Port Renfrew Marina Report July 10/17

At Port Renfrew Marina Chinook fishing has taken a positive turn this past week. Not only larger fish but also the fact that the fish are coming from all the "old" favorite spots; East Point, Owen Point, Rockpile and Cullite, Camper are all producing springs. They are feeding on needlefish and baby herring so keep your bait small or run coho killers. Try fishing shallower than usual as several anglers have caught the fish right on the surface as they are putting the line in the downrigger clip. Offshore the "chicken ranch" is doing its incredible impression of a live fish market! Limit catches of Chinook, coho, and halibut are so fast the boasts are back at the dock before noon! As an added bonus there are big numbers of humpback whales putting on a show as they feed on herring and krill.

Crabbing is still going very well, some big and hard and the occasional softer one but all tasty.

Notable catches:

  • Ian & Deb MacGregor  24  23  14  16
  • Kristina Ledger   30.5
  • Terry Van Wieren  4 springs to 20 lb.
  • Leung Huang  31
  • John Gordon  38.5
  • Eric Echdahl  29
  • Phil Rankine   30
  • Ian Batty  30
  • Ron Jakimchuk  30
  • Bob Green  33
  • Robyn Kerron  29














This past weekend Port Renfrew Marina held it's very small and quiet Hoody Derby in honor of Blair Houdayer who past away two years ago. He was a long time friend and customer of Port Renfrew Marina and had a life long love of fishing. He always fished cut plugging so that was the rule of the derby, no downriggers. The winning fish at 27 pounds was caught by Rex Coburn. the derby raised $550.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society and was donated in Blair Houdayer's name.

Coming up very soon is the annual Kinsmen Salmon Derby on July 29th and 30th. This derby was partially created to replace the now finished Davey Derby and so far it has been doing a pretty great job of doing that. The tickets are available at the marina, Bucky's Sports in Duncan, Gord's Fly Box in Cowichan and Island Outfitters in Victoria. Tickets are $50 a rod and first prize is a Yamaha 9.9 kicker. There is always many other prizes so there is a good chance you won't go away empty handed. Come out and fish and help support a great cause. The monies raised are to help fix up two children's park play areas.

Coming up later in the season will be Port Renfrew Marina's annual Labor Day Derby on September 2nd and 3rd. This derby is held to help out the local San Juan salmon hatchery and for those of you who don't know this hatchery has had little or no monies from the government since 1992. Without outside support and donations this hatchery would likely not be active. If anyone seeing this can offer to help out with donation prizes or knows of a business that might be interested please contact the marina office. As you know a successful derby relies on the generosity of donators for prizes to make a derby exciting and fun which is turn brings more anglers and then raises more money for the particular cause. More details to come. See below for our first raffle item for the Labor Day Derby.

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel


Generously Donated by:

        Islander Reels, Victoria

     Retail value: $650.00

 Full frame construction w/one piece spool & frame

 Lg arbor, ultra light spool w/ ventilated arbor. The large

 arbor allows for 2 to 3 times the retrieval rate of a standard arbor

 A huge 2-7/16 drag surface using Islander’s proven graphite impregnated cork material

 Converts right to left hand retrieve in seconds

 Lg contoured palming rim & handles

 Buttery smooth sealed stainless steel bearings

 Lg sculpted drag knob

          Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00

                Draw Date: Sept. 3rd

        @ PRM Labor Day Derby

Tickets sold @ P.R.M. Attendance not necessary to win

Coming up at the end of Port Renfrew Marina's season will be the annual Coho Derby. This is an extremely popular derby. There has been some debate over the date of the derby and after much thought we have finally come to the conclusion that it will be Sept. 30th and Oct.1st. More info to come later.

As most everyone knows by now the marina now has it's power pretty much completed. It was a big job and took longer than expected but things have settled down, everyone is pleased to have power and water at their sites. The power sites are going fast as not all sites have it. We hope to expand the number of sites with power next year.

Bud & Rex