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Archive for October, 2009

Oct.14/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Another season has passed for Port Renfrew Marina and its customers. The marina officially closed on Oct.12th and re-opens next year on May 1st. The 2009 season overall was a very good year. In the spring we had fantastic crabbing and halibut fishing. As summer came on the Chinook salmon were slow to come but for the most part it was very good especially in August when the springs over 40 started showing up in real numbers. All together we had 44 springs over 40 pounds this year and 2 over 50 pounds. The largest spring and halibut weighed in at Island Outfitters this year were both from Port Renfrew Marina.  In September the marina saw an amazing number of Coho’s being caught with the best catch in any year we can remember of a 26 pound hatchery Coho by Desi Hatchardof Vicious Fish Charters. We also had a great turnout at all the derby’s held at the marina with a record amount of $11254.00 that went to the San Juan Hatchery.

At this time now that the marina is closed we ask that our customers who need to arrange storage or take their units or boats home do so as soon as possible. This can be arranged with our caretakers Wayne & Gwen Coleman. Their number is 250 483-1486 and you will need to call and arrange a time so the gate can be open. The marina number is now only taking voice mail and is not in operation to accept calls, if you need to speak to someone out there, then again you should call the caretaker.

Special thank you’s: We would like to thank Andrew Hoffman, our phone and internet guy who has rescued us many times and donated many hours of his time to help us out and without his help we would have not likely had an functional ATM this year. We would like to say thank you to John Bridal our computer and website guy who has helped us endlessly with our never ending questions and help with posting the fish pictures on the reports.  Again we want to thank Knut for helping out the last two years and being so ready and handy to build, repair or take apart things at the marina. And it bears repeating we want to thank Wayne & Gwen Coleman our caretakers for their excellent efforts all season, their tireless help with camp cleanup, their super humor and last but not least the fantastic french fries and other goodies!!! We want to thank all our customers and friends who have supported us and the marina over the years, you make it a fun and great place to work!

Have a safe and healthy winter and we hope to see everyone back next year for the 2010 season.

Bud, Tedi & Rex, Diane

Oct.7/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

For Port Renfrew Marina Coho fishing has slowed down to a trickle.  Coho fishing had been red hot until the end of September with 6 to 8 fish per boat days.  The Coho Derby this past weekend saw nice weather but slow fishing. There were 368 entrants in the derby this year for a total purse winnings of $7360.00 that went to Randy Wright who brought in a 18 pound 4ounce Coho. Fishing seemed to be better on the Sunday with 3 Coho over 16 pounds and 24 pound spring. This years Coho derby also raised money for the San Juan Hatchery. The amount donated to Maurice Trembley at the hatchery was $1860.00. With the monies raised at the Labor Day Derby of $9414.00 and the Coho derby Port Renfrew Marina has been able to give them a total donation this year of $11,254.00 with the great help of all our generous and dedicated customers.  The San Juan Hatchery have taken their Chinook eggs for this year and report a very healthy return to the river system. Leta all hope for a really good fishing season for 2010.

Winning fish

Important Dates and Notices:

  • Oct.12th Port Renfrew Marina will be closing for the season.
  • May 1st Port Renfrew Marina opens for the 2010 season
  • Again we would like to remind everyone about settling up their business with the marina on or before closing is possible. If you are wanting winter storage please make arrangements with us in the office.  Wayne & Gwen Coleman, our caretakers will be there for the winter and it is possible to come up and check on things for yourself if you contact them by phone 483-1486 to make sure the gate is left open. We at the marina, Bud, Tedi, Rex, Diane and Knut want to thank Wayne & Gwen for their outstanding help this year, what would we do without you??? We all look forward to working with you next year and really appreciate everything you guys do!

Bud and Rex