It seems like about
two hours ago we were all saying whoopee, or its
Spanish equivalent, as we rung in the New Year.
Yes, it was 2008! What happened? January
turned into June before our very eyes. When we
all so much younger, a year lasted, well, an
entire year. Now, a year is over before we get
used to the new picture on the calendar. When
you’re 10 years old a year is a 10th of your
life. But now a year is a 40th, 50th,
60th or less.
And so January,
2008 morphed into June before the ink was dry.
The Super Bowl and the NCAA Basketball
Tournament and the NBA playoffs are but a
distant memory. Who won those, anyway?
In Baja, where
things move a click slower than the rest of the
world, our hotel-resort greeted guests old and
new. We hosted groups, reunions and people
looking for a big fish. The weather was a
little cooler than normal – that was good. Bait
and chum was a little harder to find – that was
bad. Roosterfish slammed right into the beach,
giving our pangas a great shot at pez gallo.
marked the middle of the year before we were
quite ready for it. But that’s the way things
are these days. It’s called life. Enjoy it.
From June 20-22 we
host the Barefoot Studio’s international Hatha
Yoga training event that featured everything
from the history to elements, techniques,
practice and meditation presented by the
internationally acclaimed Matthew and
Holly Krepps. Participants included
Josefina Alvarez, Sergio Sanchez, Jannice Kinne,
Adriana Mondragon and Adaiza Mungia.
It was organized by Karena Ferragut, and
from all reports it was one of the best.
One of the more
inspiring events at the hotel was the Elementary
School Graduation from Instituto McGregor. The
6th graders, along their families,
spent a weekend away from San Jose and Cabo San
Lucas, celebrating their ending of elementary
school and getting ready for their next step the
Middle School. A special and VIP guest was
John Maffucci, Axel’s High School
Senior Advisor from San Diego.
We have the ability
to host big groups, small groups and everything
in the middle, and we proved that once again in
June. Among our Guest Groups were –
and 31 fishermen from Salt Lake City from
Wall-2-Wall Flooring. They fished for two days
aboard the Dottie BII, Dusty BIII, Dusty BII,
Alegria, Careleste, Eclipse, Liliana, Vagabundo,
Yanet and Nueva Era.
San Jose California, was joined by 24 of his
friends and colleagues for a weekend enjoying
whatever interested them. It was mostly
fishing, but some of them went diving, golfing
and partying in Cabo. Group members included
Steve Barizon, Frank Hannig,
Tom Flanders, Kanwar
Batra, John Carl, Mike Flowers, Bruce Decock,
John Gardner, Brett Eller, Brian Lane, Tom
Evans, David Evans, Rick Harrington, Josh
Thomas, Elliot Mark, Anthony Hill, Walt Thinfin,
Jamshid Lal, Supreet Machanda, Andrew Webb, Ron
Sha, Tony Young, Charles Koh, Mike Pickett,
and Jeff Richards and our friend Dean.
All of them are part of the OOCIO
organization. They are a lot of fun and it is a
joy to see them back year after year. See you
accompanied by 20 good fishing buddies from Los
Mochis, Sinaloa, crossed the Sea of Cortez in
their own boats for a weekend full of action,
party and good time. In the
group were Hector Hampl, Adan Zamora, Javier
Cubedo, Justo Zaldo, Jaime Rosas, Efren
Hernandez, Jaime Peregrina, Carlos Zavala, Paul
Ruiz, Arturo Ruelas, Carlos Bloch, Santiago
Sibrian, Alejandro Ruiz, Sergio Chomina, Jonas
Lim, Sebastian Arana, Manuel Enrique Nielsen,
Marco Julio Carlon and Rene Loaiza.
rescheduled his April trip and came in June with
his boss and some of their best clients, Mr.
Takayama, Furner, Roldman, and Nicklos.
They fished aboard our 23-foot Super Panga
and caught tuna, sierra, snapper and dorado.
We enjoyed hosting
The Bryson Family from Bakersfield,
California. The group consisted of brothers
Ron and Ty Bryson and their respective
families who joined us for a mini family
reunion, together with their wives and five of
their siblings. They spent three days fishing on
two boats. There was no tournament or
competition, it was just fun.
The Jack Woody
Group consisted of Mr. Woody and his
wife, Kathy from New Mexico with. There
were joined by three other couples and three
more friends. Most of them came from New Mexico,
but some as far as Hawaii. The guys fished for
four days while the ladies enjoyed a nice walk
early in the morning, a coffee and breakfast at
the restaurant patio and the day went on. It was
a joy to host them once again.
and friends have come over to the East Cape for
a weekend of relaxation and fishing since 2001.
This year’s trip included Jeff Lahr, Mike
Smith, Larry Montano, Dennis Mc Morris and Pat
Deion from Montano Plumbing Group in Santa
Cruz California . . . Toguito Hazard and
Mike McGrath with his fiancée Sandy.
