Remember how we
apologized last month and said we we’d
immediately catch up on publishing our
Well . . . we
It wasn’t a
deliberate. We fully intended to get right back
on schedule; it’s just the run-run-run times in
which we live. We’re sure you have had projects
you intended to complete – like painting the
porch or planting a garden – but then things got
away and times slipped by. Like the song says,
“Ain’t it funny how time slips away?”
And so, we
sincerely apologize once again and promise to do
better in terms of producing this newsletter in
a timely manner. Will it really happen?
weather ands fish counts over the past several
years we noticed that May is definitely one of
our better months. And this year was no
exception. May, 2006 was positively a booming
month so far as fish and fishing were
concerned. It was great weather, flat seas,
very little wind and plenty of pesca.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Anglesio from Roseville,
Calif., summed it up after three days of fishing
with Ramon on the Tres Hermanos and Chuy
on the Hakuna. “In 15 years of coming to
the resort, we have never had such good
fishing!” They saw a “pile up” of striped
marlin and had a terrific time with our
pointy-nosed, striped-sided friends.
Let that be fair
warning. Book your reservations now for
next May before the heat of the summer sets
in. The water is flat and the fish are
rip-roaring to go!
More . . .
Our good amigo and
longtime visitor Togo Hazard was joined
by family and friends for his
captured here fighting a nice sail. This is on
one of his 7 days fishing during his week long
birthday. Togo celebrated not with a cake or a
cocktail, but by catching a dandy blue marlin.
Togo was joined by his daughters, Anita
and Nina, along with his grandchildren
Derek and Gayle as well as good
friends Susana Colyer and Karol Dance,
and Norm Jacobson. Here’s wishing you
many more birthdays and many more blue marlin
from the Valdez Family.
the 26th anniversary of Western
Fishing Folly coordinated first by the late
Mike and “Red” Rucinski, and it
now has been up to Natalie Rucinski to continue
this traditional trip. The relationship between
the Resort and the Rucinski Family started long
time ago . . . and today we have great memories
of the father and uncle. Special thanks and a
word of appreciation to Lynn Rose Tours
for coordinating the King Harbor (Redondo Beach)
Tournament . . . And don’t forget the Lynn Rose
Tours East Cape Classic Tournament
in October. Call Lynn Rose Tours directly to
book your reservations at this old time and
super event . . . Congratulations Mrs. Judy
Karimzad, who came South of the Border and
joined Togo’s party, but was really celebrating
her son Brian’s Master’s Degree from the
prestigious Wharton School of Business at the
University of Pennsylvania.
We welcomed Alex
Salazar from Salt Lake City, who won the
trip at an International Sportsman’s Exposition
(ISE) Show drawing. You know that big bucket at
the front door of the ISE Shows? That’s how
Alex won his trip. Incidentally, we’ll be
sponsoring other give-away prizes at the 2007
shows. Don’t forget to sign-up when you visit
the ISE Shows next winter. Who knows . . . you
might get as lucky as Alex.
Co., we miss you! After 25 consecutive
years of East Cape fun and frolic, the Los
Angeles-area company skipped a year. We sure
hope to see you next year!
Names . . .
Names . . . Names
There were so many
returning guests in May including Del Brown
from Florida, who is a Vacation Club member;
others included Sandi Tipcon, a neighbor
friend with a nice group including the
Stewart, Covert, Connally, and
McIntyre clans from Austin, Texas who.
spent a week of sun, sand and sea; Mr. John
Thorpe drove up for a night from Cabo . . .
Ken Taylor, all the way from San Jose,
came to fish with Capt. Rosario; Anita
(Togo’s daughter) invited the Edeys,
friends from Idaho; there was Tom Nelson
from Folsom; Nancy and Clare
Rayner from Long Beach and Victor Gonella
from Petaluma, Calif., were a few more who
cruised under our Welcome sign.
Other May visitors
included Herbert Koelling, from Bonita
Springs, Florida and Don Woll, who hails
from Indio, Calif. It was his first trip of six
trips to the resort this year for Don, who
dearly loves his fishing and he knows where it’s
at its best!
Debbie Marcotte, canceled last year’s trip
for a might good reason – they were awaiting the
arrival of a brand new baby. Well, the baby
arrived and the Marcottes – now three of them –
came down to celebrate. The Hummel Family
from the San Dimas area of Southern
California came down to fish with their longtime
friend and skipper, Capt. Jesus Araiza,
The Hummels generally visit once or twice a year
and they had a bang-up time in May.
Leslie Siegle, formerly from Southern
California, but now hanging their hats in
McCall, Idaho, were here on a family
reunion./vacation. Congrats on new
granddaughter Sophia, born to Shawn
and Shawn. Yes, that’s right, both
mother and father have same names.
A great big hearty
Buena Vista Beach Resort welcome to Patricia
Galasso from Sylmar, Calif., as well as
Roy Kelly from Riverside. Hope to see you
all again real soon. And Michael Nigro,
all the way from Fairfield, New Jersey, had a
terrific time fishing with his sons. It was a
true joy to see and serve them all.
And, finally, we
were surprised and delighted to see Eduardo
Bustamente come down from his home in
Tijuana. Eduardo has been extremely busy caring
for his dad, who was in an accident, but now
appears to be fully recovered.
See you in a couple
The Valdez Family
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Events You Won't Want to Miss!
