At Port Renfrew Marina there was some good fishing on the weekend wth some limit catches to 25 pounds. Wind and some swell for the past few days has slowed things down a bit.
Around the 10th of June the "chicken Ranch" should turn on. This will be the bread and butter for a lot of anglers looking for springs and halibut. Although this past weekend we saw some nice sized halibut coming to the docks.
Crabbing remains fantastic with some people "crabbed out" already! They seem to be shallow water right now in 25 to 35 feet. Remember to make sure your traps are weighted down solidly so there is no rocking and movement from the swells and currents. The crabs will spook if the traps are swaying. Halibut fishing remains strong with the NE corner and farther west points giving up fish.
Many people are already asking about when our derbies will be held this year. The Port Renfrew Marina Labor Day Derby will be held this year on Sept. 1st and 2nd. and the Port Renfrew Marina Coho Derby that so many wait for, will be early this year on Sept. 29th and 30th. The following weekend is Thanksgiving and then after that the weather is just too unpredictable. So now you can make any arrangements you might need if you want to attend either or both derbies. More info will be coming regarding the derbies.
Effective by June 1st a total fin-fish closure from San Juan Point to Otter Point will be in effect until September 30th. This won't likely affect Port Renfrew Marina and area too much but it isn't looking very good for Sooke anglers. Please make sure you familiarize yourself with all the changes in regulations before you venture out to fish so you don't get hit with fines. Fisheries does not forgive being uninformed! We will try to keep people posted as more information comes to us.
A reminder to all new customers that are planning a trip to the marina, we are a cash only business so please come prepared,, we do not accept credit cards or have Interac but we do have an ATM for your convenience if necessary.
Bud & Rex