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Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park Fishing Report

Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.16/15

September 16th, 2015

At Port Renfrew Marina spring fishing is still very good! Camper Creek on high tide is giving up limit catches up to twenty five pound salmon. Coho are being caught more along the shore or in the Bay but this will change as we get into October, then they will be right in the river mouths, best time to fish! For Coho hootchies, spoons such as Coho killers on short leaders are the best. Now is the time if you are wanting your last chance at catching springs before they move on to spawn.

Reminder: The Deering Bridge coming from the Victoria direction is now being worked on. They started on September 14th and are planned for up to the 18th depending on how work goes. The bridge will be closed from 8:00am to 5:00pm with openings for 15 minutes every hour on the hour. Please be aware you may face up to a 45 minute wait depending on when you arrive at the bridge. They are doing what they can to co-operate with the traffic.

Upcoming Event: Coming up at Port Renfrew Marina will be the extremely popular Coho Derby “Winner Take All.” This derby will be held at Port Renfrew Marina on October 3rd and 4th. Tickets are $25.00 a rod and $5.00 of each ticket will go to the San Juan Hatchery. The winning pot will be determined by the number of tickets sold. It’s very simple, the fisherman with the biggest Coho wins the pot of money. It could be you going home with a large bag of money (average is around $8,000.00 to $10,000.00) after fishing for two days!! Please be advised we are a cash business and come prepared with cash for your tickets, your stay and any items you may need.

Raffles: There will be two raffle draws on the 4th. One will be for the Bradley Stainless Steel 6 tray Smoker, it can do hot or cold smoke and has a digital timer for perfect results. This smoker retails for $649.00 and tickets are $5.00 or 3 for $10.00. The other raffle is a SIMRAD GPS worth $1600.00 and tickets are $10.00 or 3 for $20.00. This GPS has  Bright Low-Power Display,   Built in High-Detail Cartography,   GPS with Navionics,   Touch Screen,  ,Built in Sounder,   Micro SD Charts,   Autopilot LED’s,   1PX7 Waterproofing,  and will Interface with All Accessories.  Includes: NSS Sport Multifunction Display, Suncover, Bracket Mount & Knobs, Edge Cover(set of 2), Back Bezel & Mounting screws, Power cable, Video/Data Cable, Stainless Steel Mounting Kit, Screen Cloth, Flush Mounting Template, Manuals. It’s a real beauty and every fisherman would love to have one on his boat! Please consider buying tickets for these great items and help support the hatchery even more.

Important Info: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 12th this year. Please make sure you contact the marina to settle up your account and or make arrangements for winter storage for your boat and or unit. This must be arranged before we close and not when we reopen. We need to have you registered for the safety and security and our records. Once we close in October the gate will remain locked and you will need to contact our caretaker if you need access for some reason. This has to be done in advance with some notice. Also it is your responsibility to check on your units and boats if you know that the area is experiencing extreme weather. You are allowed one night a month to stay over if necessary and you can call Desi Hatchard for updates on weather conditions, etc. His number is 250 483-1486. 

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report Sept.9/15

September 10th, 2015

It is hard to believe that the Port Renfrew Marina’s 18th Annual Labor Day Derby has passed! It is the general and pretty much unanimous opinion of everyone that it was one of the best we have hosted.  It was a definite success with everyone who attended having a wonderful time. Weather and fishing for the derby was fantastic! On the first day of the derby we registered 164 spring salmon with many more that went by in coolers, with a total number of fish for the derby at 216. Although it rained Saturday night the skies cleared for Sunday and we had another beautiful day. Fishing on Sunday was a little slower but with everyone needing to be in by 1:00 it was a short day. The band Willing and Able were very popular and did a great job! A very special thanks goes out to Wayne & Gwen Coleman for their gigantic effort to supply dinner for almost 300 people. With limited facilities they pulled it off and it all went well. At the end of ticket sales we had 287 tickets sold making that a record amount for the last three years. Many people who were attending for the first time said they are coming back every year because they enjoyed it so much!

  • 1st. Place:  Bruce Miller   36lbs 6oz
  • 2nd Place:  Laurie Orr    27lb 15oz
  • 3rd Place:  Reid Warren  27lb 7oz
  • Ladies biggest fish:  Segrid Perkins  25lb 4oz
  • Juvenile biggest fish:  Austin Poole 14lb 10oz

Notable Catches:

  • Bill Valentine  34

Each year the Labor Day Derby, on the Sunday morning, we hold a bullhead derby for children 12 and under. This years winners were  Boys: Travis Swanson (no photo available)  Girls: Sawyer Mackenzie

Sawyer MacKenzie

 

Laurie Orr 27.15 2nd place winner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Reid Warren 27.7 Third place winner

Bruce Miller 36.6 First place winner

 

Laurie Orr side bet winner $1260.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reid Warren 3rd 27.7

Laurie Orr 2nd 27.15

Bruce Miller 1st 36.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina wants to thank Dustin Mayo and Dave Peters of the Kinsmen for their help donating their time during the derby and a big thank you for their donation of $1000.00 to the San Juan Hatchery from the Kinsmen account.

