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Port Renfrew Marina Report June 28/16

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Today on June 28th it is the first day this year that the Chinook have finally hit the beach! Not as red hot as we have come to expect but some limit catches hit the docks. Most boats landed fish up to 28 pounds, others lost their fish to the dreaded seals. Small bait is around right now so Coho Killers or small anchovies should be the ticket.

Offshore the “chicken ranch” is giving up springs and halibut though there has been some tide and weather issues. Baitrix trolled at 170 feet has worked well.

Inshore halibut on the anchor has been fantastic! Lots of limit catches of nice sized fish means lots of smiles at the cleaning tables. Maybe best to avoid the area around “the ears” as a longliner has been working that area. For the best halibut fishing try to pick times with a 1 to 2 knot ebb current.

Crabs have moved into a little deeper water, 60 to 100 feet deep. It has been an epic crab fishing this season and it seems to be continuing for now. The ones we see are hard and heavy and are very meaty.

Notable catches:

  • Wayne Winters 38
  • Matt Jones  32
  • Darci Haywood   42 47 halibut
  • Neil Hanson   34   have added this in since this report was posted, looks like fishing is getting more like we have come to expect!

 

Darci Haywood 42 47 halibut 

Neil Hanson 34

Upcoming Event: The now 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. Winnings go to the biggest springs caught. 1st prize is $2000.00 2nd prize  $800.00 and 3rd prize  $400.00. There is an early bird draw for tickets purchased before July 4th, it is a $200.00 tackle box package. 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.

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.

News: Port Renfrew Marina is still in the process of getting piping installed for running water. Things are coming along but the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly. It is our hope to have it completed in a month or less.

Issues: Again Port Renfrew Marina is having some problems with the phones, they are working but we are having issues with accessing our messages so please if you call, rather than leave a message please call back. We will work to resolve the problem.

Port Renfrew Marina has a Labor Day Derby every year, this years will be the 19th annual derby. 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.

 Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June19/16

Monday, June 20th, 2016

First, we at Port Renfrew Marina want to explain why the long timeline between reports. There were some inquiries as to the time spread. It seemed that nothing had really change much with the fishing, the pattern stayed pretty much the same. Now time has passed and happily we can report that fishing has improved some.

While inshore spring fishing remains slow there are some big fish being caught and….lost! Saturday, Port Renfrew marina weighed in a 40 pounder caught by Phil Rankin, a 38 by Larry Jones, a 35.5 by Larry Green and a 32 by Mike Graham, all could have won the Father’s Day derby held this weekend at Gateway Marina.

A huge congratulations To Robbyn Kerrone and Ian Batty for their winning of the Salmon Championship at Pacific Gateway Marina. The two Port Renfrew Marina local boys landed a 30 pound Chinook on Sunday morning and won the first prize of $10,000.00 plus the $5,000.00 side bet. Sounds like the best Father’s Day anyone could have!

Phil Rankin 40

Larry Jones 38 with son and grandson

Larry Green 35.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offshore the “chicken ranch” has finally turned on. Limit catches of halibut and springs up to 28 pounds are again the norm. About a week to ten days later to start up than past years may mean that our beach fish could be showing up a bit later as well.

Inshore halibut remains very good if you have some secret spots. Not so secret the 420 and NE corner are still producing fish. Salmon bellies and gulp seems to be preferred bait for many.

Crabbing is still awesome!! Get them while it’s still hot!

Upcoming Event: The now 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. Winnings go to the biggest springs caught. 1st prize is $2000.00 2nd prize  $800.00 and 3rd prize  $400.00. There is an early bird draw for tickets purchased before July 4th, it is a $200.00 tackle box package. 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 SLATE. Tickets 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.

News: Port Renfrew Marina is in the process of bringing in running water and when you come by you will see the work going on coming in the driveway. We hope to have it in working order soon, there are some things that have to be in place before we can complete the job.

