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Archive for August, 2012

Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.27/12

Monday, August 27th, 2012

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing has slowed down the past week. East Point and Camper Creek are producing fish but all and all there us a lull in action. It can be good one day and slower the next.  Most being caught are in the mid to high twenty pound range. 

Coho fishing is fantastic, two to three miles offshore they are thick. Spoons and hoochies are hot right now and they can be found from the surface down to sixty feet. We are thinking it is looking more and more like it will be a good year for Coho’s.

Halibut fishing is slow, only the odd one is hitting the docks. The biggest last week was Bruce Miller’s from with a 70 pounder.  Bob Gicas of Pacific Shores Charters also brought in three one day last week ranging from 60 to 70 pounds also.

Notable Catches:

  • Roland Weir       67 hali 

   Christine & Ron Barnhart 

16 lb red snapper 68.5 halibut 19 lb spring

assorted hatchery coho up to 8 lb AND 1/2 lb rockfish!!


Port Renfrew Marina is raffling 3 large items for the Labor Day Derby. One is a Bosch Power Tool Package with a mitre saw and stand and a 18Volt rechargable lithium battery and a boom box stereo generously donated by Langford Rona. There is a stainless steel Blue Ember BBQ with a side burner, inside light and a bottle opener generously donated by Ian and Deb McGregor and we have a stainless steel outdoor Patio Heater donated by Port Renfrew Marina and Langford Rona. Tickets available at the marina office.



 Important News:  Port Renfrew Marina;s Labor Day Derby is coming up this weekend, Sept.1st and 2nd. The derby starts on the Sat and on Sun after the derby is over there will be the ceremonies and then Dinner, ending the evening with the dance with the live band. We want to thank all the people and businesses that have made donations to help make this derby successful. All proceeds will go to the San Juan Hatchery in Port Renfrew. Tickets are $55.00 a rod and are available at the office. There is also a children’s bullhead derby for 12 and under on the Sun morning at 9:00 am.

Port Renfrew Marina’s “Winner Take All” Coho derby is  a little earlier this year. It falls on Sept.29th and 30th. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 od each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. The fisherman with the largest Coho wins the pot.

More News: The Deering Bridge is delayed from being finished. Sorry if you read that it was completed but we have been informed that they are going to be working on it another two weeks or so. The delays seem to be longer now so you may want to time your trips before 9am or after 5pm. They are working on refinishing the surface.

Important: A birth certificate was found at the marina. The name on it is James Robert Russell March 12/67 Smithers BC. Anyone who knows him please let him know we have it here for him.

Very Important: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing this year on October 14th. Please make sure you have your unit and or boat out of the camp on or before that date unless making arrangements for winter storage. We would appreciate all accounts to be completed before we close.  Thank you.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.19/12

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

At Port Renfrew Marina the mid August fishing is in full swing. Every day sees lots of happy anglers lining up at the cleaning tables. Hot weather, calm seas and some welcome fog free days made conditions almost perfect.

With Owen Point closed East Point is seeing a lot of pressure but is producing lots of fish in the early morning and evenings. Walbran is still the hot spot and is quite the zoo with too many boats in too small a space. The 60 degree edge is where the fish have been holding. So if you have some thick skin, give it a try.

Coho are still well offshore but are getting bigger. Halibut fishing has died swiftly. There seems to be none on the “chicken ranch” and only the odd one coming on anchor. You will need to put in some serious time commitments to get your one. The last two weeks of August are traditionaly very good weeks to anchor. We hope that holds true for this year.

Notable catches:

  • Gerry Gammie:   32
  • Terry Van Wieren:  31
  • Norm Ricketts:  35
  • Mike Styba:  38.5
  • Deb Cutting:  30.5
  • Nina  Schulle:  32.5
  • Louise Klemek:  30
  • Clive Watson:  37
  • Ken Sutton:  30
  • Wayne Schiffner:  33
  • Rex Coburn:  32                                               

Important Dates: Coming up very soon is the Port Renfrew Labor Day on Sept 1st and 2nd.  Tickets are available only at the marina and are $55.00 a ticket. This includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band. Try and attend this annual event as it is a fun time and for a very good cause. Anyone wanting to make a donation, either personally or through a business, can contact us in the office.

Sept. 29th and 30th will be Port Renfrew Marina’s Winner Take All  Coho Derby. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available at the marina office only and $5.00 of each ticket will go to the hatchery. The remainder of the cash will go to the angler who catches the largest Coho. 

Bud and Rex.

Port Renfrew Marina Report, August 2, 2012

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Here is it August already and the fishing at Port Renfrew Marina for Chinooks has really picked up along the shore. Camper Creek was the hot spot Sunday through to Tuesday with three and four hour bites. Lots of regulars were commenting that it was” just like the old days.” Lots of limit catches of nice fish coming to the docks. Anchovies and coyote spoons being the lure of choice.

Coho are still around in huge numbers out about one mile from shore. Hoochies in green and white are working well.

Swiftsure Banks “chicken ranch” is still producing limit catches of everything and the weather has been calm enough for just about all boats out there to go and enjoy the harvest.

Notable Catches:

  • Darren Campbell  39
  • Dave Anderson   30  30
  • Greg                             30
  • Charlie Holman       30
  • Steve Holgate        33 33
  • Eric Eckdahl           33   34
  • Paul Mahoney         40
  • Bruce Cool                30
  • Ross MacKenzie     37
  • Rob McAllen          32  29
  • Ian Batty                  34
  • Steve Donaldson    31
  • John Lewis     33
  • Dave Hoban      34 on a fly rod

Rob McAllen 32 29Ross MacKenzie 37Ron Constantineau  32

Rayna Girard first salmon 26Paul Mahoney 40


Derring Bridge work:    For those of you that are not aware, there is repair work that will be going on the Derring Bridge until Aug. 24th causing minor delays. The waits can be from anywhere none to half an hour, the average being about 15 minutes.

Important Dates:  Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s 15th annual Labor Day Derby this Sept 1st and 2nd.  All proceeds of this derby go to the San Juan Hatchery which has not had any additional funding from the government since 1992.  This a popular derby and includes a dinner, beverages and a live band. More information will be available soon.

Port Renfrew Marina will also be having it’s annual Coho derby on Sept 29th and 30th this year. The fee is $25.00, $5.00 of which will go the S J Hatchery and the rest will be a “Winner Take All” This can be an amazing amount and the winnings are based on the amount of entries.

Bud & Rex