Dustin Mayo presenting check to Maurice Trembley of the San Juan hatchery

A big thanks goes out to some helpers who make the derby go smoothly, be it working the tables, selling tickets or cleaning up. Thank you to Sharon Winters for helping round up donations, sitting at the silent auction table ALL day and helping clean the Longhouse after the ceremonies and before the dance. Also there was one other lady who helped with that, sorry I don’t know your name but thank you for your time. For the morning after a big thanks goes to Doug, Dave, Kevin, Reid and Paul for their help. It was done in record time this year! Thanks goes out to Ryan for his help at the tables. Hope I didn’t forget anyone, if so someone please remind us!!

Also a big thanks goes out to the people who helped us round up donations. This is a huge help as there are so many different businesses to contact. Thanks go out to Vic Gee, Sharon Winters, Brain Kitagawa and Jack Hughes. Really, you do make it so much more doable! It is hard to understand the labor and work that goes into contacting so many places so these people deserve a big hand for taking on this job!

Audie Williams, the founder of The Davey Derby came by to drop off a donation to the San Juan Hatchery. He said that the Davey Derby in its years of fundraising raised a total of $205,000.00! The account had $130.00 sitting in it so he made a donation to the hatchery for the people at Port Renfrew Marina he loved, in remembrance of the years the derby’s held at Port Renfrew Marina.

Mid September marks the “transition” time for fishing in Port Renfrew. The spring salmon are thinning out on a daily basis and the coho are still offshore. By later in the month and certainly by October the coho will be onshore and hungry. Time to get out the light rods and tackle for these best fighting fish. Don’t forget: October 3rd and 4th will be the Port Renfrew Coho Derby “Winner Take All” This derby is extremely popular! Tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each rod going to the hatchery. One winner gets the pot which on average is approximately anywhere from $8000.00 to $12,000.00 cash! Winnings will be based on ticket sales and please remember that we are a cash business. That is also when we will be making the draw for the Bradley 6 Tray Stainless Steel Smoker, worth $649.00. Tickets for it are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. We will also be raffling a Trophy Reel, tickets for it will be $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

Still no halibut reports as most boats are leaving on trailers or tied to the dock. Focus has been on springs and some Coho.

Some Great news on the Coho front. As of Sept. 11 area 121 (Bonilla West) anglers are allowed 4 Coho per day wild or hatchery! That NE corner along to the 170 top end of the closure can be amazing.

Below is the list of businesses in no particular order who were generous enough to make a donation to this great cause and we ask that all our customers and readers patronize their businesses in thanks and respect for their contributions:

Christie Phoenix, Insolex, Westcoast Tire, Butler Bros, Handsome Dan’s, Soule Creek Lodge, Tomi’s Restaurant, Select Mortgage Group, Gallery House, Dennis Murray, Travelbea & Ass., Port Renfrew General Store, Beauty Smiles Denture Clinic, Redl Sports, Marion Randall of MVCC, Island Outfitters, Islander Reel, Sooke Harbour Marine, 17 Mile Pub, Monti’s Boat Sales, Wholesale Sports, Greg’s RV, Construction Drilling, Debbie Gilmore, Canadian Tire (Duncan), Darrel Johnston, Hugh Hamar, Mid-Island Co-op (Lk. Cow), Trailhead Motel, Lakes Marine Supply, Lifetimer Boats, Diamond Eye Care, March Meadows, Glenwood Meats, Green Lantern Pub, Harbour Chandler, Choice Charters, CIBC Bank, Horseshoe Pub, Viper Fuels, Wally Quaite, Mike Smith, Black Dragon Enterprises, Salt Spring Soapworks, Oughtred Coffee, George Wetherall, Ampersand Distilling Company, Avril Creek Winery, Don Colgrave, Four Points Sheraton, Sooke Harbour House, Barry Hobbis & Victoria Harbour Ferry, Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel, Big Fish Lodge, 4 Mile Pub, Milroy Engineering, Doug & Susan Mills, Kevin Gillard, All Battery, Blair Houdayer Estate, VI Rentals, O’ki, Browns Social House, Paul Ricard, Nisers, Peoples Drug Mart (Sooke), J&V Burgers and Pizza, A&W, Subway (Colwood & Langford)Liqour Planet, Starbucks (Colwood & Langford), Liqour Depot, Richlock Rentals, Cineplex Theater, Three Point Porperties, Gerry Murray, Great Canadian Oil Change, Esso, Serious Coffee, Stone Pipe Grill, Floyds Diner, Bob Biggs, Cabela’s, Parker Marine, Gone Fishin’, Chemainus Auto, Band H Tire, Dog House Restaurant, ATP Bait & Tackle, Buckerfields, Sooke Power Supplies, Sheringham Distillery, Shoppers Drug Mart (Sooke), NW Aluminum, Blair Davis, Lazy Gecko, Hardie Honey, Tim Hortons (Colwood & Duncan), Artisans Well, Kelly Wagner of Gizmos Computers, Jim Hermanson of Great Western Equipment, Home Hardware, Lake Cowichan Fly & Tackle, Wise Buys, Eagle Eye Sports, Deans Marine, Scotty, Irly Bird, Duncan Auto, S & G, Silver Streak Boats, Sleggs Lumber, ECS Electrical, Trotac Marine, Bow Mel Chrysler, Item, G n’G, Tirecraft, Country Grocer, Jakes at the Lake, Oak & Carriage, Tugwell Creek, McGregors, Peninsula Co-op, Anglers Retreat, Thrifty’s Food Stores (Colwood), Three Gringos Grill, Milestones, Mai Mai bistro, Turmeric Restaurant, Coastal Kitchen, Kelz Cake Shop, Fountain Diner, Village Foods, Superstore, Alpine Marine, Best Western Premier Resort, Western Foods, Whitespot (Duncan & Langford), DSS Welding, Eriks, Greg Distributing, Steve Holgate of Surespan, Steve Lamont of Maple Bay Marina, Steele Electric, Shane & Samantha Morse, Grant Hilliard, Fastenall, Mike Young, John Sheldrake, Wallace Cheong, Berk Intertruck, Tube Shop.

