Historically, May begins with the sun in the
Taurus and ends in the sign of
Gemini. Astronomically speaking, the sun
begins in the constellation of
Aries and ends in the constellation of
Taurus. The month may have been named for
Maia, who was identified with the Roman
goddess of fertility. We were going to make
some comments about our resort and fertility,
but wisely decided to leave that for another
can say with certainty that May is definitely
the beginning of our summer fishing season and
the gods of the sea began smiling upon our
angling warriors. Be sure to read the
remarkable story of Bob Preble and
Michael Reeve and their swordfish battle
in our Fishing and Adventure section.
Mother’s Day is always special at Buena Vista
Beach Resort. We had a special dinner and every
mom was greeted with a courtesy chocolate and a
rose . . . our little way of saying “thank you.”
Remember that mothers do not pay for their stay
during this celebration in case you want to put
it on your calendar for next year.
hosted the King Harbor Tournament with 16
people. Located in Redondo Beach, Calif., these
are hard-core anglers and they had a great time,
thanks to Bob Stephen, who put the party
Friends, family and hotel staff all joined to
celebrate Togo Hazard’s 85th
birthday. As per usual, Togo was the life of
the party as everyone wished him many, many,
many more years . . . and Margaritas.
organized the 27th annual Western
Fishing Folly. This year as in all others they
came down to have fun and enjoy a few days of
relaxation and good fishing for their
Performance Marketing Tournament.
There were so many groups – both large and small
– having fun, celebrating birthdays,
anniversaries and other events that I hope we
mention them all.
from San Carlo Deli in Chatsworth, Calif., was
joined by 11 friends to fish for a
few days. The deli starts popping out fresh
Italian rolls first thing in the morning and the
line for sandwiches begins almost immediately.
If you’re ever up in the northwest San Fernando
Valley, be sure to drop in for some pasta and
fishing conversation. Our
good friends from Okuma Tackle, John
Bretza, Sam Bremer, Mark “Roosterman”
Rogers brought down 28 of their top sales
representatives from all over the country. They
all agreed that this was the best trip in more
than 20 trips they travelled down to our piece
our good friend from Culican, Sin., made his
annual trip with 15 friends. They like the month
of May since they come to celebrate the final
crop of the year. Greg Lecea, from
Monterey, brought 24 for fishing, golfing and
all that goes with it. Dennis Hammer,
from the Sacramento, Calif., area, started with
just a few fish on the first day, but did very
well on the last two days, as they found the
tuna. As always it was great to have them. Karen
and Ronald Calderwood, of Canyon
City, Colo., were joined by family for a
few days. Herman Contreras, a first-time
visitor, joined us. Their trip was organized by
our good friend Lynn Rose from Lynn Rose
from Austin, Tex., organized a family Baja
reunion and they fished, toured and relaxed for
a few days. John Fry organized the
annual South Africa invasion, it was very nice
to see them, as they had postponed this trip for
a few years now. Olivia Muñoz from the
Marine Corp Base Travel Agency visited us
with her son. Don’t be surprised if you start
seeing more servicemen with families at the
instances trying to track returning guests is
like keeping your eye on a hummingbird –
difficult to say the least. But here goes with
our best attempt at recognizing our dear friends
who choose to spend a few days under the sun in
our little corner of the world:
Harold Tompkins, Drexel Pruitt, Susana Colyer,
Suzanne Sell, Calvin Preston, Dennis Orcutt,
Paul Guillet, Tom Veal, Nancy Rayner and nice
Traci, but we missed our good friend Papa Loco,
Mike Little, John Aderson, Larry Holloway, Maria
Muriello, Patricia Galasso, Judy Karimzad, Janet
and Ed Groves with first time comers
Mr. and Mrs. Broin their nice, Larry
Quierolo, Sharon Kincade, Terry Young, Joan
and Butch Manasse, Laura Jensen, Bill Kramer,
Eduardo Bustamante and Roger Canon.
We look forward to seeing you again . . . and
Up ‘n’ Coming
and his group will be joining us toward the end July,
there is still space and airfare available; And
right after we will host the East Cape Bisbee Tournament
for the 4th year in arrow. In August, we look forward
to the Penn Fishing University hosted by
Condos on the Horizon
We are getting there, some permits are still in
process and on time, Baja time that is. Esaul
continues to try and get them on time for this
We are still incorporating
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The Valdez Family
Passports Yes or No?
U.S. State Department and/or Homeland Security
deemed it necessary for visitors to Canada,
Mexico and the Caribbean to have valid
passports, the backlog to obtain them became
unworkable. And so they changed the ruling to
say that if you had documentation to show that
you have APPLIED FOR A PASSPORT that would be
passport issue has become an international snafu
with some airlines accepting the applications,
some demanding passports and others not sure
advice: HAVE A PASSPORT! It will make entry
and exit much easier, safe and secure.
If you have any questions, call
your Congress person’s office. If you don’t
know who represents you, go to
for May 2007 Total Fish Count
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Did You Know?
tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History
Did you know?
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?
