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.


Port Renfrew fishing derby

May 29th, 2013

June 15/16 Father’s Day Fishing Derby in Port Renfrew.

Only 50 boats, $500 per boat, top prize $10,000!

Trevor (No Bananas Fishing Charters) and Steve (Seawind Fishing Charters) are sponsors and organizers … should be a fun derby, thanks for organizing it!

And for a fishing report, Seawind Steve says it is pretty good: “What an excellent weather weekend for Port Renfrew. Fishing was slow for trollers on the beach, cut pluggers were doing well on friday. Salmon at the chicken ranch picked up with average size 10-18lbs the odd one bigger, lots of bait showing offshore as well. Halibut fishing continues to be very good on the anchor on the inside, a few boats drifted on the ranch side and were able to get limits of halis 15-35 lbs. Crabbing remains poor in the bay due to 5 commercial crab boats.”

Port Renfrew Halibut

March 17th, 2013

First halibut photo of the season from Port Renfrew.   Hindsight Fishing Charters with a motley crew, bring in some nice flatties on opening day.   The guys on this trip know a thing or two about local fishing!


No Bananas coho fishing

March 14th, 2013

A video of a September coho salmon fishing day last September…..a little taster for the season coming up.

Halibut seasons opens on Friday, everyone is excited to get out there and chase those great fish once again.  Do be careful in Port Renfrew though, the only launch is in the Gordon River and the river currents are significant with all this rain lately.  And there’s still ocean swells this time of year.  So pick your days and play safe!   Good luck out there.

Summer Swell Time Salmon Fishing

March 8th, 2013

2 minutes out of fun day salmon fishing with Blair, from Swell Time Fishing Charters. We were fishing for salmon on Swiftsure Bank, an hour from Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. This was one of many double headers that day. One spat the hook, the other we got aboard…..smiley salmon, smiley young fisherman!


Halibut Fishing: Underwater Video Footage

February 27th, 2013

Hindsight Fishing Charters experimented last summer with using a GoPro video camera attached to the spreader bar on the halibut fishing  gear.   The first one gets away, but notice at 0:28 there’s something BIG lurking just out of sight in the background. Later on, another one sticks, and it’s 40 pounds of fresh fish and chips for dinner.


Halibut fishing, coming soon for 2013

February 22nd, 2013

The 2013 halibut fishing opening has been announced by DFO.  The announcement is a little controversial in the recreational fishing community because of the extra restrictions it adds:

  • Mar.15-Mar.30: no size limit, 1 halibut per day, 2 in possession; only one may be greater than 83cm
  • April 1-season end: maximum length 126cm (approximately 60 pounds)
  • 2nd halibut in possession must be under 83cm (approximately 15 pounds)
  • Maximum 6 halibut per license annually.


The Canadian Total Allowable Catch has decreased, so these measures have been brought in an attempt to keep the recreational fishing season open longer.

That isn’t as good as prior years, but at least there will be an opportunity to fish for these great white fish.

See you out in Port Renfrew for a fishing trip soon!

Summer 2012 Port Renfrew Fishing Video

December 15th, 2012

Looking back fondly at the salmon fishing in Port Renfrew in the summer of 2012, and stoking the fires for the season to come.  Here’s a video of a fun day fishing with Dan Harvey from Pacific Sport Fishing Charters.  Awesome day!


Port Renfrew Road improvements

December 10th, 2012

The drive to Port Renfrew just got easier, faster, and a whole lot safer, with the elimination of the infamous switchback just past the Sombrio River.  The 180 degree turn down a steep embankment cost many vehicles and injuries over the years — the photo at right being one example of a 30′ Boston Whaler meeting its end a few years ago.

This will be a great improvement.  Kudos to all involved for helping make this happen!


New Sombrio Bridge ends ‘nastiest switchback

By KATHERINE DEDYNA, Times Colonist December 9, 2012

A new bridge near Sombrio Beach will deep-six the “nastiest switchback in North America” when it opens Monday, says Capital Region director Mike Hicks.

“This is a tremendous, tremendous achievement for the people of south Vancouver Island,” said Hicks, CRD director for the Juan de Fuca electoral area.

“It’s a big day for Port Renfrew, Sooke, Juan de Fuca and Lake Cowichan.”

The $12.6-million project was part of provincial improvements worth at least $20 million and completes the Pacific Marine Circle Route linking Victoria, Port Renfrew and Duncan.

The two-lane, 124-metre concrete and steel Sombrio Bridge replaces the 55-year-old, single-lane timber bridge. It is on a new, straighter 1.2-kilometre alignment that replaces the Sombrio switchback, a curvy portion of road that police say is notorious for vehicle accidents.

A new viewpoint overlooking the Olympic Peninsula has been built 500 metres north of the bridge.

The new bridge will be safer for visitors and residents, including schoolchildren from the Pacheedaht First Nation who will use the bridge daily, Hicks said. It also provides an alternate route when the Malahat is closed because of accidents.

Hicks, who owns a fishing lodge, said residents hope the new route helps boost tourism in towns from Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan as travellers take advantage of the circle route.

Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong, who attended the bridge ceremony Saturday, drives the route regularly and said in a statement she knows “what a difference this is going to make in people’s lives” — whether they’re local residents or international visitors checking out the coast.

Nanaimo-based Windley Contracting (2010) Ltd. carried out the work, which also included the repair and resurfacing of 5.4 kilometres of Highway 14 east of Sombrio ending near Lines Creek.

Don Mann Excavating worked on the $1.2-million two-lane Upper Harris Bridge on Pacific Marine Road between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan replacing a one-lane structure. The new bridge improves water flow, fish passage and habitat with a wider opening at stream level, the Ministry of Transportation said.

The work completes about 22 kilometres of improvements to Highway 14 near Port Renfrew since 2009.

Previous work in the area includes:

• The Upper Harris Bridge on Pacific Marine Road north of Port Renfrew earlier this year.

• Improvements to the Baird and Murton bridges

• Resurfacing of 15 kilometres of Highway 14 from Port Renfrew to Sombrio.

• Replacement of the single-lane Sombrio No. 3 Bridge with a two-lane concrete structure and new alignment.
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