Port Renfrew Marina has a Labor Day Derby every year, this years will be the 19th annual derby. 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.

Bud & Rex

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 4/16

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

At Port Renfrew Marina we have had sunny skies and very warm weather the last few days and it is supposed to continue for the coming week.

Fishing for halibut is still excellent! There are lots of limit catches on a daily basis. The size has picked up since the last report, jumping from 20 to 30 pounders up to 60 and 70 pounders coming in. Out west is still the place to fish, nothing coming in so far from the Sombrio area. If the currents are right and you are feeling strong you can try fishing the 420 foot deep hole east of the NE corner.White gulps with bait is what works there.

Crabbing is still crazy good! Best results comes from a heavily weighted trap that sits solid on the bottom and doesn’t drift around.

Chinook fishing remains slow so far with the notable exception of a 42.5 pound beauty caught June 3rd by cut plugger, Eric Eckdahl. Congratulations of our first over 40 pounder of the season. People “in the know” have told us to expect the best Chinook fishing since 1998 this year. These fish that are expected to show will be 4 and 5 year old salmon so sizes will be likely bigger than in the recent past. Lets hope they are right!

Notable catches:  Eric Eckdahl  42.5

Eric Eckdahl 42.5 

Days catch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 If you have left messages on the marina phone and no one has gotten back to you, we apologize as we have had phone issues that have taken quite a while to resolve but they are now fixed and we can now access our messages. At this time the pay phone, office phone and ATM are all working!

Upcoming events: Coming up on July 9th Port Renfrew Marina will be having another “Hoody” derby in honor of Blair Houdayer, who was a long time customer and friend of all of us at the marina. This derby will be for cut pluggers only, details to come.

Also the Port Renfrew Spring Salmon Derby  held by the Cowichan Kinsmen will be coming up on July 16th and 17th. This derby is a fun one with many great prizes. Winnings go to the biggest springs caught. 1st prize is $2000.00 2nd prize  $800.00 and 3rd prize  $400.00. There is an early bird draw for tickets purchased before July 4th, it is a $200.00 tackle box package. 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

 New News: Some of you may have noticed a lot of drilling and digging lately at the marina. We are in the process of putting in a water line, we are hoping it will be completed in a month or two.

Raffle Item: At Port Renfrew Marina we have a Islander Reel donated by Islander Reel, Victoria for raffle. Value of the reel is $625.00. Tickets are at the marina and are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. All proceeds go to the local salmon hatchery in Renfrew.

Bud & Rex

Days catch of halibut

Days catch of halibut

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 20/16

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina and the surrounding area saw excellent weather with sunny skies and calm seas a few days ago, since then the seas were rough for a couple days, hopefully the calmer weather will return very soon.

Excellent crabbing has been the buzz since our opening. Quite possibly the best we have ever seen.

Halibut fishing continues to be strong though the average size is getting a  little smaller. Strange current patterns have some fishermen sit on anchor for a few hours till they get the first fish. Salmon bellies are personally jigged herring ae working best.

The ‘chicken ranch” has turned on early this year. Chinook salmon in the teens are being caught on spoons and anchovies. Watch the weather as we can still get a SE wind which makes for a rotten ride home.

Beach fishing for springs is still a little slow with the cut pluggers at Camper hooking one or two a day with the seal managing to steal the odd one.

A big thank you goes out to Stan Robertson for fixing the long dock at the ramp! Also a big thanks goes out to Desi Hatchard, our caretaker, for helping Bud push some new docks up the river to the marina.

For those of you who are wondering about the fire restrictions, the marina area is fine, campfires are allowed as long as they are no more than 1/2 meter in height and width. Be aware of your campfire and the area surrounding it as the season is looking like it will be a dry one, even for Renfrew. We will have some firewood for sale, ask at the office.

