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Archive for May, 2015

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 30/15

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

At Port Renfrew Marina this week hasn’t seen much improvement in the halibut fishing. The usually good spots out west are hit and miss. If you land on them you can load up but most are on the anchor for hours with pretty slim results. It will change as halibut fishing is usually a constant out there.

Spring fishing has been very good but slowed a bit today, Saturday. Anchovies in the 12 pack and the always popular coho killers are the answer right now. “Hole in the Wall” at Nit Nat has been very good for some time. For those who can’t or don’t want to run that far Camper Creek has been good but be prepared to be “sealed,” they are the worst ever this year. Logan and the rock pile are a better choice as a fish you catch there you will probably land.

Crabbing is still very good, yum yum!

Notable Catches:

  • Hugh Hamar   25
  • Desi Hatchard  35
  • MillerTime  30
  • Mike Styba  29
  • Wally Brouse  27

Port Renfrew Marina is still looking for a inexpensive work truck. If you know of one that may be for sale please contact us at the office. As stated before, pretty is not necessary but reliable is. For those who come to the marina and need to access cash we have our ATM up and running now and it seems to have all its little quirks fixed. The phones are also up and running and we can now access voice mails left for us. It’s just great when modern technology finally works!

This year Port Renfrew Marina will be having its Labor Day Derby on Sept.5th and 6th. We are posting this early to give our customers the heads up to see if they are able to make a donation either personally or through their work or a business they know. As derby’s go ours is one of the last ones of the year so we tend to get issues with businesses being tapped out so we have decided to ask earlier each year. Donations are what make derby’s successful so we count everyone to pitch in. Please contact us at the office for info.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 20/15

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

For Port Renfrew Marina this last week has seen an improvement in the salmon fishing. Owen Point to Camper Creek has been the best area. Small anchovies or Coho killer spoons are working well. A word of caution; be prepared to lose at least one fish per day to a seal, a MAJOR problem already.

Hali fishing has slowed right down this week. No one knows why as the currents are good in the mornings. Perhaps its time to hit the chicken ranch.

Crabbing is still very good. Put some weight in your traps to keep them from moving along the bottom.

Notable Catches: 

  • Myles Van Eeuwen  26 lb salmon
  • Eric Eckdahl   22  25 & 27
  • Wayne Schiffner  27
  • Bobby & Tom Holland   42 halibut

Holland 42

Chase Hatchard and friends











At Port Renfrew Marina we have had issues lately with our phones and the ATM. We are happy to announce that both are up and working! It took some doing but the ATM is fully functioning after needing a variety of new parts and the phone will now let us access our voice mails. If you have called and left messages and had no response this is why so please try again if you are in need of information.

A reminder that we are now separating our food waste from non-biodegradable garbage as per the new CRD ruling. You will see the new green garbage cans for food waste. You can dump directly into is with no bag or is using a bag it MUST be compostable. We appreciate your cooperation in this effort, please do your best.

As most everyone knows the Salmonberry bistro is gone now and we no longer have hot food available. There is in the works a small venture coming and we will have the info on it within a week or two. If so it will be simple coffee and muchie type foods. As soon as it is confirmed we will be letting everyone know. It should hopefully be up and going by the month of June. Meanwhile be prepared to pack your food for those early mornings.

This past weekend we had two very helpful little girls, Aliya Allard and Paisley Kovacs, doing their best to raise funds for the local salmon hatchery. This was their own idea and efforts and they sat by their stand for the two days. They raised a total of $36.50! We want to thank them for their selfless time and willingness. We think everyone enjoyed getting their hand painted rocks! Good for you, girls!!

Aliya & Paisley










If you are a seasonal camper with Port Renfrew Marina and have not contacted us regarding your return, the deadline has passed and your site will be considered available unless you contact us asap.

