Sept.9/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

The 12th annual Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby is now over for another year. Promises and hopes of lots of spring salmon never came to be. After the great summer we had the weather took a turn and we had huge bouts of rain. Low pressure, full moon, lots of rain and the onslaught of Humbolt squid may be some of the reasons for the very low number of fish. With 253 rods registered for the event only 66 fish were weighed in over the day and a half. All things considered the people who did attend had a great time at the dinner and dance that lasted until midnight. Even with less attendance ( down about 40 tickets) the derby raised a record amount of $9414.00 which was given to the San Juan Hatchery. Previous years we have given more in the $5000.00 range so all in all it was a great success. We want to thank all the volunteers who without their help things would never get done and all the businesses and individuals who donated to our derby and made it the success it was!

  • Results of Derby:
  • 1st. Stan Meredith   34.12
  • 2nd.  John Lewis       33.0
  • 3rd.  Kevin Zazula     31.5
  • Womens largest salmon  Sarah Fraser    25.13
  • Juvenile largest salmon   Daylen Uhlman  26.4
  • Bullhead Derby Winners:
  • Boys:  Tyler Battie    18
  • Tie w/ Girls: Makala Styba  22
  • Marlee Wright 22
  • Hidden Weight: Day 1- Mark Med  15.4
  • Day2 - Val Daigle 13.4

A special thank you goes out to Audie Williams from the Davey Derby with a donation to the hatchery for $2000.00! To Rona for donating the Weber BBQ for a raffle, M&M Marine in collaboration with Port Renfrew Marina for the APS Outboard Engine, the special efforts of Clayton and Diane Wright, Neil Young, Murray Havens, Shawn & Steph Aikenhead and Dan Dupray for all the donations they brought in. To Wayne & Judy Schiffner, Ian and Deb McGregor, Gordon n Gordon, TK Glass, PR Cleaning, Judy's Cookshack and Butler Bros for cash donations. To Kelly Wagner of Gizmo's and Is. Outfitters, Port Renfrew Hotel, Ian White of Is. Outfitters and Trevor Zboyvoski of No Banana's, Big Fish Lodge, PR General Store and San Juan Fish Processing for their very generous donations. To all the others a big thank you also for truly we couldn't do it without you. Also a thank you out to Andrew Hoffman of the San Juan Bistro for the catering and ALL the misc extra's he does for us! With the donation from the Davey Derby and the monies Port Renfrew Marina raised the amount came to a total of $11,614.00!

Coho fishing is now open for retention of 2 wild fish shoreward of the whistle bouy. Possession can be 4 Coho, 2 of which can be wild if caught in the area just mentioned. They should be moving into that area soon.

Notable Catches:

  • Glen McCloskey   44
  • John Rayjac          40
  • Wayne Fowler   38   40
  • Dave Mills       37
  • Ken Beachum  40
  • Dave Tucker    35
  • Odd Johansen  32
  • Nolan Fisher    36
  • Troy Halliday   50

Apologies to anyone not mentioned as it was a very busy week!

Important dates: Port Renfrew Marina will be having it's Coho Derby coming up on Oct.3rd and 4th. This derby is a "Winner Take All." Entry fee is $25.00 with $5.00 of each entry going to the hatchery. Also for everyone's information Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on Oct. 12th. Please make sure you have made any necessary arrangements with the office regarding winter storage if needed.

Bud and Rex