Archive for July, 2011

Port Renfrew fishing update, July 29

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Anthony Norman, with a 41 pounder, caught between Logan & Camper on anchovy

A report from Trevor at N0 Bananas Fishing: “Best day of spring fishing i’ve had in almost 20yrs of guiding. Put the rods in at logan at around 630 and it went off, we pulled the plug around 1230 and played over 25 springs. Non stop action all day! Largest was just a tad over 30 and most were 22 to 25lbs. 27- 30ft was the magic depth.  Offshore was still firing on all cylinders with the boys getting quick limits of springs , coho and halibut.”   You can’t beat that … the Port Renfrew magic fishing continues.

Here’s two videos of a fun day’s fishing with Blair from Swell Time Charters.  Good times!

Davey Derby: July 22-24

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Reminder: Coming up in Port Renfrew on July 22nd to the 24th is the 11th annual Davey Derby. Think about entering into this derby as it is a lot of fun with fantastic prizes and all proceeds go to a variety of worthwhile charities. First prize is a Yamaha T9.9 high thrust kicker complete with the controls which has once again been kindly supplied by Linda Slader at The Mortgage Centre-Duncan and Brad and Deidre at Monti’s Boat Sales-Duncan. Tickets are available at the Port Renfrew Marina and also at the Info Center in the town of Port Renfrew.

July 16, 2011 Port Renfrew Fishing Report

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Marty Chomik, 1st Tyee Salmon

“Wow just when you think fishing can’t get any better it did! Unreal Unreal Unreal”.  That Facebook post from Trevor of “No Bananas Fishing Charters” about says it all.  He adds “I didn’t think the fishing could get any better then today happened lol! 7 miles of Spring salmon non-stop all morning and the average size was up in the mid 20′s range. Left the river at 6am back at the dock tied up at noon with 10 springs all over 20 as well as many let go and 5 chicken halibut. Flat calm water as well. Got all our fish on 7 inch plugs and apex lures down anywhere from 100ft to 220ft.”

Pictured from earlier this week is Marty Chomik with a Swiftsure Bank Chinook, his first tyee (30 pounder)!

Tim Street, 36 pound Chinook salmon

Also pictured is Tim Street with a 36 pound beauty, caught off Camper Creek.  They were fishing “Renfrew style” with a broken Scotty manual downrigger tied down with string.  But it worked beautifully, and nothing was stopping them … overcast day with no wind, calm seas and a feeling of big fish.  They caught this salmon with a Green & Gold Flasher with anchovy 28 ft down in 60 ft of water by the waterfall just before the beach at Camper.  A 30 min fight with lots of power on a shimano mooching reel and berkley roughneck rod with 12 lb test line.   Also caught and released other chinook and coho over that day and next.

Needless to say – if you have the ability to get out to Port Renfrew, now’s the time to do it.  This is the best fishing in years – if you love fishing, you owe it to yourself to experience Swiftsure Bank at its peak.   The only negative being that old expression … how will you go back to fishing the old trout pond back home once you’ve seen just how good it can get.

Good luck out there!

Swiftsure Bank report

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Great fishing today with Blair from Swell Time Charters … calm seas, non-stop action.  Chinook up to 25 pounds, halibut up to 30 pounds, plus some coho in the mix.   Super fun day out there.  Frankly, as good as it gets … some fishing guides were calling it the best fishing they’ve seen in 5 years … that’s good!

July 9 Fishing Update

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Port Renfrew fishing is excellent right now, with big chinook salmon caught along the Beach and out on the Swiftsure Bank abundant salmon and halibut.

More details from Port Renfrew Marina‘s report:

Everywhere from the “chicken ranch” to East Point was on fire with limit catches for most boats. The offshore fishery is seeing bigger average size springs than usual with many Chinook in the 20 pound plus range.  Plugs, hoochies and large spoons, fished deep, are the ticket. The “beach” catches were coming in on a  anchovy or small needle fish spoons on long leaders. Fish seem to be in the 27 foot to 37 foot depth range.”

John from Hindsight Fishing Charters sent in some photos of the Dunn party having a great day out there.

Good times!