Archive for January, 2011

January Port Renfrew update

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Still no fishing reports for Port Renfrew.   The crabbing is probably outstanding and there’s likely winter springs around, but not many people chasing them — or if there are, they aren’t talking!  Reports coming soon…

On a fishing-related note, we came across some great metal sculptures of salmon and halibut at Ron Stephens’ website  The fish are hand-cut from metal, bent and welded, then left to rust naturally under our west coast humidity.  The result is some really unique and attractive sculptures. Check out Ron’s website for more info.

Halibut meeting

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The halibut Town Hall meeting took place in Langford this evening.  Hosted by Chris Bos from the BC Sport Fishing Coalition, it was standing room only with  about 400 anglers in attendance.   That’s a great turnout, to hear about this very important issue and find out more about what anglers can do to ensure there’s recreational halibut fishing this summer.

Check out the website to find out more, including letter writing campaign info and other town hall locations.

Baby Molly and Hindsight Fishing Charters

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Baby Molly is a one-month old in Victoria who was diagnosed on Christmas Eve with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She and her family have been flown by emergency helicopter to B.C. Children’s Hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Their story has captivated all of Victoria, with numerous fund raising efforts to help their family through this extraordinarily difficult time.  A Port Renfrew connection — John Wells from Hindsight Fishing Charters has donated a summer salmon and halibut charter worth $1,200 to the Baby Molly Dinner and Auction.

John said Baby Molly’s story brought a tear to his eye, and he had to do something, so he got in touch right away.   John, you’re to be commended for stepping up and doing something really really good!!!

You can donate to Baby Molly here.  Or you can attend the fundraiser dinner and auction, information below.

Date: Friday, January 28th
Time: 6:00 Cocktails
Dinner: 6:30pm
Location: Don Mee Seafood Restaurant
Address:538 Fisgard Street – Victoria, BC

Our best wishes go out to Baby Molly and to her family!

Halibut meeting in Langford

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Not much to report about fishing in Port Renfrew … John Wells from Hindsight Fishing gave it a shot this week, but didn’t find any salmon, reporting there isn’t much bait around. Ah well.

Below is a note for an important meeting about the 2011 halibut fishing season.


The totally inadequate, biased and unfair allocation system in place for Canada’s Pacific halibut is about to create a short season disaster for local anglers.  Come on out to hear the facts at the Victoria Town Hall meeting on Wednesday 12th January 2011 at 7:00PM (In the West Shore Ballroom of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 829 McCallum Road, Langford – behind Costco).  Join us to find out what you can do about it.  Halibut is the concern today, but other species (salmon, groundfish, crabs and prawns) are scheduled for the same treatment by Fisheries and Oceans…. We all need to send a very strong message to the authorities immediately that this is unacceptable.

Guest speakers will outline the issue, a panel representing several segments of the public fishery will give their perspectives and there will be an open mike session, where you can ask questions and offer your comments.

Come on out and join us, bring a friend, this may be the most important contribution you make to the future of fishing for all of us.


Chris Bos

Southern Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition
(250) 652-4141