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Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.10/16

Sunday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.17/16

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

At Port Renfrew Marina this is a quick update on Chinook fishing, it has really picked up the last few days! This is more like what we are used to and expect for this time of year. The good news it seems that all areas, from East Point over to Camper and on are all producing. The beach is the place to be, even the guides are fishing the beach, the bank is quiet right now. If you have been waiting for the turn on then your wait is over, get out there and get catching fish!

Halibut fishing is very slow right now and crabbing is fair which for this time of the year is pretty good considering its usually done by now.

A days catch from last week for Wayne Winters and friends

A fun day fishing

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! 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. 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 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. 11/16

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing remains good since our last report. Seems one day is very good then the next a slow down and then the next day is hot! Welcome to fishing prediction! Some anglers come back with limits while others struggled to get one or none but happily most are coming back with their quota of springs.

East Point early AM (daylight) till about 8:00 is a good bet.Thirty seven feet on the rigger seems to be best. Out to the west the bite is later, even mid afternoon. Forty five feet, give or take, is the best depth.While anchovies are the bait of choice, some fish have been eating squid so take a chance with a while hootchie on a short leader.

Halibut fishing has slowed right down after a fantastic year. Inshore and offshore there are few to be found although there is still some time left to fish for them. “Chicken Ranch” seems to have died off for now. Getting tough for springs and dry for halibut.

Along the beach it seems that the springs are here and maybe the best is yet to come with the numbers and sizes growing.

We are still working on the new water line and it is looking like it may take more time than we thought but we are working on it on a weekly basis.

Notable catches:  

  • Warren Nash  34
  • Warren Nash  31
  • Eric Eckdahl  32

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, we are hoping to find a source to purchase the food that can possibly offer us a discount.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. 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. 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. There is also a dinner and dance with 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 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.2/16

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

As of the last report at Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing remained fair to good with the exception of Monday afternoon when it really turned on. Lots of nice springs hit the docks and there were lots of smiling faces.

Rockpile and west on the high slack tide was the winning combination for most anglers. With the early morning tides many took the opportunity to sleep in which was a nice change.

Offshore fishing was on hold for a few days due to weather that was too rough to get there safely or comfortably.With no pressure for a few days the spring and hali fishing was very good, with salmon, early in the day is best.

Crabbing is still good with the heavy traps producing the best. It is important to have the trap sit stable on the bottom and not be shifting around.

Notable catches:

Dawson Elzinga 39

Wayne & Judy Schiffner 28 27 20

Sharon Winters  25 Ling Cod

Mike Styba 37.5 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, we are hoping to find a source to purchase the food that can possibly offer us a discount. 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. 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. 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. There is also a dinner and dance with a live band on the Sunday.

Kinsmen Derby: We have updated the info for the derby two reports back. The Kinsmen raised approximately $13,000.00 for all kinds of worthy causes including $890.00 for the local hatchery and $2136.00 for the Port Renfrew Park. Good work guys and we look forward to having you return next year for an even bigger derby. Thanks to all who participated and or donated, can’t be done without you!

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 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 July 27/16

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina is happy to report that the Chinook have finally hit the beach! Lots of limit catches hit the docks in the past 2 days. All the regular spots are producing fish.

Depths are the usual 31 to 43′ on the downriggers. Anchovies are the bait of choice but if you find needlefish when you are cleaning try putting out Coho Killers.

Chicken Ranch is as per usual and should continue for another month. We do not have an inshore hali report as of right now as spring fishing is the number one choice!

Notable catches: 

  • Len Huot   31
  • Jean Atin   34
  • Hugh hamer  35

Hugh Hamer 35

sorry for the head chop, don’t know why that happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 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. 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 and see for yourselves what a great time it is. 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. There is also a dinner and dance with a live band on the Sunday.

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.

Bud & Rex

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report July18/16

Monday, July 18th, 2016

 

 

 

As far as fishing goes in the Renfrew area there is not much more to add from the last report. Beach Chinook fishing though improved some, remains quiet. This seems to be the tend all along the lower west coast.

Chicken Ranch fishing is hot and cold with the salmon being mostly on the smaller side. Halibut has slowed down.

Inshore halibut remains very good. Try some new spots on the anchor for limit catches! All the best fishing has been to the west. East of the bay is all dogfish.

