Change is in the air

This past week the change in weather was definitely felt by Buenavista Beach Resort’s guests. With cooler nights and mornings now, our anglers now wait for their boats wearing parkas each morning. Gone also is the humidity and hopefully, the rainy season. Our drought days are over; replaced by a lush green desert and blooming gardens.

The billfish are still around, although this past week it was the stripers that were biting and the sailfish that got picky. One of the perks of greeting our guests at the ramp in the afternoon is getting to hear about their adventures that day. This time of year many of them aren’t here “just for fishing” so some have never caught and released a billfish before. 

 Young 19-year-old Nick Boyle from Essex, Vermont, has been coming here since he was 11 years old. On this trip, fishing with his dad Ken and friend Kenny Govan-Colyer, of Redondo Beach, Nick was able to do something he had never done here before – catch and release his first striped marlin. The fish was estimated at 120 pounds. His enthusiastic pride was contagious, as was his family’s. Congratulations Nick – another one checked off your list!

Holding the “Number One” spot in the fish counts for Buenavista Beach Resort guests were dorado, including a few larger ones this past week. And more anglers are sticking closer to home; the bank off La Ribera continues to produce well for a variety of species. Pompano and skipjack were also in the counts, as were roosters and sierra. Most of the roosters and sierra counts aren’t in the tallies since they were usually taken by our guests from the beach! The larger gallos (to 50 pounds) were released just offshore.

 This winter Buenavista Beach Resort will also be posting fishing reports from San Jose del Cabo and Gordo Banks since we moved two of our boats down there. The new Puerto Los Cabos Marina makes an excellent launching spot for our guests when it is better kite boarding than fishing weather up here.

Alex went out Sunday on the Eclipse’s and here’s what he caught.

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He hooked up to this 224-pound tuna just as they started fishing at the inner Gordo. He striped a few squid and a jack crevalle and the tuna went after the belly of the jack crevalle. They fought it for almost 4 hours with our reels, filled with new line and backing. Alex fished the WON Tuna Jackpot for two days, rested one day and then got right back on it Sunday. His luck and skills may have failed him on the tournament days but they still continue! The picture is courtesy of Erik Brictson at Gordo Bank Pangas.

And finally, a tribute to our departed friend, Thomas Wollard, owner of the Senorita Bonita.  Born in Montana, the Newport Beach transplant moved his boat here from Florida by way of the Panama Canal on a barge after vacationing here in 2000. Finding his way back to Buenavista Beach Resort for the past three or four summers after that, he and his wife Debbie ran their charters out of our resort.

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Debbie shared this photo of Tom, a very typical pose for a man who loved to laugh – whether you were laughing at him or with him. This is how he will always be remembered by the Valdez Family and staff. Friday Debbie sent him back to “the lake of Cortez” as he liked to call it. Rest in peace brother – you are missed!

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