Please forgive and also remind us if we have inadvertently forgotten someone! The derby would not be as successful without all these generous people and businesses!

Bud & Rex

 

 

 

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.31/15

September 1st, 2015

This past weekend at Port Renfrew Marina will not be one anyone who was there will forget too soon! It was at the other end of the spectrum from the weekend before. Rains of biblical proportions descended on Sunday and Monday. Fishing has slowed down but the monsoons made it impossible to fish. With heavy rain, high winds and having no power for almost 30 hours not much was happening other than trying to stay dry and comfortable!

We probably had 4 to 6 inches of rain in 24 hours. Boats sunk at the docks, etc. Kudos to Rick Jakimchuk whose boat was totally sunk but helped us save another boat stay afloat that was on the verge of sinking. Thanks go out to Reid, Dave, Todd, Charlie, Greg and all the others that helped get Rick’s boat over to the ramp and back on the trailer.

While we do our best to help our customers with their boat issues please remember that it is not our responsibility to keep your boat afloat. Working bilge pumps, tarps should be used or pull your boat out of the water. It is up to you when these storms arrive to be prepared for such possible unexpected emergencies. If bad weather hits our area you need to come out and check on your boats and units if you are unsure.

Luckily the weather is supposed to improve and it looks so far that the long weekend will have decent weather and this wild storm will pass but will not be forgotten!

Notable Catches:

  • Jeremy Spooner 33   

Bob Culm & Wynter

 

Bob Culm and a nice fish not quite 30 pounds but close enough to be proud of

Mathew Mezzoli

 

 

Not a big fish but one Mathew was pleased with considering he lives in the Bahamas so any salmon is impressive!


Upcoming Derby: This coming long weekend September 5th and 6th will be the 18th annual Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby. The time sure came up quickly, it seems like the season just started a month ago! Now here it is and we have to say it has been an outstanding year for donations and contributors and volunteers! We have been given many awesome prizes and there is something to appeal to everyone. There will be many silent auctions, live auctions and at least four raffles. Tickets are still only $60.00 a rod and includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band. There will be a fun adult bullhead derby on Saturday night with prizes for the most bullheads caught. On Sunday morning there will be a kids (12 an under) bullhead derby. This derby is a lot of fun and relaxed and at the same time you will know you are helping support salmon enhancement as all proceeds go to the San Juan hatchery. This year has become even more important than past ones as the hatchery hasn’t had any additional funding since 1992 and now this year we were told they had a government cutback of another $10,000.00! If it weren’t for all the generous donations and the efforts of many to make derby’s like this one successful the salmon enhancement program would surely suffer. Tickets only available at the marina and will be on sale later this week.
Upcoming Event: Port Renfrew Marina will be having its annual “Winner Take All” Coho Derby on October 3rd and 4th. This derby beats all for popularity even though there is just one winner. It may be one winner but what a spectacular winner they will be, winning a cash pot that runs in the thousands. There have been some pretty big Coho caught over the last couple weeks, all wild but by the time of the derby you will be allowed to keep wild Coho. Tickets are only $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan salmon hatchery. The number of tickets sold will dictate the winnings. From previous years the average winning amount runs between $8000.00 to $11000.00, not bad for a weekend of fishing!
Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug. 24/15

August 24th, 2015

At Port Renfrew Marina inshore fishing is fantastic!! This past weekend had anglers calling it the best in years! Practically every boat was hitting the dock with limit catches of Chinook. East Point to Walbran all lit up with long bite times. Some boats having 3 or 4 double headers a day! Betsy and Purple Haze, Purple Onion flashers with chrome Mint Pearl or Joanne as some know it, No Bananas, Purple flash teaser heads and others are popular. Same flashers with Coho Killers were working just as well.

Offshore at the “Chicken Ranch” is more or less done for 2015. It was a spectacular season out there and we hope it is as good next year.

Halibut fishing has had little pressure as the salmon fishing is so good.

Notable Catches:

  • Kirk Coombs  31
  • Dan Maxwell  34
  • Scott Cameron  65 halibut

    Kirk Coombs 31

Scott cameron 65 halibut

Dan Maxwell 34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizard Lake Wildfire: We have heard conflicting reports regarding the fire. To the best of our knowledge it appears to have grown to 300 hectares and is about 35% contained. The Harris Main is now open as of 8:00am August 25th. The fire is farther up the hill an away from the road.The Gordon River road is the other option if you coming from the Lake Cowichan area but is no longer necessary. The fishing is worth the drive!

The proposed road closure for the Deering bridge  for repair work was originally scheduled for Aug. 24 through to the 28th has now been postponed to Sept. 14th to the 18th possibly to avoid more delays considering the problems from the wildfire. When the closure occurs with will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the bridge will be opened for 15 minutes every hour on the hour to allow traffic through. Your wait could possibly take up to 45 minutes if you arrive at the bridge after the closure for that time period.

