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Archive for October, 2017

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept18/17

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Well, the 2017 fishing season at Port Renfrew Marina has sadly come to an end. This year will go down as one of the best Chinook years in recent memory. “Just like the old days” “As good as it gets” were phrases heard all summer long! Though we didn’t have big fish, we had them in big numbers.

Crabbing, like the spring fishing was off the charts. Great catches lasting far longer into the summer than we have ever seen got many people being “crabbed out.” If that is possible!!

Coho was very good till the first rains hit, then it slowed down some. The San Juan should get a close to record run judging by how many are already in the river.Hopefully next years fishing will match this years numbers.

As always a big thank you goes out to Odd Johansen, Dave Mills and Dwayne Isaac for their help putting the docks away for the winter. We couldn’t do it without their help and it is always appreciated!. Again we want to thank everyone who does help out throughout the year in many different ways, especially those who help with our Labor Day Derby at the day of the event and also the ones who help collect the donations. That is a big job and without their help it surely would not be the success it is.

This year will be remembered as a goodyear for fishing, great weather but a disappointing one with no campfires, they were missed! Three successful and fun derbies and a big one for developing and getting our underground electrical work and running water done. All in all a busy year.

As of October 15th the marina is now closed for the season and will reopen on May 1st 2018. Anyone with a unit or boat still in there will now be accruing winter storage and if that is not what you want to do you must contact us asap to make arrangements to remove them. The front gate is now kept locked 24/7 so if you need to get in to check on your unit you will need to contact our new caretaker, Reid Warren at 250 483-1486 to make arrangements for coming in. If you drive out without contacting him first you will run the risk of not reaching him and be locked out. The office phone is now suspended and you will not reach anyone. If you are interested in a seasonal or monthly spot next year please contact us by email or phone in late April and early May.

As we do each year we at Port Renfrew Marina wish all the best to our customers and may they have a safe and healthy winter and we look forward to seeing you all next year! We are a small and friendly community at the marina and we are always happy to see everyone back the next year.

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Oct. 2/17

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

We at Port Renfrew Marina held our annual Coho Derby, “Winner Take All” this past weekend. Well, weather and fishing leading up to the derby were awesome and all indicators seemed to say it would stay so but unfortunately the week’s perfect weather could not last into the derby weekend. Saturday, the first day of the derby was pounded by the infamous Renfrew rain, Sunday was nice, clear and sunny but fishermen had to endure big seas and now on Monday it is sunny and calm. Fishing was also slower on the weekend than during the week but there were still a lot of Coho hitting the docks, numbers were high but the size of most were smaller, most in the 10 to 12 pound range.

Small herring and Baitrix seemed to be the best choice of the more successful fishermen. The fishing should remain very good until we close, just keep an eye on the marina reports.

The winner for this years “Winner Take All” derby was  Don Smith  with a 17 pound 10 ounce Coho

First big Coho weighed in by Ian White at 15′ 13″ next big one to be in first place was Nathan Van Wieren with a 16′ 12″ Coho which ended up getting beat out by the winner Don Smith. On the Sunday an Ian McKinnon weighed in 17′ 6″ Coho, close but still second. Two others were weighed in at the 14 pound range. The prize money was presented to Don Smith by Bud Watt on the Sunday about 1o minutes after the 1:00 deadline and he was given a bag donated by Scotty to put his money in.

Don Smith 17′ 10″

Nathan Van Wieren 16′ 12″

Ian White 15′ 13″ 












Don Smith & boat partner with prize money

Bud Watt presenting prize money to Don Smith















Notable Catches:

  • Neil Hanson  & Gord Porritt  great catch ling cod up to 17′  7 coho up to 12′
  • Ian McKinnon  17’6″ Coho
  • Kerry Rawlick  28 spring

Neil Hanson and friend

Ian McKinnon 17’6″ Coho












For the 2017 season Port Renfrew Marina raised funds for the local San Juan salmon hatchery as we do each year. Counting monies raised from our donation jar, the Labor Day derby and the Coho derby we were able to raise a total of $16,180.85 to present to Maurice Trembley to help support and maintain the hatchery. A check was presented to Maurice Trembley by Bud Watt. Also the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen presented Mr. Trembley with their donation of $1000.00 to support the hatchery also from their Salmon Derby held each year in July at Port Renfrew Marina.

Bud Watt & Maurice Trembley

Kinsmen & Maurice Trembley












Important News: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on Sunday October 15th this year. This season flew by so quickly! It is very important that you make sure you contact the marina regarding removing your boat or unit before closing or make arrangements for winter storage.  Winter storage is to be prepaid, if you do not contact us and do not remove your unit, winter storage rates will apply. We ask that all outstanding accounts be settled up before this date. Once we close if you need to come and check on your unit you will need to contact our caretaker, Reid Warren for access through the gate as it is kept locked. His number is 250 483-1486. Any person storing their unit on the marina property can stay overnight ONE night a month to make sure things are working correctly and your things are in order.

Bud & Rex