For Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 Chinook and halibut season has come to an end. It was a very good halibut year and as everyone knows a very poor spring season. Coho fishing has been quite good though last Wednesday's huge swells put a damper on catches for a few days. It is picking up on a daily basis now. Offshore in the 300 to 700 foot depth water is where most boats are. Bait was working best the last few days but Coho killers and hoochies in green/white or yellow on super short leaders are good stand by's. Little known or tried Baitrix also works very well for Coho.
Inshore, really inshore, as in the river mouth can be very good. Bait, Baitrix, a green apex and peach zingers trolled with no weight seems to be bringing in the bigger fish. Troll fast in as shallow water that you dare!
Upcoming Event: Coming up very soon is Port Renfrew Marina's last derby of the year. The well known and popular Coho Derby called "Winner Take All." This derby is being held on October 4th and 5th this year. Tickets are available at the office and are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the local hatchery. The derby is a very informal affair with a simple concept, whoever gets the largest Coho wins the pot. The amount of winnings varies depending on the number of tickets sold. The cash prize can be anywhere from $5300.00 (first year) up to the most we ever had of $13,800.00! So come and enjoy two days of Coho fishing for a small cost with the possibility of winning a huge pot of cash! At the same time you will be helping out the local hatchery. Please remember that we are a cash business so please be sure to bring cash as we do not take credit cards or have interact. We do have an ATM for your convenience.
Important News: Port Renfrew Marina will be closing this year on October 12th. Please be sure to contact the office regarding your unit and or boat. You will need to remove them on or before that date or make arrangements for winter storage. If you do not contact the office it will be assumed you are having winter storage and those fees will apply. We appreciate each customer to call and give us their decision on how they want to deal with the season closure for their personal items so we are clear on what each one wants. As usual we will have a caretaker on the grounds for the off season to keep an eye on things and to be there if someone wants to come in to check on their unit. You will need to call Desi Hatchard before coming out to be sure he can be there to open the gate for you as it is kept locked. His number at the marina is 250 483-1486.
Bud & Rex