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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Aug.30/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

August 31st, 2010



Blair & Murray with some nice halibut

Blair & Murray with some nice halibut

Port Renfrew Marina August Chinook fishing has been much slower than we usually see. There are very short bite times and if you are there you will do well, if not you may come up short. It is difficult to predict the possible results as it varies so much each day and even after a few hours. The waterfall past Logan Creek seems to be the hot spot in the afternoons. Coyote spoons on a 48 inch leader have been working well as the bait for many fishermen.

Sockeye fishing remains strong with early a.m. producing multiple hook-ups. Pink hoochies and a large black open eye hook work best.

Halibut catches are still amazing for this time of year. Guides are anchoring on spots normally drifted over and are seeing great limit catches of fish in the 30 to 50 pound range.

Coho predictions are for a very good return though they haven’t shown up in any big numbers yet.



Mike Graves 50 pounder

Mike Graves 50 pounder

Notable Catches:

  • Mike Graves 50
  • Mark Gagen  34  38
  • Jared Gagen  34
  • Kris Kadgien  33
  • Wayne Schiffner  30
  • Kerry Rawlick  32
  • Ken Gillard  38
  • Bob Biggs   30 32
  • Gord McGeachy  38
  • unknown   34
  • Blair Houdayer 49  59 82 hali’s

With another season winding down Port Renfrew Marina is having it’s 13th annual Labor Day Derby this upcoming weekend on Sept.4th and 5th. This derby is to raise funds for the local San Juan Hatchery which is run basically with very devoted guys who without their ongoing efforts it is unclear how the hatchery would keep going.  If you would like to support the effort get your ticket and enjoy the fishing, dinner and live band.  First prize is $1000.00, 2nd prize is $500.00 and 3rd prize $250.00 with many other prizes, raffles and silent auction items. There is also a free bullhead derby for children under 12 with prizes for the most bullheads for a boy and girl.

We have three raffles on for this derby.

  • A Broil King two in one SS. BBQ with rotisserie, storage cupboards, side burner and back burner. Value: 1500.00 Donated by: Langford Rona
  • A Limited Edition Print  “Fall Run” by Bruce Muir. Value: $500.00 Donated by: Lindsey (Cardin) Wilson, Rod & Nancy Cardin in Matthew Cardin’s memory who worked at the San Juan Hatchery and was very passionate and devoted to the salmon enhancement cause.
  • Two nights stay for four people at Country Cottage in Port Renfrew and a $100. certificate at the Port Renfrew General Store. Value: $380.00 Donated by: Port Renfrew General Store.


Gord McGeachy 38 pounder

Gord McGeachy 38 pounder

Dates to Note


  • Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby  Oct. 2nd and 3rd “Winner take all”
  • Port Renfrew Marina closes  Oct.11 th

Please make sure if you have a boat in storage or need to take a unit out  for the winter that you are aware of the closing date, otherwise winter storage fees will apply. For those who want winter storage please make arrangements in the office.

Bud & Rex


M Manners and a 171 pound halibut

M Manners and a 171 pound halibut

Aug. 23/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

August 23rd, 2010


Brian McGaw and Justin McGaw

Brian McGaw and Justin McGaw

Late August fishing at Port Renfrew Marina is very good and should continue for the next few weeks.

Sockeye catches remain very strong. These prized eating salmon are found in 380 feet to 500 feet of water with shallow depth, 40 feet, early in the morning and deepter, 100 feet, when the sun comes up. Pink hoochies with a large black open eye hook works very well.

Chinook fishing is up to late August standards. Many limit catches are hitting the docks. First light and on the flood are the best bite times. Anchovies are still the favorite and 6 inch spoons or plugs work well at Swiftsure Bank. Logan Creek, Cullite and Walbran continue to be the hot spots. You will find coho out there also and hopefully this is a good sign for the coho coming in Sept.  Check out the notable catches and you will see the spring fishing is going strong with John Stoulger bringing in the second biggest spring this year at 55 pounds.  We apologize for any over 30′s we missed, being so busy not getting down for photos.

 for this time of year although you may need to put more time in. Sizes are much bigger than usual and the numbers are up more than usual also.

