Archive for May, 2008

May 28 Port Renfrew Fishing Report

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Jolly Rogers Fishing reports that the halibut fishing is pretty steady, with limit catches of decent sized halibut (50-60 lbs) coming in fairly regularly. John sent in some pictures of his son Finn halibut and crab catches — way to go Finn!

Port Renfrew Marina reports some big and huge halibut coming in recently, 93 lbs and 169 lbs. Barn doors!

As well, there are reports of medium size spring salmon (10-15 pound) being caught off East Point and “the beach”. It seems to be starting, and should only get better over the next few weeks.

The crabbing is great right now too, with traps in Port Renfrew Harbour quickly full of big , tasty Dungeness. Check out our posting on boiled crab — easy to catch, easy to cook, Vancouver Island delicacy!

Starting June 1, the fishing regulations will allow 2 halibut to kept per day, per angler, with a possession limit of 2. The regulations for salmon remain the same as last year, 4 salmon total, of which 2 can be spring (chinook) and 2 can be hatchery coho.

Hope to see you soon in Port Renfrew for a fishing adventure.

May 22 Port Renfrew Fishing Report

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Latest reports out of Port Renfrew Marina are that the fishing is getting better. A couple of big halibut 93 lbs and and 169 lbs, and the first Spring salmon of the year. Time to get those reeling muscles workings, get up to Port Renfrew!

May Port Renfrew Fishing Report

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The Port Renfrew fishing season has started once again, with the Port Renfrew Marina opening on May 1, and people starting to straggle in. Apparently there’s still some good RV sites and moorage at the Marina, but they will start going fast soon. The Victoria Day long weekend is Port Renfrew’s kick-off, and with the weather report, it should be a blast. Maybe Spring will finally arrive, with a call of 28 degrees on Saturday.

People are catching medium size halibut up to 50 pounds in-shore, to the west of Bonilla Point and towards Carmanah. The word out there is that Swiftsure Bank isn’t working yet.

Last weekend, the third and fourth place halibut in Island Outfitter’s derby were taken from Sombrio Point, just to the east of Port Renfrew. At 157 pounds and 142 pounds, that’ll make a lot of fish ‘n chips! Here’s a picture of the 3rd place fish (thanks to forum)

Keep in mind the revisions to halibut limits: April 1 to May 31: Daily limit of one. Possession limit of 2. And remember that last year’s licenses expired on April 1.

The salmon aren’t here yet, not many people chasing them. But the crabbing is reported to be excellent in the bay, plenty of large keepers with nice hard shells.

Hope to see you in Port Renfrew for a fishing adventure this weekend or sometime soon!