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April ’07 Newsletter


The month of April begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Aries and ends in the sign of Taurus, the bull . . . and there is definitely a lot of bull tossed among anglers. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Pisces, the fish, and ends in the constellation of Aries, which probably has something to do with hot air.


In either case – a lot of bull or a lot of hot air – April is definitely the best weather-month of the year.  And fishing was not too far behind the great weather.  We did experience our typical Easter Week winds followed by two more after that.  However, despite the gusts, overall it was still excellent, especially for those guests who do not take the heat well.


Before we get into the details of April, I will tell you guys of the horrible new law that went into effect on May 15.  We will mention it here, but be more specific in the Fish and Adventure story.


Our good friend Pete Thomas, outdoor writer from the Los Angeles Times, wrote, in part:


“On May 15, NOM-029, the infamous shark norma – a hotly debated work in progress for the past decade – became law. In Cabo San Lucas, 600 people aboard 120 boats paraded the marina waving banners in protest . . . because it does not adequately guard against exploitation of ‘by-catch’ species such as dorado, marlin and sailfish – species that supposedly are off-limits to commercial fishermen.”


To read more about this restrictive and terrible law, please go to our Fish & Adventure section. 


April Action

Biggest activity in April was, of course, the giant Fiesta de Pesca or Festival of the Fish.  This is a cooperative event with participating hotels in the East Cape all serving as “weigh stations” for entries.  The event is sponsored and promoted by Western Outdoor News.


Easter Week brought a flood of tourists and locals to the area.  It was our first sell-out of the year with good-to-excellent fishing.  But more important, it gave individuals and families an opportunity to go to church and express their beliefs during this most-holy season.  Nearby campers and other visitors to the Cape kept or staff jumping as we formally ushered in the start of our warm weather season.


Many of our good and loyal friends from the Dozgchen Community participated in a massive “retreat” in the nearby mountains. After five days in the hills, they spent the last day before going home with us pampering themselves.  We welcome these kind and gentle souls. 


Also in April we had the nice visit of our friend Zack Thomas, who by the way I knew he wrote quite well, but didn't know how good of a photographer he was. He was coming to do research for his new website.  He seem to have had a good time at the resort. We thank you for all of your nice comments.

This is one of his pictures, a nice pargo right in front of our dock. 


We Got Groups


Numerous groups including families and old friends got together at the resort.  Among them was the Walter Ramos Family Reunion with 20 guests from Hawaii, Italy and lots of places in between.  There were 20 fun-seeking people in the group . . . and fun is what they found.  David Kenyon, from Novato, Calif, fished three days with Capt. Jesus Cota on a 31-footer.  He’ll be coming back in July.  Ray Meng joined us with a party of 19 for fishing, resting and a general good time.  Celilia (Pudge) Kleinkauf, who runs big game fly-fishing tours out of Anchorage, Alaska, joined us for another year with nine guests.  The gals hooked and landed dorado, billfish, at least one rooster and a mess of pargo, ladyfish and others.  This is strictly catch-and-release fishing and we commend Pudge for her conservation efforts.  Mary Rollins joined us with her annual family trip.  While good amigo Bodo Meschkat was here to celebrate his father Rudy’s 75th birthday, his own 50th and daughter Nicole’s 22nd.  In all there were 24 in the combined birthday celebration group.   Dr. Pete Robinson, a noted pediatrician, together with his wife Amelia joined us.  The Rascals in Paradise Travel Agency put together a reunion for the Dunn Family and we’re sure they weren’t disappointed.  And, finally, Angelina and Miguel Madrigal, from Ensenada, who are old friends of our own Hortencia, joined us for a short stay.  Welcome and gracias to you all!


Returning Guests


We always miss somebody when we thank our returning guests, but here goes anyway     . . .


Robert Cucurrul, Walter Ramos, Warren Halseman, Bob Kistler, Martina Nicholson, Togo Hazard and his friend Mr. Rush, Thom Chapman, Henry Junte, Kimberly Kesse, Chris Johansson, Paul Ottenstein, Ron Helget, John Rowell and friends, and Mike Vogel. 


It’s amazing – truly amazing – how often people arrive, take a dip in the pool, take a look at the person swimming next to them and say, “Hey!  I know you!”  And thus begins another lifelong friendship. 


Up ‘n’ Coming


The month of June is right around the corner and as of now we are almost SOLD OUT for every weekend.  Mid-week opportunities are still OK, but if you’re planning on joining us, we strongly recommend reservations ahora!  In Spanish, ahora means NOW! 


Dan Hernandez and his group will be joining us in July; while we’ll play host to the Bisbee Tournament at the end of July.  In August, we look forward to the Penn Fishing University hosted by Steve Carson



Condos on the Horizon


Those regular readers of this newsletter know about our condominium project.  Not much new except my brother Esaul continues to work on it.  The projected time for pre-sales is still this summer. We are still incorporating our list, please if you haven’t already done so, send me an email to and we’ll make sure you are fully informed and up-to-date


The Valdez Family


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Did You Know?

