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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug. 14/17

August 13th, 2017

 

At Port Renfrew Marina spring fishing is still continuing to be strong with an interesting twist. One day an angler may have an 8 to 10 hookup day and the next maybe have only 1. A number of fishermen have commented on this as success seems to favor different boats on different days but I guess that is fishing ! Owen Point closes August 15 so watch for the boundary marker that is on the shore just before the Rockpile which is probably a good spot to start your troll.

Notable Catch:

  •  Wynter Langston & Bob Culm 34.5
  • Reuben Radford & Joanne Skakun  32

Wynter Langston & Bob Culm 34.5

Reuben Radford Joanne Skakun 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Event: Coming soon will be Port Renfrew Marina’s 20th annual Labor Day spring derby. It is on Sept.2nd and 3rd this year. This derby has long been a favorite of all who attend with two days of spring fishing and on the Sunday there is the presentations for the best catches. There is also a dinner which this year will be beef dip with cole slaw and beverages. All entrants get a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt and on Sunday evening there is a live band. The tickets are $65.00 a rod and are available at Port Renfrew Marina and also at Bucky’s in Duncan. Proceeds go to the local San Juan salmon hatchery. On Sunday morning there is a bullhead derby for children 12 and under with a prize for the most caught by a boy and a girl.

Another Event: Port Renfrew Marina will be having another annual Coho fishing derby “Winner Take All” planned this year for Sept.30th and Oct.1st. This derby is extremely popular with all anglers and when you see the winnings you can understand why. The most common winnings are around $10,00.00 cash. The tickets will be sold at Port Renfrew marina at the time of the derby and they are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the hatchery. You can fish for Coho for two days, have a good time and if luck is with you go home with a pile of cash and know that the event has helped the hatchery out with ongoing expenses.

Raffle Items:

Calcutta 50 liter Cooler: generously donated by Joe Serpa  Value: $239.00

Calcutta High Performance Coolers are built to last and keep ice much longer than average, everyday coolers. The super tough roto-molded exterior has up to 2″ of insulation throughout the cooler. With an EVA lid seal, these High Performance Coolers will keep your contents cold for several days when packed with ice. Raised, non-slip feet will keep your cooler in place in the back of your truck or on the boat deck. An oversized drain plug makes emptying the cooler a breeze when the ice does finally melt. Each cooler comes with a removable food tray. Every Calcutta High Performance Cooler includes a built in ruler on the lid for measuring your catch of the day.

Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00  Draw date: Sunday September 3rd.  attendance not necessary to win

 Another raffle is a beautiful Islander Reel generously donated by: Islander Reel in Victoria

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel                                                                                

Islander Reel MR3

                Clear      Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds, Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings,  Lg sculpted drag knob

Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

 Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at the marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket.

 Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg. citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1 lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy ticketGift Basket Raffle

Generously donated by:  Port Renfrew General Store   Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

 @ Port Renfrew Marina   Attendance not necessary to win


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.10/17

August 10th, 2017

Port Renfrew Chinook fishing remains strong all along the beach. Early morning at East Point has been very good but the crowds of boats tend to make for combat fishing.Not for the timid! If you are into evening fishing East Point will have hardly and boats and the fishing turns on again towards dark.Camper Creek is still “old reliable.” It continues to produce quality springs all season long.

Anchovies are the bait of choice but a whole herring trolled without a flasher can be dynamite. As for lures, Coho killers, skinny G spoons are doing well as is a white hootchy on a short 32″ leader.

The chicken ranch is still hot for springs and Coho. The halibut at Bouy Juliet have kind of dried up for now but on the bright side anchoring up closer to shore is working again.

Crabbing has tapered off some but most people are still coming is with a couple and still a good size.

This year Owen Point closes Aug. 15 to Sept. 15 not the usual Aug. 1

Notable catches:

  • Mike Graham  28
  • Al                       33
  • Colleen Luttman  30
  • Shane Morse  31

Sorry for all the head chops!!

Al 33

Shane Morse

Mike Graham 28

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Event: Coming up soon on Sept.2 and 3rd is Port Renfrew Marina’s annual Labor Day salmon derby. This year will be the 20th! If you have been before you know how much fun it is and if you haven’t you should come and see for yourself! This year the tickets will be sold at Bucky’s in Duncan and at the marina. If you buy your ticket from Bucky’s you will need to come by the office when you get to the marina to get your t-shirt. The tickets are $65.00 a rod and include a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner on Sunday, beverages and a live band. The proceeds will go to the local San Juan salmon hatchery to help keep salmon stocks healthy and strong, not just for you and I but for generations to come. Come out and support this great cause and have fun doing it.

Another Event: Coming up also will be Port Renfrew Marina’s annual “Winner Take All” Coho derby. This one is insanely popular and for good reason. The tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the hatchery and the rest into a pot for the person who catches the biggest Coho. The pot on average runs around $10,000.00 cash! It’s a great way to end the fishing season in Renfrew as the waters tend to get to rough after mid October and the rains come.