They will be fishing again for the Bisbee
Tournament . . . Larry Quierolo was
joined by his son and son-in-law . . . Returning
again from Indio, California was our friend
Don Woll, who had a pleasant fishing with
Juan Garcia aboard the Alegria and on Mosca
I with Victor Jr.
We hosted Lou
Duchene from San Diego, California and
Art Kohl from Lawrenceville, Georgia, who
fished aboard Vagabundo for a couple days, as
always having great time with Captain Jose
Cosio. Lawrenceville is the County Seat, in
case anybody ever asks.
and James Bobcock with their families had
a good time aboard Dusty BII with Jesus Cota
and Sadoc Agundez. Zachary Babcock
released two striped marlin and caught some
dorado on his first visit to Baja . . . not a
bad way to begin!
A returning guest
from 2004 was James Cargal from Ardmore,
from Anderson, South Carolina spent weekend
fishing . . . while The Mathews Family
from Gardnerville, Nevada (that’s up in great
Basque food country) caught three dorado and a
dandy tuna . . .There was Mark Templeton
and his family from Chula Vista California . . .
while Berk Cone from Klamath Falls,
Oregon was diving with Mark Raynor our
partner in Vista Sea Sport.
guests included Ron Chordigan from
Moorpark, California, who used a gift
certificate from BFA Group . . . Our friend
Victor Gonella from Petaluma, California was
here twice fishing in his own boat accompanied
by Bruce Rifkin, our neighbor . . . while
our friend Frank Murdock from Salt Lake
City was here for a couple days in June fishing
on the Dottie BII with Captain Vicente Cosio.
Susan Currie from Sausalito, California
visited us South of the Border once again.
Making their second
trip of the year was William Kramer from
Steilacoom, Washington . . . John Ryan
fromVista California was accompanied by Lisa
and Mark Mehtlan from Oceaside,
California and Julie and William
Lefever from Escondido California, had a
good time fishing and snorkeling in nearby Cabo
Pulmo Marine Park . . . Our good friends
Richard Dailey, Charlie Lewis and Donald
Jackson from Pleasanton, California had a
little unfortunate incident. On their first
night Richard fell and broke his arm, and was
not allowed to fish. Fortunately, he has done
nicely and we wish him continued recovery . . .
Steven Wiberg brought his family and some
friends Joshua Evans and Don Barry
from Waukesha, Wisconsin . . . From Sinaloa were
Octavio Borboa and his friends from Los
Mochis and Mazatlan. Also from Los Mochis were
other guests lead by Raul Antillon
including Jacobo Alvarez, Eduardo Pena,
Armando Diaz de León, Roberto Robles and
Eddie and Melissa Sunila from San
Antonio, Texas fishing aboard
3 Hermanos with
Captain Ramon Tamayo and Mate Teodoro
Araiza caught two dorado, a jack crevalle,
skipjack and two roosterfish released at an area
called Las Barrancas a couple miles north of
Cabo Pulmo. From Elkins Park, Pennsylvania,
cousins Terry and Richard Stern
had their dream trip with seven dorado and
released, two cabrilla, three red snapper, three
yellowtail and fifteen roosterfish fishing on
Mosca with Captain Juan Garcia.
Jordan Farrell, Ray Sell and Bob Farrell
from Cerritos and Corona, California fishing on
Liliana with Captain Marco Yepiz and Mate
Marcos Agundez reported 21 tuna and five
dorado caught and two jack crevalle and four
from the tiny town of Scio, Oregon caught his
first blue marlin, a 300 pounder that he fought
for almost two hours aboard the Careleste, one
of our 29-foot Phoenix boats with Captain
Carlos Agundez a very serious and technical
fisherman. Wyatt was accompanied by Vance
Briggs, Dedee, and Sam. Welcome to
David and Steve Tomlinson along their
families from Bellevue, Washington . . . Ray
Johnson from Los Osos, California up in San
Luis Obispo County fishing with his friend
“Micky” Juan Garcia on the Alegria . . .
Dennis Noble from Edmond, Oklahoma
accompanied with Lynn Marcoux from Orange
California, fishing aboard Yanet with Captain
Felipe Ruiz . . . Tony Deogracia from
Pioneer, California . . . Ken Ribardo
from Hidden Valley, California had a great time
fishing with Captain Chayo in Nueva Era.
Ken saw some fly-fishers who were here from Los
Angeles and Maryland and vowed to try it next
time . . . Mike and Patty Adams,
John and Bunnie Terry from Biggs,
California caught three dorado fishing aboard
Victoria with Captain Victor Garciglia in
front of the Los Frailes area. And, finally,
“locals” from San Jose, San Lucas and La Paz
were Suki and Walter Trevino, Sabrina
Maucuzet and Aram Garces.
We hope we didn’t
miss anyone . . . if we did, please accept our
apologies and we hope you realize that it isn’t
easy keeping track of that many people while
trying to pour margaritas.
Thanks to all of you from the Valdez Family