Winner with the correct answer is Gary Faules,
but he will be awarded half of the dinner for
two certificate as neither him nor the rest of
the correct answers mentioned that the General
had a medical condition that he used to heal by
showering with water straight from the well.
This is the reason why there is a stairway down
to the whole and a sitting area down there.
We have been
working on a new project to develop the Spa,
great things are about to get going. We will
keep you post it.
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Note to all
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
Contest of the
More and more bird watchers are visiting us each
year. These are not the stereotypical people
with binoculars around their necks, but more
often are entire families with spotting scopes,
long-lens cameras and a passion for
conservation. In honor of our Bird Watchers of
Southern Baja, our question deals with this
How many species and varieties of birds are
commonly seen within three of four miles of the
The person coming closest to the actual number
dinner certificate for two.
The closest guess and the
first to the actual correct answer will be the
Adventure or Inspiration Story
might remember from our past newsletter, on May
15, NOM-029, the infamous shark norma – a
hotly debated work in progress for the past
decade – became law. We didn’t know what to
expect from commercial fishermen – whether there
would be a war on the high seas over fish
by-catch – or if the legislature would take
emergency action. We are happy to report that
the sport fishing industry, conservationists,
legislators and concerned members of the hotel
and tourist industry, says that there have been
no problems and “things are working out for the
best.” There are some actions being taken to
modify this law to safeguard our resources.
We will continue to keep our eye on
the situation and report on it periodically.
But it’s good to tell you that at the end of May
there had been no incidents and our sport
fishing is in great shape.
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 Calderon.
NEW ENGLANDERS LAND 167 POUND SWORDFISH
Preble and Michael Reeve, a couple of saltwater
fly-rodders from New Hampshire, visited Buena
Vista Beach Resort, the last thing they were
thinking about was a nearly 7-hour fight with a
large swordfish. But that’s just what they got.
On May 22, fishing with Capt. Ramon Tamayo and
mate Teodoro Araiza (Jesus Araiza’s grandson)
aboard the cruiser Tres Hermanos, the guests
were looking for striped marlin, dorado, tuna,
and other flyrod-friendly fish. That’s when
Capt. Ramon spotted the swordfish slowly finning
on the surface of the calm Sea of Cortez.
With discretion being the better part of valor,
they stowed their flyrods and “baited” the
swordy on conventional gear.
The basking behemoth took the bait and the game
of tug-o-war was on!
The fish was hooked at 12:23 and finally gaffed
and brought over the boat’s gunwale at 7:14
p.m. It weighed 167 pounds.
Preble, from Hampstead and Reeve, from Exeter,
New Hampshire shared the chore of fighting the
fish on striped marlin-size rod and 40-pound
test line, so there was no world record
possibility; but what a story of aching backs,
pulled muscles and dogged determination by two
“This was the third swordfish hooked and landed
at the hotel in 2007,” said Buena Beach Resort
sales and marketing director Axel Valdez.
“Sometimes we get one sword, some years two or
three and sometimes we don’t get any. But this
is definitely the earliest in the summer season
we have landed three. Who knows . . . maybe
there are three more out there?”
For Reeve, a retiree,
and Preble, a software engineer, this was their
first trip to Mexico, although they had fished
all over the U.S. and as far as Costa Rica for
sailfish on a flyrod previously. “I can’t give
enough credit to Ramon and Teodoro. A number of
times the mate held the rod straight down to
avoid the prop . . . and Capt. Ramon eventually
lashed a boat hook to the gaff to make it long
enough to get beneath the fish,” he said.
Hampshire anglers Bob
Preble (left) and Michael Reeve fought a
167-pound swordfish for nearly 7 hours on May 22
fishing at Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort in
The billfish was brought near the boat, but
rested some 4-feet below the surface and
couldn’t be budged on the relatively light
gear. “It was just too deep to gaff and too
strong for us to get any closer. The fish was
definitely in control,” said Reeve.
In a show of gratitude, the anglers gave half
the fish to the captain and mate, about
one-fourth to the hotel and shipped one-fourth
home on ice.
Prior to their swordfish experience the duo had
taken roosterfish, yellowfin tuna and other
species on a fly.
“The swordfish was,” said Reeve, “an
EL NAVEGANTE’S SCRUMPTIOUS VANILLA FLAN
Easy, delicious and always a favorite!
2 cups sugar
¼ cup white vinegar.
In a medium saucepan, mix sugar and vinegar. Heat
on low to medium heat until the sugar has
caramelized and is a nut brown color. Pour mixture
into a flan mold. If you don’t have one, a
nine-inch round, two-inch deep cake pan works
well. Let the syrup set up in refrigerator while
making the flan.
1 cup whole milk
1 can sweetened, condensed milk
1 tbsp vanilla
Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend.
Pour mixture into the mold or cake pan. Set this
mold inside a larger mold (a ten-inch round cake
pan works) filled a quarter of the way up with
water. Bake for one hour at 325 degrees, Remove
from oven and refrigerate for four hours. To
serve, loosen edges with a knife and invert onto a
platter. Cut flan into eight wedges.
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!
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