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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
NOVEMBER 2ND - 5TH
BUENA VISTA BEACH RESORT
us to celebrate our 30th Year Anniversary. Once
again we will have a big theme party every night
and we will have a great time!!
click here to book your reservation on line
tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
Did you know?
Last month we asked: In 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?”
correct answer and the winner of a free one hour massage
treatment is our good friend and 20-year guest Andy
Marcum from Oceanside, Calif. In his response, Andy
“I remember no cold water or cool water
unless you showered real fast and then used the hot
water valve to get the little bit of cool water in the
pipe in the wall from the hot water heater to the
shower. And now there is a cooling system to cool the
water before it gets to the rooms.”
Andy and his wife Marlene forgot
to mention that we tapped the water from our natural hot
spring. Unless you were among the first to grab a
shower – while there was still cool water in the pipes –
the water became uncomfortably hot. So we remedied the
problem be installing a huge (and costly!) water cooling
system. Instead of a Hot Water Heater, we have a
Hot Water Cooler. And ironically, we now have to
have individual water heaters in each bungalow.
Contest of the
THIS MONTH’S QUESTION OF THE
Put your “thinking
caps” on, this is a tough question – but the reward is
great! Five boats in our fleet are named for members of
the Valdez family or families with close relationships
to us. 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!
Up to three
winners for the first section and only one winner for
the correct full answer.
Send your answer
for May 2006 Fish Total
In the News
are always happy to support the Big Bear Lake
Trout Fest and this year was no exception. They
did a very nice write up about us and we are
thankful for it.
Click here to read it
Fish Stories &
FATHER/SON VALDEZ TEAM
NABS 3rd PLACE IN TOURNEY
Well, it may be that many of you do not know
that we participate each year in a tournament in
the mainland, about 110 nautical miles a crossed
from the resort. Our fleet has done well in the
past, Ramon has won the tournament already,
Arturo holds the dorado record with a nice bull
weight in 69.5 lbs. But up to this year,
those were won by boat guests. This time it was
up to Axel and Chuy to take home a very decent
3rd place. Read more below as they
published the story in some newspapers in
California. But you should have seen the
front page of the paper down in Los Mochis, that
was a big picture of the Valdez Team (it had to
be, it is the local newspaper that organizes
LOS MOCHIS, Sin., Mex. – The
father-son team of Chuy and Axel Valdez, representing
Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort, captured Third Place in
the 15th annual “Debate,” fishing tournament
in late May.
tournament, the largest in Mexico with more than 500
anglers and 113 boats, was headquartered at the
Topolobampo Nautical Club.
Axel Valdez, representing
team Los Valdez, landed a 108.60-pound striped marlin,
the largest fish during the event’s second day. The
father-son team won a 2006 Volkswagen and about $3,000.
Overall First Place went to team “Dirty Dog” from
Mazatlan with a 118-pounder. Total prizes amounted to
four cars and about $37,000.
Participants in the “Debate”
landed 13 marlin, 12 sailfish, 13 dorado, and 2 tuna
Chuy and Axel Valdez fished
aboard the hotel boat “Vamanos,” with Buena Vista Beach
Resort Capt. Santiago Cota at the helm. Los Mochis is
about 110 nautical miles east of the East Cape on
Mexico’s mainland across the Sea of Cortes.
The Valdez family has long supported and
participated in the tournament. Over the years, hotel
boats and captains were used, recording numerous 1st,
2nd and 3rd place finishes. “We
began fishing in this tournament as a way for the family
to get together for my father’ [Chuy’s] birthday on May
26,” said Axel. On different years Chuy has been
joined by sons Esaul, Axel and Felipe.
MUSHROOM, CHORIZO & RAJA TOSTADAS
Oscar, the chef at the hotel, gave me this recipe. Even
though it’s not on the menu, it’s one of Oscar’s special
creations and you can order it regardless as long as
he’s in the kitchen! For years, the young chefs at the
hotel never stuck around. They sort of apprenticed there
and then moved on to Los Cabos or somewhere else more
trendy. Oscar, however, fell in love with Eva, the lead
server at the hotel restaurant. Since she has two kids,
Oscar has no plans of leaving. We are glad, because he’s
an excellent chef and a mean ping-pong player. Serves
corn or canola oil
refried beans (Bean section or use canned)
ounces chorizo (Breakfast section)
poblano chiles, blistered
onion, thinly sliced
chipotle chiles in adobo (from can)
crema media ácida or sour cream
grated Chihuahua or jack cheese
iceberg lettuce, shredded
and pepper to taste
skillet, fry tortillas in oil until crisp on both sides.
Drain on paper towels. Heat beans in saucepan. In
another skillet, cook mushrooms in butter until done.
Set aside in bowl. In same skillet, fry chorizo until
blister chiles: If you have a gas stove, lay the chiles
over the open flame and char skins well, turning with
tongs frequently until they’re uniformly blackened and
stop snapping. The more charred they are, the easier it
is to remove the skins. If you have an electric stove,
place chiles in a large skillet on high heat. Turn
frequently as above. Remove chiles to plastic bag, close
it and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove from bag, place
in ice-cold water and remove the stems, skin, veins and
seeds. Cut into rajas (thin strips).
blender or food processor, purée chipotles with crema or
sour cream. To make tostadas, start with a layer of
beans on top of the fried tortillas. Add chorizo,
mushrooms, rajas and adobo-crema sauce. Top with
shredded lettuce and cheese and serve.
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