Raflle Items:

Calcutta 50 liter Cooler: generously donated by Joe Serpa  Value: $239.00

Calcutta High Performance Coolers are built to last and keep ice much longer than average, everyday coolers. The super tough roto-molded exterior has up to 2″ of insulation throughout the cooler. With an EVA lid seal, these High Performance Coolers will keep your contents cold for several days when packed with ice. Raised, non-slip feet will keep your cooler in place in the back of your truck or on the boat deck. An oversized drain plug makes emptying the cooler a breeze when the ice does finally melt. Each cooler comes with a removable food tray. Every Calcutta High Performance Cooler includes a built in ruler on the lid for measuring your catch of the day.

Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00  Draw date: Sunday September 3rd.  attendance not necessary to win

 

Calcutta Cooler

 

 

 

 Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at the marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket

Gift Basket Raffle

  Generously donated by:  Port Renfrew General Store   Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

 @ Port Renfrew Marina   Attendance not necessary to win

 Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg.citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy ticket

 Another raffle is a beautiful Islander Reel generously donated by: Islander Reel in Victoria

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel                                                                                

Islander Reel MR3

                Clear      Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

 Draw Date: Sept. 3rd  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M. Attendance not necessary to win

 Bud & Rex

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 31/17

July 31st, 2017

 

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing along the coast has slowed a bit with the morning ebb tides and will improve with early floods in the coming week. They are still feeding on needlefish and baby herring so keep your lures and bait small. You may hear reports from guys fishing this past week, some reporting it very slow and others coming in with 3 to 5 springs and saying they had many bites. It seems you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

The ranch is back on for halibut, they like the ebb currents. Chinook fishing is hard as it is a struggle to get your lures through the Coho. There are acres of them.

Crabbing is still very good, the crabs are quite large and still hard shelled.

Notable catches:

  • Rueben Radford 32
  • Roko Kliman  33
  • Robert Culm & Wynter Langston 4 springs up to 35
  • Joanne (of Is. Outfitters) 32
  • Kristina Ledger  3 up to 28
  • John Holman  32

Robert Culm & Wynter Langston 4 up to 35lbs

Kristina Ledger 3 up to 28lbs

This past weekend the Kinsmen held their annual salmon derby at Port Renfrew Marina. This is their third derby there and each year the ticket sales have doubled. This year they sold 333! A fantastic turnout. It was a two day event with dinner on the Saturday and a kids bullhead derby on the Sunday. There were about 45 children.  Winner: Jordon Baker   19

 

 

Kids bullhead derby

 

 

 

First place:  Glen Wilson  26’02″      9.9 Yamaha kicker
Second place: Harold Neuffer  25″05″     2 Scotty downriggers

Third place:  24’15″    Aceline hauler prawn puller

 

 

Winners of raffles:

  • Krystal Mayo:  rustic bench donated by; Mountain Men Services
  • Darcy Mayo:  Trophy reel donated by; Mt. Sicker
  •  Shelly Cole:   tool box donated by; Lifetimer Boats
  • Glen Clements: park bench donated by; Dave Peter’s dad
  • George Nitschki: freezer with $200 of meat donated by; Country Grocer

 

Coming up soon in the season will be Port Renfrew Marina’s annual Labor Day Derby on September 2nd and 3rd. This derby is held to help out the local San Juan salmon hatchery and for those of you who don’t know this hatchery has had little or no monies from the government since 1992. Without outside support and donations this hatchery would likely not be active. If anyone seeing this can offer to help out with donation prizes or knows of a business that might be interested please contact the marina office. As you know a successful derby relies on the generosity of donators for prizes to make a derby exciting and fun which is turn brings more anglers and then raises more money for the particular cause. More details to come. See below for our first raffle item for the Labor Day Derby.

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel                                                                                

Islander Reel MR3

                Clear

Generously Donated by:

        Islander Reels, Victoria

     Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

 Draw Date: Sept. 3rd  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M. Attendance not necessary to win

 Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at the marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket

Gift Basket Raffle

    Generously donated by:    Port Renfrew General Store

    Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

      @ Port Renfrew Marina

  Attendance not necessary to win

 Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg.citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy tickets

Coming up at the end of Port Renfrew Marina’s season will be the annual Coho Derby. This is an extremely popular derby. There has been some debate over the date of the derby and after much thought we have finally come to the conclusion that it will be Sept. 30th and Oct.1st. More info to come later.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 20/17

July 21st, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing is excellent! Since the last report salmon fishing has remained very strong. All spots along the beach from East Point, very hot in the early dawn hours to Walbran are producing fish up to the mid 30 pound range. Small bait and spoons are still the best though some of the springs being cleaned have been eating squid so maybe try a white hootchy.

