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Archive for June, 2017

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 21/17

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

In Port Renfrew and Port Renfrew Marina there is little fishing pressure right now, as there are as few as four boats at Camper Creek during the week days. If you don’t like crowds and having to work around other boats this time works for you. Spoons seem to be best for Chinook right now, 30′ to 40′ on the downrigger trolled fairly fast.

Good news the salmon have arrived at the “Chicken Ranch.” Easy limit catches are to be had if the weather lets you get out there. Future forecasts for the coming week or more seems better.

Halibut has slowed down, not sure if it is because of the longliner that has set gear out there for a month or the lack of good ebb tides.

Notable catches:

  • Ken Jamison     29
  • Randy Goertzen   31.5   17

Randy Goertzen 31.

VERY GOOD NEWS: We are very happy to say that the marina has completed the installation of the new underground power and it is now working. Most sites now have their own power post and water source.

Coming event:  Coming up on July 29th and 30th is the annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby. The tickets are now available at the marina and at Bucky’s Sports in Duncan, Gord’s Fly Box in Lk. Cowichan and Island Outfitters in Victoria. Tickets are $50.00 a rod. First prize is a Yamaha 9.9 kicker. Come out for a weekend of fishing and support a great group that helps out many needy causes.

PRM Labor Day Derby: Port Renfrew marina will be having the annual Labor Day Derby this year on Sept 2nd and 3rd. More details will be coming as the summer goes by.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 11/17

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina fishing is on the upswing somewhat. Cut pluggers at Camper Creek are the real hotshots right now with multiple fish per day right along the kelp beds, though they are losing 1 in 4 to the seals. Hole in the Wall at NitNat has been very good for trollers at slack tide. Preferred bait is anchovy in the 12 pack but anything needle fish look alike will work to catch springs.

Crabbing is still very good, hopefully that will last well into July.

The “Chicken Ranch” at Swiftsure should be turning on any day now. Halibut fishing is still good.

Notable Catches:  

  • Bob Hall & Charlie Hill  35
  • Glen Wilson  25
  • Matthew Jones  30
  • Eric Eckdahl & friend    4 springs up to 28

Bob Hall & Charlie Hill 35                

Matthew Jones 30

For those who haven’t been to the marina yet you will be happy to know the launch area has been paved with asphalt for a smoother and easier launching of your boat.

The all important question, is there power yet? Unfortunately, not quite, we have been assured that it shouldn’t take more than one more week. Finding a trade who can get up there and stay there is very difficult. We apologize for the delay and are really trying to get the job finished as soon as possible. The water is now hooked up and a go, so no more having to haul your containers to the water truck.

Important Date: Coming up in about 6 weeks will be the Kinsmen Salmon Derby on July 29th and 30th. This is such a nice derby, great prizes, and for an assortment of very important causes. If you can be in Renfrew that weekend consider participating and help them raise funds for them. You can enjoy fishing and at the same time help our needy causes and maybe win a great prize.

Some people have been inquiring as to the Labor Day Derby. It is going to be held this year on the Labor Day weekend which will be Sept. 2nd and 3rd. We have already started with inquiries to donations for the prizes as it takes all summer to acquire them. If you can make a donation through business or personally or know of someone who would be interested and willing to make a donation please contact us in the office and let us know. A derby’s success and fun is largely based on prizes and to make this derby a success as it has in the past we count on the generosity of people to help out.

 Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 5/17

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina salmon fishing is typical for early June, hot for a few days then slowing down for a few days.One fisherman hooked nine springs on Sat. kept three and then none on Sunday. Bigger fish have showed up, one 24 pounds, a couple others in the twenties and two in the 30′s.

The usual spots, Camper Creek, Cullite and Logan Creek are all holding areas for Chinook. Farther west “Hole in the Wall” past NitNat can be on fire! Needle fish hootchies and Coho Killers fished close to the bottom is the ticket.

Halibut fishing remains good though you have to pick good ebb currents. The “Chicken Ranch” at Swiftsure Bank will be urning on anytime soon. It always takes until mid June for the fish to show up there.

Ian & Deb MacGregor and friend

Crabbing is still very good, some people come back with only a couple while others limit out completely. Make sure you have good bait, salmon bellies are very good and anything stinky! Also make sure your trap is sitting solid on the ocean bottom and not moving and shifting with the current.

So, as we are sure all of you are wondering, “Is there power yet?” Unfortunately, not quite, we are getting closer and it won’t be too much longer. One good thing, of all 110 posts all have running water now. People seem to be managing one way or another without the power, like the old days! When you come you will see some other nice improvements, the launch area has had some asphalt laid and it is a great improvement.

Upcoming event: Coming up in July 29th and 30th the Kinsmen Salmon Derby will be held at Port Renfrew Marina. This derby was started after the Davey Derby ended and does similar good work donating to many wonderful and needy causes. They always have great prizes and if you like a fun relaxed derby then this one is for you.

Bud & Rex