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Archive for July, 2011

July31/11 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Port Renfrew Marina has run out of words for how great the fishing has been for the last few weeks without risking repeating ourselves! Both Swiftsure Bank and the beach has seen the best fishing in 20 plus years!

Chinook can be found from Owen Point to the Walbran Creek with “all day bites” happening almost daily. Anchovies are the bait of choice unless you are a die hard cut plug herring fisherman. Color of anchovy heads vary daily but the Mint Pearl has been very good. Depths are always between 27 feet to 41 feet with a very tight roll. The marina is well stocked with anchovies and herring.

Swiftsure at the “chicken ranch” remains outstanding. Spoons, hootchies and apex’s are all great choices for both chinook and halibut.

Crabbing has slowed some but there is still some showing up each day. Nice to see since usually by now they are few and far between.

Notable Catches:                           

  • Jason Batty      32
  • Trevor Zboyovsky of  40
  • Trevor Gregson  34   37
  • Jack Cotterill   30  31
  • Ian & Rhonda Robinson   51
  • Kevin Wright   39  leader now in the beer derby
  • Larry & Blair Ericson   34 27 24 23 21 21 all within one hour!
  • Jim “steamin seamen”   37
  • Eric Eckdahl    44
  • We apologize for the others missed as the list went through the wash!

Ian & Rhonda Robinson 51Kevin Wright 39Trevor Gregson 37





Trvor Gregson 34Mike Daines 34Rcik Parsons 32





No Bananas 40 and many more





News: The weekend of July 22 to the 24th was the 11th annual Davey Derby held at Port Renfrew Marina. It was a resounding success with all tickets sold out. It is great to see such community involvement and willingness to support a fundraiser such as the Davey Derby. They were successful in raising an amazing $24,000.00 for an assortment of charities.  First place was won by Chris Miller with a 39.1 spring, second place was Ernie Ferguson with a 37.8. Mary Dice won first in women’s with a 35.7 and Joe Serpa with the largest halibut weighing 92 pounds.

More News: The following road closures will take place on August 7th. The roads are closed in order to accommodate the Subaru Sooke International Triathlon and filming of the event for a television production that will air nationally on TSN. Time your coming and leaving accordingly.

1. Otter Point Road from Grant Road to Rhondenite Road: 7am to 3pm. * Access to Mulligan’s at Grant Rd

2. Otter Point Road (westbound lane) from Young Lake Road to West Coast Road (westerly intersection) + Young Lake Road: 7:00am to 10:30am. * Local residents use Kemp Lake Road for Access 

3. West Coast Road (westbound lane) from Otter Point Road (westerly intersection) to approximately 15km west of Jordan River: 7:00am – 10:30am

4. West Coast Road (eastbound lane) from approximately 15km west of Jordan River to Otter Point Road (westerly intersection) : 7:00am – 12 noon

5. Otter Point Road (eastbound lane) from West Coast Road (westerly intersection) to Rhondenite Road: 7:00am to 12:15pm * Local residents use Kemp Lake Road for Access.

More news: Coming up on Sept 3rd and4th Port Renfrew will be having their 14th annual Labor Day Derby.  Please try to attend and support this derby as all monies raised go to support the San Juan hatchery to keep producing ongoing salmon stocks for you and future fishermen in the years to come. The derby is a two day event, dinner with beverages, live band and you get a t-shirt in the deal. Please remember to bring cash for tickets as we are a cash only business. Anyone who knows of a business or individual who would like to donate to this derby please call or come by the office.

Bud & Rex

July 23/11 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Port Renfrew Marina is still seeing some of the best salmon fishing since 2007! The bite started about 2 weeks ago and is still going strong.

Chinook catches have been very good. Camper, Logan and East Point have all been holding fish. Limit catches have arrived at the dock by 7:30 in the morning.

The “Chicken Ranch” at Swiftsure Bank is approaching MAGICAL status with truly incredible fishing for springs, coho and halibut day after day.

Lots of pinks and coho are around when you venture from the coast line into deeper water. When in an area with lots of pinks they can snap up a lot of your anchovies, it’s a good idea to try baittrix or hoochies, a popular one being the “purple haze.” No word yet on a sockeye opening.

Halibut fishing on the anchor for the big ones has picked up now that there is some current.

Notable catches:

  • Tim Street     37
  • Ian Bateson   38
  • Dale Rivers    32
  • Serge Perevrzoff   24  35
  • Phil Renakin    39
  • Blair Houdayer      33
  • Ward of Island Outfitters   38
  • Matt of Island Outfitters 30 35 60 120
  • Chris Arnold   30 32 teenagers


Chris Arnold

Island Outfitter Matt

Serge Island Outfitter Matt Island Outfitters ward


   News:  This weekend the Davey Derby is on at Port Renfrew Marina. In to the second day the most recent word is the leading fish is a 39.1 pounder with a 37.8 in second place. The derby ends on Sunday at noon so anything can happen from now until then. As usual the turnout is high with many knowing that the fishing is fantastic and many great prizes. Luckily for everyone the weather has improved.