Little known tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History


Did you know?


Last Month’s Question:  Dealt with swordfish since we had just caught the first of the year.  The question was:  The most distinguishing characteristic of swordfish is, of course, the long bill or “sword.”  What is the function of the fish’s sword?


Answer:  Contrary to belief, the “sword” is not used to spear, but instead may be used to slash at its prey in order to injure the prey animal, to make for an easier catch. Mainly the swordfish relies on its great speed and agility in the water to catch its prey. One possible defensive use for the sword-like bill is for protection from its few natural predators. The short fin mako shark is one of the rare sea creatures big enough and fast enough to chase down and kill an adult swordfish, but they don't always win.


Winner with the correct answer is Greg Marsh from Portola, Calif., who wins a Specialty dinner certificate for two.


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Note to Greg and all contest winners:  Please print out a copy of the newsletter that announces the winner and be sure to bring it with you on your next visit to the resort.  That way there is no confusion about the winner or the prize. 




Contest of the Month!




This is an old question but it has to do a lot with something we are about to develop: Why was the Old Hacienda built where we are?




Prize: Specialty dinner certificate  for two.


Email your answers to: The closest guess and the first to the actual correct answer will be the winner.



In the News


This month's story, it can only be described as every parent dream. To come together for a vacation that your son (s) and you can enjoy. There are several guest who do this through the year and our family  does it once a year when we go fish to Los Mochis tournament. click here to read it


Click Here for March and April 2007 Total Fish Count


Fish, Adventure or Inspiration Story


Norma 029


Here is additional information regarding the repressive and excessive new Mexican law, Norma 029 courtesy of Pete Thomas, outdoor writer from the Los Angeles Times:


Long-line hooks do not discriminate. Marlin, sailfish and dorado fetch a higher price than sharks, which are already depleted. So it’s reasonable to assume the by-catch species are really what the fishermen are after. 


“I don't know that they’ll be throwing anything back,” said Ellen Peel, president of the Florida-based Billfish Foundation.

Equally disconcerting is the granting of access to the medium-size boats – refrigerated, more spacious and thus far more efficient than skiffs – into coastal waters.

The original norma placed them 30 miles offshore, but the commercial fishermen somehow gained a 15-mile restriction. This reduces an important buffer zone and places their unsightly vessels in waters frequented by sportfishing boats. Here’s the last thing Mexico should want vacationing anglers to encounter: a grungy crew on a grungier 89-foot boat hauling aboard 500 dead or writhing marlin. 


“It’s like so much legislation in the States: Who wouldn’t vote for Katrina hurricane relief unless, of course, you knew that there were billions in pork in the same bill,” said Mike McGettigan, founder of the Portland, Ore.-based environmental watchdog group SeaWatch. 


“Same with the shark norma. Who wouldn’t vote for legislation designed to protect sharks, unless of course you saw that it creates continued and new fishing pressure in already-depleted waters.”

Fortunately, modifications will be considered for up to a year and Mexico’s fisheries department will be pressured to set and enforce by-catch quotas, redraw the boundary for medium-size vessels, create exclusion zones around tourism areas and impose a ban on the sale of marlin and sailfish, thus reducing the temptation for long-liners to target billfish.

If you have any concern about the future of recreational fishing in Baja, we urge you to see and and express your outrage to fisheries officials and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon.


Let me add that the entire Valdez family – as well as our neighbors and other East Cape hotels – are working as hard as we can to put a stop to this law.  Help us stop this pillage of sports fish, please!



And Finally


U.S. citizens are now required to carry a passport (a driver’s license or other I.D. is no longer sufficient) and we urge you to get your new passport or renew your old one well in advance of your next trip Down Mexico Way.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you!



Nuestra Cocina




I first tried grilled rellenos at a restaurant in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, where Terry and I used to live. I was instantly hooked and always ordered them. A very healthy, non-fatty Mexican meal, I have to say. When I moved down to Buena Vista in 2003, I really missed them. So I talked to Oscar one night and we played around in the kitchen and figured out how to make these. They are now on the “vegetarian” portion of the hotel’s menu and I promise you, they rock!  Serves three to six.


6 large poblano chiles or 6 large Anaheim chiles

½ pound Chihuahua or jack cheese, thinly sliced

2 cups Marķa’s salsa de arbol (See above)



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 skin. Make a small slit in the side of each chile and gently remove all seeds and membranes. Do not remove the stem! Insert a slice of cheese into the hole. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.


Place chiles rellenos on a heated griddle on stove or over a very hot barbecue. Heat about five minutes on each side, until steaming and slightly charred again. Meanwhile, heat salsa and pour over chiles rellenos. Serve immediately. 



This recipe (along with all your favorites from 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!

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