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Fishing has been outstanding but first let’s set the record straight. You’ve probably read that the Mexican government is no longer issuing paper fishing licenses and basically that’s true. You can’t buy them anywhere in all of Mexico. But you can buy them here at Buenavista Beach Resort. So if you don’t want to go online and using your credit card or try to figure it out – not to worry! We’ll do it for you here; we get them online from a different system so you can pay cash. Just go to the desk in the restaurant bar between 6 – 8 p.m. and we’ll hook you up! Now – on to the fishing.
As June rolled around and waters continued to warm, schools of billfish started showing up. Actually, they are still here and it’s been the best fishing for them many can ever remember!
The Dottie B II with Vicente at the helm for the Helget family released 11 billfish in one day. They had so many releases they ran out of flags! Striped marlin and sailfish were everywhere but so was the bait. As a result more fish were seen than hooked up with but the show they were putting on was amazing.
But that’s not to say they were all that was around; some folks wanted something to eat and take home.Like our buddy Dave here who spent time on the Mosca with Victor Jr. Heading down to the Lighthouse for some trolling action he landed a billfish, a small dorado, his first cubera snapper weighing 65 pounds, his first ever wahoo in the 55- to 60-pound range and a jack crevalle. And that was just one day of fishing! This summer there has been just as much action close in as there has been offshore.To read more about this story go to our fish reports
By the middle of the July, fish were spread out in every direction; close in and offshore, there were fish everywhere. The waters were in the low 80s but big schools of bait meant not everyone was able to get hooked up. Longtime guest Dave Copeland said they released a couple of striped marlin one day but had a chance at 10 or more. By the middle of their trip Dave and pals Jeff Smith and son Kale were into quadriplegic, triple and double hook ups; releasing 3 marlin and 1 sail although he said they had a chance at 20 more that day. One week’s tally included 71 stripers caught and all but 4 released, 41 sailfish were caught and released, 46 dorado came onboard as did 4 nice pargo, 3 wahoo and 16 roosters were released.
We had the pleasure of hosting the Lt. Governor of Colorado, Joseph Garcia and his wife on their first trip to Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort. On this mini-vacation he and his wife managed 2 marlin releases, a nice wahoo and dorado.
This was also about the time when the roosters started increasing in size. Another longtime guest (20 years) Joe Lumpsden returned, this time brining with him Wyatt, his 10-year-old son for the first time. Judging by their fish counts you can bet it won’t be his last!
The younger Lumpsden said Day 1 they had 1 marlin and also released 4 roosters in the 60- to 70-pound range on the Careleste. Day 2 & 3 found them on the Tres Hermanos, releasing 1 marlin and 1 sailfish while boating a 56-pound dorado for dad and a smaller version for Wyatt’s first ever. Day 4 is undoubtedly the one that will stand out in Wyatt’s mind though since he released his first marlin and boated a nice 47-pound dodo while fishing with Felipe and Reggie on the Yanet. Also onboard to witness the occasion were Ron Viodes and Luis Diaz. Just imagine the “back to school” stories he’ll have!
The “catching” was so good at this point that it’s impossible to share each of our guests stories. So we’ll continue with an example from just one day of a 3-day event that included novice as well as seasoned pros for the longtime group Wall2Wall from Utah. While the photos say a lot, there was also still a story to tell.
First off - there were the football tuna. There were about 75 brought in by all the teams that day. But they were not all little guys and many said they were fishing among 100-plus-pound tuna jumping everywhere.
There were only about 15 marlin released since most wanted tuna and bull dorado. Occasionally one or two did not survive – which was too bad since it was a “release only” event and the guys were really trying. We use Mustad circle hooks exclusively for our bait set-ups which have really increased our release numbers. But when the occasional fish doesn’t survive we at least try to honor it with a photo and share it within the community.
There was one particular fish that did get away. After releasing a 120-pound marlin on the Careleste, anglers Dean Miller, Derek and Brian Cooper got into a big fish. Four hours and not nearly finished fighting; they lost the estimated 150- to 200-pound tuna when it broke the rod in half! Yes-they were a little disappointed after all three had put so much time into it but they still had a great time. And as you can imagine, with all of the great fish the rest of the crews brought in that day – tuna and sashimi were enjoyed by all that night.
If there are still any naysayers left out there that this has been a GREAT fishing season; these photos pretty much say it all … there were a ton of marlin released and nothing but big bulls hung up for photos.
It’s nice to see so many folks here creating memories and bonding with their families. It really is safe down here no matter what the media says! On the 4th of July first-time guests Bob and Mary Jo South from Clear Lake City, TX fished with daughter Sam and son Tyler for two days. Releasing 4 marlin on their first day, they had double hook ups the second. Dad had the pleasure of a double hook up with both his son and daughter and then Tyler bested them all with this big bull weighing 56 pounds!
The first week of July also saw the return of big roosterfish off our beach. The first one got away when the handlined hook tossed to it ran out of line and off he swam. The warming waters of July were also starting to bring the pelagics back, including the big boys.
Hitting our summer stride, there were days when the waters were more stirred up due to two hurricane threats off Cabo but the fishing is usually very good the day before and after the changing conditions. The waters cooled back down just a bit but as the temperatures started to return so did the fish, including a few “firsts” for the season.
Mid July saw the striped marlin still around in what is turning out to be one of the best seasons for them anyone can remember. Our boats continued their hunt for porpoise in the hopes of finding some tuna and where successful, boating 161 including a 70 and 72 pounder in the mix. There were also pargo, amberjack, a roosterfish for our beach, a few released sharks and 1 swordfish!
With the waters warming up both inside and offshore the bait was returning and so were the roosterfish. Here’s Felipe Valdez from the resort hoisting up one of his guest’s first ever!
