Port Renfrew Marina has sadly come to an end. This year will go down as one of the best Chinook years in recent memory. “Just like the old days” “As good as it gets” were phrases heard all summer long! Though we didn’t have big fish, we had them in big numbers.

Crabbing, like the spring fishing was off the charts. Great catches lasting far longer into the summer than we have ever seen got many people being “crabbed out.” If that is possible!!

Coho was very good till the first rains hit, then it slowed down some. The San Juan should get a close to record run judging by how many are already in the river.Hopefully next years fishing will match this years numbers.

As always a big thank you goes out to Odd Johansen, Dave Mills and Dwayne Isaac for their help putting the docks away for the winter. We couldn’t do it without their help and it is always appreciated!. Again we want to thank everyone who does help out throughout the year in many different ways, especially those who help with our Labor Day Derby at the day of the event and also the ones who help collect the donations. That is a big job and without their help it surely would not be the success it is.

This year will be remembered as a goodyear for fishing, great weather but a disappointing one with no campfires, they were missed! Three successful and fun derbies and a big one for developing and getting our underground electrical work and running water done. All in all a busy year.

As of October 15th the marina is now closed for the season and will reopen on May 1st 2018. Anyone with a unit or boat still in there will now be accruing winter storage and if that is not what you want to do you must contact us asap to make arrangements to remove them. The front gate is now kept locked 24/7 so if you need to get in to check on your unit you will need to contact our new caretaker, Reid Warren at 250 483-1486 to make arrangements for coming in. If you drive out without contacting him first you will run the risk of not reaching him and be locked out. The office phone is now suspended and you will not reach anyone. If you are interested in a seasonal or monthly spot next year please contact us by email or phone in late April and early May.

As we do each year we at Port Renfrew Marina wish all the best to our customers and may they have a safe and healthy winter and we look forward to seeing you all next year! We are a small and friendly community at the marina and we are always happy to see everyone back the next year.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct. 2/17

October 2nd, 2017

We at Port Renfrew Marina held our annual Coho Derby, “Winner Take All” this past weekend. Well, weather and fishing leading up to the derby were awesome and all indicators seemed to say it would stay so but unfortunately the week’s perfect weather could not last into the derby weekend. Saturday, the first day of the derby was pounded by the infamous Renfrew rain, Sunday was nice, clear and sunny but fishermen had to endure big seas and now on Monday it is sunny and calm. Fishing was also slower on the weekend than during the week but there were still a lot of Coho hitting the docks, numbers were high but the size of most were smaller, most in the 10 to 12 pound range.

Small herring and Baitrix seemed to be the best choice of the more successful fishermen. The fishing should remain very good until we close, just keep an eye on the marina reports.

The winner for this years “Winner Take All” derby was  Don Smith  with a 17 pound 10 ounce Coho

First big Coho weighed in by Ian White at 15′ 13″ next big one to be in first place was Nathan Van Wieren with a 16′ 12″ Coho which ended up getting beat out by the winner Don Smith. On the Sunday an Ian McKinnon weighed in 17′ 6″ Coho, close but still second. Two others were weighed in at the 14 pound range. The prize money was presented to Don Smith by Bud Watt on the Sunday about 1o minutes after the 1:00 deadline and he was given a bag donated by Scotty to put his money in.

Don Smith 17′ 10″

Nathan Van Wieren 16′ 12″

Ian White 15′ 13″ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Smith & boat partner with prize money

Bud Watt presenting prize money to Don Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Catches:

  • Neil Hanson  & Gord Porritt  great catch ling cod up to 17′  7 coho up to 12′
  • Ian McKinnon  17’6″ Coho
  • Kerry Rawlick  28 spring

Neil Hanson and friend

Ian McKinnon 17’6″ Coho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 2017 season Port Renfrew Marina raised funds for the local San Juan salmon hatchery as we do each year. Counting monies raised from our donation jar, the Labor Day derby and the Coho derby we were able to raise a total of $16,180.85 to present to Maurice Trembley to help support and maintain the hatchery. A check was presented to Maurice Trembley by Bud Watt. Also the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen presented Mr. Trembley with their donation of $1000.00 to support the hatchery also from their Salmon Derby held each year in July at Port Renfrew Marina.

