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Archive for July, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 27/16

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Port Renfrew Marina is happy to report that the Chinook have finally hit the beach! Lots of limit catches hit the docks in the past 2 days. All the regular spots are producing fish.

Depths are the usual 31 to 43′ on the downriggers. Anchovies are the bait of choice but if you find needlefish when you are cleaning try putting out Coho Killers.

Chicken Ranch is as per usual and should continue for another month. We do not have an inshore hali report as of right now as spring fishing is the number one choice!

Notable catches: 

  • Len Huot   31
  • Jean Atin   34
  • Hugh hamer  35

Hugh Hamer 35

sorry for the head chop, don’t know why that happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby; Coming up soon will be the marinas 19th annual Labor Day derby and things are moving along well. We still could use donations or suggestions as to what businesses might want to pitch in and donate. Anyone with a suggestion of a business or person who may be willing to contribute please contact the office and let us know. The success of a derby depends so much on the help from businesses so the funds can be raised for the cause which in this case is the local salmon hatchery and such a deserving cause it is! We all want to see the salmon stocks kept alive and well for ourselves and future generations. If you have a donation or know of a place who would be interested let us know asap. The derby is a super fun event and if you haven’t attended it before you should and see for yourselves what a great time it is. It is a two day event wth many prizes including hidden weight, biggest fish for a woman and a teen under 16 and silent and live auctions and raffles. There is also a dinner and dance with a live band on the Sunday.

Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is raffling an Islander Reel donated by them to raise funds for the local salmon hatchery. It is a MR 2-LA Mooching Reel called ARBOR SLATETickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 and available at the marina. Buy a ticket and support the hatchery so you and generations to come can enjoy the sport of salmon fishing.

Another Raffle Item: Again the Port Renfrew General Store has generously donated another gift basket for raffle for the Labor Day Derby. This basket is full of some amazing items, such as a bottle of  Ketel vodka, Gran Reserva Bacardi rum, 1 bottle of quality red wine, & a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, a ceramic LED candle lantern, a box of Purdy’s chocolates, cedar salmon wraps, acrylic plates and bowls, 1 pound Salt Spring organic coffee, Stash organic green tea, bamboo reed diffuser, 4 stemless wine glasses and much more, all sitting in a metal beer cooler tub with a built in bottle opener on the side.  It can be viewed at the Port Renfrew General store or at Port Renfrew Marina later in the month. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, what a deal for a basket of approximately a $300.00 value! Must be 19 or older to buy tickets and attendance is not required to win.

Bud & Rex

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report July18/16

Monday, July 18th, 2016

 

 

 

As far as fishing goes in the Renfrew area there is not much more to add from the last report. Beach Chinook fishing though improved some, remains quiet. This seems to be the tend all along the lower west coast.

Chicken Ranch fishing is hot and cold with the salmon being mostly on the smaller side. Halibut has slowed down.

Inshore halibut remains very good. Try some new spots on the anchor for limit catches! All the best fishing has been to the west. East of the bay is all dogfish.

Notable catches:

  • Chris Allen  34.9 (from the previous report time)
  • Hugh Hamer  28
  • Chris Flint  30.4
  • Mary Dice   31.5
  • Judy DeFrane   30
  • Manning Watson  28
  • Gord & Keri Dolbec  30  20

 

Hugh Hamer 28       

Gord Dolbec 30

Manning Watson 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoody Derby:  Last week Port Renfrew Marina held a very informal small derby in memory of Blair Houdayer, a long term regular at the marina and well loved by everyone. This year was the second one and was attended by about 25 fishermen who all had to fish by cut plugging as Blair always did. The fishing was very slow but the feelings of remembering Blair and having a day of fishing in his name was the most important. The winner this year was Greg Jones, the grandfather of Matthew Jones who won last year. $855.00 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Greg Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinsmen Derby: This past weekend Port Renfrew Marina held the second annual Kinsmen Derby. It was a great derby with over 200 tickets sold for a solid turnout. It was a two day derby with a hamburger dinner included on the Sunday. Fishing for this derby definitely improved some, happily. The weather held up nicely and the seas were calm. The freezer draw raised $2136.00 and the funds went to the local Port Renfrew Park. The side bet raised $890.00 and that money went to the San Juan Hatchery. The Lake Cowichan Kinsmen club raised approximately $10,000.00 to other widespread causes with a total of monies raised approximately $13,000.00 for the derby! Not bad at all for only it’s second year running, thanks to all who participated and or donated to this great derby with well deserved causes.

Winners:

  • First Place:  Bob Biggs   33.5                        $2000.00
  • Second Place:  Joe Serpa    29.11                 $800.00
  • Third Place:  Jay Degoesdriand    26.2      $400.00

Bob Biggs 33.5 Joe Serpa 29.11

Sorry, no picture of third place winner

 

 

Ongoing work:  The water line is moving along and we hope to have it up and running soon, work gets done every week and we hope for completion in the next month or sooner.

Port Renfrew Marina has a Labor Day Derby every year, this years will be the 19th annual derby, this year it falls on Sept. 3rd and 4th. We are now trying to collect donations for this derby and we ask if anyone feels they can help with a donation or knows a business that could help out we would be grateful to hear from them. You can come by the office or call us at 250 483-1878 and let us know. As you know a successful derby is dependent on prizes and as usual we are trying to help the local hatchery who depends on organizations to help them stay viable and productive. To all those who are helping us get donations a big thanks goes out to them for their efforts. All of us at the marina want to make sure that there are salmon around for generations to come! All donations, large and small are greatly appreciated. The Labor Day derby is a 2 day event with prizes for top three largest fish, one for woman’s and under 16, hidden weights, door prizes, silent and live auctions and raffle items. As usual there will be a dinner and beverages and the live band that plays every year.

Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is raffling an Islander Reel donated by them to raise funds for the local salmon hatchery. It is a MR 2-LA Mooching Reel called ARBOR SLATETickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 and available at the marina. Buy a ticket and support the hatchery so you and generations to come can enjoy the sport of salmon fishing.

Another Raffle Item: Again the Port Renfrew General Store has generously donated another gift basket for raffle for the Labor Day Derby. This basket is full of some amazing items, such as a bottle of  Ketel vodka, Gran Reserva Bacardi rum, 1 bottle of quality red wine, & a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, a ceramic LED candle lantern, a box of Purdy’s chocolates, cedar salmon wraps, acrylic plates and bowls, 1 pound Salt Spring organic coffee, Stash organic green tea, bamboo reed diffuser, 4 stemless wine glasses and much more, all sitting in a metal beer cooler tub with a built in bottle opener on the side.  It can be viewed at the Port Renfrew General store or at Port Renfrew Marina later in the month. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, what a deal for a basket of approximately a $300.00 value! Must be 19 or older to buy tickets and attendance is not required to win.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July7/16

Friday, July 8th, 2016

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing along the beach is back to fair after a few good days on our last report. The salmon seem to be staying very close to shore even into 40 feet of water. There have been some notable catches if one can stay away from the seals and sea lions!

Notable catches:

Terry Van Weiren 37.5

  • Grant Hilliard  32
  • Ken Gillard  31
  • Terry Van Weiren  37.5
  • Wayne Winters  34
  • John Bart  32
  • John & Gail Gordon  31  33
  • John & Gail Gordon  38.5

Offshore, at Swiftsure, calm seas have returned. The prior five days had everyone getting totally beat up in very ugly weather. Fishing is very good out there for Chinook, Coho and halibut. Spoons and Baitrix at 170 feet for Chinook. White gulp and salmon bellies for halibut. Coho can usually be caught trolling on the surface or casting when you see them.

Inshore halibut remains very good and will get better still as as the guide pressure is off as they fish the “chicken ranch.”

Crabbing is starting to slow down a bit although the ones you get are hard and heavy and a good size. It has been an incredible run all season long so a bit of a slow down is to be expected.

Upcoming Event: The 2nd annual Port Renfrew Marina Spring Salmon Derby will be held on July 16th and 17th  held by the Cowichan Kinsmen. This derby is a fun one with many great prizes and this year there will be a simple dinner. Winnings go to the biggest springs caught. 1st prize is $2000.00 2nd prize  $800.00 and 3rd prize  $400.00.  There are hidden weight and door prizes. Tickets will be available at Port Renfrew Marina, Bucky’s Sports, Gord’s Flybox or from Dustin 250 701-5253 or dustin_m@hotmail.com. Monies raised will go to local service projects, youth sport programs, San Juan Enhancement Society, Port Renfrew Park, families in need, special needs people and Cystic Fibrosis to name a few. For photos of previous derbys go to www.lakecowichankinsmen.com

Raffle Item: Port Renfrew Marina is raffling an Islander Reel donated by them to raise funds for the local salmon hatchery. It is a MR 2-LA Mooching Reel called ARBOR SLATETickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 and available at the marina. Buy a ticket and support the hatchery so you and generations to come can enjoy the sport of salmon fishing.

Islander Reel

Islander Reel

Another Raffle Item: Again the Port Renfrew General Store has generously donated another gift basket for raffle for the Labor Day Derby. This basket is full of some amazing items, such as a bottle of  Ketel vodka, Gran Reserva Bacardi rum, 1 bottle of quality red wine, & a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, a ceramic LED candle lantern, a box of Purdys chocolates, cedar salmon wraps, acrylic plates and bowls, 1 pound Salt Spring organic coffee, Stash organic green tea, bamboo reed diffuser, 4 stemless wine glasses and much more, all sitting in a metal beer cooler tub with a built in bottle opener on the side.  It can be viewed at the Port Renfrew General store or at Port Renfrew Marina later in the month. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00, what a deal for a basket of approximately a $300.00 value! Must be 19 or older to buy tickets and attendance is not required to win. At this time the basket can be seen at the Port Renfrew General Store.

Port Renfrew Marina is still working on getting the water line in, please forgive the mess of gravel and road work torn up in places.

Port Renfrew Marina has a Labor Day Derby every year, this years will be the 19th annual derby, this year it falls on Sept. 3rd and 4th. We are now trying to collect donations for this derby and we ask if anyone feels they can help with a donation or knows a business that could help out we would be grateful to hear from them. You can come by the office or call us at 250 483-1878 and let us know. As you know a successful derby is dependent on prizes and as usual we are trying to help the local hatchery who depends on organizations to help them stay viable and productive. All of us at the marina want to make sure that there are salmon around for generations to come! All donations, large and small are greatly appreciated. The Labor Day derby is a 2 day event with prizes for top three largest fish, one for woman’s and under 16, hidden weights, door prizes, silent and live auctions and raffle items. As usual there will be a dinner and beverages and the live band that plays every year.

Bud & Rex