July 4/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Port Renfrew Marina is starting to see the season get going. Fishing and crabbing in May was great and we were hoping for the hot streak to continue but things slowed down in June. We are now into July and we are expecting the fishing to pick up for the summer as it usually does. Predictions are for good returns this summer. We have been seeing unusually great summer weather and most days, nice calm seas. Chinook returns to Port Renfrew Marina continue to be on the quiet side but with steady improvement. The shoreline seems to be fair to average with a few good catches. Spring fishing at Swiftsure Bank is very good with Chinook being caught in the mid 30 pound range. White hoochies at 180 feet is the ticket right now. The past week we have had unusually low tides and we still have some low ones so please check your tide charts.

Coho fishing is great everywhere. Two hatchery Coho are allowed with four possession. Any lure, any depth seems to work. The average sizes are 3 pounds to 8 pounds.

Sockeye may be open around the third week of July. We will try to keep you posted with any updates or new releases.

Halibut fishing continues to be on par with past years and the average size of the "chickens" seems to be a little bigger. The northeast corner and 170 at Swiftsure has been very good.

Notable Catches:

  • Blair Houdayer 26, 27, 27, 28
  • Tom Mawson  34
  • Riley Swansen  23
  • Calvin Kennet  32
  • Eric Eckdahl  26
  • Jordan Bruvold  32
  • Hugh Hamer 28, 30
  • Bob Huber  22, 30
  • Mike Graham  30
  • Terry Van Wieren  22, 25, 29
  • Art Abrahms  31
  • John Rogers of Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures 30, 22, 24, 23, 20 100 Hali
  • John Wells of Hindsight Charters limit of Springs and  131 Hali
  • Bruce Miller of Millertime Charters 9 Coho, 8 Spring, 5 Hali
  • Mark Perkins of Ace of Kings Charters  4 Hali 50 to 80,  9 Springs
  • Desi Hatchard of Vicious Fish Charters 6 Red Snapper, 9 springs 4 Hali one 99

Dates to Remember: The Davey Derby coming up is July 24,25,26. The Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby is Sept. 5th & 6th. The Coho Derby is to be announced soon.

Please Note: We are sorry that we STILL do not have our ATM machine working. We have tried everything to speed things up but to no avail. We are pressing for a quick repair and hope to have it in operation soon.  Please try to remember to bring cash with you so you won't run into problems there with no access for getting cash.  Also our phones have been on and off with some working issues so if you have struggled to contact us we are sorry for that inconvenience also. We have done some major changes and we think they are now in good working order. We are also working on getting more picnic tables made and there will hopefully be more available soon.

Wishing everyone a great fishing season and a wonderful summer, please practice safe boating.

Bud & Rex