Bud Watt & Maurice Trembley

Kinsmen & Maurice Trembley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important News: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on Sunday October 15th this year. This season flew by so quickly! It is very important that you make sure you contact the marina regarding removing your boat or unit before closing or make arrangements for winter storage.  Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.28/17

September 28th, 2017

For Port Renfrew Marina a very quick update. Coho fishing is off the charts!! Get out here and get some, great weather will make fishing a treat rather than the rain fest we normally see this time of year. Seriously, there are so many Coho and just straight out in front of the bay at 400 to 600 feet of water.

On the Chinook front, Shane and Lisa from the local hatchery, report this years return is the best they have ever seen! They already have all their eggs with lots coming from the big five year fish. We took a trip across the lake to the river and even though the blocking fence is open there are still lots of springs schooling in the deep hole, so lots still to spawn. Best news!!!

Good News: The campfire ban has been lifted as of  Sept. 18th so you can now have a fire to enjoy, bring on the weenies! If you want a campfire this weekend bring your own wood as we don’t have any.

Upcoming Event: Coming up in two days will be our annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This year the derby is on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Tickets will be available at the Port Renfrew Marina only and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. This derby is our most popular one we hold and we do get a huge turnout, the prize money is a cash payout to the person who catches the biggest Coho and the pot usually runs around $10,000 or more depending on attendance. We want to reassure everyone that even though we are a first come, first serve business we make sure we find room for all entrants to the derby for camping if needed and moorage. Please remember we are a cash business and come prepared and if possible small bills and change as it can be difficult for us since there is no bank in Renfrew! Come and have a really fun weekend and maybe even go home with a bag of money!!

Closing date: Well, it seems like we were announcing when the marina would be open for the season just a short time ago and now here we are posting the closing date. This year even though Thanksgiving is our usual closing date, the holiday is a week early this year. We were undecided as to whether we should close a bit earlier but our usual time is mid month and so that is when we will close the gate. This year the closing date is Sunday, October 15th. We ask that all our customers please make sure they have contacted us regarding any winter storage they may need for their unit and or boat. Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 25/17

September 25th, 2017

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing the last of this years Chinook. It was one of the best years for spring salmon in probably the last five or six years. Neil Hanson capped his season with a 33 pound spring on Saturday while Coho fishing in 400 feet of water running a hootchy.

Coho catches had dropped off right after last weekends rain but are back on track again as of today, Monday. Limits of nice Coho are hitting the docks. Most are fishing 45 feet to 64 feet down in 350 feet to 400 feet of water. That seems to be the key right now. Hootchies and bait are working best.

Don’t pass up the river mouth on the high tide as there have been lots of fish jumping in as little as 3 feet of water. Casting or trolling fast with spoons or Baitrix strip seems to be working well.

Notable catches:

  • Neil Hanson  33
  • Marion Randall  18 Coho

Neil Hanson 33

 Marion Randall 18 Coho
Good News: The campfire ban has been lifted as of a week ago so you can now have a fire to enjoy, bring on the weenies!

 

Upcoming Event: Coming up this weekend will be our annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This year the derby is on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Tickets will be available at the Port Renfrew Marina only and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. This derby is our most popular one we hold and we do get a huge turnout, the prize money is a cash payout to the person who catches the biggest Coho and the pot usually runs around $10,000 or more depending on attendance. We want to reassure everyone that even though we are a first come, first serve business we make sure we find room for all entrants to the derby for camping if needed and moorage. Please remember we are a cash business and come prepared and if possible small bills and change as it can be difficult for us since there is no bank in Renfrew!

Closing date: Well, it seems like we were announcing when the marina would be open for the season just a short time ago and now here we are posting the closing date. This year even though Thanksgiving is our usual closing date, the holiday is a week early this year. We were undecided as to whether we should close a bit earlier but our usual time is mid month and so that is when we will close the gate. This year the closing date is Sunday, October 15th. We ask that all our customers please make sure they have contacted us regarding any winter storage they may need for their unit and or boat. Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex

 

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 16/17

September 17th, 2017

Fishing at Port Renfrew Marina has been very good for some time now, today it showed signs of slowing down slightly although everyone was coming back with fish, maybe one or two less than the few days before. Limit catches of springs and Coho have been amazing with Chinook fishing being good this long, it bridges the gap between spring salmon season ending and the Coho season starting.

