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Coho time in Port Renfrew

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The Swiftsure Bank season may be winding up, but the coho salmon fishing is just starting.  The fish are starting to move inshore and they will get bigger and bigger over the next few weeks, as they feed voraciously on anything they can get.  Which of course is good news for anglers, as hungry fish means great action!

As of Sept 11, you can keep 4 coho, wild or hatchery, to the west of Bonilla Point (area 121).  Otherwise, fishing closer to Port Renfrew you can keep up to 4 coho, 2 of which can be wild — but only if caught inside the harbour.  And after Oct 1, you can keep 1 wild, but only if caught outside the harbour. Here’s the regs.

Port Renfrew Marina’s coho derby is on Oct 3/4 this year … a winner take all event, always a good time. $25 a rod, with $5 going to the San Juan Hatchery (and some lucky angler goes home with a pretty good chunk of change in their pocket).

Have fun out there … ’tis the season for early winter storms, so watch the weather and be safe!

September Fishing is Good Fishing

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Fishing continues to be excellent ! Nice weather and a steady stream of Chinooks are coming into the docks. An abundance of Chinook in teens and twenty range are coming in as well as the occasional large ones up to 40 lbs. There are a few pinks around still but the bulk appear to have moved on making it easier to target the Chinooks without going through large amounts of bait. A few coho are showing up and are beginning to get into the low teens for size, although only the hatchery coho can be kept.

With a bit of rain and some salmon heading up stream soon this should also mean better and better halibut fishing as well throughout September.

August in Port Renfrew

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Summer is in full swing in Port Renfrew, lots of salmon and halibut being caught out at Swiftsure Bank, plus some nice size salmon on the Beach.  Here’s a beauty caught with Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures.

And check out this video from Wild Renfrew, showing how nice a place Port Renfrew is for a visit.  A lot more to do than just fishing! (though the fishing is of course pretty spectacular on its day)


Port Renfrew Summer Fun

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Fishing is ON in Port Renfrew.  Reports of salmon double headers on the Beach and quick limits of halibut out at Swiftsure Bank. Here’s a haul of tasty halibut from Pacific Sportsfishing Charters.

Below is a video of fun day halibut and salmon fishing with Jolly Rogers Fishing Charters, back in May.


Great spring fishing in Port Renfew

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Spring fishing in Port Renfrew continues to be steady for Salmon and Halibut.  Vicious Fish Charters  reports Chinook being caught at the rock pile 66 ft deep on needle fish hoochie and halibut at the “Rabbit Ears” in 170 ft of water on herring.

The Port Renfrew Marina opened again on May 1st, so those of you with boats, it’s time to trailer them up to Port Renfrew and start chasing the great South-West Vancouver Island fishing once again.   If you don’t have a boat, there is a group of great fishing guides waiting to take you out — see the Charters page for some recommendations and book your dream fishing day.  Summer dates tend to fill up pretty fast, so don’t wait too late or you may miss out.

Port Renfrew halibut and salmon haul


Asian Style Fish recipe

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

This is one of those recipes that is dead easy, but will make your guests go WOW.   Make twice as much as you think you need, they will eat it all, and mop up the little bits left over too.

This cooking style is intended for a whole fish, with skin and head on. Works really well for a small salmon or a rockfish. However, it is also fine to use a filet of salmon or halibut.

Rub the inside of the fish or the filet with pureed ginger.

Steam the fish in a pot — use a vegetable steamer or anything to lift the fish out of the water.  7 minutes is enough for a small whole fish. Like always, it is better to slightly under cook fish than to over cook it.

While steaming, heat a half cup of  vegetable oil with a few drops of sesame oil. Heat until hot but stop short of smoking.

While oil heating up, in a bowl add 1/4 cup of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons rice vinegar.

Dice a handful of cilantro and a handful of green onions. (rinse them before and let them drip dry…want them as dry as possible, not dripping wet)

Place steamed fish on a plate or platter.  Put cilantro and green onions on top.

Pour the hot oil over top. This will sizzle the cilantro and green onions (which is why you want them dry, oil will explode any water left…so stand back and ensure nothing nearby that can get damaged from oil splatter).

Pour the soy mix over to finish.

And there you have asian style fish … Yum.


Port Renfrew fishing update July 2014

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Reports from Swiftsure Bank are that the fishing is about as good as it gets.  Lots of salmon from 15-25 pounds.  Lots of halibut to 40 pounds. If you are looking to catch some fish … it is prime time, now is the time to get out to Port Renfrew and get on the water.

Jolly Rogers Fishing:

No Bananas Fishing:

JR’s Hali-Day

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A family and friends day of Port Renfrew halibut fishing with JR of Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures.  Nice calm day, warm sunny weather, and steady action to keep everyone having fun.  No luck with the salmon, but a few nice halibut for fish n chip dinner.   Late May off Vancouver Island….very very nice.

Port Renfrew fishing video

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Spring has sprung and we’ve got fishing fever … the only prescription is more cowbell. :-)

Here’s a video of some highlights from the 2013 season for Hindsight Fishing Charters.

“John Wells shows his guests some fun out of Port Renfrew, on Vancouver Island’s south-west coast. Trophy Chinook (king) salmon, jumping coho (silver) salmon, halibut, and other creatures from the deep. Out at Swiftsure Bank or along the beach, it’s good times all day long!


Port Renfrew Fishing Update, April

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Not a lot of fishing reports out of Port Renfrew yet, as it is still early season.   Still, hearing of a few fun days from Hindsight Fishing Charters.  A lot of halibut in close and some nice salmon too.   Early season crabbing, as always, is incredible.

Access is an issue though as both Marinas aren’t open until May. Port Renfrew Marina says they will be around starting April 25th, but not officially open until May 1st.

Here’s an interesting video to wet your whistle.  Taken in Alaska, depth 120 feet, on a sunny day.  It is interesting to see the halibut’s behaviour in the water. The fun starts at around 4min mark.  The halibut checks it out for quite a while before finally grabbing it.  Then once hooked, fights hard.   The video is impressive, in that it is aimed at the fish the whole time and also that it’s light enough to see at 120 feet.

See you on the water soon!