There are many
reasons that the calendar says June, but it’s
our April newsletter. While we love writing the
newsletter and re-visiting good friends and good
times, somehow it seems to get pushed to the
back burner. Our primary job at Hotel Buena
Vista Beach Resort is ensuring quality service
and great food together with clean, comfortable,
well-equipped boats. And sometimes while we’re
doing those things the newsletter gets pushed
back. . . and back. In the next month or six
weeks we will try to do two newsletters and
resume our schedule. In the meantime, please
forgive our tardiness.)
traditionally the month of Great Beginnings, and
this year was no exception! Easter Week saw a
full hotel with lots of locals . . . and fishing
made the turn-around from winter to spring. It
seems that every kind of fish was “on the
grab.” Capt. Ken Toy, from Wood Creek,
Colo., said he’s never seen so many marlin in
It was also the
beginning of our “inshore” fishery with an
excellent pargo bite. Can someone please
explain what makes pargo such a strong fighter?
We also had an excellent run of tuna as
evidenced by the amount of sashimi we
prepared and served each cocktail hour. The
dorado fishing, however, was just so-so. Oh,
well . . .
We hosted the
Western Outdoor News Fiesta de Pesca
April 8-30 with many, many guests trying to hook
a big one. We’re pleased to tell you that two
of our visitors, Bob and Justin Gartrell
(here in the picture),
among the winners, taking home loads of fishing
loot and prizes from sponsors.
Congratulations! But the biggest honors went to
with a beautiful 95.3 lbs wahoo.
Reed more in the Fish and Adventure story.
friend and neighbor Don Godbarry, who
shared his love of Mexico with friends and
family, passed away. On April 22, his children,
other members of the family and many Baja
neighbors gathered to spread Don’s ashes over
his beloved Sea of Cortes. There was sadness,
of course, but there was joy in remembering and
celebrating the life of Don Godbarry. We offer
condolences to his family.
We were delighted
to see Larry Nonmaker, of Larry’s RV in
Bend, Ore. Larry began bringing his top sales
person to HBVBR many years ago; and that trip
morphed into past winners, good friends and
colleagues, which he hosts every-other-year.
This year’s incentive and reunion trip included
20 people. Wide Open Tours, which
travels the same road as the Baja 1000 race,
stopped by for a night. The 24 guests began in
Ensenada, driving their off-road vehicles to our
front gate. After a bit of Swimming, Cerveza
and Sleep, they resumed the race. Incidentally,
they maintain an off-road track near Cabo if you
ever get the urge.
As a change of
pace from the off-roaders, we hosted 16
novitiate nuns from a convent in LaPaz for
three nights. Richard Cuttler, Newhall,
Calif., celebrated his 50th birthday
with many friends, several of whom he had met
over the years at the resort. It was indeed a
birthday party dinner to remember. We also
celebrated the 48th wedding anniversary of
Mr. and Mrs. Perrin from Yuba City, Calif.
May there be many more!
A great big Thank
You to some of our returning guests who kicked
off the 2006 season in April, including Lynn
and Anthony Viavada from El Cajon, Calif.
together with friends . . . Brett Chandler,
down from Oregon . . . Michael Vignato
from Vista, Calif. . . . Glenn Davis,
from San Diego, who comes to fish with Felipe
several times a year . . .
Pocatello, Idaho, who were fleeing the Rocky
Mountain spring chill to fish with Jose
. . . Herb Frommholz, Orange, Calif., who
stayed with us while visiting neighbor
included hunting guide Don Brown from
Reedley, Calif., together with his fiancé and
his son . . . And speaking of guides, Pudge
Kleinkof, brought about a dozen saltwater
fly-fishing enthusiasts from Alaska including
John Weber in search of a striper or two on
a flyrod with the help of Baja on the Fly’s
guides . . . David Alcorn, of Apple
Valley, Calif., who generally visits a few times
a year, was down for his spring trip . . .
Dave Copeland, and his wife from Houston,
was here with his buddy Togo Hazard . . .
It was great to see Mark Harrison, of M&M
Plumbing from Endicott, Wash., on his yearly
trip . . . Rocco Rampino, who always
makes reservations through our good friends at
Big Game Fishing, was with us in April,
We were pleased
at the number of East Coasters including Mike
Stock, from Snellville, Georgia, Gene
Maturo, Hampton, Conn., and Bob Musik
from Billerika, Maryland . . .
Mr. and Mrs.
Cannon City, Colo. . . . and Mrs. Wendy
Wilson from Discover Baja making the
final arrangements for the Seventh Annual
Neil Kelly Memorial Fishing Tournament, Aug.
TAKING IT HOME
We have installed
our new Vacuum Packing machine that will
significantly eliminate the possibility of
freezer burn for the fish you take home.
.50 per pound
of cleaned fish in a standard Zip-Lock bag.
$2.00 per pound
for smoked fish in a standard Zip-Lock bag.
$1.75 per pound
of cleaned fish vacuum packed.
$3.00 per pound
of smoked fish vacuum packed.
You may arrange
for either the standard or new vacuum packing in
the usual way.
See you in a couple
The Valdez Family
Special Deals and
Events You Won't Want to Miss!
JULY 28th TO AUGUST 1st
13th ANNUAL SPORTFISHING WITH
Join Dan Hernandez and his TV crew on their 12th
annual East Cape trip. Sponsors prizes and a
chance to be part of his famous TV show. Sign
up early and get great upgrades.
AUGUST 1st - 5th
Be a part of Hotel Buena Vista’s Team in the
$300,000 cash prices in the East Cape Bisbee’s
6th Annual Tournament. Call for details.
August and September
HOT SUMMER SPECIALS!!!
Stay 3 Nights and get the 4th
free! Or Stay 5 Nights and get the 6th and 7th
nights free. Book Now and Save Big!