Coho, though slower today has been very very good! Twelve to eighteen pounds has not been uncommon. These hook nosed beauties are right in the mouth of the river! Low tide in the morning or just before dark are the best times.There is no need to snag. Zingers in peach reeled fast or a big blade spinner are all producing biting fish at both mouths of the river. This could be one of the best Coho years in recent memory

Coho Regulations: Quite a few people have come to us asking about regulations and boundaries so we are posting this information for everyone to see.

  • Up to September 5th you are only allowed 2 hatchery Coho in or out of the bay.
  • September 5th: 4 Coho per day only 2 may be wild INSIDE the whistle bouy.
  • Oct. 1st 4 Coho per day, 1 may be wild outside of the whistle bouy.  This means you are allowed to retain 1 wild Coho on the outside, if you want to retain 1 more it has to be caught inside the whistle bouy.
  • No Chinook retention in the bay except for the triangle from Woods Nose to the whistle bouy to East Point.

Notable catches:

  • Brian Woodley & friends   30
  • Mike Game  28.5
  • Sorry, no name  16lb  Coho

Brian Woodley & friends 30

16 lb Coho

Mike Game 28.5

 

 

 

 

 


 

Upcoming Event: Coming up in a month will be our annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Tickets will be available at the Port Renfrew Marina only and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. This derby is our most popular one we hold and we do get a huge turnout, the prize money is a cash payout to the person who catches the biggest Coho and the pot usually runs around $10,000 or more depending on attendance. We want to reassure everyone that even though we are a first come, first serve business we make sure we find room for all entrants to the derby for camping if needed and moorage. Please remember we are a cash business and come prepared and if possible small bills and change as it can be difficult for us since there is no bank in Renfrew!

Closing date: Well, it seems like we were announcing when the marina would be open for the season just a short time ago and now here we are posting the closing date. This year even though Thanksgiving is our usual closing date, the holiday is a week early this year. We were undecided as to whether we should close a bit earlier but our usual time is mid month and so that is when we will close the gate. This year the closing date is Sunday, October 15th. We ask that all our customers please make sure they have contacted us regarding any winter storage they may need for their unit and or boat. Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex

 

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 12/17

September 13th, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing is fantastic! It remains surprisingly and happily strong. Fewer boats on the water do make for some relaxed fishing after the combat months of July and August. Springs in the teens to the high twenties are still hitting the dock making Chinook fishing last longer for the season. Best depths this week has been 60 feet down in 100 feet of water between the Rockpile and Camper Creek. Anchovies and spoons such as Coho Killers are still doing the trick.

Some Coho are showing up but it is still early. Anglers casting from shore are starting to see some nice fish already which should indicate a good season this year. Today a 16 pound Coho was brought in to the dock! Looking like it could be a good year for Coho, lets hope so!

Notable catch:

  • Les Hilliard and his daughter Vida  4 springs biggest 28.5

Vida 28.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Upcoming Event:
 Coming up in a month will be our annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Tickets will be available at the Port Renfrew Marina only and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. This derby is our most popular one we hold and we do get a huge turnout, the prize money is a cash payout to the person who catches the biggest Coho and the pot usually runs around $10,000 or more depending on attendance. Please remember we are a cash business and come prepared with cash and if possible small bills and change as it can be difficult for us since there is no bank in Renfrew!

Closing date: Well, it seems like we were announcing when the marina would be open for the season just a short time ago and now here we are posting the closing date. This year even though Thanksgiving is our usual closing date, the holiday is a week early this year. We were undecided as to whether we should close a bit earlier but our usual time is mid month and so that is when we will close the gate. This year the closing date is Sunday, October 15th. We ask that all our customers please make sure they have contacted us regarding any winter storage they may need for their unit and or boat. Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.4/17

September 5th, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina what has been fantastic fishing in the last three weeks or more slowed down a bit during the derby days. There were 156 fish weighed in the two day event, which is a respectable number given some of more recent past derby’s. Fishing slowed some but the weather was extremely beautiful on the water, calm and flat and almost too hot. For the most part every fisherman we spoke with had fun even if they didn’t get as many fish as hoped for.