The pay phone is installed but not working as yet. We hope to have it up and running very soon. At this time we are having problems accessing our voice messages on the office phone so unfortunately we can’t hear them so please if we miss your call you will need to call back until this gets resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

It is now past the deadline for previous customers to contact us regarding keeping their site from last year. IF you are a returning customer and do want your site you must contact us immediately or your site will likely be gone.

Big News:  The marina is in the process of getting running water installed so we will have an ongoing supply and no need eventually for the water truck. Plans for completion are tentatively set for mid summer all things being equal. Will keep things updated as we learn new information.

Raffle Item. Port Renfrew Marina is now raffling an Islander Reel donated by Islander Reel in Victoria. The proceeds from this raffle will go to the local fish hatchery in Port Renfrew.

Islander Reel

   MR 2-LA Mooching Reel

           Arbor Slate

Generously Donated by: Islander Reels, Victoria

     Retail value: $625.00

Full frame construction w/ one piece spool & frame

Free spool operation controlled w/ frame-side  recessed lever

One way large cork disc drag system

Face side adjustable drag knob

Islander classic outgoing clicker & generous palming rim

        Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 at Port Renfrew Marina

            Draw Date: Sept. 4th  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report. May 8/16

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina this report is similar to our pre-opening information as things are about the same fishing wise. Still a couple of weeks early for the May run of bigger Chinook. When they arrive all the regular spots will turn on. East Point is really productive when this run arrive, first light until about 7:30 am is the best bite.

Hali fishing remains very strong though strong winds make for picking the right day more important than picking the right bait or spot. Sombrio and out to the west are the places to fish right now and “chicken ranch” salmon and halibut fishing will pick up around the second week in June.

Crabbing is still off the scale!Best catches in memory! They are hard sweet and quite purple in color. The numbers are staggering. This seems to be the same everywhere, Sooke, Oak Bay and Sidney are all doing well, although Renfrew crab always seem to be the sweetest and it could be because they are in out in open west coast waters where the currents keep the waters cleaner. The westcoast crab are at the top of the taste scale! One way or another you just cant beat them, its best to have a weighted or heavy trap so it sits solid and sure on the ocean bottom, this makes it more appealing to the crab, they don’t like the movement of the traps floating and bouncing.

We have now been open for a little over a week and people are coming in and setting up. If you are a seasonal customer please make sure you contact us regarding your situation this year with you site. It will soon reach the deadline of May 15th to contact us if you are coming back or not. If you want the same site you must let us know asap. We have had many inquiries to sites and we need input from our customers so we don’t give away a site that is still wanted.

Port Renfrew Marina now has fuel as many of you may know. We have boat and car fuel and diesel. Our ATM is up and running for those who need to access cash. For those of you who are not aware, we do not accept credit cards, we are a cash business only. Also, for those who may be wondering the marina will not have a cookshack this year so please come prepared for your trip. We are still having inquiries to fishing licenses, please be advised that Port Renfrew Marina is no longer a vender for fishing licenses. The easiest, cheapest and quickest way to get a license is to do it online yourself. If that is not possible you will need to find a business such as Island Outfitters, Canadian Tire, Eagle Eye Sports, etc to get a license. If you are an American doing your license online you need to understand that to fish in area 21 (where Halibut fishing is preferred) you will need to get your license once you are in Canada from a reputable sports store. If you get it online you will then need to re purchase your license so it’s best to wait until you are in Canada unless you are coming for salmon only.

Important: It is beginning to look like it may be another hot and dry summer. If that is the case, we want to remind all our customers to be mindful of their campfires and any combustibles the may have around so we don’t have any issues like last years fires hopefully.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report April 25/16

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Well Port Renfrew Marina is getting ready to open for yet another season! With the good news of our longterm tenure we can begin to do some much needed repairs and improvements. This will be a slow and expensive process that will take us a few years but at least now it can be started.

Early reports are very good for big, hard, purple crabs in the bay! rumor has it that all but 1 of the commercial boats have left the bay. The crab is at its best now and for the next two months, sweet and so fresh!