Upcoming Event: Port Renfrew Marina will be having its 18th annual Labor Day Derby coming up on Sept.5th and 6th. This is the derby to come to if you like to have a good time! Tickets are $60.00 a rod and includes a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band. Each year we have been so lucky to have more donations and we have many great prizes to win. We will have silent and live auctions, biggest fish for a lady and a junior, hidden weight and more. Fishing is so good right now, lets hope it is like that for the derby, indicators say it is likely. Also we will be having a fun bullhead derby on Sat. the 5th in the evening for adults and a children’s (12 and under) bullhead derby on Sunday the 6th at 9:00 am. Again I want to thank the few people who have helped us gather donations, thanks go out to Vic Gee, Sharon Winters, Brain Kitagawa and Jack Hughes. Also to quite a few customers who have really stepped up with finding donations for us, Steve Holgate, Grant Hilliard, Marion and Howard Randall, Debbie Gilmore, Mike Young, Wallace Cheong and others.

Upcoming Event: This year for Port Renfrew Marina the “Winner Take All” Coho Derby will be on October 3rd and 4th. This derby is extremely popular with a huge turnout. The tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local San Juan hatchery. There is just one winner and it is a cash prize for the biggest Coho. Winnings have varied from $5500.00 up to $13,800.00! Not bad for two days of fishing! We will be drawing for the Bradley smoker that we have for raffle now on the 4th.

At this time Port Renfrew Marina has four items for raffle. One is the Bradley 6 tray Digital smoker, through Port Renfrew Marina, it retails for $649.00. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. We also have a Samsung 46″ HD flatscreen TV donated by Marion and Howard Randall and it retails for $569.00. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. We have a gift basket which at this time is at the Port Renfrew General Store, also donated by the store. It’s value is $300.00 and tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. You have to see this one for its amazing contents! For starters it has 2 bottles of good wine, a bottle of Absolute vanilla vodka, 8 year old Bacardi rum, and a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, Purdy’s chocolates and many, many more great items. We have another smaller basket with lots of fun things in it at the marina, donated by Debbie Gilmore in memory of her late husband Gary Gilmore. It values at $130.00 and tickets are $1.00 each.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report August 14/15

August 14th, 2015

For Port Renfrew Marina inshore Chinook fishing for most anglers is very good. East Point at first light has been very good but dies off later in the day. Camper Creek to Walbran has been fair to very good depending on ho you talk to. Some limit catches for some fishermen while others not getting a strike. This is not the norm… successful anglers are venturing into deeper water, 100 to 120 feet fishing 50 to 70 feet down and getting good fish. Cut pluggers earlier this week did VERY well at Camper Creek, some hooking a dozen fish a day.

Offshore Swiftsure Bank has slowed right down for Chinook and halibut. One boat that did very well got their fish on Coho Killers! Go figure, needle fish at the bank.

Inshore halibut fishing has been very good with fish in the 60 to 70 pound range hitting the dock.

Notable Catches:

  • Brent Cooper  30.5
  • Phil Rankine   30
  • Braiden Gorle  10 years old   31
  • Chris Arnold    31

Chris Arnold 31

 

 

 

 

 

At Port Renfrew Marina we held our second annual PRM Spring Derby on Aug.8th and 9th. We originally started this derby for people missing the Davey Derby in July but this year the Kinsmen stepped up with theirs in July so rather than cancel it we fit it in for August this year. It is a straight forward derby and we had 54 tickets sold. The fishing was good for that weekend but although the numbers were good the fish were on the smaller size. The winners were:

  • 1st place Ruth Haddad 27.12 spring      winnings  $675.00
  • 2nd place Ryan Nicks  26.7 spring        winnings  $405.00
  • 3rd place  Ruth Haddad 21.13 spring    winnings  $270.00
  • San Juan Hatchery     $270.00 donation

Lizard Lake Wildfire:  As nearly everyone knows there is a wildfire up past Lizard Lake about a half hour from Port Renfrew Marina. Many people are asking about conditions. At the marina there is no impact, we have no smoke and no sign of fire or issues although the Harris Main Road is closed until at least Monday and possibly longer.  For now until further notice if you are coming to Port Renfrew or the marina from Lake Cowichan you will need to come by the Gordon River Road which has been opened. Approaching Port Renfrew from Sooke is not an issue. These links may be of some help in getting updates, www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca; www.bcwildfire.ca; bcwildfire.ca.  Sorry, I can’t seem to get these sites to load so you can just click on them, looks like you will need to copy and paste them into google.

Upcoming Event: Port Renfrew Marina will be having it’s 18th Annual Labor Day Derby on Sept. 5th and 6th. This is our big derby with all kinds of activities. We will have an adult bullhead derby on Sat. evening and one for kids 12 and under on Sunday morning starting at 9:00 am. There will be prize ceremonies on Sunday after the derby ends with many, many great prizes! Tickets are $60.00 a rod and includes a t-shirt, dinner, beverages, and later that evening a live band for those who love to dance or sit and listen to music. This a fun derby loved and enjoyed by all. Fishing has been improving lately so lets hope it continues for the derby! Donations have been coming in but if you are interested in making a donation it’s not too late or know a business that would consider a donation please make the effort to help out. Even if you can only do a single donation, if everyone helped that way you can imaging how many prizes we would have. It’s for such a great cause and we must remember that protecting and preserving salmon stocks isn’t just for this year or five years down the road but for generations to come. We all hope our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy sports fishing in the future.