Monday, saw a great early morning bite at East Point. There were multiple double headers till about 6:30 then things seemed to turn down. Tuesday, fishing picked up dramatically, first light at East Point and the rest of the day at Camper. Everyone was coming to the docks with limit catches.

There are some Coho already in the estuary but this is too early. We feel that this Coho season should be a good one and with the Coho derby coming up in a month we believe it should also be an exceptional one.

As pretty much everyone knows we at Port Renfrew Marina had our 20th annual Labor Day Derby and it was a huge success. Even though the fish are smaller in size and fishing had slowed somewhat everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the derby. The food went over well and everyone loved the band. The weather held up and it was a balmy evening with no fog!

The top three winners of the derby are:

  • Harley Thompson in 1st place with a 27′.13″ Also winner of side bet of $1640.00
  • Riley Holman in 2nd place with a 27′.8″
  • Merv Pywell in 3rd place with a 25′.13″
  •  Woman’s biggest fish Barbara Clements with a  22′.2″
  • Junior under 16  Max Gammie with a 21″.15″   (sorry, no picture available)

Winning fish

Three prize winners

 

Barbara Clements

The winners of the children’s bullhead derby held on the Sunday morning were  Sawyer and Brooke MacKenzie with 16 and 36 respectively, bullheads caught.

