Halibut update

February 1st, 2014

Anglers have been waiting for news about the halibut fishery for 2014. Great news that it has been announced a lot earlier than the last few years.  Halibut fishing will open Feb 1st with the same rules as 2013. On April 1st, there’s a slight size increase.   All great news for fishing in Port Renfrew!

The days are getting longer, the bulbs are starting to bloom, feels like we are turning the corner … looking forward to getting out on the water in Port Renfrew soon!

Details on halibut: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/species-especes/halibut-fletan-eng.html

 

2014 HALIBUT LIMITS

HalibutHalibut fishing will open for most of the coast on Feb. 1, 2014 until further notice, see restrictions below.  FN0076 2014-01-31

Effective February 1 – March 31, 2014:

  • Maximum length is 126 cm.
  • The daily limit is 1.
  • The possession limit is 2, only one of which may be greater than 83cm in length.
  • The annual limit is 6 halibut per licence holder. Note: Any halibut caught during the period of Apr. 1, to Dec. 31, 2013 and Feb. 1 to March 31, 2014 will count towards the annual limit as authorized under the 2013/2014 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2013-2014 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on licence.

Effective Apr. 1, 2014 until further notice:

  • The maximum length is 133 cm.
  • The daily limit is 1.
  • The possession limit is 2, only one of which may be greater than 90cm in length.
  • Annual limit of 6 halibut per licence holder as authorized under the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence. The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on licence.

Port Renfrew Christmas Candy

December 18th, 2013

Dan Eaton posted up some photos of an amazing batch of candied smoked salmon.  Here’s how he made it:

  • Since I was using frozen feeder spring I needed a dry out brine so it holds together.
  • 2 cups golden sugar, 2 cups demerra sugar, one cup coarse salt and a little bit of garlic powder.
  • Put a layer of strips in the bucket then cover with the dry brine then repeat till it is gone.
  • After about 5 hours the salt/sugar had dissolved then I mixed in a 250 ml bottle of good maple syrup.
  • It was in the brine for 24 hours and came out nice and firm, no droppers for the 24 hour hang.
  • It will go into the smoker for a couple pans of cherry and after the smoke it will get a shower of rum, syrup, and honey mix.

Now that is impressive.  With a few batches of that beautiful salmon, Christmas shopping is taken care of.

Happy Holidays!

Port Renfrew Tuna Fishing

November 30th, 2013

Des from http://viciousfishcharters.com/

Here’s a video of something a little different.  There is more and more interest in albacore tuna fishing off Vancouver Island’s west coast. These fish are great fun to catch, with frantic action once you find the school.   Fresh tuna is also one of the best treats that come from the sea.

Most of the anglers chasing tuna do so from Bamfield, Tofino, or points north, as the warm blue water needed is closer to shore.  This video is a rare Port Renfrew tuna fishing trip, with Jolly Rogers Fishing Adventures, September 2013. The lines were untied at 3am, motoring in the dark the 85 miles to the tuna grounds.   Trolling for tuna all day until the ice ran out, then a quick run back in calm seas.  Tied up the boat at 9pm, just before dark. A super long day, a super fun fishing trip!

 

Fall in Port Renfrew

October 29th, 2013

Summer has passed us by and it is now Fall … and Port Renfrew is quiet on the fishing front.   There are lots of fish in the rivers though, making their way upstream for the annual spawning …. hopefully another good year, making for more great fishing in future.

Remembering another fun summer, here’s a video of a day with Hindsight Fishing Charters … salmon and halibut fishing on Swiftsure Bank.  Good times, already looking forward to next summer’s adventures.

September salmon in Port Renfrew

September 6th, 2013

It sounds like there’s a late season spring/chinook bite on right now…when you get a report like the one below from No Bananas Trevor, then it is time to get out to Port Renfrew while the getting is good!

“Who woulda thought 15/20 spring days in sept !!! Maybe 5 or 6 boats out and all killing it . Had a triple header two 25lb springs and a 20 something coho ! Coho went back but pretty cool to see.”

