How to weather a storm East Cape style – Go Fish!

Buenavista Beach Resort is back online and getting caught up with our fishing reports and photos we have been collecting over the past few weeks. We didn’t have any structural damage from the hurricane so afterwards; some of our guests chose to Go Fish while they waited for news about the airlines. The fishing can be very good after the waters have been all stirred up! You can read some of their testimonials here.

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Very few folks were able to reschedule their trips for this year but we understand and look forward to seeing our guests and friends again next year. For those of you that endured all the trials and tribulations of dealing with the airlines and made it here – thank you we really appreciate the efforts you’ve made. Our community depends on the financial support provided by anglers and tourists and with very little money trickling in; many of our local families have been suffering.

So again, there was only one thing to do – Go Fish! No guests meant no work, and no work meant no money, so it was off to the El Tule and Desdiladera areas south of us to jig up some fish and baitfish for football tuna, too. One of the good things to come out this mess was that the hotter than normal waters (caused by the El Nino) were cooled down a little. So here are some photos of Felipe and staff unloading their catch over the course of a few weeks – which was shared with many happy families.

We’ve been loading up the ice chests with yellowtail, cabrilla, tuna, amberjack,


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This week we’ve moved on to add some wahoo to the catches, too! And the dorado were closer in, too. Today they were at the Lighthouse.

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The weather has been outstanding, with only one day of north winds, which was just perfect for cooling things down a bit and lowering the humidity. The economy is beginning to recover here on the East Cape, especially with the wintering crowd beginning to return. Please consider paying us a visit and spreading some good tips around, buy trinkets on the beach, and spreading some love around. You, our dear friends are all that is missing.


Tip of the week – Go Fish!



Bad Ass Fishing Guys!!!

This past week here at Buenavista Beach Resort we had bait (cabilito and the much preferred sardina) good weather, anglers and a variety of fish. But first let me do a wrap-up from our longtime friend Pat Lowery and his Bad Ass Fishing Tournament (B.A.F.T) buddies. They joined us during one of our previous storms, and proved just how “bad ass” they were. Here’s what Pat wrote to us and some of his photos.

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 “We had a really good tournament this year; the weather was good till Sunday. We started the morning heading south and caught a couple of skipjack and bonito for blue marlin bait. Soon we were in a down pour and the ocean started getting really rough. Alex (the captain on Eclipse) asked me where I wanted to go and said you are now the captain. I turned the boat away from the storm and we head north towards the island.

 As we motored ahead it started to rain really hard, so hard that the fly bridge was leaking and rain was getting half way into the cabin. We had been trolling for about an hour when the blue hit the bait. It was my turn to fish, so I grabbed the poll from the fly bridge and tried to fight the fish standing up but it was too rough. I settled into the chair (first time in the last 25 years) as I knew I was in for the fight of my life. The blue jumped and leaped out of the water so many times I lost count. The waves got bigger, rain was coming down in waves and I was completely soaked.

 But after 2 1/2 hours I was finally able to bring the monster to the boat and complete a successful release. I will never forget this fight with a 300-pound blue marlin. Keep I mine, I have caught a 450- and 487-pound blue but this fish put up a much harder fight than any other fish I have ever caught……..we both won that day!”


Anglers at Buenavista Beach Resort also got into some fish this past week. We had “stringers” and some “whoppers” too.

Coming all the way from Georgia, anglers Tom Rawlings, Pete Colbenson and Jackie Reese had good samplings every day including this nice bull dorado.

big dorado for report

And Glenn Davis got a nice ‘hoo.

Glen wahoo

While Juan “Ling Chow” Martinez and buddy Eric “Enrique” Engstrom worked on variety.

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Here’s Juan hamming it up with his ‘hoo.

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So all-in-all it was a fairly good week and even the few that got skunked or lost some big tuna due to “operator error” still had stories to tell and some nice photos.


Tip of the week … keep an eye on Mother Nature but don’t let her keep you from what you love to do – just like Pat … our Bad Ass Fishing Buddy.



The good, bad and the truth

This past week at Buenavista Beach Resort the fishing was a little up and down depending on Mother Nature. We had good bait days and bad. Good weather days and bad. And, we had good “catching” days and bad. It was also one of those weeks when one boat would score; while a boat fishing right next to it did not. Such is fishing when Mother Nature is in control.

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Even on rainy afternoons, anglers hung in there until the wind kicked them off the water. We had the Medel group here with us, who also saw mixed results but overall, they all had opportunities for fish and all got some as well!

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Last Friday was their most productive day, with the Algeria landing 9 dorado and a nice-sized triggerfish for that night’s ceviche. Careleste had a 13 dorado kind of day; Liliana released six peanut-sized dodos and kept one, along with a nice wahoo. The Eclipse had 12 dorado and the 3 Hermanos 12 dorado, while the Dottie B kept another 12 and released 30. The Don Jimmy successfully released a nice sailfish as well and that was just one day so, as you can see, it wasn’t THAT bad. But good, bad or “just so-so” here at Buenavista Beach Resort, we will never sugar-coat what is going on. There’s no point in it, tomorrow’s another day and currents change, water and air temperatures, bait locations, what a fish is interested in eating (or not) – it can all change the very next day.

got sardines

Just because you were able to get sardines for tuna didn’t ensure success, but Vicente, onboard the Dottie B managed to find some that would bite. Others found some on cedar plugs, while others found them but got skunked.