Brooke & Sawyer MacKenzie

Winners of our four raffles.
  • Gift Basket:  Dave Kilmer.  The basket raffle made a wonderful $996.00, best year ever!
  • Classic Compact Bar Fridge and case of beer:  Steve Lesley.  This brought in $545.00
  • Calcutta Cooler: Steve Rogers. This made $870.00
  • Islander Reel: Matt Kelly. This brought in an incredible $3092.00!! A fantastic fundraiser!
Over the years we at Port Renfrew Marina will have a customer who passes away. This year sadly Jan Eliertsen passed away after a fairly long illness. His wife, Judy used to run the Cookshack at the marina and is an amazing cook and baker. Every year one of our most favored live auction items is Judy’s very famous New York strawberry cheesecake. This year she did it again and the winning bid for this piece of heavenly delight went for $280.00! We all wish her the very best and thank her for the donation even in her difficult time.
We at Port Renfrew Marina want to thank all the people who helped in many ways to make things move smoothly. It takes a lot of organization to make things go right and many hands make the work light and easier. We give great thanks to: Sharon Winters, who helped in all facets. Deb Gilmore, Brian Kitagawa, Vic Gee, Shannon Kelly, Diane Clark, Ken Sutton, Jill Hamer, Jim Bjork, Linda Holman, Steve & Marge Donaldson, Craig Larson, Paul Rickard, Gary Coad, and of course Dustin Mayo, Dave Peters and the Kinsmen. My apologies if I forgot someone, please let us know if we did, with all the running around some may have slipped past me!
Port Renfrew Marina wants to thank all who participated and bought tickets to support the local San Juan salmon hatchery.
The silent and live auctions brought in a total of $3889.00. Again we thank all who bid on these items and want to stress that the people who attended this derby to please support these businesses (see below) to show our appreciation that they are willing to donate to this cause. In this time of economy and the fact that businesses get inundated with requests it is to their credit that they willingly give to this effort. If you won a prize please take the time to call and thank the company and let them know how appreciative you are, a thank you goes a long way! Once we have had the Coho derby and tallied all the monies brought in we will be posting what the donation to the San Juan Hatchery will be.
Upcoming Event: Coming up in a month will be our annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Tickets will be available at the Port Renfrew Marina only and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. This derby is our most popular one we hold and we do get a huge turnout, the prize money is a cash payout to the person who catches the biggest Coho and the pot usually runs around $10,000 or more depending on attendance. Please remember we are a cash business and come prepared with cash and if possible small bills and change as it can be difficult for us since there is no bank in Renfrew!
List of Businesses and People who donated to the derby:  In no particular order.
Islander Reel    Island Outfitters    Harbour Air    Neil Hanson of Coast Reel    Redl Sports   Kenyon Wilson Surveyors   Chris Clement of C.C. Investments  Central Island Powerline  Valley Floors  Wholesale Sports    Cabelas    Harbour Chandler    St. Jeans    Gone Fishin’    Alpine Marine Honda    Canadian Tire    Big O Tire    Sleggs Lumber    Renditions in Rags    49th Parallel    Riot Brewery    Rainforest Arts    Saltair Pub    Willow Antique Mall    Silver Mine Jewelry    Impulse Pizza    Lordco (Lk. Cow) Home Hardware (Lk. Cow)    Sooke Home Hardware    Gord’s Fly Box    Irly Bird   Subway(Lk. Cow)   Country Grocer    J&B Pizza & Burgers    Jakes at the Lake    Tomi’s Restaurant    Big Fish Lodge    Port Renfrew General Store   Trailhead Motel    Port Renfrew Hotel & Pub     Brick & Rosie Bricksworth of Choice Charters     Gallery House    Botanical Guest House    Soule Creek Lodge    Handsome Dan’s    Coastal Kitchen    Artisan”s Well    Bonnie Curl    E-Fish-Ent Seafood Product    Kelz Cake Shop    Prestige Hotel    Jake Jewelry    Serious Coffee    Westcoast Tire    Western Foods    Sooke Harbour Marine    Sheringham Distillery    17 Mile Pub    17 Mile Liqour Store    Route 14    Adrena line Zipline    Fields    A&W (Sooke)    Shoppers Drug Mart    Milestones    Village Market    Liqour Planet    Superstore (Langford)    Great Canadian Oil Change    Three Gringo’s    Fairway    Turmeric Restaurant    Everything Wine    Tim Hortons ( Langford & Lk. Cow)   Floyd’s Diner    Thrifty’s Foods    White Spot (Colwood & Duncan)     Glen Lake Meats    Richlock Rentals    Subway (Langford & Colwood)    North West Aluminum    Starbucks (Colwood & Langford)    Darcy’s Pub    Denny’s    Boston Pizza (Langford)    McDonalds (Colwood & Langford)    Monti’s Boat Sales    SureSpan    Scotty Downriggers    Anglers Retreat    Lorelei Green    Shane Morse of Steel Pacific    Mike Young    Nisers    Select Mortgage    Joe Serpa    Elite Sheet Metal   Jim Hermanson of  Great West Equipment    Madil Equipment   Adams Tarp & Tool    Steve Holgate    Steve Lamont of Maple Bay Marina   Gerry Murray    Coastal Outboards    Bow Mel    Bucky’s Sports    Greggs RV    Victoria Flying Club    Kelly Wagner of Gizmos Computers    John Sheldrake    Item    Sooke Power Supplies    Trotac Marine    Silver Streak    All Battery    Don Colgrave   Travel Bea & Ass.   Gibbs Delta    Ian & Deb McGregor    Deans Marine    March Meadows    Bob Biggs    IMax Theater    Dumont Tire    Tiptons    Marion & Howard Randall    EZ Lube    Quale Electric    Fastenal    Larry Green of DSS Welding    Superior Propane    Butler Bros    Chris Flint    Lifetimer Boats    Farmacy    Coast Capital Savings    Dave Mountain    Berks Truck Repairs    Bumper to Bumper    Westland Insurance       Lazy Gecko Restaurant    Buckerfields    Diamond Eye Care   Hugh Hamer    Princess Auto    Doug & Susan Mills    Enex    Peninsula Coop    Victoria Harbour Ferry   Doghouse Restaurant    ATP Tackle    Red Arrow    Paul Rickard    Blanshard Street Winery    Oigo   Electrical Cable Supply    Steve Beal    Mark Perkins   Duncan Iron Works     Grant Hilliard    Oughtred Coffee & Tea    Bucktail Charlies    Black Dragon Enterprises    Lakes Marine  Ampersand Distillery.
If there is a business or person we missed please let us know, we want all donators recognized!
Bud & Rex

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.29/17

August 30th, 2017

For Port Renfrew Marina this report will pretty much mirror the last one. Fantastic fishing and with the exception of Tuesday’s winds, the weather has been the best anyone has seen! Flat calm water and warm sunny skies made for even more enjoyable fishing, you should remember the sun block!

The fish are on the smaller side but there are tons of them. Anchovy is working better than spoons right now but if you do use a spoon, Coho killers are the ones to choose. Again East Point morning and especially the evenings is on fire, Rockpile to Camper is mid afternoon. Even with the rougher waters on Tuesday people were coming back with fish.

