Oct.14/09 Port Renfrew Marina Report

Another season has passed for Port Renfrew Marina and its customers. The marina officially closed on Oct.12th and re-opens next year on May 1st. The 2009 season overall was a very good year. In the spring we had fantastic crabbing and halibut fishing. As summer came on the Chinook salmon were slow to come but for the most part it was very good especially in August when the springs over 40 started showing up in real numbers. All together we had 44 springs over 40 pounds this year and 2 over 50 pounds. The largest spring and halibut weighed in at Island Outfitters this year were both from Port Renfrew Marina.  In September the marina saw an amazing number of Coho's being caught with the best catch in any year we can remember of a 26 pound hatchery Coho by Desi Hatchardof Vicious Fish Charters. We also had a great turnout at all the derby's held at the marina with a record amount of $11254.00 that went to the San Juan Hatchery. At this time now that the marina is closed we ask that our customers who need to arrange storage or take their units or boats home do so as soon as possible. This can be arranged with our caretakers Wayne & Gwen Coleman. Their number is 250 483-1486 and you will need to call and arrange a time so the gate can be open. The marina number is now only taking voice mail and is not in operation to accept calls, if you need to speak to someone out there, then again you should call the caretaker.

Special thank you's: We would like to thank Andrew Hoffman, our phone and internet guy who has rescued us many times and donated many hours of his time to help us out and without his help we would have not likely had an functional ATM this year. We would like to say thank you to John Bridal our computer and website guy who has helped us endlessly with our never ending questions and help with posting the fish pictures on the reports.  Again we want to thank Knut for helping out the last two years and being so ready and handy to build, repair or take apart things at the marina. And it bears repeating we want to thank Wayne & Gwen Coleman our caretakers for their excellent efforts all season, their tireless help with camp cleanup, their super humor and last but not least the fantastic french fries and other goodies!!! We want to thank all our customers and friends who have supported us and the marina over the years, you make it a fun and great place to work!

Have a safe and healthy winter and we hope to see everyone back next year for the 2010 season.

Bud, Tedi & Rex, Diane