At Port Renfrew Marina we have three big items for raffling. The first is a Bradley 6 tray polished stainless steel smoker. It can do hot and cold smoke and is digitally accurate. A real beauty for smoking your catches and also meat and other things. It retails for $649.00 and tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. The second one is a gift basket generously donated by Port Renfrew General Store with a of value $300.00. It is full of all kinds of great things, including two bottles of good red wine, salter caramel Baileys (new), 8 year old Bacardi Rum, and Absolute vanilla vodka, a box of Purdy’s chocolates, stemless wine glasses, movie pass for two and many, many more things. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. And third we have a Samsung 46″ HDMI flat screen television donated by MVCC business, Marion and Howard Randall. It is valued at $569.00. The tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. We also have a smaller gift basket to be raffled, donated by Debbie Gilmore in memory of her late husband, Gary. Tickets are $1.00 and all proceeds go to salmon enhancement to which Gary firmly believed in being an avid fisherman.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Coming up from August 24th to 28th Mainroad contracting will be working on the Deering Bridge. The bridge needs service and the work is under the bridge for the most part so doing it at night is not a viable option.Therefore, work will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm and Mainroad’s objective it to have the bridge open for the first 15 minutes of each hour throughout the day. This is their plan and as long as nothing goes sideways they will do their best to keep to that schedule. It is possible they may get it done in less than five days but so far those are the dates for the closure. So if you need to cross the bridge you would be wise to time it accordingly. There will be some work being done on the Harris Cove bridge also but the interruptions will be minimal.

Important: This year the CRD has stipulated that all compostable food wastes be separated from non-biodegradable garbage. We now have garbage cans for regular garbage as always and green ones for food waste. You can dump  the waste in loose or in compostable bags only. These are the thin brown ones you can find in most grocery stores. We ask that everyone make the effort to separate their garbage as if it arrives at the dump with too much combined we will get cut off for dumping and it will then require people to remove their garbage and take it home with them! If you don’t want to bother with the bags just simply put the waste in a bucket or container with a lid and then empty it when its full into the garbage can directly.

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report August 6/15

August 6th, 2015

At Port Renfrew Marina the big tides and the two full moons (Blue Moon) we had this past month are over and the fishing is improving again. The full moons caused some havoc with the tides! The past week only produced good fishing on the high tide in the afternoons. Beach fishing has been better everyday with fish being caught all day. The San Juan fish should be showing up all month, Woods Nose will be a hot spot as the net pen fish will be coming back to where they were raised.

Offshore Chinook fishing remains very good, fishing at 140 feet to 200 feet on the downrigger. The halibut catches have dropped right off which is understandable considering the huge pressure on them over the last three months.

Innshore halibut fishing has improved as fishermen are searching out spots other than Swiftsure, time to explore! The big coho are just a month away!

Notable catches:

  • George Colgrave  34

Upcoming Event: This weekend Aug. 8th and 9th, Port Renfrew Marina is hosting its 2nd annual Spring Derby. This derby is a simple one with tickets $30.00 a rod and $5.00 of each one going to the San Juan Hatchery. There are only three prizes, first, second and third. The winnings will be based on net sales of tickets and the amount for each place will be 50%, 30%,and 20% respectively of the fist, second and third place. The more tickets sold, the more prize money! With the fishing improving daily this could be a fun derby and the weather should be good also. Please remember that we are a cash business so bring cash for your tickets purchase and for your stay.

At Port Renfrew Marina we have three big items for raffling. The first is a Bradley 6 tray polished stainless steel smoker. It can do hot and cold smoke and is digitally accurate. A real beauty for smoking your catches and also meat and other things. It retails for $649.00 and tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. The second one is a gift basket generously donated by Port Renfrew General Store with a of value $300.00. It is full of all kinds of great things, including two bottles of good red wine, salter caramel Baileys (new), 8 year old Bacardi Rum, and Absolute vanilla vodka, a box of Purdy’s chocolates, stemless wine glasses, movie pass for two and many, many more things. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. And third we have a Samsung 46″ HDMI flat screen television donated by MVCC business, Marion and Howard Randall. It is valued at $569.00. The tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Coming up from August 24th to 28th Mainroad contracting will be working on the Deering Bridge. The bridge needs service and the work is under the bridge for the most part so doing it at night is not a viable option.Therefore, work will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm and Mainroad’s objective it to have the bridge open for the first 15 minutes of each hour throughout the day. This is their plan and as long as nothing goes sideways they will do their best to keep to that schedule. It is possible they may get it done in less than five days but so far those are the dates for the closure. So if you need to cross the bridge you would be wise to time it accordingly. There will be some work being done on the Harris Cove bridge also but the interruptions will be minimal.

As many know we have had a non-working pop machine for some time BUT it is now working! This is after at least five attempts to repair it. Fingers crosses it stays that way. A HUGE thank you goes out to Dan from Ryan Vending who went over and above the call of duty to come out twice to fix it, not to mention numerous phone calls trying to help over the phone.

