2014 Port Renfrew & Swiftsure Reports

Discussion in '2014 Saltwater Fishing Reports' started by Whole in the Water, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. OneWay

    OneWay Member

    Good to hear the report. We'll be there next week when the tides will have moderated in the morning.

  2. Halibut-face

    Halibut-face Member

    Went to renfrew this week to spend 3 days fishing the beach. Was excited as typically Renfrew is at its best July 15 to the first week in August. I checked around at all the regular spots for reports, but didn't really find much. Anyways, maybe this is why:

    Day 1: Fished the night bite high slack between rock pile and camper. Didn't see a net out - was out for 4-5 hours. No bait, the odd fish on the sounder that was probably a black cod.

    Day 2: Trolled East Point first light - couple of hits and halved chovies. Nothing stuck. Fished all the spots all the way up to Walbran. Found some decent bait at Walbran but no fish. Didn't see ANYONE catch ANYTHING on the beach the entire time we fished.

    Day 3: Decided to come back to Victoria. While Sooke has been slower than normal it's WAY better than beach fishing at renfrew.

    I talked to a couple of the guides - one who was a total dick and blew me off - and another nice kid that regularly fishes the beach. He admitted it was pretty tough going out there, but like anyplace it has had it's moments.

    Conclusion: More bad fishing than good in renfrew unless you wanna go offshore and catch your limit of 11 pound springs. Me and Renfrew are done for a while. Sooke has nicer weather, better fishing and lots of honest reports.
  3. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    Anyone been out lately? We're up for the week staying at Gallaugher's starting tomorrow.
  4. merrittboy1

    merrittboy1 Member

    Slow, slow, for me... Some being caught but, I, haven't seen many. Maybe you will bring luck!
  5. kingspring

    kingspring Member

    Fished Saturday on Swiftsure,dirty seas,managed 4 springs 10 to 18lbs. The fleet was getting their halis in 425 ft, nearer to the neah bay side. Saw a few fish on the tables from the beach in the 22 to 25 lb class.

    A buddy on Friday picked up a couple in the low twenties off camper and broke off on a big fish Saturday at East Pt.
  6. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Well-Known Member

    Flying back tomorrow for 3 weeks so hopefully it picks up again. I thought after Halibut-faces post I was going to have to sell the cabin and boat and just fish in Sooke??? lol :D
  7. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    Back from 4 days fishing yesterday--slow on the beach but better at Swiftsure for teeners. Some of the fish that were being caught on the beach were down deep. I noted our water temp was 56 degrees in some spots--maybe the fish are avoiding that warm water.
  8. Halibut-face

    Halibut-face Member

    Renfrew is having a dismal year
  9. The Jackel

    The Jackel Well-Known Member

    Not if you include running all the way to the banks for some feeders and ping pong rackets, it is HOT HOT HOT :)
  10. seadna

    seadna Well-Known Member

    Fished the US side of Swiftsure both Sat. and Sunday. Limited (6 keepers) on modest size springs each day (11:15 on Sat., 10:15AM on Sun). Flashers and hootchies - pearl, purple fished at 135' on the cable, produced a pretty regular bite of 8-12# springs. Tomic plugs down deep (250 on the cable), produced a higher grade of fish but got hit far less often. As I was out with a guy who was a little impatient (well actually very impatient), we fished up higher and took mostly 8-12# fish. The biggest fish of the day was at the end of Sunday AM when I put a 319 tomic plug down to 250' to catch the last fish. 5-10 mins later we had a nice 18# spring that filleted white. Of the 12 fish we took over 2 days, 2 were white, the rest filleted red with the exception of one that was a mix of white and red.
  11. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Well-Known Member

    I also ran to the bank on Sunday and is as reported. Lots of teeners with one that was 21lbs. I've been putting in a few hours on the beach in the mornings for the last week except Saturday and it has been SLOW to say the least. Going to put a bit more time in tomorrow so hopefully some fish show up for the long weekend? Lol
  12. Fishtank

    Fishtank Active Member

    Any socks on the bank?
  13. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    You don't need to go to the bank unless you want other fish.
    40-90 fathoms maybe half way out to the US line. The seine boats used to line up a half mile apart, every 5 fathoms and all set together. So 35, 40, 45, etc... all the way out to 120 or so. Then they would watch with binoculars and get in line at the depth where the most fish were being caught. 70 fathoms was a favourite depth for many boats on the blue line back in the day. The blue line was/is between Carmanah and the tip of the American side if memory serves. The depth of the water compared to the distance from shore at the blue line differs from straight out from Renfrew. I can't remember if it's deeper or shallower closer to Renfrew. Maybe go perpendicular to shore until you find them then go parallel. Watch for jumpers. There should be a test boat out there somewhere. If there's an opening, get well outside the blue line rather than behind the nets in the deader water. I don't know how many boats would be there. It used to be hundreds. Gillnetters come out at night like zombies.
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  14. Deewar25

    Deewar25 Well-Known Member

  15. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    Blue line was from Bonilla point on our side to Tatoosh Island on the 'Merican side. Made lots of money on the socks trolling just west of that line back in the day.
  16. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    I stand corrected. I was a dumb high school then university student and now I am older but still dumb. Great summer job. I remember watching the trollers yard them in as we waited in line for up to 5 hours to get the preferred depth for the next set.
  17. Charlie

    Charlie Active Member

    Just fished for "four (4)" days and right now all I can say, if you want ANY fish (other than cod) go to the - BANK! VERY SLOW for springs in ALL the usual places!
  18. Draht vom Hoko

    Draht vom Hoko New Member

    I'd say that about 30% of the kings we've brought home from both US and Canadian SS this year have been white,....one day 4/6 were white,....unusually high percentage, but every bit as good eating and fighting as the reds!
  19. ReelSlim

    ReelSlim Well-Known Member

    Slow again on the beach yesterday but had a good couple hours midday today. Managed a double header with my dad and son so pretty great afternoon. We got one more and lost another. Fish were decent size finally.....22....23 and 28. We saw a few boats with fish on around the same time although it was pretty foggy today....lol. Its still slow on the beach we just ran into a few at Camper today......Sockeye open tonight at midnight so will give the a go tomorrow with the kids.
  20. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    Tubber's right-you don't need to go to the bank for sox. The easiest way to find the sox at Renfrew is to go to the 80 ft sockeye indicators that Fisheries conveniently provides for you, (otherwise known as the test seiners ;) ) drop your gear 3/4 of a mile to the west of them and you're on fish. Just remember to stay out of their way.

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