Port Renfrew Marina Report April 22/13

Well, for Port Renfrew Marina the 2013 season is about to start! For those of you wondering when exactly we will be opening, we will be there on April 26th for the weekend even though May1st is our official opening date (weather permitting). If you are returning this year and were a seasonal and want the same spot, you must confirm with us by email or phone as soon as possible. If not you can lose your camping and or moorage spot. If you are wondering why we are so late in doing the announcement this year, we are sorry but we have had some family issues to deal with. In spite of the halibut restrictions we are anticipating a busy year. On that topic, Effective April 1, 2013 until further notice: The maximum length for halibut is 126 cm. The daily limit for halibut is one (1). The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 83cm in length. There will be an annual limit of six (6) halibut per license.  All halibut retained by the license holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the Tidal Waters Sport Fishing license.  The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on the license. We do hope to extend the season well into September.

The Chinook run, especially to the US rivers is predicted to be good only with another year of smaller springs. That fishing should kick off early June.

Some of you may know that Port Renfrew Marina has a new caretaker, Desi Hatchard of viciousfishguiding@msn.com who took over for Wayne and Gwen Coleman last winter. If you need anything out there or to get in to check on your unit  before we open you can contact him at the same number as before 250 483-1486.

Some may recall the Coleman's son, Clint Coleman who had the quad accident last Oct and was in a coma. We are so sad to have to say that Clint did pass away from the injuries he received from that accident and to add to that tragedy they just recently lost their son-in-law, Travis who was married to their daughter, Sandy. Both Sandy and Carrie are left with two young children that are fatherless. Port Renfrew marina will be accepting any donations that someone may want to give to help the wives and children of these two good men to help them out with starting their lives over without their husbands.

To all our customers we welcome you back, hoping you had a healthy, happy and safe winter and for all new customers we look forward to meeting you and seeing that you enjoy your stay with us. Until then.......

Bud & Rex