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Archive for September, 2014

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 28/14

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 Chinook and halibut season has come to an end. It was a very good halibut year and as everyone knows a very poor spring season.

Coho fishing has been quite good though last Wednesday’s huge swells put a damper on catches for a few days. It is picking up on a daily basis now. Offshore in the 300 to 700 foot depth water is where most boats are. Bait was working best the last few days but Coho killers and hoochies in green/white or yellow on super short leaders are good stand by’s. Little known or tried Baitrix also works very well for Coho.

Inshore, really inshore, as in the river mouth can be very good. Bait, Baitrix, a green apex and peach zingers trolled with no weight seems to be bringing in the bigger fish. Troll fast in as shallow water that you dare!

Coho – Sat 27th Marion Randall & Brian Onushko




Upcoming Event: Coming up very soon is Port Renfrew Marina’s last derby of the year. The well known and popular Coho Derby called “Winner Take All.” This derby is being held on October 4th and 5th this year. Tickets are available at the office and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery. The derby is a very informal affair with a simple concept, whoever gets the largest Coho wins the pot. The amount of winnings varies depending on the number of tickets sold. The cash prize can be anywhere from $5300.00 (first year) up to the most we ever had of $13,800.00! So come and enjoy two days of Coho fishing for a small cost with the possibility of winning a huge pot of cash! At the same time you will be helping out the local hatchery. Please remember that we are a cash business so please be sure to bring cash as we do not take credit cards or have interact. We do have an ATM for your convenience.




Important News: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing this year on October 12th. Please be sure to contact the office regarding your unit and or  boat. You will need to remove them on or before that date or make arrangements for winter storage. If you do not contact the office it will be assumed you are having winter storage and those fees will apply. We appreciate each customer to call and give us their decision on how they want to deal with the season closure for their personal items so we are clear on what each one wants. As usual we will have a caretaker on the grounds for the off season to keep an eye on things and to be there if someone wants to come in to check on their unit. You will need to call Desi Hatchard before coming out to be sure he can be there to open the gate for you as it is kept locked. His number at the marina is 250 483-1486.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.19/14

Friday, September 19th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 Chinook season has pretty much wrapped up. A very poor season in with mostly small fish and nothing as was predicted by the DFO. Hopefully the 2015 season will see the fishing we are used to in the summer.

Coho season is very good though and should become fantastic in the next month. They are, for the most part, 6 to 8 pounds right now with the occasional 14 to 16 pounders. We predict that there will be lots of 20 pounders plus by mid October. Lots of limit catches are coming in from offshore waters in the 400 to 550 foot depth water with 40 to 90 feet on the rigger. Short leaders behind flashers armed with hoochies in blue, green, yellow or white are popular. Coho killers in green/white and Baitrix are working very well. Herring strip is a great Coho bait and a company called Black Label in now making it again.

Halibut fishing is very slow right now but should improve with the ebb currents next week.

Bob Culm & Wynter Langston 23 18 17 10 lb Coho

Bob Culm & Wynter Langston 23 18 17 10 lb Coho           

Jerry Melissa and Kayli













DFO Notice:

Recreational Fishers fishing for Coho Salmon in the Port San Juan and Juan de Fuca Area


This notice is to clarify Coho limits in the Port Renfrew area.

1. From September 11th, 2014 until December 31st 2014 the daily combined quota for Coho Salmon in Sub-areas 20-2 and a portion or 20-1 (Inside a line from Owen Point to the Whistle Buoy thence to San Juan Point) is Four (4)…of which Two (2) can be wild.

2. From September 11th, 2014 until September 30th, 2014 the daily combined quota for Coho Salmon in the rest of Area 20 (Bonilla Point east and excluding the area described above in 1.) is Two (2) … of which only One (1) can be wild.

3. From October 1st, 2014 until December 31st, 2014 the daily combined quota for Coho Salmon in the rest of Area 20 (Bonilla Point east and excluding the area described above in 1.) is Four (4) of which only Two (2) can be wild.

