Port Renfrew Marina is seeing the awesome fishing we have come to expect out here! Everywhere there are being springs caught. East Point to hole in the wall are all giving up limit catches of Chinook well into the 30 pound and plus range. Herring, anchovies and spoons are working well. There is the odd Coho and Sockeye being caught as well but only hatchery Coho can be kept. Time to get out and get fishing!
Offshore the reports are the best fishing ever seen! The "chicken ranch" is producing limit catches of both halibut and springs by 9:30 in the morning! Tons of bait, whales and schools of Coho really make the trip and with no fog so almost all boats can take part in that fishery. Hootchies and spoons fished 120 feet to 160 feet deep will hook the spring and spoons on the bottom will quickly get the halibut.
Crabbing remains very good as is usual for this time of year. It may slow down soon so get your traps out while you can.
- Ron Jakimchuk 31.5
- Terry MacDonald 38.5
- Rex Coburn 31
- Eric Eckdahl 32
Upcoming Event: Coming up will be the Kinsmen Derby on July 18 and 19th. Tickets are $50.00 a rod proceeds go to the Cowichan elementary school playground upgrades which are in dire need of safety work. The Kinsmen do all kinds of great charity work around the area so come support their efforts and have a fun weekend of fishing. Setails on derby available at the Port Renfrew Marina office.
Port Renfrew Marina now has a small ongoing little cafe available for customers staying at the marina. So far it is only weekends but the office will now sell coffee when we open. Wayne and Gwen Coleman are running the little cookshop and it is very basic, with burgers, fries, hot dogs, breakfast egg muffin and coffee so far. Prices are from 1970!! You can order lunches for trips but they need to be done the day before.
For those wondering what all the excitement is out at the bank check these photos out! Must be tons of feed out there for all those birds and the whales to show up, what a great experience to see it all! Thanks to Paul Ricard for sending them on to us.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have just heard that the two people we count on to help out to pick up donations in the Duncan to Nanaimo area for the PRM Labor Day Derby are not able to help this year. We are very much in need of a few volunteers to help us out. If you live in the area and can spare a few hours we would be very grateful if you could come forward and help us out. This help is critical if we want to get the level of donations we have had in the past to make the derby successful and to raise the monies we usually do for the hatchery. With this dry year we are having it seems even more critical that the hatcheries have even more work cut out for them to keep the numbers up for some years to come. We need to look to the future for ourselves and our children and theirs. If you can help with even just a couple places please let us know. All help is deeply appreciated.
Bud & Rex