Port Renfrew Marina Report. July 20/18

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing remains strong along the beach. Early mornings and the late evenings at East Point have been very good. Reports of large schools of bait from Owen Point as far as Walbran is probably holding the fish from moving on. Bigger springs are showing up in the last few days, just in time for the 4th annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby! 

Offshore is pretty much the same as last report. Great salmon fishing on the ebb and halibut as the tide slows. Still quite a few Black Cod around, on the small side but what a delicacy! 

Notable Catches:

  • Luke Martin  25
  • Jessica Game  37
  • Gerrie   27   23
  • Bill Walton  30
  • Larry Erickson  28
  • Phil Rankin and friends 8 spring
  • Bruce Miller and guests 17 salmon 5 hali
  • many more in the 20's, nearly every boat coming in
  • Larry Jones   29.75 winner of Hoody Derby

 

 

This Past weekend at Port Renfrew Marina the annual Hoody Memorial Derby was held for cut pluggers only. This derby is held in memory of a dear long time customer of ours who past away a few years ago. A great, generous sweet man loved by all. This years winner was  Larry jones with a Chinook weighing in at 29.75 pounds. 

Port Renfrew Marina is holding the fourth annual Lake Cowichan Kinsmen Derby this weekend. It starts Sat morning and tickets are still available. This derby is held to support many great causes and has more prizes that n you will ever see in a derby. Tickets are $50.00 a rod, come out and enjoy the great weather, the fun and prizes and support the Kinsmen, this derby is done completely with volunteers. There is a dinner included. 

Port Renfrew Marina is having their 21st annual Labor Day Derby coming up before you know it. This year it falls on September 1st and 2nd. This derby is in support of salmon enhancement for the local San Juan hatchery and also this year for the Sooke Chinook Enhancement Initiative. More than ever the salmon cause is in need of help if we want to keep the salmon around for future generations. There will be raffle items, silent and live auction items, door prizes and many other prizes. At this time we again ask if anyone knows of a business or someone who may be interested in donating to this worthy cause please contact the office, we all know the prizes make a derby successful. This derby includes a marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band on the Sunday. 

Some of the raffle items we have so far are a large Gift Basket filled with so many wonderful items including  a bottle of salted caramel Baileys, Smirnoff Vodka, Crown Royal Rye, bottle of red wine, Cineplex pass for 2, $20.00 gift card for Purdy's Chocolates and many more items, valued at $300.00 and can be seen at the Port Renfrew General Store. Another raffle is a Islander MR3 Slate Reel valued at $595.00, can be seen at PRM office, tickets sold at the marina and at Island Outfitters. We also have an original one of a kind hand painted watercolor painting done by Lorelei Green, matted and framed valued at $650.00. It is called Seaside Adventures. This painting is an amazing blend and collage of shapes and objects and is similar in style to Picasso and MC Escher. Must be seen to be truly appreciated!

Bud & Rex

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report July 8/18

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing continues to be very good just about everywhere. Small springs and Coho are a bit of a problem making it hard to keep your bait in the water for very long. 

Offshore the weather has calmed down to basically flat seas making the trip out and back enjoyable. Halibut, Chinook and Coho are all being caught in good numbers. Lots of bait around, krill and herring are attracting all sorts of sea life. 

It's a great thing when you look on the docks and everyone is bringing fish to the cleaning tables and in nice sizes, most in the mid twenties. 

Crabbing seems to have slowed down a little, still being caught but not quite in the same numbers.

  • Notable catches:    
  • Gail Gordon  38  
  • Neil Hanson   25
  • Ken Gillard   30.5 27
  • Eric Echdahl  32.5
  • Clayton Wright  28
  • Laurie Orr       28
  • Ruth Haddad   30 
  • many, many more in the mid to high 20's
 Gayle Gordon  38

Gayle Gordon  38

Ruth Haddad  30

Eric Eckdahl  32.5

We at Port Renfrew Marina want to give a huge thank you to Stan Robertson and some friends who volunteered their time to extend the boat launch with concrete so fishermen could launch their boats even at low tide. This was done strictly by his and their own doing and and out of their own kindness. Over the years we have been lucky enough to have this kind of loyal and great customers who do these kinds of things on their own and happily.

At Port Renfrew Marina we have a new raffle item that has been very generously donated by one of our long time customers, Lorelei Green. She is an amazing artist somewhat reminiscent of a famous painter by the name of M. C. Escher. The watercolor she has donated is called Seaside Adventures and comes framed and matted. This painting has to be seen to really appreciate the depth and subtle colors and textures. It's value is estimated at $650.00. We are selling tickets at the marina for $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. The painting can be viewed in the office at the marina and the draw will be made on Sept. 2nd the final day of our annual Labor Day Derby. All monies raised will go to salmon enhancement. 

  Seaside Adventures  painted in watercolor-dry brush by  Lorelei Green.

Seaside Adventures painted in watercolor-dry brush by Lorelei Green.

Port Renfrew Marina has also a great gift basket for raffle generously donated by the Port Renfrew General Store and it can be viewed at the store for the summer months. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. You will be impressed with the number of great items in the basket. The value is approx. $300.00

Upcoming Events: Coming soon on July 21st and 22nd Port Renfrew Marina will be hosting the 4th annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby. We can't really say enough about this derby, it is put together completely by volunteers and the monies raised go to a variety of wonderful causes. The derby has grown quickly in popularity for its amazing prizes and the overall fun and enthusiasm by the people running it and the participants. Come out and support the derby for its causes and have some fun catching fish. Tickets are $50.00 a rod. Go to www.lakecowichankinsmen.com for more details. 