Vicious Fish Charters

Vicious Fish Charters

Halibut fishing remains surprisingly good

Notable Catches:

  • Ken Gillard  32  32  30
  • Wayne Schiffner   30.5
  • Clint Coleman  32
  • Gerry hamilton   33
  • Mike & Dan Burkmar  32  32  34
  • Alex Gard   35.5
  • Terry McKenna  34
  • Jim Aggergaard  40
  • Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures  171 hali
  • David & Terry Tobacco withJustin & McGaw 29 30 31 32 32 40
  • John Stroulger   55
  • Leroy Coombs   32
  • Larry DeFrane  34
  • Brian Batty  32
  • Bud Watt    30
  • Paul Mahoney  40


Paul Mahoney and his 40 pounder!

Paul Mahoney and his 40 pounder!

Important Notice: The Baird Creek bridge ( small bridge shortly before entering Port Renfrew) will be closed Aug.24th from 9 am to 2 pm.There will be other delays for unknown amounts of time off and on during the days of Aug. 23, 25, 26 and 27th.

Other things to note: The pay phone at the marina is no longer working. We hope to have it replaced for next year. If you are wanting moorage only for the next couple weeks please call ahead and check with the office as to availability. It is very limited. There is still a complete camp fire ban in effect at the marina and all of Port Renfrew.

Important Dates: Sept. 4th & 5th Labor Day Derby This derby’s proceeds go to the local salmon hatchery in Renfrew. Tickets are $50.00 a rod & include a t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band. 1st prize, $1000.00 2nd prize $500.00 3rd prize $250.00 and many other draws, raffles and auction items.

Oct. 2nd & 3rd Coho Derby This derby is “Winner Take All” with the fisherman who gets the biggest coho taking the winnings of the $25.00 entry fee, $20.00 of it goes to the winnings and the $5.00 from each entry goes to the San Juan Hatchery. Previous years winnings have been anywhere from $5,500.00 to $13,800.00.

Oct. 11 th  Port Renfrew Marina closes. Please be advised that if you have your boat in storage you are responsible for removing it on or before that date or winter storing costs will apply.  Please make sure that you have made it clear with the office if you are leaving your unit or boat in storage for the winter and have left your site clean of garbage and other misc. items that may get damaged or ruined in the winter months. Costco type tents DO NOT withstand the winter rains and winds.

Bud & Rex

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Steve Gaudet and a shiny new friend

Steve Gaudet and a shiny new friend


August 16 Port Renfrew Marina update

August 16th, 2010
Ray Hacaiya after a good day with Jolly Rogers Fishing

Ray Hacaiya & friends after a good day with Jolly Rogers Fishing

Fishing has turned hot again in Port Renfrew!

Sockeye remains open and is great, limits in no time.

Spring salmon fishing has heated up today, lots of nice chinooks coming in from Culite, Logan, and East Point.

As well, the tides are better this week and halibut fishing has improved too.

All in all, definitely a good time to be fishing in Port Renfrew!

Other important news if you’re thinking of heading to Port Renfrew:

The Baird Creek bridge will be closed on Tues Aug 17 and Tues Aug 24 from 9am to 2pm — so plan accordingly!

The pay phone at the Marina is not working, so you’ll have to use the one at the Port Renfrew visitor’s centre in town if you need to telephone.

Hope to see you soon

Bud and Rex

Aug.11/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

August 11th, 2010

Michele Gammie 33 pounder

Michele Gammie 33 pounder

Port Renfrew Marina has seen some fantastic salmon fishing since the last report. We have not had a sockeye opening since 2006 but this is turning into a banner year. Limit catches are being taken at first light for a couple of hours then it slows down a bit later in the day.  Stack as much gear as close together as you dare. Pink or red hoochies, bare black hooks or spoons on a short leader and if using a flasher make it red. Best depth is 40 to 60 feet in 450 to 600 feet of water.

Chinook pressure has declined with most people chasing sockeye. Logan, Walbran and Camper are all giving up nice fish with many over 30 pounds.

Swiftsure Bank continues to be on fire for springs, coho and halibut. Listen on VHF channel 06 for the chatter of where the fish are biting. 6 inch spoons and plugs are the choice of most fishermen. Crabbing has started to slow down but if you are persistent a few good ones will come your way.

