Don’t let the flags fool you!

We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s a reason they call it fishing and not catching” and this past week was an example of that. But we didn’t have a lot of boats fishing this past week out of Buenavista Beach Resort. Usually we don’t have a lot of guests here the week before the Bisbee Offshore Tournament. If folks are planning to stay with us around this time they usually wait and come while the Bisbee is going on. Even if you don’t fish it, it’s great fun to watch and there’s lots going on. And everyone staying with us on their Awards Night is included in the dinner on the beach – what fun!


Alex on the Eclipse and his mechanic are making sure everything is “ship shape” for the tournament next week.

getting ready

The nicest bull of the week (and his largest dorado to date) was caught by long time guest Conrad Bahre.

Conrad Bahre

For the most part anglers fished close in for dorado, tuna and marlin. A few took the gamble and went way offshore (30 to 40 miles) but only a few of the large species were found.

Fishing on the boat Scorpion with buddy Matthew Clifton, Felipe Valdez, Proprietor of Buenavista Beach Resort were two of the few who found a nicer grade tuna this past week. This one was estimated at 100 pounds.


With fewer boats fishing that far out, there were even fewer reports. All of that will change next week though, when almost everyone will be out there looking for the biggest fish they can find for the tournament. We also had a few bottomfishing for some delicious tasting pargo. So all-in-all, there was some fishing, as well as some catching – just not as many reports.

Don’t be fooled by the flags. The dorado limit is two per person – but you can catch and release as many as you want like Vicente’s clients did!


Tip of the week: If you buy your fishing license online before you arrive at Buenavista Beach Resort, the monies generated stay in the northern region. If you wait and let us get it for you, the money stays in Baja Sur and in part goes to enforcement down here.

Time to hit the gym!

This past week at Buenavista Beach Resort things really started to turn around, with more sardines and more tuna. By mid week word had gotten out about the little bay where both the sardines and tuna were starting to school up and about 50 yachts, charters and pangas showed up from as far away as Cabo.

Andrew’s triggerfish may not have been the biggest fish of the day but it was the tastiest for ceviche. Never ever toss a triggerfish back if you like ceviche!

tigger happy

Fishing for four days on the Yanet with Felipe, Bill Bennett and buddy Lou Dieters from Santa Charita fished offshore one day but spent the rest of their time closer in with the pack.

tuna were getting bigger

The first day inshore they got into the tuna ranging from 30 to 35 pounds. The second day they were even larger.

and bigger

By this time everyone was really starting to get excited. With the tuna now obviously starting to school up and boil and at least a limited amount of bait available, everyone hit the sack early that night. Anticipating another stellar day, anglers launched as quickly as they could to get started on what promised to be another epic day. Instead, shortly after launching the skies darkened and within five minutes, the thunder, lightening, wind and rains started.

So what started out to be another great day on the water for Buenavista Beach Resort guests ended abruptly, in a mad dash back to the dock in some very scary seas. We are all so used to the modern access we have to weather condition reports, that when one sneaks up on us it really surprises us. The rest of the week slowed as churned up waters, fish and conditions recovered.

But there was still a happy ending for Bennett and Dieters though, as they had sent some of their fish to The Smokehouse, feasted like kings while they were here and vacuum packed a total of almost 200 pounds of fillets. Their final count for four days was marlin, sailfish, 3 roosters, 15 yellowtail, cabrilla, and 13 tuna.

end result

One of the keys to their success was using light tackle and 30-pound-test line due to all of the fishing pressure. Here’s a tip folks – if you are headed down here this summer for some big game fishing.

Hit the gym before you come.

All or nothing kind of week

Last Friday Felipe, on the Yanet, found a nice bunch of little football tuna for our guests here at Buenavista Beach Resort. But this past week we had more weird weather and water and it turned out to be one of those weeks where anglers either got into fish or got skunked. And while it is frustrating, we are blessed to have guests that understand “that’s fishing” and conditions change from week to week.

The Bender family were one of those that did find the fish and quiet a nice variety of them, too.

Bender familyFrom left to right are Deckhand Fabricio, Diana, Xander, Bryanna, George and Carlos (Capt. of the Dusty B).

