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Archive for July, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina July 27/10 Report

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing in July has been very hit and miss along the shoreline so far. Since the last report fishing has improved though only for some boats. While we are hearing of two days of fishing without a salmon other fisherman are hitting the docks regularly with limit catches up to 35 pound salmon. It is proving to be a frustrating experience for some and even for the more experienced fisherman that know the area well. Fishing further to the west on the high tides is most productive.  Favorite teaser heads have been green glow and purple chrome and the UV ones are always popular.

Salmon, both springs and Coho and halibut fishing offshore is on fire as it should be this time of year. Fishing shallow in the early morning to as deep as 140 feet later in the day. Spoons, plugs and hoochies are all working well.

Crabbing is still going very well for this late in the summer. Catches are coming in with many big, hard shelled and full crab.

Offshore fisherman should note! The seas on the ebb currents are very dangerous and have been for almost 2 weeks now. The guides report that it is some of the worst and treacherous conditions they have dealt with in recent memory. Use extreme caution until things settle down.

Notable catches:

  • Dave Mills   35.5   35.5
  • Phil Rankine     32
  • Chad Hughes       33
  • Greg Cretin          33
  • No Bananas Charters  31 
  • Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures   30 32 33
  • Marion Randall      32
  • Terry Valley            51.5

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 Jolly RogersRandall 33  Chad Hughes  33
Many of you may be wondering about the anchovie situation as most places in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island have been out and not clear on when there may be more available. At Port Renfrew Marina we do have anchovies (5 1/2 inch). So far they are only available for guests staying at the marina. Medium herring is also working in place of anchovy. If supplies come through soon then it will be open to the public with no restrictions on quantity. Please call the marina 250 483-1878 if you would like to inquire as to the status.






A final reminder of the upcoming Davey Derby that is on this weekend at the marina. It starts Fri and finishes Sun. For details go to . This derby is wonderful, great prizes and all proceeds go to charity. This year there is entertainment.

Upcoming events:  

  • Labor Day Derby.   Sept. 4th and 5th
  • Coho Derby. Oct. 2nd and 3rd
  • Port Renfrew Marina closes.  Oct. 11th

Bud & Rex

July 18/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina fishing has been slow for the past week. A large storm on Monday and Tuesday of last week and almost 0 foot tides in the morning didn’t help the catches at all. Along the inshore coast the fish coming in were caught later in the day on a flooding tide.

Offshore the salmon fsihing for both Chinook abd Coho has been very good but the sea conditions have been terrible with some long time guides commenting on it being “the worst they’ve seen.” Conditions will be good this week with calmer seas and much better tides. We have seen improvement already with the fishing picking up on Friday.

Halibut fishing is still very good with drifting at various locations being productive for bigger than average catches. Crabbing is remaing good for this late date, a nice bonus for this season.

Notable catches:

  • Ken Gillard     30  30
  • David Cowie         36
  • Marion Randall   32
  • Tony Hodgson     34
  • Harvey Wood       100 halibut

Please note: It has come to our attention that our website is not coming up regularly on Google. We are unaware of why this is happening and are looking into it. If you are reading this report then you have overcome this problem or had our site in favorites but if you run across anyone saying our site isn’t there please let them know that it is likely to be reached if you type in the site name  in the top tool bar in Google and not in the main center bar.

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Bud & Rex

July9/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina salmon fishing is still going stronger than most Vancouver Island spots. Fishing on the beach continues to give up some big ones. Manny Gavin weighed in a 44 pound spring and there are many hitting the docks in the 20 to 30 pound range. Anchovies (if you can get them) as well as green white hoochies and “baitrix” lures are working well. The baitrix is a relatively new imitation anchovy and has had very good comments. (We have them in stock at the office.) With extreme tides this coming week first light and high slack will be the better times for catching those elusive springs. Both Camper Creek and Logan are areas showing the best results.

Notable catches:

  • Shemel Gillard            30
  • Joe Serpa                      32   40  32
  • Joe Maurer                  32
  • Ken Gillard                   33    40  
  • Ray Hamelton             35
  • Manny Gavlin              44
  • No Bananas Charters 56 (photo below)


Swiftsure Bank: the salmon have arrived off shore right on schedule. Plugs and hoochies fished deep (180′) will get you fish.  Hatchery Coho have showed up in some numbers also.

Halibut catches continue to be very good and now drifting or backtrolling will put fish in the boat. Herring and “gulp” are working well at the NE corner and the 170′ hot spots. Crabbing is slowing down as is usual for this time of year but they are still around if you are persistent.

Notable catches:

There is a story behind the catch of Steve French’s 176 pound Halibut. He was out fishing the day before andthe rod holder broke and the halibut rod went overboard and was lost. The next day he was out again in the same spot and when 3 lines got tangled, they reeled them in and hooked on the three was the rod he had lost the day before! Since it was the only one not tangled up they rigged it and that is the one that caught the 176 ! What are the odds??

S.French 176 D.Hatchard 120

If you have caught a spring over 30 pounds and would like it posted and we don’t have a picture of it, check at the office for an email address to send it to us and we will post them.

Important Dates:

  • Davey Derby                       July 31st & Aug.1st
  • PRM Labor Day Derby    Sept.4th & 5th
  • PRM Coho Derby               Oct. 2nd & 3rd. (tentative)

Bud & Rex






July2/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing fishing continue to improve on a daily basis. Unbelievably calm seas have allowed all size boats to get to the fishing spots. Fishing farther west from Camper Creek has started to light up, early mornings or on the high slack tides are best. Offshore salmon fishing for Chinnok and hatchery Coho is getting better and better with hoochies and spoons working best.  Anchovies in the 10 pack are doing well.

Notable catches:

  • Graham Smith          42                                    Blair Houdayer 37
  • Ian Batty                 twins 29 & 29
  • Eric Eckdahl   33.5  29  27
  • Brian Dice                    32
  • Steve Holgate              36       24
  • Blair Houdayer    37                                         
  • Ken Beachum              31    
  • Wayne & Judy Schiffner   34   32    

Ian Batty 29 29

Eric Eckdahl 33.5 29 27Graham Smith 42

 Halibut catches continue to be strong and with the weather being so perfect all spots have been accessed with great results. 

Notable catches:

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Important Dates:    

  • The Davey Derby  is coming up on the August long weekend.  July31 st  to Aug.1 st.  This is a favorite of many, named after a great family man who passed away a few years ago and carried on since.  There are great prizes and all proceeds go to a variety of very good charities. This year there will be entertainment. Tickets are $45.00 a rod and available at Port Renfrew Marina.
  • The Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby is on Sept.4th and 5th. This derby is a fundraiser for the local San Juan Hatchery. All proceeds go to help maintain this hatchery that is all but forgotten by the government. There is a dinner, beverages, t-shirt and live band all for $50.00 a rod and will be sold at the marina soon. If you or a business you know would be interested in making a donation for this derby please contact us at the office, call or e-mail us with your suggestions.
  • Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby “winner take all” is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2nd and 3 rd.

We are happy to announce that the pay phone appears to be working and hopefully will stay that way! Our ATM is working fine this year and is for customers convenience when they arrive and don’t realize we only do cash sales.

Bud & Rex