Letter for June
While this is the “June”
newsletter, we have to give you some great news
from August. My wife Gina and I welcomed our
first son, Emiliano, born on August 1. He
weighed 6-pounds, 14-ounces. Gina and Emiliano
are doing fine . . . but we are a little
exhausted! – Axel.
Last issue we noted with pride
that we’d be getting back on schedule and – true
to our word – we’re making the attempt. Please
understand that this newsletter is on “Baja
Time,” which is always a bit slower and more
relaxed than the rest of the world.
June, which is actually our most
popular month, lived up to its reputation.
There was great weather and great fishing. Yes,
the weather was “hot,” but not mid-summer hot.
Temperatures were in the low- to mid-90s with
late afternoon breezes helping cool the
People and Places
Here are some of the groups that
graced us: Early in the month, Brian Bisk
from Salt Lake City brought 30 people who were
all in construction industry. We really
appreciate his letter and appreciate it being
done in Spanish. Incidentally, the Bisk group
has been with us the past three years and just
keeps growing and growing . . . Our good fishing
amigo Ronnie Kovach hosted a group of
16. The visit was highlighted by Ronnie’s
potential IGFA World Record 98-pound amberjack.
(See accompanying story.) For the second year
the Miami Beach Rod & Reel Club deserted
the southeast and came our way looking for
striped marlin. These are all boat owners and
very knowledgeable about the ways of the water.
They were very pleased, highly complimentary of
our captains and crew and quite successful
fishing. They’ve already booked next year.
There were 14 in the Miami group . . . Robert
Schroeder from Lathrop, Calif., brought a
group of 14 . . . While Dennis Hammer and
Co. brought a
group of 24 from Sacramento
area. With a name like “Hammer” you probably
already guessed that they’re in the construction
business. We’re pleased to report they were
extremely successful on tuna. Jack Lysfjord
from Minneapolis, Minn., put aside their walleye
catching gear and came down our way for a small
fishing buddy tournament. (See below.)
We hosted the Patrick Kenny
Family Reunion of 12 from Penn Valley,
Calif. Othon Garcia, Huntington Beach,
Calif., hosted 16 on his annual company
trip . . . While Texan
a sales rep, brings down lots of his good
customers. This group of six was the first of
the year . . . he’ll be back later. And we
can’t forget Carl Freeman, from Oakhurst,
Calif., who hosted a family reunion of 10. Mr.
Freeman booked his trip through our good and
faithful friends at Mr. Vacation Travel.
Visitors Near and Far
June visitors included many
guests who we just cannot go without mentined
them. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Ecklund, Eddie
Speare, Don Holcomb, Bill Lawrance, Bob Johnson,
Roger Wiese, Bob and Mary Fadorka, David Cooper,
and Stephen O’Neal.
Others were Richard Gerhard,
John Burg, Gaar Edwards, the Briggs Family,
Alexander Read, Will Sumner, Frank Gould, Mary
Williford, John Ryan, Mike Hatfield, Patty
Adams, Glenn Davis, Richard Daley, Charlie
Lewis, Don Woll, Levi Tam, and
Jack Pearson, Bernard Simas,
William Morgan, Robert Soza, Robert Shutt, Ray
Johnson, Scott Dabe, Marion Schmidt, John Cox,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gilllibert, Todd Crosby,
Larry Hofer, Richard Jones, Keith Anderson,
and John Faulk.
We are happy to have more locals
from both Cabo and the Mainland. Among them
were three graduation parties – two from
elementary schools and a junior high school from
San Jose del Cabo. Congratulations, best wises
and bueno suerte to the young graduates.
The kids had a grand time celebrating . . . and
our staff had a grand time watching them!
From Culiacan, we welcomed
Alberto Ayala and Adolfo Clouthier
who put together a group of 26 from the Sea of
Cullican and surrounding areas
Octavio Borboa from Guasave, Sin., made
his first trip with 16. While David Robles
from Los Mochis, Sin., came with 24. It was Sr.
Robles’ 5th trip. As one fellow said, “With
these groups we don’t have to speak English.”
And, finally . .
Come and join us
for our 30th anniversary. We’re
celebrating on the First Weekend in Nov. with
parties every night, lots of fun, fabulous food,
games, prizes, old friends, new friends and
friends we haven’t met yet. It would be an
honor if you can join the Valdez Family as we
celebrate Numero 30.
The Valdez Family
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OCTOBER 6TH - 9TH
CATCH AND RELEASE
us for a lot of fun and camaraderie at Chuy’s 10th
Annual Catch and Release Tournament. Up to
$10,000 dollars in prizes.
OCTOBER 11TH - 15TH
EAST CAPE CLASSIC
a tradition, and not only do you have fun and
win great prizes, but you will also help toward
a great cause.