Notable Catches:

Neil Hanson & Bob Biggs & group with a 36 pounder and friends

Neil Hanson & Bob Biggs & group with a 36 pounder and friends

  • Hugh Hamer           36
  • Travis Gregson      36     40
  • Gerry & Michelle Gammie    33 34
  • George Colgrave        37
  • Lucas Quigley              33
  • Ron McGovern          42
  • Is. Oufitters        127    72 hali & others
  • Matt Regier & Joe Serpa     34, 26, 27, 22
  • Murray Havens    hali  59  49  82
  • Ross MacKenzie            44
  • Miller Sport Fishing     days catch
  • Charlie Kew                     36
  • Tony Tuba                     32.5
  • Terry Tobacco & Lance Foreman     34, 27. 26, 25
  • John Murray           42

Important Dates:

  • Sept 4th  & 5th Port Renfrew Marina Labour Day Derby
  • All proceeds go to the local San Juan hatchery
  • Oct. 2nd & 3rd. Port Renfrew Marina Coho Derby
  • winner takes all
  • Oct. 11th. Port Renfrew Marina closes.

Important Notice: If you have a boat in storage or a unit you are not planning on storing at the marina then it is of upmost importance you come  and remove it on or before the marina closes. This is the owner’s responsibility to be aware of this date and if it is left, winter storage fees will apply.

Aug.4/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

August 4th, 2010

Another shot of Mike Daines and his 39.5 pound Davey Derby winner

Port Renfrew Marina has just been informed by the DFO that there is a Sockeye opening effective  at 12:01 A.M. August 5, 2010. You are allowed four a day with possession four. Fishing remains very good and the weather has calmed right down.

Port Renfrew Marina is having it’s 13th annual Labor Day Derby on Sept. 4th and 5th. All Proceeds of this derby go to the local hatchery in Port Renfrew which has not had any additional funding from the government since 1992.  A big part of the success of this derby relies on the generosity of the people and businesses who donate to this cause. If you are interested in making a donation in the way of cash or a item for a prize or you know of a business that may be interested please contact the office at the marina and we can discuss it. The number is 250 483-1878. The derby tickets will be on sale at the marina nearing the derby time and are $50.00 a ticket (per rod) and includes a t-shirt, dinner, beverage and a live band. It’s always a good time so come and participate for a good cause.

Bud and Rex

Aug.3/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

August 4th, 2010

Gaudett party with a boatload of Swiftsure fish

Port Renfrew Marina fishing is picking up nicely. Most boats back on Monday reported at least one or two salmon from the beach. The “catching” for some boats is fantastic with six to ten fish days not uncommon, though some fishermen are not getting a bite.  Fishing shallower than usual depths with a small (Coho type flasher) or no flasher has been a successful method over the last week.

Halibut fishing is still going strong with most in the mid range size of 25 to 50 pounds although the occasional big one comes to the docks.  Crabbing is unusually good for July. Most years we see it taper off  around this time but this year there are still a few left.

Offshore fishing at Swiftsure Bank is fantastic

 for Chinook, Coho and Halibut. Plugs and spoons for the Chinook, hoochies, spoons and Baitrix in the UV line for the Coho. Lately the Bank has been having much calmer seas and less fog, at least for now!

The 10th annual Davey Derby was again a huge success with 11 fish weighing  over 30 pounds posted on the derby day. For a derby that started off with 15 entrants it now had 347 people in the derby this year.  This year there was entertainment with a hypnotist and the fishing was great with only a few slow periods. Overall everyone enjoyed it very much.  For more information go to

Top Fifteen:

  • Mike Daines    39.5
  • John DeGraff   36.8
  • Shane Telford  35.3
  • Joe Serpa          35.1
  • Grant Thomson      33
  • Keith MacGuire     32.5
  • Mark Kuzman         31.2
  • Neil Caddell   30.8
  • Dave Mills    30.5
  • Frank Berkey    30
  • Wayne Schiffner    29.8
  • Gerry Gammie   28.7
  • Martin Rodgers  28.6

Max Miller and a 50.1 pound chinook

  • Roberta May   31
  • Ron Schiefke  31.5
  • Dave Hoban  35
  • Mark Luttman  39
  • Mariette Fall  38
  • Rex Coburn  33
  • Max Miller    50.1
  • Hugh Hamer 32
  • Norm Ricketts  34
  • Ryan Green & group  30
  • George Gaudett  32
  • Murray & Ron Flower  35
  • Al Larkey   110 halibut

For your information Port Renfrew Marina does have anchovy and did have in 10′s and 12′s but we now have only 12′s. As most of you know the supply was dry on the island and lower mainland and still is in very limited supply. We are in the position where we have to limit sales to marina guests only until further notice.  It is also important to note that we have very limited room for moorage only especially for larger boats (21 and up.) It is best to call before coming to see if it is possible to get any moorage.