 The sailfish was gut hooked and the marlin, tail wrapped or they’d still be in the water. All of the fish, including the yummy wahoo went straight to the vacuum packer. Six-year-old Bryanna caught a 60-pound striper, older brother Zander a 150-pound sailfish. They had a total of eight of them including Mom’s 200 pounder.

Young Antonioni fished with his family on a panga one day and out did them all, catching the largest pargo.

AntinioAnd then there was Nate Reyes from Folsom, who has been coming down to Buenavista Beach Resort for four years now. This year he gets to cross dorado off his bucket list. He got it fishing on the Careleste with Carlos.

Nate Reyes 35All-in-all it wasn’t a bad week, for those that didn’t get skunked, but then that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. We had 16 marlin, 15 sailfish, 9 tuna, 24 dorado,, 35 tasty triggerfish, 2 pargo, released 3 roosterfish and even had a shark, wahoo and a spearfish.

Buenavista Beach Resort Grand Slam!


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Lighting them up!

This past week here at Buenavista Beach Resort our guests caught a total of 10 different species. Not bad considering the fact that we had two different systems down below us sending us some chop, and then later on in the week some afternoon thunderstorms.

Dorado and striped marlin fought it out for top spot again this past week; each tallied 31 fish. For the marlin, the largest was about 180 pounds, while the largest dorado was about 35 pounds. Fishing in the same areas as in previous weeks (down south) overall it averaged out to being another solid week.

Bill Summers and his wife had a great day, releasing a nice roosterfish weighing about 50 pounds.

Summers 50

Bill’s wife caught the largest dorado, weighing about 35 pounds.

Bill summers wige

And you’ll never guess what they had for dinner that night!

Summers 35

And then today (Friday) Trent Stiefvater from Chico, CA brought this nice bull in.

photo (11)But this is my favorite photo, it too was from today and is a photo of 4-year-old Tomas with his first dorado.


We also had 5 blue marlin up to 300 pounds, 18 sailfish, 16 football sized tuna, 1 shark, 3 pompano, 3 amberjack to 45 pounds and 2 pargo. Now it’s time for Buenavista Beach Resort’s annual 4th of July horseshoe tournament – hope you have a great weekend, too! Happy Birthday America!

East Cape Ecstasy


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Props to our anglers and fish!!

It was another week filled with lots of released marlin, sailfish, roosterfish and even a few small dorado. Kudos to our conservation minded anglers! With 37 marlin caught in just four days, imagine what an impact it would have on the fisheries if they were all kept.


release flags  There were fish caught by kids, like this nice pompano and even some nice triggers for ceviche from our dock.

A few folks even had shots at roosters from our dock.

pompano from the dockThere were lots of big boats out there, too, as Esaul Valdez played host to some of his friends from the main land.

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Dan Hernandez of Sportfishing is here fishing and filming for his TV show. Today he said they released two marlin and had a chance at four others.

Dan hdz

Mind you, not all marlin live to fight another day. This blue fought its way to the back of the boat, only to run into the prop. And that was the end of him. Tonight at dinner, our guests will be treated to a rare menu, one filled with good marlin entrees.


Where are all the fish?

This past week the marlin traded places with what was the number one species the week before – dorado. Last week Buenavista Beach Resort had 18 striped marlin and 74 dorado. This week we had 69 marlin and only 47 dorado. With good fishing close in, once again, most anglers fished just south of the Lighthouse.

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And finished the day trolling for roosterfish in front of Buenavista Beach Resort.


Spa neighbor Jeff Lynn and family fished with us a few days and shared some of their photos; like this one of daughter Jordan, with her first dorado.


And here’s a few of Jeff’s fish.

Everyone got a little something. His father-in-law released a marlin, and his wife Sylvia took a nice pargo.

By the end of the Buenavista Beach Resort report period, football-sized tuna were added, with the “Pizza My Heart” group enjoying afternoon sashimi at the pool bar. From left to right, Jeff, Geoff, Steve, Chuy and Beau stand by their daily prizes.


So as you can see, we had a nice sampling of species, and “Where are all the fish” is – close in. Our count this past week was 69 marlin, 47 dorado, 10 tuna, 8 roosterfish, and a amberjack, jack, skipjack and pargo. The Dottie B was the top marlin boat, with 17 releases but the Tres Hermanos was close behind with 14 for the week.


Kiss them and set them free!

Katie and Chris Britton

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Thinking outside of the box


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