 We are happy to say that the pay phone seems to be in working order now. For those who are unaware we also have an ATM for your convenience since we don’t take credit cards. We would also like to remind everyone that we don’t take reservations, there seems to be some confusion over this. We also want to clear up the question of fuel. We do carry fuel, boat gas, car gas and diesel from May 1st to mid Oct when we close, this year Oct.16th.

A Reminder: Coming up on Sept 3rd and 4th Port Renfrew Marina will be having their 14th annual Labor Day Derby. This derby is a lot of fun with a dinner and dance with a live band on the Sunday. We give all proceeds to the San Juan Hatchery. Please try to come and support this great fund raiser to help keep salmon stocks thriving for now and ours and our childrens future.  Any person or business that is interested in making a donation whether is it cash, product or a service is greatly appreciated.

Bud & Rex

July14/11 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing some of the best fishing since 2007! For the last 10 days all anglers are hitting the docks with smiles and stories of fish landed and fish lost.

Multiple fish days have been common on the beach. Camper, Logan and East Point are all holding fish. Small anchovies, spoons and “coho killers” are all working well.

The “Chicken Ranch” has been on fire for all fish! Chinook are in the 20 pound plus range and the guides are calling it the best fishing they have ever seen!

Halibut slowed a bit with the lack of current but should pick up this week as the tides increase.

Lots of hatchery coho on the beach and on the bank. Catch limit is 2 hatchery per day. Crabbing is still pretty fair given the late date. Generally by now it has slowed down.

It is shaping up to be one of the best years ever!

Notable Catches:

  • Jeremy Fall                 30  33
  • Matthew Youell         30
  • Gorden Harper           30
  • Peter glover                30
  • Nolan Fisher               38
  • Ryan Springer             34
  • Mike Vanderstar        34
  • Cory Lowe                    40
  • Terry MacDonald      32
  • Doug Souliere             37
  • Ron Tilby                      32
  • Ron Tilby Jr.               30  32
  • Vitas Zaliauskas         32
  • Huck Finn                     44 yes, that is his real name
Doug Souliere 37
Doug Souliere 37
Huck Finn  44
Huck Finn 44
Cory Lowe   40
Cory Lowe 40






News: We are thinking our pay phone is working ok now. It seems as soon as we say that it has another glitch! Port Renfrew Marina is now looking for any business or individual that is interested in giving a donation for their Labor Day Derby on Sept 3rd and 4th. All proceeds from this derby go to the local San Juan Hatchery. All donations are very much appreciated and are given recognition at the derby. We encourage our customers to support the places that do donate to these great causes as without them we wouldn’t have the wonderful prizes.

Reminder: Coming up on July 22nd to the 24th is the 11 annual Davey Derby. Think about entering into this derby as it is a lot of fun with fantastic prizes and all proceeds go to a variety of worthwhile charities. First prize is a Yamaha T9.9 high thrust kicker complete with the controls which has once again been kindly supplied by Linda Slader at The Mortgage Centre-Duncan and Brad and Deidre at Monti’s Boat Sales-Duncan. Tickets are available at the marina and also at the Info Center in the town of Port Renfrew.

Bud & Rex
PS check out this new video of Blair from Swell Time Charters, showing off some Port Renfrew good times!

July5/11 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The good fishing prior to the Canada Day weekend dropped off considerably for the long weekend. Friday spring fishing was slow but picked up some on Saturday and was much better on Sunday.

Monday, July 4th was fantastic,which only goes to show what a difference a couple of days can make.Everywhere from the “chicken ranch” to East Point was on fire with limit catches for most boats. The offshore fishery is seeing bigger average size springs than usual with many Chinook in the 20 pound plus range.  Plugs, hoochies and large spoons, fished deep, are the ticket.

The “beach” catches were coming in on a  anchovy or small needle fish spoons on long leaders. Fish seem to be in the 27 foot to 37 foot depth range.

Halibut fishing continues strong with both anchoring and drifting producing many fish up to 100 pounds. The past weekend we had at least three in the seventies weighed in.

Great tides are in store for this coming weekend so hopefully the fishing will remain strong. Hopefully we will have less chop and rough seas which were experienced off and on this past weekend.

Notable catches:

  • Marlin Weninger                                                 33
  • Glen Wilson                                                           33
  • Trevor of No Banana’s Charters                   32
  • Terry Van Wieren                                              37
  • Joe Serpa                                                               37
  • Dennis McCallum                                               33         Sorry no pics this time

News:  Coming up on July 22 to the 24thPort Renfrew Marina will be hosting the 11th annual Davey Derbyput on by Audie Williams and friends. The derby is an amazing event with many incredible prizes. All proceeds goes to an assortment of needy charities and it is a great event to support either by a donation or attending the derby. Check out the website for more information. Tickets are available at the marina in the office. 

The marina’s pay phone has been having it’s issues as usual. We hope to have resolved them but if you run into problems let us know. Port Renfrew Marina will also be having their annual Labor Day Derby on Sept. 3rd and 4th this year. This derby raises funds for the local San Juan hatchery which  needs  financial support.  More information coming in the future. 

Bud & Rex