Well, for Port Renfrew Marina the 2014 fishing season in now over. While we had one of the driest and warmest summers for some time and many calm sea days, Chinook and Sockeye fishing was poorer than predicted. The springs just weren't around in the numbers or sizes that we have come to expect. The Coho fishing proved to be the best in probably 10 years. It is still fantastic but the winter storms have moved in and it can be far to dangerous to get in and out of the river. A heads up for next year, trolling in the river mouth and the river itself can be very successful. No weight with spoons or apex trolled 80 feet back of the boat can be deadly. Just yesterday we fished in as little as 2 feet of water to get our fish. The biggest being 15 pounds.
As of this past weekend Port Renfrew Marina is now closed for the season and will reopen on May 1st 2015. The gate is kept locked and there is no launching available until we reopen. Anyone who may have a boat or unit at the marina and is not planning on doing storage must contact us or our caretaker, Desi, 250 483-1486 to arrange for the gate to be opened. If left, winter storage fees will apply. There is no gas available and will not be any also until we reopen in May. Please remember for next year to get your fishing license before arriving at the marina. As of this past year we no longer are able to sell licenses.
We want to thank our caretaker, Desi Hatchard, Reid Warren, Odd Johansen, Todd Garrett, and our old caretakers, Wayne & Gwen Coleman and Knut, our employee for their help with the marina in many different ways and keeping an eye on things for us while we are closed. We also want to thank all our customers for their continued support at the marina and we always look forward to seeing them again in the new season and meeting any new ones we get. Again we want to thank all the people and businesses that help us out with our derbys. The successes of those derbies are very reliant on their help and donations. It is all very much appreciated.
Bud, Tedi, Rex, Diane and Knut all want to wish you the very best in the coming winter, have a safe year until we see you again in the 2015 season.
Bud & Rex