Halibut fishermen are getting some on the anchor, could be a good sign for the coming weeks!

Coho Regulations: Quite a few people have come to us asking about regulations and boundaries so we are posting this information for everyone to see.

  • Up to September 5th you are only allowed 2 hatchery Coho in or out of the bay.
  • September 5th: 4 Coho per day only 2 may be wild INSIDE the whistle bouy.
  • Oct. 1st 4 Coho per day, 1 may be wild outside of the whistle bouy.  This means you are allowed to retain 1 wild Coho on the outside, if you want to retain 1 more it has to be caught inside the whistle bouy.
  • No Chinook retention in the bay except for the triangle from Woods Nose to the whistle bouy to East Point.

Notable catches:

  • Ken Gillard  30
  • Eric & Richie Thierbach  4 springs
  • Shelly Taylor, Mike Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Tiffany Hellyer, Robert Harding 7 spring to 23
  • Shawn Stebbins  33
  • Randy Goertzen  28.5
  • Howard & Marion Randall  30
  • Nick Philips & Bryce Irwin  15 17 Ling Cod 2 springs
  • Gord McGeachy  25  35
  • Barry Greenhalgh  30
  • Peter Willing  32.5
  • Kim Stillman  35

 

Shelly, Mike & Jacob Taylor Tiffany Helyer & Robert Harding 7 fish up to 23 

Eric Eckdahl & friend

Randy Goertzen 28.5

Barry Greenhalgh 30

Nick Philips & Bryce Irwin 15 17 Ling Cod 2 springs

Howard & Marion Randall 30 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

Kim Stillman 35

       

Peter Willing 32.5

Doug Cunningham & one salmon that lost the fight!

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, we all have seen a scarred or a spring bit by a sea lion that has tried to get it but not many have seen one this beat up. Doug wasn’t about to let that sea lion take his fish!

 

This coming weekend will be Port Renfrew Marina’s 20th annual Labor Day Derby. The derby starts on Saturday September 2nd and runs until 1:00 on Sunday September 3rd. Tickets are only available at the marina and are $65.00 a rod. This includes a Port Renfrew marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band on Sunday night. This derby’s proceeds go to the local San Juan salmon hatchery to help them with their ongoing salmon management to help keep the salmon stocks in the area strong, healthy and hopefully in great numbers for the fishermen of today and also for the fishermen of the future. As with derby’s they are only as successful as the people and businesses who donate their goods or services for the many prizes we give out. And at this derby we have many prizes, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. We always ask our participants to patronize those businesses for the generosity. If you are planning on participating in the derby and can offer a donation, it’s never too late! You can bring it with you. Below are some items we have for raffle.

 Raffle Items:

Calcutta 50 liter Cooler: generously donated by Joe Serpa  Value: $239.00

Calcutta High Performance Coolers are built to last and keep ice much longer than average, everyday coolers. The super tough roto-molded exterior has up to 2″ of insulation throughout the cooler. With an EVA lid seal, these High Performance Coolers will keep your contents cold for several days when packed with ice. Raised, non-slip feet will keep your cooler in place in the back of your truck or on the boat deck. An oversized drain plug makes emptying the cooler a breeze when the ice does finally melt. Each cooler comes with a removable food tray. Every Calcutta High Performance Cooler includes a built in ruler on the lid for measuring your catch of the day.

Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00  Draw date: Sunday September 3rd.  attendance not necessary to win

 

Calcutta Cooler

Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! Donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at the marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket:

Gift Basket Raffle

Generously donated by:  Port Renfrew General Store   Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

 @ Port Renfrew Marina   Attendance not necessary to win

Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg.citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy ticket

 Another raffle is a beautiful Islander Reel generously donated by: Islander Reel in Victoria

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel                                                                                

Islander Reel MR3

                Clear      Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

 Draw Date: Sept. 3rd  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M.  and at Island Oufitters until one week from the derby.     Attendance not necessary to win

And yet another raffle!