Over the next few days they mostly had dorado and a few marlin and sailfish but by Sunday the winds and water took a turn for the worse when another little system’s outer arms hovered over us for just a few hours and by noon most had come back in. In case you are wondering, Buenavista Beach Resort always has a “Plan B” and even “Plan C” for little systems that pop up this time of year. For example, if the waters begin to look unsafe, we just simply head down to the La Rivera Marina and drop folks up there, picking them up with our van. You’re comfort and safety is always our first concern.

We also had Togo Hazard’s granddaughter Gayle, husband and what would have been his first great grandson here, fishing with friends. Looks like we have another Hazard generation hooked!

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Gayle’s hubby Mike McFadden sent in these great series of sailfish photos from a trip this past week that also included full flags of football-sized tuna.


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As you can see by the dirty water, conditions weren’t always “perfect” but Mother Nature still let us have a few fish!

a little rough

Tip of the week- be sure to follow us on Facebook this week, while Axel and the Valdez brothers fish and visit with the B.A.F.T gang. I’ll be up in the states next week, so there may not be a report. But then – that’s why I have taken the time to write such a lengthy one this week.


If you follow us on Facebook or our website  you already know what an exciting time we had last week here at Buenavista Beach Resort with the Bisbee family and their 2014 East Cape Offshore Tournament. It was of course, a great success and lots of money was handed.

The format for this event includes a release division, which doesn’t have a jackpot but the prizes they earn is always a very positive way of encouraging releasing of the smaller fish. There is a 300-pound minimum for blue and black marlin and bringing in anything smaller gets points deducted for a team. That is why you never see many marlin brought to the scales. In fact, this year we only had two brought in and on the last day and one was disqualified. But the winning blue marlin this year, entered in the marlin category and all three daily jackpots, earned Team Nautahorse and angler Hector Guijarro Tomayo a record single-boat payout of $396,705 for their 323-pound fish.

Buenavista Beach Resort was proud to host this event, catering to 61 teams consisting of 411 anglers. If you’re planning a trip down around this time, why not time it for then?

Here is a great little film showing you what you missed. Click here to watch it

And here are a few photos of winning fish.

????????Every year Roberto Beltran sticks with his plan and it’s simple – just focus on tuna and usually it pays off for him. This year Team Zhao with Beltran on the rod they earned $57,100. Here is one of his winning fish – a 61.8-pound yellowfin tuna.


SONY DSCWith no dorado on  Thursday Friday’s fish was worth $57,010 including the rolled over money. Team Pocoyos out of La Paz got the job done with their 45.7-pound dorado in that game fish category.


SONY DSCFishing on the Gordo Banks for his first ever marlin angler Hector Guijarro Tomayo fished onboard the Nautahorse for the qualifying marlin – a 323-pound blue marlin that earned the team $396,705.


SONY DSCNo matter how you look at it that’s a big check. It’s also a record single-boat payout at $396,705 for the winning Marlin Division.

 Not everyone fished in the Bisbee, although some arriving guests that didn’t know it was going on really enjoyed watching it! We also had folks out fishing for fun (and food).

Kim and Kreg Coggins have been coming here for four or five years now, each time bringing new friends or family to share in their experiences. Kim said the only important thing was to make sure they too, got to come. This time they brought Oregon friends Todd and Kelly Hoodenpyl (on the right). They have all been enjoying the marlin and sailfish bite as well as tuna, dorado and triggerfish.


But now it’s back to “business as usual, with the arrival of the Medel group. They are returning to fish their own private tourney.

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The Bisbee get’s going

This past week most of Buenavista Beach Resort boats are fishing the Bisbee’s Offshore Tournament and here are yesterday’s (Wednesday) Day 1 report. Although these numbers are unofficial, they should hold.


The heaviest dorado weighed in was by Oso Loco at 39.2 pounds. Unless something changes that will earn then $12,810!


The heaviest tuna weighed was brought in by Handyman and weighed 46.6 pounds. Unless something changes that will earn also earn them $12,810! Normally we do not let anglers weigh in two fish but they had already weighed in their “official” tuna and the second fish was so close in size, they we just curious as to whether they had made the right choice or not. Turns out they were. It weighed 45.1.


Many marlin were called in but none made it to the scale. They must weigh a minimum of 300 pounds, while the minimum weight for dorado is 20 pounds and tuna is 40 pounds.

We have a few flyfishing anglers with us fishing for dorado and bringing in limits each day. They were using 3-inch sardine flies. We also had a few targeting roosterfish. Dave Homuth from Marco Island, FL caught and released this nice gallo estimated at 60 pounds.

Dave Homuth 60

While brother Fred from Nepals, FL caught and released this 20 pounder.

Fred 20

It’s “Lines Out” For Day 2 of the Bisbee here at Buenavista Beach Resort so boats will be headed in. Look for the full report in next week’s fishing report.


Tip of the week – stay hydrated if you are coming down – it’s hot out there!

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.

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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!


It wasn’t a stellar week in terms of numbers and sizes of fish for the most part here at Buenavista Beach Resort but it was a week of stellar memories and a Sea of Cortez Grand Slam! Having survived Buenavista … Continue reading

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!