Important: This year the CRD has stipulated that all compostable food wastes be separated from non-biodegradable garbage. We now have garbage cans for regular garbage as always and green ones for food waste. You can dump  the waste in loose or in compostable bags only. These are the thin brown ones you can find in most grocery stores. We ask that everyone make the effort to separate their garbage as if it arrives at the dump with too much combined we will get cut off for dumping and it will then require people to remove their garbage and take it home with them! If you don’t want to bother with the bags just simply put the waste ia bucket or container with a lid and then empty it when its full into the garbage can directly.

Big Thanks: We also want to give out big thank you’s to some people who are stepping up and helping out with collecting donations for our Labor Day Derby…not an easy job. Thanks for out to Vic Gee, Sharon Winters, Brian Kitagawa, Jack Hughes, Marion Randall, Port Renfrew General Store who not only donates the funds for the gift basket but then lets us set it up there for ticket sales. I guess it fits with the saying, it takes a village. Seriously, the derby relies on helpers like this as one person just can’t get it all done. We are going to be needing helpers during the derby, some to work the silent auction tables, sell raffle tickets, peel corn, set up tables, etc. Anyone with some free time we would be grateful for their help, many hands make less work!

Bud & Rex

 


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 27/15

July 27th, 2015

Inshore salmon fishing remains good to very good. High slack tide seems to trigger the bite time. Rock Pile, Camper and Logan Creek have been giving up limit catches of Chinook salmon. East Point at first light and the evening has been producing as well.

The inshore halibut fishing has seen little or no pressure in the last month so we have no information on that.

Offshore the “Chicken Ranch” continues to provide spectacular salmon fishing for both Chinook and Coho. Large white hootchies and large spoons for the spring salmon and anything for the Coho!

Swiftsure halibut fishing has slowed down and the guides are having to move around to find them. Deeper water on the slack tide should work.

Notable Catches:

  • Mary Dice  31
  • Kale Eddy  32  25
  • Brent Cooper  30.5

Kale Eddy 32 25

Brent Cooper 30.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Port Renfrew Marina this past weekend a small fishing derby was held called the “Houdy Memorial Spring Derby.” This derby was held in honor of Blair Houdayer, a long time regular at the marina who sadly passed away last winter. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed by all. One of the few people in the world who didn’t have a mean bone in his body and was generous and always happy. Yvette and Barry Houdayer, Blair’s brother and sister were there for the fishing and the ceremony. The derby was well received with about 35 boats. The derby was a simple one day event with a salmon BBQ, the salmon donated by Desi Hatchard of Vicious Fish Charters for everyone to enjoy. Entry was by donation to the Canadian Cancer Foundation. After a full day of fishing by cut plugging only the winner was a young Matthew Jones with a salmon of 24. 8. He was awarded a trophy and a stainless steel crab trap generously donated by Paul Taylor of Trotac Marine. At the end of the day the derby raised $1424.00 to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Foundation. Hopes are that there may be another one next year.

Matthew catching the winning fish

Matthew with Barry & Yvette Houdayer

Matthew Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This coming weekend at Port Renfrew Marina will be our Fishermen’s garage sale. Come by and check out what you don’t have and do need!

On Aug. 8th and 9th Port Renfrew Marina will be holing it’s second annual Spring Derby. This derby is a two day event from dawn to 5:00 and dawn to 2:00 on Sunday. Tickets are $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery and the winnings for first, second and third are 50% , 30% and 20% respectively of the net sales. More entrants, more pay out! If you are fishing that weekend or if not, think about going in the derby and maybe getting a chance to win some money.

For Port Renfrew Marina’s Labor Day Derby we are still hoping for more donations to come in. if you can make a donation or know a business that may be interested is supporting salmon enhancement please contact us and help us make this derby the best one ever!

Bud & Rex


July 21/15 Port Renfrew Marina Report

July 21st, 2015

This past weekend Port Renfrew Marina hosted the first Kinsmen Spring Fishing Derby. There were 124 tickets sold. The weather was fantastic and the seas were good. On Friday fishing was very quiet and there were thoughts maybe fishing would be work. Saturday fishing improved and on Sunday fishing got even better. There were a lot of great prizes to be won and everyone enjoyed their time in the derby. After all was said and done $1000.00 went to the local San Juan hatchery and $4000.00 will go to charities the Kinsmen choose, one being a new playground in Lake Cowichan to improve the safety concerns there. Overall the derby was well received by all and we look forward to seeing it again next year as it grows in popularity. The Kinsmen do so much good for communities and its a wonderful organization to support and give them the help they need to accomplish their goals.  First Place winner: Jamie McCallan 29.1  Second Place: Kevin McKenna 26.9 Third place: Cam Hamilton 25.8

Fishing in general is improving on a daily basis. The weather got fairly wild out near the bank but things have settled some.

Jamie McCallan 29.1

First, second & third place winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This coming Saturday, July 25th will be the “Houdy Memorial” in Blair Houdayer’s memory. This a low-key event and one day only and is for moochers only or anyone willing to fish without downriggers. There is no entry fee but we are asking for donation only to the Canadian Cancer Society in Blairs memory. The derby is from dawn to 5:00 pm with a small get together at the marina Longhouse at 6:00 to present the trophy to the winner and so share any memories you may have of Blair.

