This past weekend was Port Renfrew Marina’s annual Coho Derby, “Winner Take All.” And another great derby goes down in our memories. Saturday was a beautiful day with calm seas. Sunday although calm for the most part saw some heavy rain. While Coho fishing was good, almost all were on the small side with lots of shakers to keep the anglers busy.
This years winner, Wally Brouse with his friend, Rick Swanson, caught his Coho on the Saturday, Sept. 29th. The hatchery Coho and weighed in at 13 pounds 10 ounces. There was a lot of speculation that it would be beat but it couldn’t be done. The lucky two won a great pot of cash, $11,200.00 from the pot and $3,800.00 from the side bet for a total of $15,00.00! Not bad for a Coho weighing in under 14 pounds! that works out close to $1,070.00 a pound! The two of them did the split and shared the winnings for $7,500.00 each. Even though the Coho that won wasn’t anywhere near as big as the ones in the past, it was big enough to win! And it couldn’t have happened to two nicer guys, Congratulations guys!!
The two raffles the marina had, the Lenovo Laptop and the Lowrance Hook 5 were drawn shortly after the derby winner was announced. The winner of the Lenovo Laptop was Jackie McGregor and the winner of the Lowrance hook was Vern Wheeler. The amounts raised were $690.00 for the Lenovo Laptop and $595.00 for the Lowrance Hook 5.Thanks go out to all who took a chance on winning all the raffles and auction items we had for the fundraising events. And in a future post we will know the total amounts being donated to the San Juan Hatchery and also the Sooke Chinook Initiative Enhancement.
Important notice: Please note that Port Renfrew Marina will be closing on October 14th this year. Please make sure you mark that date down so you are fully prepared to come take your unit and or boat out before the gate is locked or make arrangements for winter storage. Any units left after closing will incur storage costs.
Bud & Rex