We are Port Renfrew Marina sadly lost 5 of our customers this year. We want to acknowledge them and express our sadness at losing such good people. This includes Doug Olson, Don Campbell, Blair Houdayer, after along illness, Lana Gallant and recently, Chic Akiyama. They will all be missed.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report May13/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Fishing has slowed down a bit from the last report. Currents and sea conditions last week were perfect for halibut fishing. Dwayne Isaac, back from Alberta, put a clinic on how to fish for them successfully. Several trips with various friends all produced very nice catches.  The next set of ebb tides should bring back good halibut fishing.

Crabbing remains good. Deeper water 50 to 60 feet seems better than the shallower waters. If you don’t have a large commercial like trap try weighting it down so it doesn’t move or float along the bottom.

Salmon is a little slow. Owen Point to Camper Creek trolling coho killers seems to be the right choice at this time.

For any customers that are unaware of the new CRD ruling, we need to let you know that you are now required to separate your food wastes from the non-biodegradable garbage. We have new green cans in the cages where the garbage cans are for this use. You can either dump your wastes in loose or in a COMPOSTIBLE bag. No plastic or bags saying bio-degrabable are accepted. If you are unsure of the rules or have questions please come by the office and we can help. Please do your best to comply with this new ruling as there are severe penalties for anyone not complying.

We at Port Renfrew Marina want to apologize for the ATM’s continued breakdown. Another part is on its way and we are hoping this will have things fixed. It should be up and running by Friday sometime if all goes as planned. We also had issues with the phones not working for a couple of days. If you try to contact the marina and have no luck it is likely they are down, the most common result will be a constant busy signal. Also although our phones will take voice mails messages we are unable to access them, so far we have tried to set it up so the voice mails go to an email but if you don’t get a return call then that means we have not been able to get the message. We again apologize for this, our system is old and has flaws that can’t seem to be resolved.

Port Renfrew Marina is still looking for a marina truck. We are needing one to take garbage and move things such as wood and debris around. It does not need to be pretty or in perfect shape, we just want one that is reliable and cheap. Anyone knowing of a truck for sale please call or email us. 250 483-1878. Thank you!

For those not aware the Salmonberry Bistro is now gone. We no longer have a cookshack for hot food. There is still a possibility that a small venture will start but if it does, it will be weekends only and very basic. If you have counted on meals from the cookshack be prepared to go elsewhere for now or bring food with you!

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 7/15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The 2015 fishing season is starting off well. Generally very nice weather has helped. For Port Renfrew Marina we are filling up with our seasonal people so if you are a seasonal and haven’t contacted us about your return, please do so as soon as you can. This helps us with knowing what sites are available for new customers. There a change this year as the Salmonberry Bistro has moved to a different location. As of now we do not have a cookshack for hot food. We are still in the process of possibly getting another option but if so it will be on a smaller scale. Once we know for sure we will be posting the information. For those who are wondering we now have the ATM back up and running. We had to wait for a part to be shipped but it is now fixed.

For all our customers we want to inform you of the new CRD ruling regarding food waste in the garbage. The marina has purchased new green cans for the food waste which now must be separated from non- bio-degradable products. The food waste can be dumped into the garbage cans loose, as from a bucket or bagged as long as the bag is a compostable bag, not a plastic or bio-degradable bag. Please try to do your best in complying with this new ruling as there are serious consequences if not followed. Any questions regarding this new rule please come by the office and ask us.

In late April we put in the docks for the season, this is nearly an all day job and we want to thank everyone who helped Bud with the placement. A big thanks goes to Odd Johansen, Todd Garrett, Reid Warren and the Mills brothers, Dave and Doug. Without their help each year the job would be very difficult. Bud and our handyman, Eric have been doing dock repair and it is an ongoing job.

Crabbing has been very good, the key seems to be large ex-commercial traps that don’t move with the swell and placed in 50 to 60 feet of water. Nothing like a fresh catch of crab at this time of year!

Halibut fishing is good, as expected this time of year. Perfect ebb tides, with low swells make this coming few days a great time for fish. Sombrio to the east, and to all spots to the west are all giving up fish.

Salmon fishing has been fair to good, Owen Point to Camper Creek is a good spot. Coho killers and small hoochies are working as the main feed is needlefish now.

Bud & Rex