Off shore Chinook fishing has been a little slower and the fish have been a bit smaller but that will improve when the stronger ebb currents kick in next week.

Tons of Coho are on the bank feeding on krill as are the herring. It takes no time at all to get your hatchery fish. Almost better than the fishing has been the whale shows. Up to a hundred humpback are putting everyone in awe as they feed on the acres of krill and herring Some incredible videos coming into the office!

So! Get out here and get some fish, see some whales and have a great time!

Notable catches:

  • Dave & Cheryl Haddad 32
  • Deb Gilmore  27.5
  • Steve Bryant  30.5
  • Duane & Shane  full daily limit for both and back to the docks by 7:15!
  • Rick Ditherbide  32
  • Mark Perkins 28.5 17.5 29 20
  • Mike Game  ling cod 28 23 17 14
  • Odd Johansen  28
  • Gary Toth  32 20 20 15
  • Larry Childs  35
  • Mark  ?  15 lb hatchery Coho

A great days catch!

  

 

 

 

 

Upcoming event:  Coming up the weekend after this one, July 29th and 30th Port Renfrew Marina will be hosting the annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby. This derby always has an amazing assortment of prizes and does so much good the communities and helping out with great causes. Tickets are available at Port Renfrew Marina, Bucky’s Sports in Duncan, Island Outfitters in Victoria and Gord’s Fly Box in Lake Cowichan. Tickets are $50.00 a rod and that includes a dinner of burgers and potato salad. First prize is a 9.9 Yamaha kicker. This is a really fun derby so come out and support them and have a great fishing weekend.

Coming up later in the season will be Port Renfrew Marina’s annual Labor Day Derby on September 2nd and 3rd. This derby is held to help out the local San Juan salmon hatchery and for those of you who don’t know this hatchery has had little or no monies from the government since 1992. Without outside support and donations this hatchery would likely not be active. If anyone seeing this can offer to help out with donation prizes or knows of a business that might be interested please contact the marina office. As you know a successful derby relies on the generosity of donators for prizes to make a derby exciting and fun which is turn brings more anglers and then raises more money for the particular cause. More details to come. See below for our first raffle item for the Labor Day Derby.

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel

                 Clear

Generously Donated by:

        Islander Reels, Victoria

     Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

 Draw Date: Sept. 3rd  @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M. Attendance not necessary to win

 Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at he marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket.

Gift Basket Raffle

    Generously donated by:    Port Renfrew General Store

     Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

      @ Port Renfrew Marina

  Attendance not necessary to win

 Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg.citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy tickets

Coming up at the end of Port Renfrew Marina’s season will be the annual Coho Derby. This is an extremely popular derby. There has been some debate over the date of the derby and after much thought we have finally come to the conclusion that it will be Sept. 30th and Oct.1st. More info to come later.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 10/17

July 11th, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing has taken a positive turn this past week. Not only larger fish but also the fact that the fish are coming from all the “old” favorite spots; East Point, Owen Point, Rockpile and Cullite, Camper are all producing springs. They are feeding on needlefish and baby herring so keep your bait small or run coho killers. Try fishing shallower than usual as several anglers have caught the fish right on the surface as they are putting the line in the downrigger clip.

Offshore the “chicken ranch” is doing its incredible impression of a live fish market! Limit catches of Chinook, coho, and halibut are so fast the boasts are back at the dock before noon! As an added bonus there are big numbers of humpback whales putting on a show as they feed on herring and krill.

Crabbing is still going very well, some big and hard and the occasional softer one but all tasty.

Notable catches:

  • Ian & Deb MacGregor  24  23  14  16
  • Kristina Ledger   30.5
  • Terry Van Wieren  4 springs to 20 lb.
  • Leung Huang  31
  • John Gordon  38.5
  • Eric Echdahl  29
  • Phil Rankine   30
  • Ian Batty  30
  • Ron Jakimchuk  30
  • Bob Green  33
  • Robyn Kerron  29

Don and friends

Mike Game

Shirley Quan and friends days catch

Bob Green 33

Ian Batty 30

 

Kristina Ledger 30.5

John Gordon 38.5  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend Port Renfrew Marina held it’s very small and quiet Hoody Derby in honor of Blair Houdayer who past away two years ago. He was a long time friend and customer of Port Renfrew Marina and had a life long love of fishing. He always fished cut plugging so that was the rule of the derby, no downriggers. The winning fish at 27 pounds was caught by Rex Coburn. the derby raised $550.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society and was donated in Blair Houdayer’s name.

