begin the July Newsletter, a brief word on
The eye of the
storm went right over us and we received a great
deal of rain, but there was absolutely no damage
to the hotel, boats or any structure. We did
lose a few small trees and some shrubs, but
nothing that can’t be replaced.
We were well
prepared and with satellite imaging, we knew
exactly when and where the hurricane would hit.
Due to the Category One storm, we lost three
days of fishing with some severely grumpy seas,
but that’s a small price to pay.
Thank you for
the dozens if not hundreds of calls and e-mails
inquiring about our safety and the condition of
the resort. All is well!
Oh, what a month
July was. We had groups large and small, we had
marlin by the score, we had friends from around
the world, we had some cold water due to
tropical depression Carmen and we had a great
recovery just in time for the East Cape Bisbee
Tournament. Air temperatures were as perfect as
you could hope for with days hot, but not
Did you know
that July is the most common birth month? When
you count back nine months, it must have
something to do with all those Fall festivities
and Halloween parties.
In any case, we
had a great July . . . and it’s not too soon to
get your reservations in for next year.
We were worried
that the blue marlin would be scattered and not
really show up when we normally plan for them.
But lo and behold by the end of the month it was
business as usual. We had a Blue Blitz just in
time for the Bisbee and everyone went home with
sore hands, sore backs and plenty of smiles.
There is no
denying the fact that the cost of fuel, food,
staff, power and everything else is going up,
Up, UP! So, we reluctantly must increase our
hotel and boat rates for 2008. We pledge to
hold our increases to as little as possible.
Additionally, if you make reservations and place
your deposit by December 15, we will accommodate
you at our 2007 rates!
We must strictly
enforce the Dec. 15 deadline in order to
complete our next year’s budget. Our “returning
guest” policy will apply. This is a good time
to call your buddies, contact family members and
get your 2008 group together for a little casual
fishing, a tournament, reunion, or whatever.
Believe it or not, many summer ’08 dates are
already filled by individuals and groups that
put down deposits as they were checking out this
Project is proceeding. Dealing with financing,
permits, architects, contractors and all other
aspects is time-consuming, but it is a reality.
Please call or
e-mail us if you
are interested in getting in on the ground floor
of this development. All inquiries are
confidential, of course!
Large and small,
family and friends, business associate . . . we
had them all!
Family joined us after Mrs. Kelley,
Woodland, Calif., won a Gift Certificate at the
Mule Deer Foundation silent auction; one
invitation lead to another and pretty soon it
turned into a fine family festival . . . The
Orthon Garcia Group of 26 from Prescott,
Ariz., had a great time. Mr. Garcia
organized the three day fishing trip and angling
was excellent during their stay . . .The Paul
Cannon Group of 21 from Sandy, Utah,
consisted of business associates on his annual
excursion Down Mexico Way . . . The Daniel
Hernandes Group . . . We hosted 21 guests
from the Roberto Schroeder Group of
Lathrop, Calif. It was a great trip of fishing
and fun, highlighted by Mr. Schroeder’s
celebration of his grandson’s birthday . . . The
Richard Medel Group of 16 from Moraga,
Calif., spiced up their fishing with a small
jackpot ever day.
Greg and Beth Gong, Jeff Simms and Greg
Sweeney. It was wonderful seeing Beth
recovered from her recent illness. Our thoughts
and prayers will continue for her and for
another special friend, Linda Chevelier .
. . The resort staff welcomed Brigitte
and Werner Gruing with son Phillip
and daughter Lillian together with their
cousin, G.H. all the way from
Switzerland! Mrs. Gruing was almost prevented
from joining us with a broken foot – ouch! – but
she smiled and toughed it out, recovering nicely
under our warm Mexican sun.
Our Apologies . . .
Sometimes we inadvertently miss or misplace
names of returning guests and groups. We
received this note from our good friend
reading your newsletter for the month of June,
in your list of returning guests you failed to
mention our names.
Wayne and Virginia Humphrey and Jim and Cindy DeAndrea
were all returning guests and brought Jim
and Delores DeAndrea and Alissa, Jimmy
and Rhianne DeAndrea with them. The
Humphreys and DeAndreas were celebrating their
50th anniversary and the other
DeAndreas their 25th anniversary.
We had a very nice time and good food . . . It
was a very big milestone for all of us.
abut missing you last month and hope this makes
up for it. How ’bout we buy you guys a
Margarita on your next trip?
Lots and lots of
returning guests – here’s hoping we don’t miss
Ken Rivardo . . . John Nicks . . . Robert
Cucurrul . . . Joe Spillman . . . Lisa Manlik. .
. Ray Newton . . . Togo Hazard . . . Bruce,
Todd and Michael Donoho . . . Susan & Greg Davies with Jeff & Kristine
Hall. . . Gary Paschall . . . Steve Wiberg &
Family. . . Don Berry…Scott Pacielo . . . Mark
Graham . . . Linda Chevalier . . . Bruce
Tatarchuk . . . Christopher Poma . . .
. . . David
Van . . . Steve Accomando . . . and Edward Hazen
. . .
and from Tijuana Mexico Ernestina Torres…Thank
you all for joining us in our little corner of
We have always
prided ourselves on our food service; and now it
will be even better! Please welcome Andrei
Perez as our new Seafood Chef and specialist
in the kitchen. Your catch – whether tuna,
dorado, pargo or anything else from our Sea of
Cortez – will be under Sr. Perez’ personal
direction. He joins us from the city of
Cullican, where he supervised seafood cookery in
one of the area’s best restaurants.
shark initiative with its “by-catch” regulations
is turning out to be, as Shakespeare wrote, much
ado about nothing. With the exception of a
commercial boat incident in May – which was
quickly handled by our Mexican Navy – none of
our skippers have seen any evidence of intrusion
into sports fishing. We count our blessings!
Numbers for striped and blue marlin are going
up, not down. Our bait remains constant and we
continue to see balls of mackerel and bonito for
our big predators to feed upon.
If you have any
concerns or wish to express an opinion, we urge
you to see
http://www.seawatch.org; and express your
outrage to fisheries officials and Mexico’s
President Felipe Calderon.
The Valdez Family