Halibut is always good at this time of year as no one has been out all winter. Far too early for the “chicken ranch” so it is more of an inshore fishery so far.

Chinook, too early for fish of any size, though some around 5 to 8 pounds have been caught at the Rockpile on Coyote spoons. For all fishermen who will be heading out the river mouth, there is a large deadhead that needs to be avoided and is dangerous in any tide level. We are in the midst of making plans to have it removed but until then use caution.

So for all our customers we will be opening on May 1st officially but the marina will be open for customers to come and set up on the weekend. As always we want our previous customers to contact us regarding whether they will be returning this year and the deadline to keep their spot is May 10th. Please call 250 483-1878 or email us regarding your spot and let us know your intentions. This is an important step if you want to keep your spot from last year, each year we have new people wanting sites and if we don’t hear from you we will assume you are not coming back for this year.

This coming weekend is our first one of the season and like everyone we are looking forward to a great fishing season with lots of catches with everyone staying safe. There is another warning out that again this year may be a hot dry summer and to watch for fires, please make sure you make safe choices with campfires, etc, so we can all have a safe and accident free season.

We welcome back all our returning customers and also all of our new customers for a good year of fishing and good times.

Bud & Rex

Great News in Port Renfrew!

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Belated Happy New Year wishes to all guests of Port Renfrew Marina from the Watt and Coburn families.

As many of you have known, securing long term tenure for our marina and campsite has been challenging in the past. As a result of negotiations that have taken place over the last two years with the Pacheedaht First Nation, we are pleased to announce a permanent resolution to this situation has now been finalized. As a result, we can now state with certainty that the Marina will remain operating in the foreseeable future.

At this time we would like to thank you all for your support in the past and we look forward to seeing you all again when we re-open May 1.

Bud and Tedi Watt,  Rex and Diane Coburn

Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct.13/15

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The 2015 salmon season is now over. Spring fishing was fair to good with the fish being smaller this year. In the 19 years of the marina it is the first year we did not have a Chinook over 40 pounds. Some years we would have as many as 60 fish over 40 pounds! It seems each year there are less big ones although we did have many over 30 pounds.

Halibut fishing was very good this season both at the Swiftsure Bank and inshore. It continued to be very good till our closing but weather and sea conditions were less than ideal.

Coho were the big disappointment. Many anglers (myself included) wait all year for the big San Juan fish to arrive. The Coho caught offshore were very small, 3 to 6 pounds for the most part. By Thanksgiving the huge local fish are usually filling the estuaries, this year no one has even seen one jump! Upstream to Fairy Lake is holding lots of nice fish for the freshwater fishermen.

This year was a struggle in many ways. We had to deal with a large wildfire that lasted over two weeks, road closures, bridge closures and hot dry weather that affected the salmon fishing and still seems to be. We all got through it and in the long run still had a good year.

As many of you know, the annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All” was won this year by Bruce Miller with a Coho weighing in at 14 pounds and 2 ounces. This is his lucky year as he won first place in the Labor Day Derby this year on Sept 5th and 6th and then managed to win the Coho Derby also. Have to say that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and family. The Labor Day derby raised $8377.00 for the San Juan Hatchery and with ongoing misc donations throughout the year bringing in $1850.00 and the Coho derby raising $5797.50 for a total of monies raised the the hatchery of $16,024.50 for this year! We are all so pleased with the numbers and hope it helps the hatchery stay sustainable. A big thank you goes out to all the businesses and people who supported the derbys in various ways, it all helps and it all adds up. Here is to meeting and beating that amount for next year! Also a big thank you again goes out to the people who helped pound the streets looking, asking and picking up donations for the derby. It is a thankless job and we couldn’t do it without their help. These people are Sharon Winters, Vic Gee, Brian Kitagawa and Jack Hughes.

