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Aug.22, Port Renfrew Marina Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing a possible record August this year. The fishing is outstanding, this is as good as it can get and at the end of each day we are seeing boats unloading limits of Springs and Halibut. Lately there have been on average 4 to 6 Chinooks over 30 pounds each day and 1 over 40. The hot spots vary from day to day but they are the usual ones of Logan, Camper, East Point and surrounding areas. We are also having a nice long stretch of calm flat seas which help with the fishing and makes it very pleasurable out there. The new teaser head of choice out there seems to be one called Mint Pearl or Joanna but the long standing ones of green/gold, clear, purple haze and green glow are popular also.

Halibut fishing is also showing to be a good year at Swiftsure Bank, with amazing numbers over 100 lbs. As one fisherman said “You could throw a tin can over and catch a Halibut.”

Here is a story of astronomical odds: Glen Varney runs the fish hatchery in Sooke and his job entails the process of creating the breeding environment for the Springs, raising, marking and releasing them by the thousands. In 2007 he was fishing in Englefield in the Charlottes and caught a hatchery fish and sent it off to be tested. It was discovered that it came from the very hatchery he runs and was quite literally one that he had raised for release in 2002. An amazing story!
Catches of fish of notable size for the past week: Dan Fraser 34 Des Hatchard 38 Ian Batty 34 Jeff Just 34 Kevin Wright 32, 35 Jerry Siddel 30, 30 Bud Watt 40 Wayne Schiffner 35 Dan Wallaker 40 Shawn Aikenhead 31, 34, 34 Kevin McKenna 72, 77, 125 Halibut Don Colgrave 42 Ed Stirling 39 Mike Marlow 35 Darrel Bales 29 Clifton Dyke 37 Darrin Wright 37 Terry Wilson 35 & 100 Halibut Blair Houdayer 30 Doug Thorarinson 35 John Lum 42.75 Betty Beachum 33 Pat Hill 35.5 Bill Tennent 35 Dave Mills 165 Halibut Al Teng 42 Jake Palmer (age15) 35 Glen Varney 34 Chuck Coplin 34, 40 Is. Outfitters 43

Sorry for any names missed as we have had a very busy time lately! If fishing at the marina and you have a big one let us know!

Bud & Rex

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