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Archive for May, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina Report May 20/16

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina and the surrounding area saw excellent weather with sunny skies and calm seas a few days ago, since then the seas were rough for a couple days, hopefully the calmer weather will return very soon.

Excellent crabbing has been the buzz since our opening. Quite possibly the best we have ever seen.

Halibut fishing continues to be strong though the average size is getting a  little smaller. Strange current patterns have some fishermen sit on anchor for a few hours till they get the first fish. Salmon bellies are personally jigged herring ae working best.

The ‘chicken ranch” has turned on early this year. Chinook salmon in the teens are being caught on spoons and anchovies. Watch the weather as we can still get a SE wind which makes for a rotten ride home.

Beach fishing for springs is still a little slow with the cut pluggers at Camper hooking one or two a day with the seal managing to steal the odd one.

A big thank you goes out to Stan Robertson for fixing the long dock at the ramp! Also a big thanks goes out to Desi Hatchard, our caretaker, for helping Bud push some new docks up the river to the marina.

For those of you who are wondering about the fire restrictions, the marina area is fine, campfires are allowed as long as they are no more than 1/2 meter in height and width. Be aware of your campfire and the area surrounding it as the season is looking like it will be a dry one, even for Renfrew. We will have some firewood for sale, ask at the office.

The pay phone is installed but not working as yet. We hope to have it up and running very soon. At this time we are having problems accessing our voice messages on the office phone so unfortunately we can’t hear them so please if we miss your call you will need to call back until this gets resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

It is now past the deadline for previous customers to contact us regarding keeping their site from last year. IF you are a returning customer and do want your site you must contact us immediately or your site will likely be gone.

Big News:  The marina is in the process of getting running water installed so we will have an ongoing supply and no need eventually for the water truck. Plans for completion are tentatively set for mid summer all things being equal. Will keep things updated as we learn new information.

Raffle Item. Port Renfrew Marina is now raffling an Islander Reel donated by Islander Reel in Victoria. The proceeds from this raffle will go to the local fish hatchery in Port Renfrew.

Islander Reel

   MR 2-LA Mooching Reel

           Arbor Slate

Generously Donated by: Islander Reels, Victoria

     Retail value: $625.00

Full frame construction w/ one piece spool & frame

Free spool operation controlled w/ frame-side  recessed lever

One way large cork disc drag system

Face side adjustable drag knob

Islander classic outgoing clicker & generous palming rim

        Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 at Port Renfrew Marina

            Draw Date: Sept. 4th  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report. May 8/16

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

For Port Renfrew Marina this report is similar to our pre-opening information as things are about the same fishing wise. Still a couple of weeks early for the May run of bigger Chinook. When they arrive all the regular spots will turn on. East Point is really productive when this run arrive, first light until about 7:30 am is the best bite.

Hali fishing remains very strong though strong winds make for picking the right day more important than picking the right bait or spot. Sombrio and out to the west are the places to fish right now and “chicken ranch” salmon and halibut fishing will pick up around the second week in June.

Crabbing is still off the scale!Best catches in memory! They are hard sweet and quite purple in color. The numbers are staggering. This seems to be the same everywhere, Sooke, Oak Bay and Sidney are all doing well, although Renfrew crab always seem to be the sweetest and it could be because they are in out in open west coast waters where the currents keep the waters cleaner. The westcoast crab are at the top of the taste scale! One way or another you just cant beat them, its best to have a weighted or heavy trap so it sits solid and sure on the ocean bottom, this makes it more appealing to the crab, they don’t like the movement of the traps floating and bouncing.

We have now been open for a little over a week and people are coming in and setting up. If you are a seasonal customer please make sure you contact us regarding your situation this year with you site. It will soon reach the deadline of May 15th to contact us if you are coming back or not. If you want the same site you must let us know asap. We have had many inquiries to sites and we need input from our customers so we don’t give away a site that is still wanted.

Port Renfrew Marina now has fuel as many of you may know. We have boat and car fuel and diesel. Our ATM is up and running for those who need to access cash. For those of you who are not aware, we do not accept credit cards, we are a cash business only. Also, for those who may be wondering the marina will not have a cookshack this year so please come prepared for your trip. We are still having inquiries to fishing licenses, please be advised that Port Renfrew Marina is no longer a vender for fishing licenses. The easiest, cheapest and quickest way to get a license is to do it online yourself. If that is not possible you will need to find a business such as Island Outfitters, Canadian Tire, Eagle Eye Sports, etc to get a license. If you are an American doing your license online you need to understand that to fish in area 21 (where Halibut fishing is preferred) you will need to get your license once you are in Canada from a reputable sports store. If you get it online you will then need to re purchase your license so it’s best to wait until you are in Canada unless you are coming for salmon only.

Important: It is beginning to look like it may be another hot and dry summer. If that is the case, we want to remind all our customers to be mindful of their campfires and any combustibles the may have around so we don’t have any issues like last years fires hopefully.

Bud & Rex