Coming up very soon is the annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby on July 29th and 30th. This derby was partially created to replace the now finished Davey Derby and so far it has been doing a pretty great job of doing that. The tickets are available at the marina, Bucky’s Sports in Duncan, Gord’s Fly Box in Cowichan and Island Outfitters in Victoria. Tickets are $50 a rod and first prize is a Yamaha 9.9 kicker. There is always many other prizes so there is a good chance you won’t go away empty handed. Come out and fish and help support a great cause. The monies raised are to help fix up two children’s park play areas.

Coming up later in the season will be Port Renfrew Marina’s annual Labor Day Derby on September 2nd and 3rd. This derby is held to help out the local San Juan salmon hatchery and for those of you who don’t know this hatchery has had little or no monies from the government since 1992. Without outside support and donations this hatchery would likely not be active. If anyone seeing this can offer to help out with donation prizes or knows of a business that might be interested please contact the marina office. As you know a successful derby relies on the generosity of donators for prizes to make a derby exciting and fun which is turn brings more anglers and then raises more money for the particular cause. More details to come. See below for our first raffle item for the Labor Day Derby.

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel

                 Clear

Generously Donated by:

        Islander Reels, Victoria

     Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

                Draw Date: Sept. 3rd

        @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M. Attendance not necessary to win

Coming up at the end of Port Renfrew Marina’s season will be the annual Coho Derby. This is an extremely popular derby. There has been some debate over the date of the derby and after much thought we have finally come to the conclusion that it will be Sept. 30th and Oct.1st. More info to come later.

As most everyone knows by now the marina now has it’s power pretty much completed. It was a big job and took longer than expected but things have settled down, everyone is pleased to have power and water at their sites. The power sites are going fast as not all sites have it. We hope to expand the number of sites with power next year.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July, 4/17

July 4th, 2017

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing has definitely improved since our last report. The beach has been very good though you may want to avoid Camper Creek as the seal situation is out of control. Some anglers, mostly cut pluggers, are losing 2 out of 3 fish to the seals. East Point has finally produced some fish, so the smaller boats can still fish if the wind is up.

Notable catches:

  • Matt Kelly  30
  • Wes kelly   31
  • Brad Monti  32
  • John Strolger  30

Dave’s catch

 

The “Chicken Ranch” is still on fire for spring salmon, “Lemon Meringue” hootchies, one of the ones some are preferring,  100′ to 160′ down is the ticket to success.

Crabbing is still the best we have seen. Big hard purple beauties are making everyone with a trap very happy!

Upcoming Event: Coming up on July 29th and 30th is the annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby. The tickets are now available at Port Renfrew Marina and are $50.00 a rod. First prize is a 9.9 Yamaha kicker and all the proceeds go to an assortment of needy causes. This has always been a fun derby in the past and is sure to be one again this year. Come have a weekend of good fishing and support the fundraiser.

Later upcoming event: Port Renfrew Marina will be having its 20th Labor Day Derby on Sept. 2nd and 3rd. This derby is a great way to celebrate nearing the end of the season and help support the local San Juan fish hatchery. More info to come later on.

In case you haven’t heard the power is now for the most part done and up and running. many sites have both water and power now. Most everything is back in place and things are looking more normal now.

 Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report June 21/17

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

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

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


Port Renfrew Marina Report May 23/17

May 23rd, 2017

For Port Renfrew Marina fishing is similar as to last week but over the long weekend things picked up with salmon fishing. Chinook salmon at Camper Creek is being dominated by the cut-pluggers who can sit right over the reef. If you are a troller put out the smallest needle fish type spoon you have, ie: Coho Killers.  Many people were coming in the docks with one or two salmon with most in the mid teens. It was good to see and we hope that salmon fishing just keeps getting better. The weather was good, mostly calm seas.

Crabbing is excellent, anyone with a good solid heavy trap was coming back with their limits.

Halibut fishing has been very good, slowed down a little with lack of ebb currents, you may have to jig your lure to get some action.

At Port Renfrew Marina work is moving along but slower than we hoped for. The work for replacing our power is about 75% done and we expect that things will be completed sometime in the first week of June hopefully. We apologize for the inconvenience, we know it’s difficult when you are used to having power.

This past weekend there was a small salmon derby held at the marina. It is the Kevin Fiege Fishing derby put on by his sister and friends. The winning salmon caught by Ruth Haddad was weighed in at 26’5″ not bad for this early in the year. They had many nice prizes and good weather. They raised $980.00 for the BC Wildlife Federation and $1300.00 for the Salmon Enhancement Society. Not bad at all for a small one day derby!

Winning fish 26.5lb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming up on July 29th and 30th the Cowichan Kinsmen will be having their annual Salmon Derby at Port Renfrew Marina. Make a note of the date so you can participate, it is a fun derby with lots of prizes and all for good causes. More info to come as we get closer to the date.

With the good weather it is the time when we see many motorcyclists out for rides. This weekend was no exception, we had probably over 50 come is for gas. Here is a photo of a group of cool “rat bikes”

 

 

 

 

 

Bud & Rex