2005 ended with
a bang if you consider a “bang” to be warm sun,
flat seas and mid-summer weather at the start of
winter! There were some winds and grumpy waters
to be sure, but it seems like whenever we really
needed things to flatten out and brighten up, it
happened like clockwork. Like we always say,
“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than smart.”
Luck was definitely with us that early December
day when we had a wedding planned. The few days
prior to the wedding the breezes wouldn’t seem
to stop, but on Michelle and Lance’s
Big Day, with friends packed in, the winds laid
down completely and the Sea of Cortez was a like
an azure blue and turquoise backdrop to the
But first, let’s
remember November. There were familiar faces
all around. Nancy and Clare
“Papa Loco” Rayner fished for a week with
their longtime and only Capt. Felipe and
Reggie on the Yanet. Mr. and Mrs.
Fromberg came down Baja Way from their home
in Newbury Park, Calif. along with family and
friends. It was something like a Fomberg
Fiesta. Our good old amigo Jerry Ginter
from Seattle stored his boat with us over the
winter – not really much of a winter – and
should be ready to rip some lips in the next
month or so. And on Thanksgiving, our very good
and old friend Susana Colyer from
Gardnerville, Nev., joined the Togo family for a
wonderful dinner. All-in-all it was a wonderful
the hotel was practically bursting its seams
with about 90% occupancy for Christmas and New
Years! There was the aforementioned Michelle
and Lance’s wedding with loads of
guests. The spiritual group Dzogchen
Community of eight took advantage of our
clear waters and clean air to meditate; while
Rudy, Gerda and all the Meschkat
family (a total of 12) joined us for fishing and
family frolic. They were joined by their
fishing friend Togo for the New Year. Those are
just a few of the visitors (we can’t name
everyone) who spent a few days or a week in Our
Little Corner of the World.
Vista Beach Resort is like a “second home” to
many people and our facilities are treated with
much respect. But things do become worn and
used-looking, so we have replaced all the
bedding and curtains and are redecorating all
the rooms. Let us know what you think of the
turned the first page of the ’06 calendar and
it’s time to think about a variety of
tournaments and events we’ll be hosting. For
complete details, please go to our Event
Calendar (click here
to see it) You’ll find plenty to satisfy
every budget and interest – here are just a few:
June 1-5 –
Ronnie Kovach’s and Steve Carson’s Fishing
Expedition School. Fish and learn with TV
host and professional angler Ronnie Kovach
June 8-13 –
Jokers are Wild East Cape Catch and Release
Fly-Fishing Tournament hosted by Gary Graham
of Baja on the Fly fame.
July 14-17 –
Fifth Annual Los Chinos Catch and Release
July 20-24 –
Texas Lady Anglers Open Fishing Tournament.
July 27-31 –
Join Dan Hernandez and his TV crew on their
12th annual East Cape trip.
Early sign-up for great upgrades.
August 1-5 –
Fifth Annual Bisbee’s East Cape Tournament.
Be part of Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort’s
Team in the $300,000 cash prize event.
August 4-8 –
Penn Fishing University. Nightly seminars
and instruction by Steve Carson, director of
the Penn University Series.
20-24 – Fish Sniffer Magazine Angling
All Year –
Be sure to join us for a variety of 30th
Anniversary celebrations and activities. 30
years! Who’d have thought it possible?
We are pleased
to announce the acquisition of a new boat! It
is a beautifully outfitted 32-foot Albemarle.
Albemarle’s production facility is located in
Edenton, North Carolina, and their testing
ground is the open sea off Cape Hatteras, so we
know it will take to our Sea of Cortez like a
duck takes to water. She’ll be skippered by
Until next Month
The Valdez Family
In the News
Mr. Rick Gaffney did a great article a few years
back, he came down during our winter and he had
a great time. I think this article helps picture
what is like most of the time.:
click here to
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tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
Did you know?
Last issue’s Question of the
Month was regarding an incident with a
little boy at one of our early tournaments.