OCTOBER 27TH - 30TH
DAY OF THE DEAD
Dan Hernandez and his TV crew on this East Cape
trip. Sponsors prizes and a chance to be part of
his famous TV show. Sign up early and get great
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tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
The last Question of the Month
was, “Five boats in our fleet are named for
members of the Valdez family or families with
close relationships. Give us the names of those
boats plus the relationship or reason for
the name. If you get four out of the
five, you’ll receive a free special dinner; get
all five and you win a three night
stay absolutely free!”
The problem was that we made an
error. Actually, there are six boats –
not five – named for members of the family or
families with close relationships.
The winner is Mary Fedorka
from Telluride, Colo., who got 4 out of 5. The
boat names and relationships are:
- Esaul’s younger daughter
- Esaul’s oldest daughter
- because of us three brothers (Esaul, Axel and
- My dad’s grandmother.
- Felipe Ruiz’ first daughter
Dottie B II
- Our good friend Togo Hazard’s late wife.
For her remarkable achievement,
Mary will receive First Prize of a free Special
Dinner of lobster, shrimp or steak combination
of San Dimas and Andy Markham, from
Oceanside, Calif., each had three correct
answers and we thank them for their
Contest of the
This Month’s Question
is much easier than last month’s and we expect a
number of correct answers, so you better get
yours in first: One of our very special Fishing
Tournaments has a long and prestigious history
of fun. It is probably our most famous
tournament. What is the name of this
tournament; and when and why did it start?
First person in with the correct
answer will receive. An invitation to this
year 30th anniversary party for 2 (no air
Send your answer
for June 2006 Fish Total
In the News
great friend Ronnie Kovach was down early in
June heading a small groups of fans. And even
though he likes to yo-yo for different species,
this year was definitely better than any time
before as he is summiting a world record .
Click here to read it
Fish Stories &
Friendly Fishing Tournament
Jack Lysfjord of Bosch Packaging
in Minneapolis, a true fishing fanatic was
joined by his friends who regularly travel to
fish to Canada, Alaska and down our way. This
year it was time to come back to Baja, last time
they visited was back in 2002 and they were
ready to do some serious fishing. This year, our
staff helped organize the tourney including both
individual and boat totals for types of fish for
the daily contest prize as well as the grand
prize single fisherman and boat winner.
The participants each threw some
bucks into a Tournament Kitty and we added a
terrific prize of a free future stay at the
resort of three nights, and four days for two.
Our skippers and crew kept track of things so
that everything was on the up-and-up and had a
great time with the group. Incidentally,
fishing was terrific as shown by their
Striped Marlin 33 with 31 released
Sailfish 1 released
Yellowfin Tuna 37
Mitch Cohen won the contest including the
Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort prize with four
striped marlins and one tuna. Harry Dowling
and Jack Lysfjord tied for second place with
four striped marlins apiece. Jim Maiser
came in fourth with three striped
marlins and the sailfish. Approximately eight
more fish were caught by Mike Killeen and
Tom Kuhlman on a 1/2 day panga tour.
All of us at the resort are
thankful and appreciative of the Lysfjord
group’s participation and look forward to their
return in 2008. A special thank also to Mr.
Lysfjord for being among the best group
coordinator we have worked with.
So, if you plan to organize a
small tournament among friends, employees or
business associates do not hesitate to call us
we will be happy to assist you in coordination
Jerry R. Landress
of Colorado Springs, Colo., who came with his
two sons, wrote one of the best letters about
our resort we’ve ever seen. To read the Jerry
Landress letter in full,
click here. While we appreciate every
letter, this one is particularly meaningful
because he is in the travel industry and visits
hotels and resorts all over the world. Thank
Rancheros are a traditional Mexican breakfast.
You can get them in just about any restaurant in
Baja that serves breakfast. They’re terrific
with frijoles, buttered tortillas and fresh
fruit and a round of Bloody Marys if you're so
inclined. This recipe from Oscar is just a bit
different than what you’ll usually find in our
restaurant, but ask for them next time you’re
down here and you won’t be disappointed! The
secret ingredient? The addition of the sliced
green olives gives it a Caribbean Veracruz twist
that really jazzes it up. Serves four.
onions, thinly sliced
tomatoes, thinly sliced
sliced green olives
butter or margarine
pepper to taste
˝ cup corn
or canola oil
Chihuahua or jack cheese, grated
skillet, sauté bell pepper, tomato onion until
done. Add olives, oregano, bay leaf and salt.
Cover and simmer on low heat for fifteen
sunny side up in butter in another skillet.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fry
tortillas flat in corn oil in small skillet
until only slightly crisp. Drain on paper
towels. Place two fried eggs on each tortilla.
Top with salsa Veracruzana and grated cheese.
Place under broiler for one minute or until
cheese is bubbling. Serve immediately.
This recipe (along with all your favorites
the resort) is from Ann Hazard's new book,
Cooking With Baja Magic Dos.
Available online or at our gift shop, this book
offers up the best in Baja cuisine. With 250
recipes, 80 colored illustrations and travel and
adventure stories spanning four generations,
this is a must-have for everyone who loves Baja!
For more great Baja recipes and stories visit