At Port Renfrew Marina we will holding our annual 21st Labor Day derby on Sept.1st. and Sept.2nd.  Most everyone knows how this derby is done but for those who are new to this it is a 2 day derby with a PRM t-shirt, a dinner with beverages on the Sunday and a live band Sunday night. The monies raised at this derby go to salmon enhancement, both the local San Juan Hatchery and also the Sooke Chinook Enhancement Initiative. More details to come. Regarding the derby, we asked now that if anyone has a business or knows of one or an individual who would care to donate to this derby please contact us at the marina office. All donations gratefully accepted and acknowledged both at the marina and on our website. 

Bud & Rex

Port Renfrew Marina Report July2/18

At Port Renfrew Marina spring salmon fishing is still quite good along the beach and should just get better and better as July and August is prime time in the Port Renfrew area. Evan though we don't see the 40 pound plus fish very much anymore there are still some nice sized Chinook into the 30 pounds being caught. 

Crabbing is still awesome, big, sweet and full of meat. Make the most of the time left to do your crabbing while they are still here in good numbers.

At Swiftsure Bank fishing is really good, getting your limits in record time. There are lots of black cod getting in the way but is an expensive and sought after fish. It is very rich and you don't need much and can be on the oily side but in small amounts it makes for amazing appys and such.

 Matt Jones  29

Matt Jones  29

 Braiden Gorle  27

Braiden Gorle  27

 Port Renfrew Marina has a gift basket ready for raffle again for the annual Labor Day Derby coming up on Sept. 1st and 2nd. This gift basket is generously donated by the local Port Renfrew General Store and has an amazing amount of great things in it. The basket can be seen at the General Store for the coming summer and tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. The monies raised will go to salmon enhancement.

  Gift Basket:   Draw date: Sept. 2nd  Contents: White metal bucket for cold drinks with built in bottle opener, Salted caramel Baileys, Absolut vodka, Crown Royal Rye, bottle of red wine, lantern w/ LED light, 4 acrylic stemless wine glasses, 1 large serving platter, 4 luncheon plates, 2 solar lights and a string of solar lights, 4 small serving bowls, 2 metal skewers, 1 lb Friendly Frog organic coffee, Cineplex movie pass for 2, $20 gift card for Purdy's Chocolates, 1 regular and 1 smoked can of St.Jeans Canned salmon and other goodies.    Buying tickets for this basket  gives you a chance to win these great items and also help the salmon, a win/ win deal! Check it out at the general store. Value of the basket is approx. $300.00!    Bud & Rex

Gift Basket:  Draw date: Sept. 2nd  Contents: White metal bucket for cold drinks with built in bottle opener, Salted caramel Baileys, Absolut vodka, Crown Royal Rye, bottle of red wine, lantern w/ LED light, 4 acrylic stemless wine glasses, 1 large serving platter, 4 luncheon plates, 2 solar lights and a string of solar lights, 4 small serving bowls, 2 metal skewers, 1 lb Friendly Frog organic coffee, Cineplex movie pass for 2, $20 gift card for Purdy's Chocolates, 1 regular and 1 smoked can of St.Jeans Canned salmon and other goodies. 

Buying tickets for this basket gives you a chance to win these great items and also help the salmon, a win/ win deal! Check it out at the general store. Value of the basket is approx. $300.00!

Bud & Rex

 

 

 

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 26/18

At Port Renfrew Marina we want to do a quick update of the fishing for you. The weekend into Monday was quite good. Bigger fish have showed up on the beach. Nitnat as well as the Rockpile to Camper areas are holding feed and fish. The fish that were cleaned today had only squid in them so this may influence your choice of lure. 

The "chicken ranch" is still hot for springs, halibut and black cod but the big tides and full moon make for a less than comfortable ride out. 

Notable catches: 

  • John Gordon   34
  • Larry and Judy DeFrane  28
  • Brian Paulsen   20  17

John Gordon 34 

Coming soon:  Kinsmen Salmon Derby on July 21 and 22. If you like derby's this one is great, so many prizes and the funds raised go to an assortment of wonderful causes. Come out, have some fun, catch fish and possibly win a prize and help out with your participation. Tickets are $50.00 a rod and includes a dinner. Tickets available at Port Renfrew Marina, Island Outfitters, Bucky's, Gord's Fly Box and Harbour Chandler.

Bud & Rex

 

Port Renfrew Marina Report June 18/18

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing has still not lit up as it should be. It will happen any day now as we have heard good reports of numbers of fish just to the north of us. We just need some bait around to bring the fish in. 

There are some springs weighing into the mid twenties but most seem to be in the mid to high teens. Bait is always the number one choice but white hootchies are catching fish also.

Dylan Nitschke 32lb spring

Offshore the sea conditions have been horrible for the last few days. If you can tough it out, limit catches of springs and "chicken" halibut are the norm. Yesterday though anglers complained they could not get down to the halibut as a huge biomass of black cod had moved in. They shouldn't be here long.

Inshore halibut fishing has been quite good especially with the early morning ebb currents. Crabbing has slowed a bit but is still very good.

Upcoming Events: Port Renfrew Marina will be hosting the annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby on July 21st and 22nd. Tickets are $50.00 a rod and includes a dinner. This is a really fun derby and enjoyed by all who participate. The monies raised go to some great causes in the Lake Cowichan area. Please go to www.lakecowichankinsmen.com for full details.

Port Renfrew Marina's Labor Day Derby on Sept. 1st and 2nd. details will be coming.

Bruce's catch 5 halibut and 4 springs 1 hali on the cleaning table

Port Renfrew Marina's Coho Derby on Sept.29th and 30th. details will be coming for it also.

Bud & Rex