This past weekend was a busy one with putting away the docks and doing the annual clean up and dealing with storage and other things. A very big thank you goes out to Reid Warren, Todd Garrett, Wayne Coleman, Dave Mills and Odd Johansen who used his “supervisor skills.” The weather didn’t always cooperate so it was nasty work part of the time with torrential rain. As we always close on the Thanksgiving weekend there are some of us who spend our holiday up there and so we organized a big dinner with the few of us who are left behind. Eight of us had a Thanksgiving feast in the marina office! A great time was had by all who were there and it was a fun way to end the year.

Important: As the marina is now closed it is imperative that anyone who has a boat or unit still at the marina that they call and make arrangements asap for their removal or winter storage rates will apply. All boats must be out of the water as soon as possible. Port Renfrew Marina assumes no responsibility for any boats left unattended in the water. Weather conditions make leaving it in the water a very poor choice. As the marina is now closed you MUST call ahead to arrange access to remove your boat as the gate is kept locked. To arrange a time for this you will need to call Desi Hatchard at 250 483-1486 to let him know when you can come so he can be there to open the gate for you.

Reminder: For all our customers with accounts outstanding we ask you make arrangements to send payment asap so we can settle up things for the season. Winter storage is to be paid at the beginning of the season. Also a reminder that for customers who have made arrangements for winter storage for their units that you are allowed only one weekend a month to stay at the marina to come and check on things, this means everyone. Staying at the marina more often than that is not allowed for security and liability reasons. Again to come up you need to check in with Desi so he can be there to open the gate.

We at Port Renfrew Marina want to take this time to thank all our customers for their loyalty and love for the marina and sincerely hope all enjoyed their stay there this past season and wish all of you a safe winter and look forward to seeing you next year. Port Renfrew Marina will reopen on May 1st 2016.

Bud & Rex

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct.4/15

Monday, October 5th, 2015

For Port Renfrew Marina the highlight since the last report was the annual “Winner Take All” Coho Derby. While the Coho fishing had been slow anglers came out in droves for a chance to cash in on the cash prize and support the local San Juan salmon hatchery. Given that the Coho fishing has been on the quiet side we were more than impressed and pleased at the turn out of fishermen who came looking to enjoy a weekend of fishing for that elusive big Coho.The weather was superb with sunny skies and fairly calm seas. Fishing was fair to good number wise but for the most part on the small size. Lots of campers and campfires at the marina with stories and laughter everywhere. It was obvious everyone was having a good time, which is what it is about in the long run, the winnings are just a big bonus!

Just when we thought all the springs were gone we had a few show up this weekend. They were all white. Looks like there may be a few to be caught out there.

  • Marion Randall 30.5
  • Darren Noble 33
  • Mark Woodger 31

Talking to the hatchery manager, he reports that the local fish are not in the San Juan system yet. Hopefully the massive Alaska commercial Coho fishery has left some of the Vancouver Island fish! We have one week left to catch some nice Coho before we close for the season. Make the most of the time left! Last chance to catch some bright red Coho and from the results of the derby there may be some bigger ones out  there.

Coho Derby: With the slower fishing the numbers of tickets sold was up for speculation but true to form the anglers came and showed their support and 526 tickets were sold this year. The father and son team of Bruce Miller and son, Chris were the winners of the 2015 Coho “Winner Take All” derby. Their prize money came to $10,520.00 with a Coho weighing in at 14 pounds and 2 ounces. They also won the side bet of $3.200.00 giving them a total of $13,720.00!! Not bad for two days fishing! The runner up was Trevor Eccleston with a Coho weighing in at 13 pounds 4 ounces, unfortunately not giving him any winnings!

From the Coho Derby there was $2630.00 for the hatchery. The Simrad GPS donated by Island Outfitters raised $1340.00 with the winner of that Evan Driver. The Bradley Smoker donated by Port Renfrew Marina raised $1240.00 and was won by Grant Hilliard. There was misc donations done over the season and that raised $587.50 for a total of $5797.50 to go to the hatchery.

