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
Pisces, the fish, and ends in the
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
Our good friend Pete Thomas, outdoor
writer from the Los Angeles Times, wrote, in
“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.
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
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
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
He seem to have had a good time at the
resort. We thank you for all of your nice
This is one of his
pictures, a nice pargo right in front of our
We Got 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!
We always miss
somebody when we thank our returning guests, but
here goes anyway . . .
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
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
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
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
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
email@example.com and we’ll make sure
you are fully informed and up-to-date
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Did you know?
Dealt with swordfish since we had just caught
the first of the year. The question was:
distinguishing characteristic of swordfish is,
of course, the long bill or “sword.” What is
the function of the fish’s sword?
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.
the correct answer is Greg Marsh from Portola,
Calif., who wins a
Specialty dinner certificate for two.
Note to Greg and all contest
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
QUESTION OF THIS
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?
dinner certificate for two.
The closest guess and the
first to the actual correct answer will be the
In the News
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
Click Here for
March and April 2007 Total Fish Count
Adventure or Inspiration Story
additional information regarding the repressive
and excessive new Mexican law, Norma 029
courtesy of Pete Thomas, outdoor writer from the
Los Angeles Times:
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
“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
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
http://www.seawatch.org and express your outrage to
fisheries officials and Mexico’s President Felipe
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!
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
GRILLED CHILES RELLENOS
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.
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
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