BEFORE: that’s what you want a sounder to look like…the big clumps are bait-fish, the arcs are chinook salmon

 

AFTER: Nice chinook salmon hooked and landed, smiles and tasty dinner tonight!

 

Great day in Port Renfrew

August 18th, 2013
Curtis from Fishwestcoast Sportfishing Charters sent in a great day report from earlier in August:

RJ has a great day fishing in Port Renfrew

“This Port Renfrew day truly turned out to be one of the best charters I’ve ever been on.RJ had his first deep sea fishing adventure with www.fishwestcoastsportfishing.com and was rewarded with limits of Chinook Salmon up to 22 lbs and Halibut up to 38 lbs.The beach was on fire, between Logan and Walbran Creeks, for Salmon using anchovies in a red gold teaser head behind a gold betsy flasher in 60 ft of water and we had non stop action.  For the Halibut we were fishing the shelves off Caramanah Creek in 180 ft of water using Pink Salmon Bellies. Port Renfrew can provide a memorable fishing adventure for all levels of experience, contact one of the experienced guides and they can help accommodate all anglers to a trip of a lifetime.”

Attaboy RJ!

Screaming Reels Swiftsure Special

Darrin from screamingreelscharters.com adds his take on the fishing lately:  “Chinook salmon have been really good along the beach from east point and all the way to logan creek. As well as the coho and pink salmon. Swiftsure banks are still fishing strong with lots of whales breaching in and around our fishing grounds. Halibut are still biteing with an average size of 15-25 lbs”.

Now is a great time to visit Port Renfrew and get out on the water for a fishing adventure.

 

August Port Renfrew Fishing Report

August 8th, 2013

Cam stoked on a beauty port renfrew halibut

Blair from Swell Time Fishing gave this Port Renfrew Fishing Report for July 28th – August 4th: “Offshore fishing at Swiftsure Bank has been on fire! Beginning of the week there were tons of chinook with sizes ranging from 8 to 15 pounds, tons of coho, and calm waters. Chinook sizes have been progressively getting bigger, with some 30 pounders being caught offshore near the end of the week. Last week’s 5 pound cohos seem to be this week’s 7-8 pound cohos. Halibut fishing has been consistent all week, with calm weather making it easy and enjoyable; everybody has been tubbin’ out! Fishing on the beach has been good all week, climaxing on Sunday with chinook sizes reaching up to 40 pounds.”

Fantastic fishing……so head out to Port Renfrew, big fun ahead!

 

 

July 18 Fishing Port Renfrew

July 18th, 2013

Blair from Swell Time Fishing Charters provides the following report on his Facebook page: “Port Renfrew offshore fishing at Swiftsure Bank has been on fire, with lots of chinook ranging from 8 to 20 pounds, tons of coho, and the pinks have shown up too. Halibut’s been a little spotty, with the Ranch producing good sized fish. Fishing on the beach around Port Renfrew is a little hit and miss, but some decent sized chinooks ranging from 15 to 30 pounds have been coming in all week. It’s been really windy offshore earlier in the week, with strong ebb currents making for rough conditions that have been hard to fish in. But as of Thursday the winds have died down and offshore fishing in Port Renfrew has been epic!”

 

 

July Port Renfrew Fishing

July 8th, 2013

Great fishing in Port Renfrew …. prime time summer action.

It is hot and heavy out on Swiftsure Bank, with chinook salmon, coho, and halibut.

On the Beach, the chinook salmon fishing has been hit and miss lately, with some days great and others slow.  But it has heated up lately, with a few 40 pound plus salmon caught.  As reported by Port Renfrew Marina and Jolly Rogers Fishing (photo below).

Tight lines!

Jolly Rogers Fishing

Swell Time Fishing

Port Renfrew fishing video

June 12th, 2013

No Bananas Charters hosts the Gibbs Tackle crew, showing off Port Renfrew’s excellent salmon and halibut fishing.

Click for the video!

And Jolly Rogers brings home a boat load … great fishing day indeed.