AUGUST 4th - 8th
PENN FISHING UNIVERSITY
Join Professional Angler and educator Steve
Carson as he helps participants catch more fish.
Call for details.
AUGUST 10th - 14th
NEIL KELLY MEMORIAL
Join our good friends from Discover Baja on this
fun for all fishing tournament you are guarantee
a lot of fun and lots of prices.
click here to book your reservation on line
tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
Did you know?
The question last
issue was about the hosts of two sport fishing
television shows that featured Hotel Buena Vista
Beach Resort. The answer is Ronnie Kovach
and Dan Hernandez.
has had a relationship with the Valdez Family for many
years. He is both the
Founder and the Director of Fishing Expeditions
Enterprises and On the Water Fishing Schools, and
the host of dozens of other fishing seminars annually.
To date, Ronnie has personally taught over 50,000
anglers the finer points of fishing. He is a regular
contributor to major popular fishing magazines (over 500
articles published), and he has authored five
best-selling books on trout, bass and saltwater fishing.
He also is host and executive producer of FVTV and the
Fishing Expeditions Radio Show.
outdoor writing career started as a field photographer
for Sport Afield magazine; then as a staff writer
with Western Outdoor News, the weekly Bible for
California anglers. After WON, he went on to write for
many other outdoor publications, such as Pacific
Fisherman and Sport Fishing. In an effort to
expand on his successful writing career he moved on to
television, first by developing and hosting Fish-On! A
cable fishing show that focused on California saltwater
fishing. After three years at Fish-On!, Dan went on to
produce and host his own television fishing program,
Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez.
Upcoming dates to fish
with our favorite TV hosts –
July 28 to 31
October 27 to 30
It is going on
this weekend at the resort, and it will be planned about
the same dates for next year.
Winners of the last Question of the Month were Pat
Galasso and Lynn Glidden. Each winner will
receive autographed souvenirs from Ronnie and Dan
Contest of the
THIS MONTH’S QUESTION OF THE
early days of the resort, we had a bathroom
shower system that was somewhat rustic and
definitely unique! Tell us what was unusual
about our bathroom showers and what needed to be
done to overcome the “problem?”
The winner will receive a
free one hour massage treatment.
Send your answer
for April 2006 Fish Total
In the News
This month we are featuring a nice story run on
the Fred Hall program issue of Western Outdoor
News. It is always helpful to look at this
publication early in the year as it could be
very helpful on planning your next trip to Baja.
It has a lot of information.
Click here to read it
Fish Stories &
FIESTA DE PESCA
This year’s Fish Fiesta –
better known locally as the Fiesta de Pesca – was a
booming success. If you don’t believe it, better ask
Flack Maguire of Carlsbad, Calif., who landed an
amazing 95.3-pound wahoo. Kit McNear, who helps
run the Fiesta for Western Outdoor News, announced that
Maguire took the winning ’hoo from a Hotel Buena Vista
Beach Resort cruiser with Capt. Vicente Cosio at
the helm of the Dusty B.
The nearly 100-pound fish
was caught on a black and purple jig on 50-pound
The three-week event –
April 8 to 30 – features no entry fee. All an angler
needs to do is stay at one of the participating East
Cape area resorts. About $20,000 in prizes were up for
grabs from Penn, Izorline, Mustad and 7-Strand as well
as the participating hotels. In celebration of his
monster wahoo, Maguire was presented with a free four
day, three night trip by the Valdez family and Hotel
Buena Vista Beach Resort with one day’s fishing.
Bob and wife Justine Gartrell fished
with Ramon and Teodoro on the 3 Hermanos and qualified
for a lot of prizes from the main sponsors with this
nice 60 lbs tuna, one of 9 they caught on this day.
Fishing conditions during
the three week Fiesta were excellent to good to
excellent. “We started out with near-perfect seas early
in the month, turned a little sour with some wind and
slightly grumpy water in the middle; but things quickly
flattened out the final 8 to 10 days,” said Axel
Valdez. There was a huge rush of fresh striped marlin
with numerous billfish lost and landed by the
competitors, added Axel.
The 2007 Fiesta de Pesca
will be held in the same time period, with hotel rooms
and boats at a premium. “We anticipate extremely high
hotel occupancy with many of this year’s participants
already on board for ’07,” said Valdez. Advance
reservations are now being accepted.
variation of an old Mexican favorite comes to you
straight from our hotel kitchen. It’s super easy to
make, and when you’re feeling homesick for Buena Vista
in cold weather, make it. It will warm your heart and
your tummy and make you feel a little closer to us here
in paradise! Serves eight to ten.
1 whole chicken
3 quarts water
4 tbsp powdered chicken
1 tbsp dried oregano
4 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
5 poblano chiles, thinly
sliced (you can substitute bell peppers)
8 large, ripe tomatoes,
2 large, white onions,
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 corn tortillas, cut
into strips about ˝ inch wide
˝ cup corn or canola oil
2 avocados cut into
1˝ cup Chihuahua or jack
1 cup crema media ácida
or sour cream
Fresh cilantro, in
Cook chicken in water and
bouillon for one hour. Remove chicken, debone and cut
into chunks. Return to pan, add seasonings and cover.
Place chiles, onion,
tomatoes and garlic in large skillet with oil (this may
take 2 skillets) and sauté until cooked, about 15
About 20 minutes prior to
serving, combine the chicken and stock with the
vegetables and heat thoroughly.
Deep fry the tortilla
strips and drain on paper towels. Divide each among
eight to 10 large soup bowls. Fill almost to top with
the soup. Then garnish with a few chunks avocado, some
grated cheese, a float of crema and a sprig of cilantro.
Serve immediately and prepare to gloat. Leftovers are
great the next day too.
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