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Archive for October, 2011

Oct.17/11 Port Renfrew Report

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Well, another year has flown by and Port Renfrew Marina is now closed for the 2011 season. It seems like just a few weeks ago we were in full swing and now it is mid Oct and people have moved on to other things than fishing in Renfrew at least.

The Coho were slow to show in Sept but the first day of the Coho derby they were there in the hundreds! Since then the Coho have been around but the weather hindered fishing some for about a week. When the weather calmed down the fishing picked up and most anglers were coming in with a few fish mostly in the 6 to 12 pound range. The last few days of the marina being open were truly beautiful fall days with sunshine, calm seas and no wind, making fishing a real pleasure and for most a sad realization that things were ending as all things do.

We at Port Renfrew Marina want to say thank you to Three Point Properties for making an additional donation to the San Juan Hatchery in the amount of $250.00. It has been a phenomenal year for fundraising and we want to thank everyone who contributed wither by donation or attendance and just supporting them in any way possible. Without you the monies wouldn’t come so thank you for your generosityover the past year. Below is a letter sent to the marina from Maurice Tremblay thanking everyone involved for the monies they have received.

Thank you letter from San Juan Hatchery

Thank you to all the customers that have settled up their accounts and made accommodations for storage or taken their units home before closing. If you have an account outstanding or wish to do storage please try and settle up this for the season as soon as possible. When calling the 483-1878 number the call will be forwarded to our caretakers Wayne & Gwen Coleman and they can try and help you, otherwise please call us at 250 474-2643.  Thank you.

Please remember: If you are a seasonal customer, it is very important that you make sure you contact us by the beginning of May (the first week) to confirm your spot! This must be done if you want to be assured of getting your spot for the season of 2012.

All of us at Port Renfrew Marinawant to give a huge thank you to Wayne & Gwen for their amazing job of care taking the marina and their never ending willingness to help out and keep our marina clean and beautiful. There are many guides and others, including ourselves that owe them a big thank you for the dinners, breakfasts, snacks and of course the french fries!  We also want to thank Knut for another year of helping run the marina. We all had a great year with fantastic fishing throughout most of the season.

We wish all our customers both old and new a safe and healthy winter and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Bud & Rex

Oct.3/11 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Port Renfrew Marina held it’s annual Coho “Winner Take All”  Derby this past weekend.  The derby was a huge success with fantastic weather, calm seas and lots of fish.  Coho fishing has been on the quiet side for the month of September but they sure showed up in huge numbers on the Saturday, the first day of the derby! Many fishermen said it was the best Coho fishing they had ever experienced.

Most of the Coho’s, both wild and hatchery were caught off shore near the can bouy in the 6 to 10 pound range with a few in the low to mid teens in the 400 to 650 feet of water and approximately 40 to 60 feet deep. Spoons, hoochies and anchovies were the bait of choice. A few anglers said that the Baitrix worked well for them. Nearly all anglers were catching limit catches including many hatchery fish with the exception of the winning fish which was caught inside the bay and was a wild Coho. The winning Coho weighed in and was verified at 18 pounds 12 ounces caught by Grant Mar on the Hindsight Charter Boat on the first day of the derby. With 426 tickets sold his winnings were $8580.00 and the derby brought in an additional $2145.00 for the San Juan Hatchery. Mr.Grant Mar also very  generously donated $580.00 of his winnings to the hatchery. This brings the years total to the hatchery to $16832.00! Many thanks to all that participated this summer in all efforts to help raise this amazing amount of money for a great cause.

Grant Mar 18lb 12ozGrant Mar 18lb 12oz

With October arriving we all have to face that the season of 2011 is coming quickly to an end. Please remember that the marina closes on October 16th and come and settle up any out standing accounts, remove your unit and or boat or make arrangements for winter storage.  Also all seasonals need to verify their return for next year as soon as possible and have until the first week of May to confirm their spot. This is critical if you don’t want to lose your spot. The marina is now out of ice and will not be getting anymore before closing but will have fuel until we close. We also have plenty of anchovy.

Bud & Rex