Bruce Miller winner 14′ 2″

Bruce Miller and son, Chris

Bruce, Chris and Rex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, this is the last of the derby’s for this year, the season has been a different one with fishing being slower this year and with smaller fish….none over 40 for the first time since we have had the marina. Whether it is a sign of the times or an anomaly of the year, time will tell. Saying that, the season was still a good one as fishing is always a good way to spend your free time! We had amazing sunny warm weather and considering the obstacles we dealt with this year, such as the wildfires, the lack of rain, the road closures, it seems a good time was had by all for the most part.

Important Info: Please be advised that Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 12th this year. Please be sure to come and remove your unit and or boat or make arrangements at the office for winter storage. After October 12th the gate will be locked and entrance will have to be arranged with our caretaker, Desi Hatchard to come by and check on your unit. Please remember that during the closed season you are allowed one night a month to stay at the marina to keep an eye on your things, we are not open for weekend stays or for long stay overs. We we-open on May 1st of 1016. There is no launching after our close date due to insurance liabilities and safety issues.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 27/15

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

For Port Renfrew Marina and the general area Coho fishing has not turned on yet. We expected them to be here in good numbers by now. The local San Juan fish are no where to be found at this point! The Coho being caught offshore are on the small side with 4 to 8 pounds being the average. Bait, hootchies, Coho killers and Baitrix seem to be working well. We heard reports from anglers on the radio saying the Baitrix was doing very well. Finding the fish has been the challenge, monitor VHF channel 06, the guys are pretty willing to share their location and depths on the radio. That being said when the large local fish do show up and they always do eventually, we expect hot and heavy action right in the river mouths. It is pretty clear that the springs have moved on but there were a couple caught over the last few days, one a bright silver around 26 pounds caught while fishing for Coho on a white hootchie!

Over the last couple weeks we have had really up and down weather, we will get a few days of beautiful warm and clear fall days and then torrential rain for a day or two and then back to summer like weather. All of us at Port Renfrew Marina strongly suggest that if your boat is in the water to come by and check on your boat and or unit when those heavy rains come. It is your responsibility to keep tabs on your boat and be willing to come out and do maintenance or put it on dry dock. One boat sunk overnight and another one came close. The one was lucky as while checking on docks and boats it was noticed it was very low in the water. These sinkings can happen very quickly before anyone notices. You must be very sure your batteries are in good shape, that everything is turned off and that your bilge pump is working to avoid a major disaster.

Picture of the marina this summer:          Picture of two grey whales blowing near the marina:  Pictures taken by TJ Watt

Starry night at PRM

Flight-South-Island 2 grey whales

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Event: Coming up this weekend, October 3rd and 4th is Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This is the derby everyone wants to be in! Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Salmon Hatchery. The tickets are only available at the marina the day before the derby starts. With this derby there is just one winner and that is the fisherman who weighs in the biggest Coho. The whole pot, the total depending on the amount of tickets sold, goes to that angler. The winning from the past were anywhere from $5500.00 up to a whopping $13,800.00! Not bad for having a two day fishing trip! If you are planning on coming bring your own firewood for campfires as we are sold out. For rules, they are basic, fishing is from dawn to 6:00 pm on the 3rd and dawn to 1:00 pm on the 4th. Fishing is allowed in any areas that are not closed by fisheries. Come out and have a great weekend fishing and maybe go home with a bag of money!

PRM Closing: Heads up for all that Port Renfrew Marina is closing on October 12th on Thanksgiving monday. It is imperative that you come in and make arrangements to remove your trailer and or boat or come by the office and set up winter storage for it to stay at the marina. Once we are closed the gate will be locked and entering with a vehicle will only be possible when you have contacted Desi Hatchard ahead of time so he knows that you will be arriving. His number is 250 483-1486.

 

Bud & Rex