Port Renfrew Marina Report Aug.29/17

For Port Renfrew Marina this report will pretty much mirror the last one. Fantastic fishing and with the exception of Tuesday's winds, the weather has been the best anyone has seen! Flat calm water and warm sunny skies made for even more enjoyable fishing, you should remember the sun block! The fish are on the smaller side but there are tons of them. Anchovy is working better than spoons right now but if you do use a spoon, Coho killers are the ones to choose. Again East Point morning and especially the evenings is on fire, Rockpile to Camper is mid afternoon. Even with the rougher waters on Tuesday people were coming back with fish.

Halibut fishermen are getting some on the anchor, could be a good sign for the coming weeks!

Coho Regulations: Quite a few people have come to us asking about regulations and boundaries so we are posting this information for everyone to see.

  • Up to September 5th you are only allowed 2 hatchery Coho in or out of the bay.
  • September 5th: 4 Coho per day only 2 may be wild INSIDE the whistle bouy.
  • Oct. 1st 4 Coho per day, 1 may be wild outside of the whistle bouy.  This means you are allowed to retain 1 wild Coho on the outside, if you want to retain 1 more it has to be caught inside the whistle bouy.
  • No Chinook retention in the bay except for the triangle from Woods Nose to the whistle bouy to East Point.

Notable catches:

  • Ken Gillard  30
  • Eric & Richie Thierbach  4 springs
  • Shelly Taylor, Mike Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Tiffany Hellyer, Robert Harding 7 spring to 23
  • Shawn Stebbins  33
  • Randy Goertzen  28.5
  • Howard & Marion Randall  30
  • Nick Philips & Bryce Irwin  15 17 Ling Cod 2 springs
  • Gord McGeachy  25  35
  • Barry Greenhalgh  30
  • Peter Willing  32.5
  • Kim Stillman  35
























Well, we all have seen a scarred or a spring bit by a sea lion that has tried to get it but not many have seen one this beat up. Doug wasn't about to let that sea lion take his fish!


This coming weekend will be Port Renfrew Marina's 20th annual Labor Day Derby. The derby starts on Saturday September 2nd and runs until 1:00 on Sunday September 3rd. Tickets are only available at the marina and are $65.00 a rod. This includes a Port Renfrew marina t-shirt, dinner, beverages and a live band on Sunday night. This derby's proceeds go to the local San Juan salmon hatchery to help them with their ongoing salmon management to help keep the salmon stocks in the area strong, healthy and hopefully in great numbers for the fishermen of today and also for the fishermen of the future. As with derby's they are only as successful as the people and businesses who donate their goods or services for the many prizes we give out. And at this derby we have many prizes, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. We always ask our participants to patronize those businesses for the generosity. If you are planning on participating in the derby and can offer a donation, it's never too late! You can bring it with you. Below are some items we have for raffle.

 Raffle Items:

Calcutta 50 liter Cooler: generously donated by Joe Serpa  Value: $239.00

Calcutta High Performance Coolers are built to last and keep ice much longer than average, everyday coolers. The super tough roto-molded exterior has up to 2" of insulation throughout the cooler. With an EVA lid seal, these High Performance Coolers will keep your contents cold for several days when packed with ice. Raised, non-slip feet will keep your cooler in place in the back of your truck or on the boat deck. An oversized drain plug makes emptying the cooler a breeze when the ice does finally melt. Each cooler comes with a removable food tray. Every Calcutta High Performance Cooler includes a built in ruler on the lid for measuring your catch of the day.

Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00  Draw date: Sunday September 3rd.  attendance not necessary to win


Calcutta Cooler

Port Renfrew Marina is also raffling off a gift basket that is filled with amazing goodies! Donated by the Port Renfrew General Store, it can be viewed there until the Labor Day weekend when it will be at the marina. Check out below some of the contents of this basket:

Gift Basket Raffle

Generously donated by:  Port Renfrew General Store   Draw Date: Sept. 3rd   Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00

 @ Port Renfrew Marina   Attendance not necessary to win

Contents includes: grey patterned cloth basket, a bottle of vanilla Baileys, 1.14L Absolut Vodka, bottle of Northern Harvest Crown Royal Rye, 1 bottle of red wine, 1 bottle of white wine both special select. Ceramic lantern w/LED candle, 4 acrylic plates & 2 small serving bowls, 1 large & 1 smaller serving plate, Lg.citronella incense, 3 solar lights & string of solar lights, cocktail napkins, 4 stemless acrylic wine glasses,1lb organic Earth’s Choice coffee, Porthole picture frame,19 pieces of milk & dark Purdy’s chocolates & other goodies.      Approx Value: $300.00    must be 19 or over to buy ticket

 Another raffle is a beautiful Islander Reel generously donated by: Islander Reel in Victoria

Islander Reel

    MR 3-C Mooching Reel                                                                                

Islander Reel MR3

                Clear      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.  and at Island Oufitters until one week from the derby.     Attendance not necessary to win

And yet another raffle!

Bar Fridge with Stainless Steel finish with a case of Budweiser Beer 
           donated by Sooke Home Hardware
Value: $290.00  Tickets: $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 
          Draw Date: September 3rd
Upcoming Event: Coming up after the Labor Day derby will be our annual Coho derby "Winner Take All" and this derby is always extremely popular and this year should be great with the Coho predictions. This derby will be September 30th and October 1st and tickets are $25.00 a rod with $5.00 of each ticket going to the San Juan salmon hatchery also. With this derby as most of you know there is only one winner and the prize is cash, the winnings vary depending on participants but the pot is usually around the $10,000.00 mark and has been as high as $14,500.00. Again with Coho predictions this year the turn out could be huge and that makes the pot huge!
Bud & Rex