Important Notice: At this time we are experiencing some bear issues, PLEASE make sure you have all food and garbage locked up and safely put away to avoid damage and or danger to yourself and your belongings. We are told we will be getting a bear trap from the Conservation office.

Important Dates to Note:

  • PRM Labor Day Derby: Sept.4th and 5th.
  • PRM Coho Derby:  Oct. 2nd and 3rd.
  • PRM closing: Oct. 11 Thanksgiving Day

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina July 27/10 Report

July 27th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing in July has been very hit and miss along the shoreline so far. Since the last report fishing has improved though only for some boats. While we are hearing of two days of fishing without a salmon other fisherman are hitting the docks regularly with limit catches up to 35 pound salmon. It is proving to be a frustrating experience for some and even for the more experienced fisherman that know the area well. Fishing further to the west on the high tides is most productive.  Favorite teaser heads have been green glow and purple chrome and the UV ones are always popular.

Salmon, both springs and Coho and halibut fishing offshore is on fire as it should be this time of year. Fishing shallow in the early morning to as deep as 140 feet later in the day. Spoons, plugs and hoochies are all working well.

Crabbing is still going very well for this late in the summer. Catches are coming in with many big, hard shelled and full crab.

Offshore fisherman should note! The seas on the ebb currents are very dangerous and have been for almost 2 weeks now. The guides report that it is some of the worst and treacherous conditions they have dealt with in recent memory. Use extreme caution until things settle down.

Notable catches:

  • Dave Mills   35.5   35.5
  • Phil Rankine     32
  • Chad Hughes       33
  • Greg Cretin          33
  • No Bananas Charters  31 
  • Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures   30 32 33
  • Marion Randall      32
  • Terry Valley            51.5

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 Jolly RogersRandall 33  Chad Hughes  33
Many of you may be wondering about the anchovie situation as most places in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island have been out and not clear on when there may be more available. At Port Renfrew Marina we do have anchovies (5 1/2 inch). So far they are only available for guests staying at the marina. Medium herring is also working in place of anchovy. If supplies come through soon then it will be open to the public with no restrictions on quantity. Please call the marina 250 483-1878 if you would like to inquire as to the status.






A final reminder of the upcoming Davey Derby that is on this weekend at the marina. It starts Fri and finishes Sun. For details go to . This derby is wonderful, great prizes and all proceeds go to charity. This year there is entertainment.

Upcoming events:  

  • Labor Day Derby.   Sept. 4th and 5th
  • Coho Derby. Oct. 2nd and 3rd
  • Port Renfrew Marina closes.  Oct. 11th

Bud & Rex

July 18/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

July 18th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina fishing has been slow for the past week. A large storm on Monday and Tuesday of last week and almost 0 foot tides in the morning didn’t help the catches at all. Along the inshore coast the fish coming in were caught later in the day on a flooding tide.

Offshore the salmon fsihing for both Chinook abd Coho has been very good but the sea conditions have been terrible with some long time guides commenting on it being “the worst they’ve seen.” Conditions will be good this week with calmer seas and much better tides. We have seen improvement already with the fishing picking up on Friday.

Halibut fishing is still very good with drifting at various locations being productive for bigger than average catches. Crabbing is remaing good for this late date, a nice bonus for this season.

Notable catches:

  • Ken Gillard     30  30
  • David Cowie         36
  • Marion Randall   32
  • Tony Hodgson     34
  • Harvey Wood       100 halibut

Please note: It has come to our attention that our website is not coming up regularly on Google. We are unaware of why this is happening and are looking into it. If you are reading this report then you have overcome this problem or had our site in favorites but if you run across anyone saying our site isn’t there please let them know that it is likely to be reached if you type in the site name  in the top tool bar in Google and not in the main center bar.