Notable catches:

  • Chris Allen  34.9 (from the previous report time)
  • Hugh Hamer  28
  • Chris Flint  30.4
  • Mary Dice   31.5
  • Judy DeFrane   30
  • Manning Watson  28
  • Gord & Keri Dolbec  30  20

 

Hugh Hamer 28       

Gord Dolbec 30

Manning Watson 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoody Derby:  Last week Port Renfrew Marina held a very informal small derby in memory of Blair Houdayer, a long term regular at the marina and well loved by everyone. This year was the second one and was attended by about 25 fishermen who all had to fish by cut plugging as Blair always did. The fishing was very slow but the feelings of remembering Blair and having a day of fishing in his name was the most important. The winner this year was Greg Jones, the grandfather of Matthew Jones who won last year. $855.00 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Greg Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinsmen Derby: This past weekend Port Renfrew Marina held the second annual Kinsmen Derby. It was a great derby with over 200 tickets sold for a solid turnout. It was a two day derby with a hamburger dinner included on the Sunday. Fishing for this derby definitely improved some, happily. The weather held up nicely and the seas were calm. The freezer draw raised $2136.00 and the funds went to the local Port Renfrew Park. The side bet raised $890.00 and that money went to the San Juan Hatchery. The Lake Cowichan Kinsmen club raised approximately $10,000.00 to other widespread causes with a total of monies raised approximately $13,000.00 for the derby! Not bad at all for only it’s second year running, thanks to all who participated and or donated to this great derby with well deserved causes.

Winners:

  • First Place:  Bob Biggs   33.5                        $2000.00
  • Second Place:  Joe Serpa    29.11                 $800.00
  • Third Place:  Jay Degoesdriand    26.2      $400.00

Bob Biggs 33.5 Joe Serpa 29.11

Sorry, no picture of third place winner

 

 

Ongoing work:  The water line is moving along and we hope to have it up and running soon, work gets done every week and we hope for completion in the next month or sooner.

Port Renfrew Marina has a Labor Day Derby every year, this years will be the 19th annual derby, this year it falls on Sept. 3rd and 4th. We are now trying to collect donations for this derby and we ask if anyone feels they can help with a donation or knows a business that could help out we would be grateful to hear from them. You can come by the office or call us at 250 483-1878 and let us know. As you know a successful derby is dependent on prizes and as usual we are trying to help the local hatchery who depends on organizations to help them stay viable and productive. To all those who are helping us get donations a big thanks goes out to them for their efforts. All of us at the marina want to make sure that there are salmon around for generations to come! All donations, large and small are greatly appreciated. The Labor Day derby is a 2 day event with prizes for top three largest fish, one for woman’s and under 16, hidden weights, door prizes, silent and live auctions and raffle items. As usual there will be a dinner and beverages and the live band that plays every year.

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.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July7/16

Friday, July 8th, 2016

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing along the beach is back to fair after a few good days on our last report. The salmon seem to be staying very close to shore even into 40 feet of water. There have been some notable catches if one can stay away from the seals and sea lions!

Notable catches:

Terry Van Weiren 37.5

  • Grant Hilliard  32
  • Ken Gillard  31
  • Terry Van Weiren  37.5
  • Wayne Winters  34
  • John Bart  32
  • John & Gail Gordon  31  33
  • John & Gail Gordon  38.5

Offshore, at Swiftsure, calm seas have returned. The prior five days had everyone getting totally beat up in very ugly weather. Fishing is very good out there for Chinook, Coho and halibut. Spoons and Baitrix at 170 feet for Chinook. White gulp and salmon bellies for halibut. Coho can usually be caught trolling on the surface or casting when you see them.

Inshore halibut remains very good and will get better still as as the guide pressure is off as they fish the “chicken ranch.”

Crabbing is starting to slow down a bit although the ones you get are hard and heavy and a good size. It has been an incredible run all season long so a bit of a slow down is to be expected.

Upcoming Event: The 2nd annual Port Renfrew Marina Spring Salmon Derby will be held on July 16th and 17th  held by the Cowichan Kinsmen. This derby is a fun one with many great prizes and this year there will be a simple dinner. Winnings go to the biggest springs caught. 1st prize is $2000.00 2nd prize  $800.00 and 3rd prize  $400.00.  There are hidden weight and door prizes. Tickets will be available at Port Renfrew Marina, Bucky’s Sports, Gord’s Flybox or from Dustin 250 701-5253 or dustin_m@hotmail.com. Monies raised will go to local service projects, youth sport programs, San Juan Enhancement Society, Port Renfrew Park, families in need, special needs people and Cystic Fibrosis to name a few. For photos of previous derbys go to www.lakecowichankinsmen.com

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.

Islander Reel

Islander Reel

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 Purdys 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. At this time the basket can be seen at the Port Renfrew General Store.

Port Renfrew Marina is still working on getting the water line in, please forgive the mess of gravel and road work torn up in places.

Port Renfrew Marina has a Labor Day Derby every year, this years will be the 19th annual derby, this year it falls on Sept. 3rd and 4th. We are now trying to collect donations for this derby and we ask if anyone feels they can help with a donation or knows a business that could help out we would be grateful to hear from them. You can come by the office or call us at 250 483-1878 and let us know. As you know a successful derby is dependent on prizes and as usual we are trying to help the local hatchery who depends on organizations to help them stay viable and productive. All of us at the marina want to make sure that there are salmon around for generations to come! All donations, large and small are greatly appreciated. The Labor Day derby is a 2 day event with prizes for top three largest fish, one for woman’s and under 16, hidden weights, door prizes, silent and live auctions and raffle items. As usual there will be a dinner and beverages and the live band that plays every year.

Bud & Rex