Please note…The daily limit for coho is 4 of which the maximum number of wild is 2 regardless of what area they are caught in.  For example you CANNOT have two wild Coho from inside Port San Juan and one wild Coho from outside in Area 20. For further clarification please contact the local Fisheries and Oceans Office   Victoria: (250)363-3252   Duncan: (250)746-6221


Upcoming event:  Coming up on October 4th and 5th Port Renfrew Marina will be having its annual Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby is very popular and this year it should prove to be a good one if the amount of Coho we are seeing so far is any indication. The tickets for the derby are only available at the office and only for a few days before the derby. The tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery. The winnings vary in size and are dependent on the amount of tickets sold. The winnings have been anywhere from $5,300.00 (for the first year) all the way to $13,800.00 one year and all cash. This a great derby, its not expensive to get entered and you can hope to go home with a lot of cash in your pocket and it helps the hatchery. It’s a great way to say goodbye to the 2014 fishing season. PLEASE remember we are a cash business and bring cash with you for your stay. We do have an ATM for customers to use in case they need it. We DO NOT take credit cards or Interac. The Salmonberry Bistro is planning on being back at the marina for the Coho Derby so it will be available for early morning coffees and quick breakfast sandwiches.

IMPORTANT INFO: Port Renfrew marina is closing this year on October 12th. Please make sure you are aware of this date to make arrangements to pick up your boat or unit or make arrangements for winter storage. If a boat or unit is not picked up it will be assumed you are wanting winter storage and the fees will apply.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 8/14

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

For Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are reporting up to 10 hookups a day right now. Logan Creek and Camper Creek seem to be the hot spots but Owen Point just opened so that  is worth a try. Red/gold flashers with any glow head on a 7 foot leader is working well. Some teaser heads that are getting lots of feedback are the new Snotty Nose, No Bananas both glow and UV and Alligator.

Coho fishing is good but the strong easterly winds the last few days has made it hard to get offshore. Hoochies on a very short 2 foot leader fished down 40 to 60 feet seems to be the ticket. Remember as of Sept.7th you are now allowed four Coho per day, 2 of which may be wild.

Notable Catches:

  • Lacey Telford  30

A great day fishing

Lacey Telford 30







Upcoming Event: For Port Renfrew Marina we have one more event before our season ends for 2014. Coming up on October 4th and 5th will be our annual Coho “Winner Take All” Derby. This derby is probably our most popular one of all with anglers from all over coming in the hopes of winning a lot of money bringing in the biggest Coho. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 from each ticket going to the local hatchery. Tickets will be sold only at the marina the week of the derby. Winning pots vary depending on the amount of tickets sold but the average pot is around $9,000.0 to $10,000.00. The largest pot one year was $13,800.00. From what we have seen of the Coho fishing so far there should be plenty to catch. We have had a some weighed in at 10 to 13 pounds so far.

Port Renfrew Marina Closing Correction: Port Renfrew marina will be closing on October 12th this year, NOT on October 13th as stated before. We will be closing on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Monday. If you have a boat in storage please make sure you come and settle up your account and have your boat removed. If you are wanting winter storage for your unit please also make arrangements before the office closes for the season. Storage is to be prepaid.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept. 2/14

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing greatly improved for the long weekend and for the Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby. Though the majority of fish from the beach were teenagers there were quite a few limit catches. In the day and a half derby there were 150 fish weighed in making it one of the best derby’s, fish wise that we have had in recent memory. The new teaser heads, Snotty nose and No bananas both in glow and UV are producing, also many favor the bloody nose and there is a new one called Alligator.

East Point has been good early mornings all the way into Woods Nose boundary sign. Rockpile to Camper remans very good for an afternoon bite. Logan to Walbran can be red hot one day and cold another so if there are no fish being caught a move east is a good idea.

Coho Fishing as expected is picking up nicely, even onshore for the past few days. Offshore in the 400 o 600 foot depth range fishing is very good. Spoons and hoochies trolled 40 to 60 feet on the downrigger are working well. As of September 1st you can keep one wild and one hatchery anywhere but that changes on Sept.7th so please check with your regulation book and the area you are in.