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Bud & Rex

July9/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

July 9th, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina salmon fishing is still going stronger than most Vancouver Island spots. Fishing on the beach continues to give up some big ones. Manny Gavin weighed in a 44 pound spring and there are many hitting the docks in the 20 to 30 pound range. Anchovies (if you can get them) as well as green white hoochies and “baitrix” lures are working well. The baitrix is a relatively new imitation anchovy and has had very good comments. (We have them in stock at the office.) With extreme tides this coming week first light and high slack will be the better times for catching those elusive springs. Both Camper Creek and Logan are areas showing the best results.

Notable catches:

  • Shemel Gillard            30
  • Joe Serpa                      32   40  32
  • Joe Maurer                  32
  • Ken Gillard                   33    40  
  • Ray Hamelton             35
  • Manny Gavlin              44
  • No Bananas Charters 56 (photo below)


Swiftsure Bank: the salmon have arrived off shore right on schedule. Plugs and hoochies fished deep (180′) will get you fish.  Hatchery Coho have showed up in some numbers also.

Halibut catches continue to be very good and now drifting or backtrolling will put fish in the boat. Herring and “gulp” are working well at the NE corner and the 170′ hot spots. Crabbing is slowing down as is usual for this time of year but they are still around if you are persistent.

Notable catches:

There is a story behind the catch of Steve French’s 176 pound Halibut. He was out fishing the day before andthe rod holder broke and the halibut rod went overboard and was lost. The next day he was out again in the same spot and when 3 lines got tangled, they reeled them in and hooked on the three was the rod he had lost the day before! Since it was the only one not tangled up they rigged it and that is the one that caught the 176 ! What are the odds??

S.French 176 D.Hatchard 120

If you have caught a spring over 30 pounds and would like it posted and we don’t have a picture of it, check at the office for an email address to send it to us and we will post them.

Important Dates:

  • Davey Derby                       July 31st & Aug.1st
  • PRM Labor Day Derby    Sept.4th & 5th
  • PRM Coho Derby               Oct. 2nd & 3rd. (tentative)

Bud & Rex






July2/10 Port Renfrew Marina Report

July 2nd, 2010

Port Renfrew Marina is seeing fishing continue to improve on a daily basis. Unbelievably calm seas have allowed all size boats to get to the fishing spots. Fishing farther west from Camper Creek has started to light up, early mornings or on the high slack tides are best. Offshore salmon fishing for Chinnok and hatchery Coho is getting better and better with hoochies and spoons working best.  Anchovies in the 10 pack are doing well.

Notable catches:

  • Graham Smith          42                                    Blair Houdayer 37
  • Ian Batty                 twins 29 & 29
  • Eric Eckdahl   33.5  29  27
  • Brian Dice                    32
  • Steve Holgate              36       24
  • Blair Houdayer    37                                         
  • Ken Beachum              31    
  • Wayne & Judy Schiffner   34   32    

Ian Batty 29 29

Eric Eckdahl 33.5 29 27Graham Smith 42

 Halibut catches continue to be strong and with the weather being so perfect all spots have been accessed with great results. 

Notable catches:

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Important Dates:    

  • The Davey Derby  is coming up on the August long weekend.  July31 st  to Aug.1 st.  This is a favorite of many, named after a great family man who passed away a few years ago and carried on since.  There are great prizes and all proceeds go to a variety of very good charities. This year there will be entertainment. Tickets are $45.00 a rod and available at Port Renfrew Marina.
  • The Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby is on Sept.4th and 5th. This derby is a fundraiser for the local San Juan Hatchery. All proceeds go to help maintain this hatchery that is all but forgotten by the government. There is a dinner, beverages, t-shirt and live band all for $50.00 a rod and will be sold at the marina soon. If you or a business you know would be interested in making a donation for this derby please contact us at the office, call or e-mail us with your suggestions.
  • Port Renfrew Marina’s Coho Derby “winner take all” is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2nd and 3 rd.

We are happy to announce that the pay phone appears to be working and hopefully will stay that way! Our ATM is working fine this year and is for customers convenience when they arrive and don’t realize we only do cash sales.

Bud & Rex