For Port Renfrew Marina fishing has picked up considerably. The big springs seem to have arrived in big numbers all this past week. Every day brings a few more in the 30's to the docks. Nearly every angler coming back to the dock is bringing in limit catches. The fishing has improved and so has the weather. Although the lingering fog still seems to persist for most days the seas have been calmer. Be prepared to go through the bait with so many pinks, Coho and smaller springs snapping up all they can get. Try running some hoochies or spoons like Coho killers or try our new baitrix type bait, it looks just like needle fish. Check it out in the office. It is looking like Aug is going to make up for the slower months we've had, time to get out there! Notable catches:
- Trevor Walton 33
- Louis Mezzoli 32
- Martin Koers 34.5
- Roko Kliman 36
- Eric Eckdahl 35
John Gordon 36 wow, how many times are we going to print his name!!!!
Important Events: Port Renfrew Marina's 16th annual Labor Day Derby is soon to be. It is coming up on Aug.31st and Sept.1st this year. We are hoping that this years will be as big a success as previous years, raising money for the local San Juan Hatchery to help reserve the salmon stocks in the area and for all salmon on the west coast for this generation and for many to come. It is a simple thought to think that the salmon will be around forever but as many fishermen know the stocks are lower than years before, there are more closures than ever before and we don't want to see the salmon decline to dangerous levels. Please think about coming and supporting this derby and have fun at the same time. There are raffle items, slient and live auctions, hidden weights and much more. The tickets are $60.o0 a rod and include a t-shirt, dinner on Sunday with beverages and a live band. All proceeds go to the hatchery. Also if anyone can bring a donation for this event or can contact a business for one it would be greatly appreciated. As we all know the prizes are what make it even more fun and each year they get harder to find! Please do what you can to help out. Tickets are purchased at the office.
Port Renfrew will be having it's annual Coho Derby "Winner Take All" coming up on Oct 5th and 6th this year. Tickets are $25.00 a rod and $5.00 of each ticket also goes to the hatchery and are also purchased at the office, cash only! The biggest Coho wins the pot, it can vary depending on how many enter but it has never been below $5000.00 and almost made it to $14000.00 one year. This years should be great since the Coho are already around and after Oct.1st you can legally retain one wild Coho.
Thanks again to Roy Coburn, Jim Parry and Ian and Deb McGregor for donating much needed freezers to the marina. We hope this will facilitate the room for more ice and bait and also provide a freezer for customers who want to freeze their fish.
The marina office is and will always be in need for loonies and toonies. Thanks to the people who have brought us coin. For those coming please remember to bring cash as we don't accept credit cards.
Bud & Rex