Notable catches:

  • Desi Hatchard of Vicious Fish Charters     33

Vicious Fish Charters 33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina will be having a Fishermen’s garage sale coming up on Saturday Aug. 1st. For those of you wanting to find new treasures in fishing gear and just browse around. Bring your gear you no longer need and do some trading. Tables available and no fee.

At Port Renfrew Marina we have two items up for raffle. One is a Bradley 6 tray stainless steel digital smoker. It can do hot or cold smoke and has up to nine hours of smoking time. It is digitally controlled for time, temperature and smoke. This smoker retails for $649.00 and tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 available at the office. The other item is a beautiful gift basket generously donated by the Port Renfrew General Store. It contains a white metal ice bucket with a built in bottle opener, a cooler bag, a bottle of vanilla vodka, an 8 year old bottle of Bacardi Rum, A bottle of Salted Caramel Baileys, and two bottles of good quality red wine. It also has three acrylic designer plates, 4 stemless wine glasses, an outdoor citronella candle, 2 packs of cedar wraps to cook salmon, cocktail napkins, lemongrass scent sachets, movie pass for two including popcorn and 2 drinks, a picture fame for your favorite pic of your biggest fish or favorite person, Chinese LED lantern lights, 2 bamboo trivets, 1lb Starbucks coffee beans, and a 16 piece box of New Classics of Purdys Chocolates. Come by the office to have a look. Value is approximately $300.00 Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

At this time we are looking for donations for our annual Labor Day Derby. If anyone is interested in making a donation or knows of a business who would be interested please come by the office and let us know. All donations are appreciated and acknowledged at the event and on our website. As we all know the donations are what make a derby such a big success, the more we receive the better the results and proceeds for the San Juan Hatchery. This hatchery has now had a $10,000.00 cutback from the government and if we want to see this hatchery remain productive for our area now and in the future, we need to step up and do what we can to help them. We need you to come forward!

Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 15/15

July 15th, 2015

 

 

At Port Renfrew Marina salmon fishing has improved this week. The inshore Chinook catches have gone up. For those who willingly put up with the huge amount of pink salmon taking baits and lures, spring salmon are to be caught. Camper Creek to Logan Creek is the hotspot but the sea lions and seals a real nuisance, sometimes taking 2 out of 3 fish hooked. Not sure what the answer is, maybe go out a little later and let the other anglers dive on the grenade!

Offshore at the bank spring and halibut fishing is still fantastic! Continued calm weather has made the 25 mile trip enjoyable, which makes up for all the ugly days out there. Plugs, spoons and hootchies 140 feet to 170 feet down is the ticket most days. Still no word on a possible Sockeye opening though many are being caught right now.

Crabbing is still very good, enjoy it while it lasts.

P.S. keep a spinning rod rigged with a herring jig aboard in case you fins a school. Fresh herring is the best bait around!

Notable catches:

  • Mike Voghell   31
  • Rick Bennet   37
  • Dennis Murray   33.5
  • Jerry Melissa   32
  • Karl Flower   33
  • John Stroulger  33

Dennis Murray 33.5

Dave Mills 29 Judy DeFrane 27

Stroulger Family 33

Marcus Kennet Fishing Charters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS: This coming weekend is the Kinsmen Fishing Derby. The tickets are $50.00 a rod and the word out is they have plenty of prizes and it should prove to be a really good derby especially since fishing has picked up plus the weather is looking promising. Tickets are available at the marina and there is a person setting up on Friday from 4:00 to 9:00 just for ticket sales. The Kinsmen do a lot of good in different communities and its a good thing to support them. Come fish and have fun and at the same time support a good cause. Please be advised that we are a cash business so bring cash for your expenses, we do have an ATM in the office for your convenience.

The following weekend will be the “Houdy Memorial.” This a fun derby for just the one day, July 25th in the memory of Blair Houdayer, a long time regular at Port Renfrew Marina and a really great and generous guy loved by all who passed away last winter.  The entry fee is by donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. First prize and only prize is a trophy. He was a devout cut plugger so all entrants are to fish that day by cut plugging.

Blair Houdayer “Houdy” having a fun day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina is raffling off a Bradley Stainless Steel Digital Smoker. It comes with six trays, is digitally regulated for temperature, time and amount of smoke. It can run up to 9 hours and can do hot or cold smoke. It retails for $649.00 Tickets are $5.00 eah or 3 for $10.00 and the draw date is Oct.4th.

Bradley Digital Smoker

 

 

 

Just to inform anyone staying at the marina we now have the pop machine up and running. It took some time to find someone who would come out to the sticks to fix it but thanks to Dan of Ryan Vending he did come and its now done. Also the KISS Cafe is still in the beginning stages but check out their menu and if you have a bit of confusion as to where they are ask at the office. They are going to have a sandwich board put up so they can be found more easily.  The marina is still looking for anyone who may be able to make a donation or knows of a business who might be interested in donating for our Labor Day Derby coming up Sept.5th and 6th. If you or someone you know is interested please come by the office and speak to us. A big thank you goes out to  Sharon Winters, Brian Kitagawa and Jack Hughes for helping out with recruiting and picking up donations up island! Couldn’t do it all with out your help! Many hands make small work and in this case it means a lot!  Bud & Rex


Port Renfrew Marina Report July 5/15

July 5th, 2015

Fishing in Port Renfrew this last week has slowed right down after the weeks before fishing frenzy. Biggest tide changes of the year coupled with the huge full moon put the breaks on what had been great Chinook fishing. We expect the catches to improve by next week when things mellow out. There are some springs coming from the beach but pinks, Coho and Sockeye make it hard to keep your gear in the water. AT this time there is not an opening for Sockeye in our area but you can keep 2 Coho if they are hatchery. If you find you are going through the anchovies try considering Baitrix for a change and cut down on your loss of bait.

