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Archive for May, 2011

May 18/11 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Vicious Fish springsVicious Fish springs

Chinook fishing at Port Renfrew Marina is very good to the west of Carmanah lighthouse. Limit catches of fish in the 15 to 20 pound range have been quite common. Small hoochies and spoons right on the bottom is what is working best.

Closer to the bay fishing is fair with short bit times through the day. Again close to the bottom in 80 to 90 feet of water with the needle-fish type lures.

Halibut fishing is very good. All the usual anchoring spots are producing very well. A surprising note: Halibut are being caught right inside the bay with one boat landing three and losing one last weekend.

Crabbing is still good with many large and more full bodied ones around. It should stay this way until the end of June hopefully.

Note: sorry the pictures of the large halibut weren’t forwarded on to us so no pics as yet.

News: Port Renfrew is entered in the WFN Ultimate Fishing Town contest. In the first round we came in 3rd overall in Canada and 1st in western Canada! We did well but with the second round we struggled with a few setbacks. The town went 2 days without power or internet service so we fell to 5th but are now in 4th place. Unfortunately 4th does not count in the three winning spots BUT WFN is giving out subsidiary prizes to the top 20 towns running and so we are asking anyone who can to keep voting for Port Renfrew and help it out with the recognition it deserves and maybe get the hatchery some much needed monies.

PRM 2(Desi) 2011

More Vicious Fish!

Vicious Fish Springs & Hali catch

Vicious Fish Springs & Hali catch

For all past seasonals, please contact us to inform us if you are returning. It is past the deadline and you can lose your spot.

The 2011 season is off to a good start with good weather and good fishing, hope to see you there soon.

Bud & Rex

May2/11Port Renfrew Marina Report

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Port Renfrew Marina opened this past weekend to calm seas and sunny skies.  We had pretty much a steady stream of people coming in to set up for the new season. We are all looking forward to having a great year.

Fishing is very good for both halibut and spring salmon right now.  Halibut are close to shore this time of year in  70 to 100 feet of water. One even followed a crab trap up in the bay. The Columbia river Chinook run is predicted to be one of the strongest in years.

Notable catches for halibut:

Chinook salmon can be found all along the coast with best results coming from fishing close to the bottom with small spoons and hootchies. Most are hatchery fish in the 12 to 20 pound range.

Crabbing is very good as usual this time of year although many are still soft but oh so sweet! 

Very Important News:  As many of you are aware Port Renfrew is entered in the WFN (World Fishing Network) contest for the “Ultimate Fishing Town” across Canada. We are a small town and weren’t sure how it would go but here is it, one day from the first round ending and we are in the lead for the western side of Canada and in third place overall!!! The final round will be starting on May 10th and ends May 31st.  We want to urge everyone to vote for Port Renfrew  ”the little town that could.”  This takes you to make that commitment to get to your computer and vote and we can win this one click at a time!  Here is the link that takes you to where you would vote.  Also on our home page in the upper right hand corner is another link to take you to WFN.  The winnings for this contest is $25,000.00 and $2000.00 from the sponsor! Port Renfrew could make very good use of this money and as most of us know the hatchery out here is in dire straights running on a shoe string budget  and having the theft last year of their boat motor and generator set them back even further.  So PLEASE vote as much as you can, we know a three week stretch is hard to keep going but it is so important. You can vote up to 4 times a day, in the morning before 9:00 am after 9:00 am and again after 3:00 pm and again after 9:00 pm.

Other News:  The ATM is up and running for our customers and a reminder we are a cash business, we don’t accept credit cards. Our pay phone is getting repaired and should be OK soon. The phone at the marina is also reactivated. All previous customers that were seasonal must contact us asap if they are wanting to keep their spots for this year. We again have many new inquiries and we need to know what camp spots are available. You have until May 15th to reach us regarding your site. We now have GAS, DIESEL and BAIT. 

Bud & Rex