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Archive for August, 2007

Aug.22, Port Renfrew Marina Fishing Report

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing a possible record August this year. The fishing is outstanding, this is as good as it can get and at the end of each day we are seeing boats unloading limits of Springs and Halibut. Lately there have been on average 4 to 6 Chinooks over 30 pounds each day and 1 over 40. The hot spots vary from day to day but they are the usual ones of Logan, Camper, East Point and surrounding areas. We are also having a nice long stretch of calm flat seas which help with the fishing and makes it very pleasurable out there. The new teaser head of choice out there seems to be one called Mint Pearl or Joanna but the long standing ones of green/gold, clear, purple haze and green glow are popular also.

Halibut fishing is also showing to be a good year at Swiftsure Bank, with amazing numbers over 100 lbs. As one fisherman said “You could throw a tin can over and catch a Halibut.”

Here is a story of astronomical odds: Glen Varney runs the fish hatchery in Sooke and his job entails the process of creating the breeding environment for the Springs, raising, marking and releasing them by the thousands. In 2007 he was fishing in Englefield in the Charlottes and caught a hatchery fish and sent it off to be tested. It was discovered that it came from the very hatchery he runs and was quite literally one that he had raised for release in 2002. An amazing story!
Catches of fish of notable size for the past week: Dan Fraser 34 Des Hatchard 38 Ian Batty 34 Jeff Just 34 Kevin Wright 32, 35 Jerry Siddel 30, 30 Bud Watt 40 Wayne Schiffner 35 Dan Wallaker 40 Shawn Aikenhead 31, 34, 34 Kevin McKenna 72, 77, 125 Halibut Don Colgrave 42 Ed Stirling 39 Mike Marlow 35 Darrel Bales 29 Clifton Dyke 37 Darrin Wright 37 Terry Wilson 35 & 100 Halibut Blair Houdayer 30 Doug Thorarinson 35 John Lum 42.75 Betty Beachum 33 Pat Hill 35.5 Bill Tennent 35 Dave Mills 165 Halibut Al Teng 42 Jake Palmer (age15) 35 Glen Varney 34 Chuck Coplin 34, 40 Is. Outfitters 43

Sorry for any names missed as we have had a very busy time lately! If fishing at the marina and you have a big one let us know!

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina’s 10th Labor Day Derby

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Port Renfrew Marina has their 10th upcoming Labor Day Derby scheduled for Sept.1st and 2nd. This is our biggest derby and you won’t want to miss it. Tickets will be on sale soon and up to Sat. morning at 10:00 a.m. the day the derby starts. Fishing begins Sat morning, ending Sat night at 6:00p.m. and ends a designated time on Sun. (to be announced) Tickets are $50.00 a rod and that gets you a t-shirt, dinner on Sun. with all the beverage you can drink. We will be having a live band also in the Longhouse. Dinner will be sold at $10.00 a person for those not in the derby.

First prize: $1000.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $250.00 many additional prizes, at least a couple of items
to be raffled and there is always the Bullhead Derby
for the children with prizes for them also.

All proceeds go to the local fish hatchery in Port Renfrew to help restore and keep the Salmon coming for future generations. Anyone interested in giving a donation for the derby please come see us in the office or contact us. This derby is always a success and lots of fun for the young and the young at heart!

Please Note: For those of you not planning on being in the derby please be aware that this a busy weekend for camping and moorage.

Bud and Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Aug.14th Fishing Report

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing the great August fishing we have come to expect. Afternoon high tides and perfectly smooth seas have combined to produce great Halibut and Salmon catches.

Halibut masters Des Hatchard http://www.viciousfishcharters.com/ and Dwayne Isaac continue to stun us with their catches. Des brought in on one charter 6 Halibut 35, 45 ,55, 100, 110 and 112, also 5 Red Snapper all in the10 pound range. Dwayne came in with a 156 Halibut, a 74 and 2 others in the 50 pound range.
Other notable catches were Bill from Island Marble brought in a 75 and Matt Wylie with a 104 pounder.
Chinook fishing is right on track to be one of our best big fish years. We are almost at the 30 Springs over 40 pounds to date which will translate into a possible 60 over 40 pound by mid September.
Catches of notable size for the past week are:
Gerry Hamilton 39, 43
George Klimek 48.5
Deb Ribeyre 43
Jordan Bruvold 41
Cole Cross 36.5
Larry Whyte 37
Marty Fladager 39
Bob LaFleche 36
Merv Pywell 35
Gerry Gammie 35
Noah Baxter (age,8) 28
Carol Wardlow 33
Carol Combs 31
Travis Kernachan 34
Judy Thorarinson 36
Daniel & Nichol Burkmar 31, 31
Melanie Kew 41
Kerry Rawlick 42
Mark Roberts 37, 33, 32
Nick Driedger 33
Shawn kent 34
Liana Sanbrooks 31
Steven Hawes (age,10) 35

Bud & Rex

Aug. 5th Port Renfrew Fishing Report

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Port Renfrew Marina has lots of quality Chinook hitting the docks lately! It looks as though we are going to have a great August fishery. It started out hot and hasn’t slowed down making everyone eager to get out there and find the big ones. On Sunday, Aug 5th there were 3 Springs over 40 pounds brought in.

Eastpoint, Camper, Cullite and Logan are all producing fish with at least two long bites a day, usually early morning and later in the afternoon. Depths are 25 to 40 feet on the down rigger with anchovies and 4 inch coyote spoons working best. Perfect tides this week should hold the fish close to shore.

Swiftsure Bank is still good for Halibut and smaller Chinook in the 12 to 20 pound range. Bank Springs are at a 170 to 200 foot depth with 5 and 6 inch plugs being the lure of choice by the guides.

Some Springs of notable size in the last 8 days are:

Braiden Hardie, (age 10) 39lb.
Tyler Hnatiuk 37, 37
Bruce Miller 31
Don Lewis 33
Sarah Fraser 40
Rob deBree 38.5
Kerry Rawlick 36
Mike Styba 34
Edgil Nelson 36
Neil Young 41.5
Mike Dames 30, 30, 31 and 32
Adam Dames 35
Mark Perkins of www.aceofkings.ca 30
Carrie-rae Hicks 40
Al Marsden 43
Dwayne Nikkels 44.5
Brian McGaw 45
Wallace Cheong 31
John Holman 31
Dave Walker 30

Sorry but picture of Des Hatcher’s 4 Halibut (said to be posted in future)is not available. Sorry for any inconvenience during the last 24 hours if there was some down time on our site as we were in the process of changing servers which is now completed.

Bud & Rex

Aug.1 Fishing Update

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Here is a short update for Port Renfrew Marina. Since the last report fishing has really heated up for Springs with many fish being caught. If you have been waiting for it to turn on wait no longer. A couple of days ago Jerry Melissa caught a 50 pound spring, Owen Atkie, a 36 spring at the beach and there are many more of a good size. Halibut fishing is still excellent and Chinooks can be found at Swiftsure with the average size in the teens, bigger ones will be found at the beach.

We are pleased to announce that we now have a phone line. The marina’s number is 483-1878 and it is a local call from the Victoria area. If your call is long distance the number is 1 866 565-2354. This should make contacting us much easier for all concerned.

Bud & Rex