Offshore, Swiftsure Bank is producing small spring salmon and halibut but the weather has put a damper on the number of boats who are comfortable going out there. Moderate, short interval swells combined with a huge ebb current have made for dangerous conditions. Again, this will improve next week as tides die down.

Crabbing makes up for slow salmon fishing. Still many out there and very sweet.

Notable catches:

  • Eric Eckdahl   31
  • Terry Van Wieren     30
  • June 27  Adam Walters   34
  • June 27  Shane Morse      34
  • June 27  Andytolj Ander   32
  • June 28  Brad MacDonald  34
  • June 28  Ruth Haddad   31
  • June 28  Theron Keel  33
  • July 1  Eric Eckdahl  30.5     As you can see those few days were HOT for big springs!

Brad MacDonald 34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the season:     Coming soon on July 18th and 19th will be the Kinsmen Spring Derby at Port Renfrew marina. Tickets for this derby are $50.00 a rod. Details of the derby are posted at the marina with start and end times, etc. There are many prizes to be won and it’s all for a good cause. This year they are fundraising to improve a children’s play area in Lake Cowichan that has some unsafe issues at this time. Fishing in a derby gives you a chance to win a great prize and also help out a needed charity. First prize is $1800.00, second prize is $800.00, third prize $400.00 and a hidden weight for $200.00

July 25th is a special one day derby in tribute to Blair Houdayer who passed away last fall from cancer. He had a long brave battle and didn’t let it stop him from doing what he loved most, fishing. For those who knew him we lost a great friend who was generous and an all around great guy. This derby is a memorial in his memory and is going to be a fun day. No required entry fee but donations are excepted and will go to the Canadian Cancer Society, only requirement is to fish by cut plug as he did. He only used a downrigger once that we know of and he, with his usual sense of humor, put a box over his head with eyes cut out so he could see but no one would know it was him! There will be a small trophy for the biggest spring.

Aug. 1st Port Renfrew Marina is calling all fishermen to bring their unwanted or surplus fishing gear and related items for a big garage sale. Might find some unusual new stuff or old stuff you can’t find. Should be interesting and if you are fishing maybe get a friend or wife to run your table for you. The marina has tables for use and it will be held in the long house.

Aug. 8th and 9th Port Renfrew Marina is having their second annual Spring Derby. Last years was held in July but with the Kinsmen Derby we have moved it to Aug. This derby is a simple one with first prize being 50% of net take, second prize 30% and third prize 20%. Tickets are $30.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan Hatchery. Check with the office for start and end times and other details.

Sept. 5th and 6th will be Port Renfrew Marina’s 18th annual Labor Day Derby. This one is a long time favorite of everyone. Tickets are $60.00 a rod and include a Port Renfrew Marina t-shirt and on Sunday a dinner that will be catered by Wayne and Gwen Coleman, the couple who are doing the small new cafe at their site called the KISS Cafe (more about that below.) beverages, the prize ceremonies and then a live band in the evening. First prize is $1000.00, second prize $500.00 and third prize $250.00. There is hidden weight prizes, raffles, silent and live auctions and other types of fundraising. Each year on the Sunday morning we have the children’s Bullhead Derby for kids 12 and under. They love this and all entrants get a goodie bag.

And last but not least Port Renfrew Marina will have its annual Coho “Winner Take All” derby on Oct, 3rd and 4th. This derby is $25.00 a rod with $5.00 going to the San Juan Hatchery  and there is al almost everyone knows only one Winner and he or she gets the pot of money. Previous years winners have won anywhere from $5500.00 to as much as nearly $14000.00!! All cash. This derby is extremely popular and no wonder, who can go fishing for a weekend and possibly come home with something in the ball park of $10,000.00?! Far better odds than the lottery!

As many know the marina no longer has the Salmonberry Bistro on site but Wayne and Gwen Coleman have opened a small cafe called The Kiss Cafe and offer a very simple menu with amazing prices. A person can get coffee, only a $1.00! an egger sandwich, burgers, hot dogs, fries and if ordered the day before a lunch to take on the boat. Ask at the office if you are unsure as to the cafe’s location. At this time she is only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, this could change if she gets busier. Word needs to get out that they are there and it likely won’t take long once people see how reasonable the prices are and the good food.

At this time Port Renfrew Marina is still allowed campfires. This could change if this season continues as it has so far. Please keep fires to a minimum and always in a fire ring and keep a watchful eye on them. If you smoke please be extra careful with disposing of your butts and make sure they are out and not where there are combustibles.

There have been a few people asking about getting fishing licenses at the marina. A reminder that fishing licenses need to be done online, Port Renfrew Marina is no longer a fishing license vendor. If you want, you can do inquiries with places such as Canadian Tire, Island Outfitters, who will print you a license for a small fee but it is completely possible and easy to do one in your own home as long as you have the computer AND a printer.

Bud & Rex