Our guests continued to enjoy the marlin bite as well as tons of tuna including fish weighing up to 72 pounds. Like Gary Hernandez and son from Los Vegas with their 70 and 72 pounders caught amongst the footballs. They were dropping off the rest of the family so they could go back out and find a marlin to release while sashimi was being prepared for their “Happy Hour”.
And then there was this one. Visiting us from the main land, Dr. Jaime Blizzard and his son Rey Garza stayed came to us to do some serious fishing and boy did they ever. Here’s dad with Capt. Alejandro Castro of the Eclipse and his 139.6-pound tuna. Capt. Alejandro has been having quiet the season! Wait till you hear what else he did.
Closing out the month, Buenavista Beach Resort once again proudly hosted this event which ended on a very high note, to say the least. This year there were 214 billfish released, 36 dorado boated and 12 big tuna brought to the scales. The 5-day event with 70 teams was truly one to remember for longtime guest Grant James and guests Chris Connelly and Rodney A. Normand because they WON the tournament and some bucks as well! And they did so, with the help of Capt. Alejandro Castro of the Eclipse and crew.
We are very proud of them all! Read the whole story here or visit us on our Fishing Reports page on Wordpress at Eastcapeangler.
Posing at the weigh-in are the Eclipse’s deckhands Jesus Cosio and Valentine Castro seated below, Felipe Valdez, second to the left, Hayseeds Team Captain Grant James flanked by the 337-pound winning blue marlin while Chris Connelly stands behind the winning angler, guest Rodney A. Normand holding his rod next to Axel Valdez and Captain Alejandro Cota who fill out the photo on the right.
June is traditionally a month of weddings and other celebrations here at Buenavista Beach Resort. Newlyweds Paulina and Alonso Madrigal and 170 of their closest friends joined us to celebrate their union on our beautiful white sandy beach.
With bonfires on the beach, a band and dance floor under the stars, weddings on the beach are very romantic and also very popular here. There were also those who chose to renew their vows here, like Roberto and Ruth Huezo choosing a more intimate affair.
And then there were our dear friends, Cristina and Terry Meisse, celebrating their love and her birthday. We thought this setting was so special that we’ve used it at the top of this newsletter. These private dinners on the beach are also becoming more popular! Looking to propose to that special someone? Why not make it a truly special event and surprise her during a romantic dinner on the beach! Need a Valentine’s Day idea? Here you go!
It wasn’t just about romance though. It was also about family and good friends. Poised to be the next “Off-road Capital of Baja Sur,” the Los Barriles Desert Challenge (a 25 k. circuit race) was a hit with over 100 cars showing up in town to race from the arroyos up to the mountains and back down to the beach. Some of the off-road dude and dudettes stayed with us, enjoying a quiet evening in the hot tub and a good night sleep at the end of a dusty day.
Meet our new chef Elmo. Chef Elmo comes to us from Ensenada but his passion for food sent him to Napa, CA where he graduated from the Napa Valley College Culinary Program.
Chef Elmo brings to us a fresh look at how meals taste and are presented; creating dishes based on what's fresh from the area. His kitchen is focused on creating as many dishes from scratch as possible. From his home-cured bacon to his freshly made pastas and breads - we think you are going to enjoy his style.
Also new for the month of June were our new shade structures in the gardens and on the terraces. In addition, we’ve added one more flat screen TV, this one’s at the swim-up bar. Providing your favorite tunes during the day – now you don’t even have to get out of the pool to watch the play-offs!
We had the Wall2Wall group back from Utah. This was their 12th year with us. When good friends return, bringing new guests with them it’s always such a delight to watch the smiles their faces as they enjoy the Buenavista Beach Resort’s hospitality and property.
Annually we also host a party for some 8th graders from Cabo San Lucas graduating into high school. With volleyball, bonfires, dips in the Sea of Cortez, ping-pong, shuffleboard, horseshoes and the swimming pool – there was always something for these young adults to do.
For the past few years Buenavista Beach Resort has been hosting a good ol’ fashioned 4th of July celebration. This new annual tradition started for many, with a day on the water and then a dip in the pool, of course! Late in the afternoon it was time for the ever growing horseshoe competitions.
With no entry fee - at stake was a free half-day panga trip. And offering “Happy Hour” prices to all participants didn’t hurt either! Bob and Mary Gollhardt won the event and great prizes last year and next year and will be the ones to beat when they return with their family! Regardless, first-time players, youngsters, grandparents and seasoned pros all had a great time at this family event. Afterwards our guests were treated to an all-you can-eat buffet of freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on Elmo’s home-made buns, fresh vegetables and salads and “4th of July” desserts.
While confirming their trip for next year and claiming their panga prize Mary had this to say on our Testimonial Page. “Everyone had an absolutely fantastic time. Something to interest everyone . . .To read the rest of their testimonial visit our testimonials page.
The rest of the month was focused on fishing tournaments. Information on those events is of course on the other side. With outstanding fishing here this year, we’ve been kept pretty busy!
Who’s that kid?
Ralph and Barbara Ramirez, two of our earliest guests at Buenavista Beach Resort sent in this old photo for the memorabilia section we are creating. That’s them on the right back in the day. If you think you know who the kid is; send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first one to correctly identify him wins a dinner for two at Buenavista Beach Resort-good through the end of the year.
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In our next Newsletter we’ll be talking about the August bite and moving into the fall bite. This is a particularly poplar time for anglers to come and get in on the action – especially with the great airfares out there! In fact, if you are looking for something to do this Labor Day Weekend we invite you to join us and support the 2nd annual International Sportfishing “Cabo del Este or East Cape” Tournament. This fun event organized by the club generates funds that go to a great cause; the Club’s annual Children’s Tournament held each April. Check out both events here.
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