April is always a time of sadness at the hotel
and resort because all our Norte Americano
friends are paying their taxes by the 15th.
April must truly be a terrible time north of the
border because all our visitors have tears in
their eyes. But one look at the Sea of Cortez
in our front yard, the cactus flowers blooming,
our tropical landscape in renewal, a couple of
Margaritas, the leap of a marlin and suddenly
tears and frowns turn to smiles and all is well
in the world again.
The month of April begins with the sun in the
Aries and ends in the sign of
Taurus except in East Cape where it
ends with the sign of Corona. Appropriately,
the sun begins in the constellation of Pisces
(the fish) and ends in Aries, since most people
fly down to Mexico. The literal translation is
“April is the month to fly through the air down
to Los Cabos and go fishing.” As you can tell,
whoever made up all those signs of the Zodiac
was thinking of us. You should also know that
April starts on the same day of the week as
July in all years . . . something you
might need to know if you ever go on
Jeopardy. Otherwise, it has no value.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves since this
is just the April Newsletter, but in reality it
is being written at the end of May. If you are
confused, so are we.
We introduced Baja Magic, a 2-for-1 program
to thank our longtime return guests and friends
by allowing you to buy $1,000 in credit at the
hotel for just $500. You should have
received notification and the rules – but in
case you missed them (or they missed you) you
can find the complete Baja Magic information, by
visiting our website or just click
Remember that this is a limited time offer
and when our quota is filled it will end
immediately. So, do not delay purchasing your
$1,000 credit memos for $500. When it’s over,
it’s, well, you know.
April was Fiesta de
Pesca month, 23 days of fishing, prizes,
competition, good fun, good spirits and many
fish. Prizes are awarded for dorado, tuna,
wahoo, yellowtail, pargo and snapper with all
the hotels in the area participating. Ten of
the winners were guests at Buena Vista Beach
Resort with prizes of fishing tackle, T-shirts,
line, rods, reels and everything under the sun.
The event is sponsored by Western Outdoor News.
Biggest fish was a 50.5-pound dorado, which is a
lot of mahi-mahi in anyone’s book.
If you have never
participated in the Fiesta de Pesca, put it on
your calendar for next April.
Groups and Gatherings
brought a group of family and friends from the
world famous San Carlo Italian Deli in
Chatsworth, Calif., for five days. They fished
aboard the Eclipse and Liliana and
had such a good time they’re planning on being
back in Oct. or Nov. . . .Gary Schoelen
and his motorcycle group of 17 including couples
made the trek from California for some fishing,
time at the swim-up bar and relaxation.
Unfortunately, one of the group members met a
cow on the trip down. While it wasn’t a serious
accident, it did require a lot of time dealing
with insurance paperwork. And you know what fun
that can be! Longtime visitor Ed Howard
brought a group of five from the West Coast.
They fished aboard the Nueva Era and 3
Hermanos and were credited with releasing a
number of striped marlin.
We enjoyed seeing Reese
Allen from Plymouth, Calif., up in the Gold
Country of the historic part of the state.
Reese, his wife and daughter enjoyed a great
trip. This was Reese's warm up trip, as he get
ready to host their annual BAFT Fishing
Tournament in September, a fund-raiser for the
kids in the orphanage. We were very happy to
have met his family . . . . Rafael
Santos, from Monterey in the State of Nuevo
Leon, Mex. With a group of 12 on a working
vacation. They fished a couple of days aboard
the Eclipse, Liliana and
Careleste, braving a north wind. Even with
the discomfort of the wind they nailed some
marlin. The Santos group played golf one day at
San Jose’s newest course that just opened,
Campestre. They did very well hitting that
white ball and then trying to find it; and one
of the guys was reported to have been right at
Matt Krause and Jeremiah Van Etten
from Sacramento, Calif., tried the adventure of
night fishing with Juan and Gabriel
aboard the Alegria. They caught four
snappers and 12 triggerfish abut seven miles
south in La Rivera area. If you’ve never tried
the adventure of Night Fishing, give it a try on
your next visit. This trip is only on a request
basis, and it can only be booked at the activity
desk. No weekends – week days only, please.
Lots of old friends – and some new ones, too
– had to shake those income tax blues and headed
our way for a few days of fun and sun.
Among those return guests
were Mary and Buzz Fedorka from
Telluride, Colo. The Fedorkas actually stayed
at a nearby private home, but made the hotel
their home-away-from-home for dinner. They’re
20+ year returnees . . . Diana Somerville
from up the coast in Vancouver, Beautiful
British Columbia . . . Togo Hazard made
his second visit of the year accompanied by his
good amigo Dr. Majure O. L’Amar from San
Diego, but he kept the best day for himself as
he caught 10 marlin and one sail on the
last day. We welcomed Robert and
Sandra Lustig, all the way from the Mile
High City of Denver. The Lustigs rescheduled
their planned February visit which was postponed
due to a health problem . . . we were certainly
happy to see Sr. Roberto out fishing with
Capt. Juan aboard the good ship Alegria.
Others were Capt.
Ken Toy, Woody Creek, Colo., a return
guest from 2006, who had a great day aboard the
3 Hermanos and the Dottie B II.
After talking to Capt. Toy, he remembered this
trip as the best he had ever had down in Baja
with double digits marlin throughout his stay.
. . . John Morgan from Farmington,
New Mexico up in the famous Four Corners area .