What was the event, who was the little boy and
what did he do?
The answer: David
and Jim Siegle had put the Big Game
Fishing Tournament together already for a few
years. But this year during the awards ceremony,
Felipe Valdez, who was then 2 or 3-years
old, decided it was time to pee. And he did,
right on the stage as they were handing out
awards. Well, like we always say, “When you
gotta go, you gotta go.” The incident was a
sensation with everyone laughing until they had
to . . . well, you get the idea.
Contest of the
QUESTION OF THIS
Of all our Captains, who is our oldest in years
of service? And how many years has he been with
There will be a free fishing trip for the first
Fish Stories &
On January 2,
Esaul Valdez suggested that his younger brother
Felipe take the “Hakuna,” one of Hotel Buena
Vista’s boats, out to catch sierra for the
kitchen. Felipe jumped at the chance to get out
Cortez and away from his responsibilities of
managing the hotel’s fishing fleet.
Long time Captain
Ramon Tamayo from Los Barriles, and Felipe
headed up toward Punta Pescadero where the
sierra had been thick. It didn’t take long to
fill up the kill sack with enough toothy sierras
to satisfy the guests at the hotel.
Both Ramon and
Felipe, not eager to return to the hotel and
back to work, decided to enjoy the bright sunny,
flat calm day and go for a boat ride. Heading
out to the north, they went just a few miles
when they spotted some commotion on the surface.
At a distance, they thought it was a dorado
feeding on top. As they got closer, they decided
that it might be a shark feeding on small
baitfish. Like two school boys ditching class,
they decided to have a little fun and toss out a
mackerel on a 60-pound casting outfit.
The bait no sooner
hit the water than it disappeared in the center
of the big swirl on the surface. Line spun off
the reel faster and faster as the hooky-playing
Ramon and Felipe argued about
when to set the hook. Finally Felipe threw the
reel in gear, waited for the line to come tight
and then set the hook with hard swings. A split
second later the rod bent double and line flew
off the reel as the drag washers on the reel
whined in protest.
Whatever ate the
mackerel down deep was now putting a serious
bend in the 60-pound outfit. Felipe never
wavered and kept steady pressure on the fish.
Deep below the boat as Felipe short pumped the
mystery fish toward the surface, it was way more
purple than the tell tale gold and turquoise
dorado color. As the fish came closer and closer
to the top, the mystery was solved as the small
swordfish came clearly into view.
Two gaffs and a
tail-rope later, with the swordfish safely on
the swim step, Felipe reached for the microphone
on the VHF radio to call Esaul and tell him the
You see, big
brother Esaul has been trying to catch a
swordfish since he had seen his first one
finning on the surface many years ago while
fishing with his father, Chuy Valdez.
So, the family
rivalry will continue between the Valdez
Brothers with Felipe clearly in the lead in the
swordfish department while Esaul contemplates
the “would of . . . could of . . . should of”
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2005 Total Fish Count
WORLD FAMOUS NACHOS!!
those who missed our recipe in our famous nachos
here it is again, just reading this recipe is
guaranteed to give you swim-up bar flashbacks.
Yeah...it's about 4:00 in the afternoon and you're
perched on an underwater barstool. In front of you
is a Pina Colada, Margarita or cold cerveza. Up
comes Ricardo with a huge plate of nachos. You and
three new best friends all dig in. Heaven on
2-3 cups Tortilla chips
1 can refried beans: heat on stove with
1 tbsp bacon fat and 1 tsp milk
sliced jalapenos ( to taste)
1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
guacamole: 1 avocado, 1 tbsp canned salsa verde
and garlic salt to taste
pico de gallo: 1 chopped tomato, 1 tbsp chopped
cilantro, 1/2 chopped white onion salt and pepper
On Serving platter, place a layer of tortilla
chips. Scoop hot refired beans over chips. Put on
as many sliced jalapenos as your palate can
handle. Sprinkle cheese over everything. Nuke for
one minute. Top with guacamole and pico de gallo.
Ay, yay yay!