Sockeye fishing was pretty much a bust this year unless you were fishing on the inside of the island. One day the test boats brought in 1100 and we all thought they were coming, then less than a week later they did another test and after a full day they only had 13!!

Halibut daily limits as of September 1st increases to two per day per angler. The size restrictions remain the same. We will supply an inshore halibut report next week. Again please check your regulation book and or call fisheries for clarification on rules and regs as they seem to change faster than a person can keep up with them.

Notable catches:

  • Chris Ford    32.5
  • Eric Eckdahl   35  neither in derby

Chris Ford 32.5












As most all of you know Port Renfrew Marina held the 17th annual Labor Day Derby this past weekend. This derby has become a really welcome event for all the loyal attendees and never lets anyone down for a good time and a memorable event. This year we had a few less tickets sold but having said that there were still 272 sold and a wonderful assortment of amazing prizes that seem to get better with each passing year. Almost everyone goes home with a prize. The fishing improved the day before the derby started which helped bring the spirit up for everyone in the derby. The top three winners were:

  • Hugh Hamar  31.9
  • Arnie Morris   28.10
  • Ken Gillard    26.14
This year Port Renfrew Marina made the decision to allocate some of the fundraised monies from the derby to the B.C. Wildlife Federation. On behalf of it Paul Ricard from the Sports Fishing Advisory Board accepted the check in the amount of $5000.00 and it will be used to help cover their legal fees defending the halibut quotas for sports fishermen in B.C. through their efforts they won the court case and were able to retain the 3% in the quota. Scroll across the pictures for details.
Port Renfrew Marina’s Labor Day derby was another success, although the money raised was less than the previous year, given the attendance being 30 less tickets everyone made a great effort to help us bring it as much as possible to help the BC Wildlife Federation and also the local hatchery here in Renfrew. After all is said and done we were able to raise $8473.00. The Cusinart BBQ donated by Audie Williams, founder of the Davey Derby raffle made $1360.00 and the Gift Basket donated by the Port General Store raised $630.00. Besides the derby we now have the annual adult bullhead derby on the Sat. night with it bringing in $604.60. A big thanks to Val MacDonald and Gail Kerrone who take the time and effort to put this together. It was discovered that the bullheads are also few and far between as some caught none. They seem to be as scarce as the springs this year! The kids bullhead derby was also a fun event for the little ones who look forward to it for weeks. They also found almost no bullheads but still had fun.  For the first time was a tie for the girls.

Ryder Muralt Boy winner

Val MacDonald & Gail Kerrone

Two Girl Winners

Again a derby is only as successful as its donators and the participants and we have a long list of the people and businesses who were generous enough to help out with a donation. As times are tight for many businesses we appreciate it even more and we send out a big thank you to all of them. Please forgive us if we forget to mention anyone and if so please let us know and it will be corrected. A very special thanks go out to Vic Gee, Odd Johansen, Larry DeFrane, Chris Arnold, Sharon Winters, Steve Holgate, Grant Hilliard and Don Colegrave for all their efforts in helping to find donators and doing the thankless job of running around picking up.
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Upcoming Event: Coming up on October 4th and 5th Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s annual Coho “Winner Take All” Derby. When it comes to derbys, this one is crazy popular! Every year we get fishermen from everywhere wanting to fish in this derby. The rules are the same, biggest Coho wins the pot. Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the hatchery. This a great way to finish off your fishing season in the Renfrew area. Where can you go for two days and fish your heart out for $25.00 and maybe go home with a huge pile of money? Usual take home wins are around the $10,000. range, the amount depending on tickets sold. Since the Coho fishery seems to be increasing we are again hoping for a great derby with maybe some big ones showing up.
Important Info: This year Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 12th. Please remember to come in before closing an settle any outstanding accounts and please remember we are a cash business only. We appreciate the effort to settle things before we close for the season.
Bud & Rex