. . Art Olson, who fished aboard the
Dottie B II and the Dusty B II. His
party stayed at one of the new Palmas Condos,
but always likes to fish with Capt. Vicente
. . . Chris Johansson, from San Bruno,
Calif., was here for a week checking on their
home building project now under construction at
nearby Agua de La Costa; we expect Chris to
become an Amigos de Spa member
very soon . . . Jim Maturo, visiting from
Hampton, Conn., celebrated his 65th
birthday with two friends in style with three
sailfish, some dorado and 5 or 6 roosters. We
offer our congratulations, happy birthday and
many more Big Fish to your credit!
Once again, if we missed anyone our sincere
apologies. We’ll do better on your next visit.
Thanks to all of you from the Valdez
Did You Know?
tidbits of Hotel Buena Vista's History,
Surroundings, and things of interest.
Did you know?
In our last newsletter, we asked,
what ‘family’ or species of fish is the
yellowtail and what are its closest relatives?”
prompted the most answers we have ever
received from one of our trivia questions. It is
very nice to know that we have so many friends
reading our newsletter. For those who answered,
but didn’t win, we thank you and hope you keep
trying. We had a friend that even phoned us, but
the winner had already sent in his correct
congratulations to our good friend and past
winner Mr. Andy Marcum, who answered
correctly and also let us know of his three 200+
tuna caught on a recent long range trip. That,
my friend, is a lot of work and Mucho Tuna!
Congratulations from all of us!
The yellowtail is a jack – not a tuna as
many people think – and is closely related to
the amberjack. It’s also a relative, but more
distant, to both the jack crevalle and
roosterfish. In Australia and New Zealand, the
term kingfish is used for these fish. Yellowtail
range from Southern California right past our
front door in Baja all the way south to Chile;
and on the other side of the Pacific, from New
Zealand north to Japan.
The winner of a free day’s fishing on a 23-foot
Super Panga with the first correct answer is
from Vancouver, Wash.
In case you wondered, our winner is selected by
the time and date stamped on your return
e-mail. First one in wins! Incidentally, Mr.
Thayer is an attorney and we promised him there
would be no “lawyer jokes.” But have you heard
the one about . . . no, we better not.
Note to the winner:
Please remember to bring a copy of this
newsletter on your next visit so that we can
credit you with the prize.
Contest of the
QUESTION OF THIS
Let’s stay in the fish identification mode for
this month’s question. One of our favorite fish
to eat is the pargo or Mexican barred pargo. If
you bring one in to Chef Andrei you will
be delighted with the results of his
extraordinary culinary skills. Our question is
this: In what family of fishes will you find
The winner will receive the same prize as last
month’s – a free day’s fishing aboard one of our
23-foot Super Pangas. First person in with the
correct answer wins! Good luck.
Email your answer to:
Click Here for 2007 Total Fish Count
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Fish, Adventure or
Our very good friend Marlin
(yes, Marlin is his real first name) Gohn,
who is in the dental equipment and tool
industry, hosted a dozen dentists in our
Convention Center for a combined educational
seminar and fun vacation. They fished in the
morning, then attended workshops and educational
clinics in the afternoon. The guest dentists
took a bite out of our fish population aboard
the 3 Hermanos, Dusty B II and
personally had a couple of
fishing days that will be long remembered with
nine striped marlin, numerous dorado,
triggerfish and snapper. It was almost
continuous action with lots of tugs, bent rods,
howling reels, plenty of laughs and good times
out in the Sea of Cortez.
One of the evenings at the
Convention Center after their dental education
seminar and in a more private setting, Chef
Andrei prepared a special dinner highlighted
by fresh-caught dorado done a couple of
different ways including a fresh orange sauce
and a Mexican barbecue sauce. Whoooeeee!
This is a letter from our friend
are just a couple of photos from our trip; and
what a trip it was! In two days of fishing we
caught 17 marlin, 9 sailfish, 2 roosterfish, 9
skipjack and 7 dorado.
This was our first time putting on a seminar
like this, and let me tell you that everyone
involved went far above any expectations that I
had. The way that the whole trip was planned and
how Buena Vista took care of us was beyond
words. The conference room was perfect and the
food and service was as great as ever. So, from
all of us who were there, a big Thank You.
- Signed / Marlin Gohn, Dublin, Calif.
Error on last Newsletter
We know it’s hard to believe, but we made an
error in our last newsletter regarding the dates
for the Penn Fishing University. The correct
dates are July 24-28. Everyone regrets
this error except for the fish.
This event will target
striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado
and more! With incredible prizes furnished by
Penn, Rapala, Albakore, Owner Hooks, Berkeley,
Flambeau and other manufacturers.
The Month of July is
Kids’ Summer Special, with all children
ages 12 and under FREE. School will be
out and this is a great time for guests to get
their young kids interested in fishing the Sea
of Cortez. Free is, well, free and you can’t
Special Deals and
You Won't Want to Miss!
July 24th- 28th
Fish for marlin, roosterfish, tuna, dorado and
Nightly seminars and instruction by Steve
Carson, director of the Penn Fishing University
series. Lots of prizes and fun! Sponsored
by:Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley, Flambeau,
July 29th -August 2nd
CAPE FISHING TOURNAMENT
Be a part of Hotel Buena Vista’s Team in the
$300,000 cash prices in the East Cape Bisbee’s
6th Annual Tournament. Call for details.
August 7th- 11th
15th Annual Sportfishing with
Join Dan Hernandez and his TV crew on their 14th
annual East Cape trip. Sponsors prizes and a
chance to be part of his famous TV show. Sign
up early and get great upgrades.
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