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July 15/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Marion 41 pound chinook salmon, July 2009

Mid July fishing at Port Renfrew Marina is nothing less than spectacular at Swiftsure Bank. Limit catches of Chinook, Halibut and Coho are the norm. Coho are found in big numbers throughout the area. Chinook in the mid 30 pounds are being caught on plugs and hoochies at depths of 150 to 200 feet.  White plugs seem to be a top choice. The seas have been noticely calm lately with no wind and occasional light fog but as we all know in Renfrew that can change at any time.

Along the shoreline spring fishing is still fair though the good news is that the big springs are showing up. Camper Creek and the rockpile have produced Chinook into the 40 pound range. There were over 15 springs over 30 pounds caught in just the two days this past weekend.

Notable Catches:

  • Ian Batty                 32
  • Marion Randall      41
  • Terry Van Weiren     32
  • Wanye Schiffner      31,  33
  • Nick Laddish           30
  • Phil Rankine            34
  • Mike Styba              38
  • Shane Telford          32
  • Chris Arnold           35
  • Ken Webb                42
  • Rick Bourne            33
  • Kerry Rawlick          39
  • Bruce Cook             35
  • Traci Englot            40
  • Todd White              38
  • Desi Hatchard of Viciousfishcharters 34,  35

Our apologies to any of the notable catches we missed. If you catch a spring 30 or above or any other large catch please let us know in the office so you will get recognition in our reports.  

Halibut barndoors are still being caught by the highliners. Halibut of all sizes keep coming in. One unbelievable catch came to the dock in Duane Issac’s 17 foot Double Eagle. The three anglers had a 161 and two more each weighing in at 100 pounds! How the boat didn’t sink is even more amazing!

Sockeye is rumored to be open possibly this Friday July 17th. We will try to keep you posted and you can call in at the office to get an update. The number is 250 483-1878, or toll free 1 866 565-2354.

Please note: The ATM at our office is still not working. We will be making another attempt to get this problem corrected so until this is done please be advised to bring cash with you as we are a cash only business.  We are not set up for credit cards. We are so very sorry about the inconvenience since we had this machine running all last year and customers began to rely on it and now we don’t have it. Both ourselves and the company we are dealing with are trying everything to correct this issue. Also there is apparently a sign on the Cowichan circle road saying that the gas is closed. We are trying to correct this also since it is not the case. We do have gas, for car, boat and diesel.

Important: Power Supply. Please note that the power Port Renfrew Marina supplies is ground fault and as we all know we get some heavy rain here and it is only one of many things that can cause your breaker to trip. People using power at Port Renfrew Marina do so at their own risk and we cannot be held responsible for the possibility of this happening.  This is particularly important for anyone using a freezer to store bait or food. Please exercise caution.

Bud & Rex

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