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Archive for September, 2010

Sept.26/10 Port Renfrew Marina Update

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing the Coho showing up in some great numbers. This past weekend pretty much all the fishermen coming into the docks had limit catches and many are in the high teens. Most catches are still in the area of the whistle bouy between 400 feet and 600 feet with spoons, anchovy and hoochies being the recommended bait.  On Saturday and Sunday we had some rough weather just at the mouth of the bay but for the most part the seas weren’t too bad. Some heavy rain was predicted for the area but never came until late Saturday afternoon and overnight, leaving both days with mild conditions. The weather is predicted for the next few days to be nice and lets all hope that it stays that way for the upcoming Coho Derby this weekend. So far the fishing looks very promising!

Notable Catches:

  • Neil Hanson   20lb Coho
  • Wally Brouse  18lb Coho
  • Vic Pross  15 Coho in two days
  • Kelly Wagner of Last Chance Charters 14 Coho
  • Brad McDonald  5 Coho  17 lb biggest

Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby “Winner Take All”  is this weekend Oct.2nd and 3rd. The entry fee is $25.00, $20.00 of which goes to the winning pot and $5.00 goes directly to the San Juan Hatchery. Recently the hatchery had their boat motor stolen and a pump. This theft has really set them back and it is really frustrating to hear this after so many people rose to the occasion to help raise funds for the year. Luckily the money raised helped them with this but now their funds have been drained again. So this donation from the Coho Derby will be even more important this year. Why not come,  go fishing and at the same time help the hatchery out and maybe go home with a bundle of money!

       Bud & Rex

14 Coho

14 Coho biggest 17 pounds

Days catch 10 CohoSept coho-6

Sept.23/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

For Port Renfrew Marina the less than spectacular spring season is over for another year. Perhaps it was the early rains that had them rushing for the rivers rather than staying around to feed.

The Coho have arrived with some good sized “footballs” hitting the docks. The largest so far was Brian Longs 22 pounder. That would have been a great one for the upcoming Coho Derby on Oct.2nd and 3rd. There have been a few in the mid to high teens so we are hoping for a good run that weekend. The coho seem to be right from the whistle bouy out of 500 feet of water. Coyote spoons, white or white and green hoochies and anchovies are all working well.

Halibut fishing is still excellent with many limit catches coming in with the odd one in the 100 pound range even this late in the year.

This late in the season make sure you check the weather forecasts as the fall storms and swells are starting to fire up!

Notable catches:

  • Brian Long  22 coho
  •  140  halibut
  • sorry no pics and there were other cohos caught in the high teens but have no names to match weights.

Very Important Dates:

  • Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby:  Oct. 2nd and 3 rd. “Winner Take All”  This derby has one winner and he or she gets the entry fee money total. In past years it has been anywhere from $5,000.00 up to $13,800.00. This year the entry fee is $25.00 with $20.00 going to the winnings and $5.00 of it going to the local  hatchery.
  • Port Renfrew Marina Closes: The marina closes on Oct.11th this year.  It is very important for anyone who has a boat in storage to contact us and arrange to have their boat out on or before that date otherwise storage fees will apply. If you are leaving your unit over the winter you also need to sign in at the office and let us know how long and if you require power.  If you are leaving your unit for winter storage you are allowed one night a month to come and check on it. Daily checking is permitted but call first to make sure the gate is open or can be opened for you.  Keep in mind that Renfrew winds and rains will destroy a costco tent left up. At season closing all customers are required to leave their site clean of debris and broken or damaged goods. A $100.00 clean up fee will be charged to any left with “stuff” that attracts bears and or critters and general garbage.

Bud & Rex

Sept.15/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing typical mid September fishing. Chinook salmon are still showing up in small numbers and the odd coho up to 20 pounds are being caught also.  Early September spring fishing was slower than usual as the big whites never showed up. With this rain possibly more springs will show. The best spots are from Camper Creek to Logan.

Coho will continue to show in greater concentrations as we get into October. They are already jumping in the river. Spoons, apexs and hoochies will all work when they arrive.

The real bright spot on the fishing front has been the halibut. Much larger fish in good numbers are still being caught by those at anchor. If the weather holds halibut should still be biting.