Bar Fridge with Stainless Steel finish with a case of Budweiser Beer 
           donated by Sooke Home Hardware
Value: $290.00  Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 
          Draw Date: September 3rd
Upcoming Event: Coming up after the Labor Day derby will be our annual Coho derby “Winner Take All” and this derby is always extremely popular and this year should be great with the Coho predictions. This derby will be September 30th and October 1st and tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan salmon hatchery also. With this derby as most of you know there is only one winner and the prize is cash, the winnings vary depending on participants but the pot is usually around the $10,000.00 mark and has been as high as $14,500.00. Again with Coho predictions this year the turn out could be huge and that makes the pot huge!
Bud & Rex

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug 21/17

August 21st, 2017

 Port Renfrew Marina continues to see awesome Chinook fishing. Fishermen are saying this quality of catches is what brought them out here years ago. All the usual fishing spots are good but East Point and Camper Creek seem to be the most consistent. Port Renfrew is not always a first light bite, quite often it can be easily afternoon when things light up. Anchovies and Coho killers are working best.

Coho season is coming up soon and should be a fantastic one. Predictions are for the best returns since 1994 and early fishing reports from the bank seems to prove that it is probably true. There are acres of Coho our there feeding on krill and herring, so our late September and early October fishing should be epic.

Notable catches:

  • Joanne Skakun  4 from 15 to 20 lbs
  • Aaron Keller    29
  • Eric Echdahl  30.5
  • Mike Game, John Horgan & Lyle Gurney  6 fish

Mike Game, John Horgan Lyle Gurney 6 springs     

Aaron Keller 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Event: Soon it will be Port Renfrew Marina’s 20th annual Labor Day derby. This year it is on Sept. 2nd and 3rd. Tickets are available at the marina and also this year we have them at Bucky’s in Duncan. Tickets are $65.00 a rod and includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band on Sunday after the prize presentations. At this derby we have many prizes, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. We have many businesses and individuals who donate to this derby and we always ask our participants to patronize those businesses for the generosity. Derby’s cannot be successful without these contributions and we ask if anyone out there can offer a donation or knows a business that would be willing to donate to please either bring the donation in or give us a contact. Time is of the essence now and we are working hard to make sure we have lots of prizes to make this a great derby. Proceeds of this derby are going to the San Juan salmon hatchery here in Port Renfrew.

Upcoming Event: Coming up after the Labor Day derby will be our annual Coho derby “Winner Take All” and this derby is always extremely popular and this year should be great with the Coho predictions. This derby will be September 30th and October 1st and tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan salmon hatchery also. With this derby as most of you know there is only one winner and the prize is cash, the winnings vary depending on participants but the pot is usually around the $10,000.00 mark and has been as high as $14,500.00. Again with Coho predictions this year the turn out could be huge and that makes the pot huge!

Raffle Items:

Calcutta 50 liter Cooler: generously donated by Joe Serpa  Value: $239.00

Calcutta High Performance Coolers are built to last and keep ice much longer than average, everyday coolers. The super tough roto-molded exterior has up to 2″ of insulation throughout the cooler. With an EVA lid seal, these High Performance Coolers will keep your contents cold for several days when packed with ice. Raised, non-slip feet will keep your cooler in place in the back of your truck or on the boat deck. An oversized drain plug makes emptying the cooler a breeze when the ice does finally melt. Each cooler comes with a removable food tray. Every Calcutta High Performance Cooler includes a built in ruler on the lid for measuring your catch of the day.

Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00  Draw date: Sunday September 3rd.  attendance not necessary to win

 

Calcutta Cooler

 

Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at the marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket:

Gift Basket Raffle

Generously donated by:  Port Renfrew General Store   Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

 @ Port Renfrew Marina   Attendance not necessary to win

Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg.citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy ticket

 Another raffle is a beautiful Islander Reel generously donated by: Islander Reel in Victoria

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel                                                                                

Islander Reel MR3

                Clear      Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

 Draw Date: Sept. 3rd  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M.  and at Island Oufitters until one week from the derby.     Attendance not necessary to win

 

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug. 15/17

August 15th, 2017

A quick update from the Aug.14th report for Port Renfrew Marina. Chinook fishing is beyond awesome the last couple of days!! Every boat back this morning has come back with their limits, everywhere is on fire! Most of the fish are in the mid to high twenties. This type of success has not been seen in years. Feels just like the old days that brought everyone to Port Renfrew.

Notable catches:

  • John Holman  34
  • Laurie Orr       31
  • Harold Sutton   26
  • Cooper Rey       32
  • Sean Allemang   34

Bud & Rex