36 45 50 132 hali's 8 ling  12 crab

36 45 50 132 hali's 8 ling 12 crab

Important Dates: 

  • Coho Derby:  Oct. 2 nd and 3 rd. “Winner Take All” This derby entry fee is $25.00 with $20.00 going to the winning pot and $5.00 going directly to the local San Juan hatchery. This derby has never had a wining pot of less the $5,000.00 and the best year it was $13,800.00 So with better odds than the lottery enter this derby, have some fun, support the hatchery and maybe go home with a lot of cash!
  • Port Renfrew Marina Closes: Oct. 11 th Thanksgiving Day. If you noticed our sign out front of the office we mistakenly wrote Oct.12 th so please make a note of the date. We also had to do a correction in previous post. Sorry for the confusion.

    If you have a boat in storage please make sure you have made arrangements to come and pick it up on or before closing or winter storage rates will apply. If you are planning to leave your unit for storage you must sign in at the office so we have you registered. You must do this before we close also.

Sept.8/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
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Nice catch!

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing spring fishing to be up and down these past two weeks. It has been a bit slower than normal for this time of year although the last two or three days did pick up. It appears the sockey have moved on, sure was great while it lasted! Coho should be arriving by the third week of September. There are the odd ones being caught now but mostly at Swiftsure Bank.

Chinook fishing was average but slowed dramatically over the derby weekend. It did pick up again after the weekend rain. Camper and Logan produced fish on the high slack tides. Rumor has it that there are huge schools of springs farther up the coast and we are hoping that they are just running late this year.

Halibut catches remain good though only for those anchoring closer to shore than Swiftsure Bank are loading up.

Happy 40th Birthday Des

Happy 40th Birthday Des

Notable Catches:

  • Mark Jordan   37  (not in the derby)
  • name lost         39  (also not in derby!)
  • Bud Watt          30  after derby

Some interesting and exciting news for Port Renfrew Marina. One of our own guides won the Sooke Harbor Derby this year.  Desi Hatchard of came in first place with winnings of $100,000.00! Congrats to Desi, who was also celebrating his 40th birthday, (hence the funny picture) couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

This past weekend was Port Renfrew Marina’s 13th Annual Labor Day Derby. It was another resounding success with outstanding efforts by many. Although attendance was down slightly the people who were there really came through with all their efforts to help raise funds for the San Juan Hatchery again this year.  Fishing was quieter than past derby’s but that didn’t stop the upbeat attitude of everyone there.  The event went smoothly with the delicious dinner and beverages and then the prizes got under way with a live band that played from about 7:30 and didn’t stop until 12:00.  Who knew that fishermen dance?

Port Renfrew Derby Winners

Port Renfrew Derby Winners


  • 1st. Place Wolf Kadgien  34.1     $1000.00
  • 2nd Place      Joe Serpa       31.7       $ 500.00
  • 3rd Place Mary Dice     30.14     $ 250.00

Port Renfrew Marina had 3 large raffles,  6 silent auctions, 5 live auctions and some cash donations bringing the total amount of monies donated to the San Juan Hatchery this year to  the outstanding amount of $9,587.00! We would like to thank a few generous people and businesses for their great  ”over the top”   donations and efforts.

A great thanks goes to Jared at Rona in Langford that donated the Broil King BBQ which raised $2311.00 dollars!   Won by: Neil Young

Also a special thanks goes to Lindsey Wilson of Four Points Sheraton Gateway of Victoria who gave us a few generous donations, one, the limited edition print ”Fall Run” in memory of her brother Matt Cardin who worked at the hatchery and passed away and with those we raised $837.00 plus had prizes to give away.     Print won by: Pooh Parker

Another thanks goes to Port Renfrew General Store for their donation of 2 nights for four people in the Country Cottage and a $100 certificate to the store and it raised $329.00 Won by: Linda Grieve

A wonderful thank you goes out again to Audie Williams of the Davey Derby that was held at Port Renfrew Marina this past July.  They donated $2000.00 to the San Juan Hatchery as they do every year.

Very special thanks also go to :  Island Outfitters,  Gizmo’s (Victoria),  Desi Hatchard of Vicious Fish Charters and Neil Young who personally donated and also raised $600.00 from guys he works with in Alberta! One even came from Nova Scotia!

And to all the other businesses and people who donated and there were many, to many to list, thank you so very much for all your contributions. None of this would be possible without businesses and people like them who donate to this great and important cause.

Bud & Rex