Another Great Week of Fishing

Week ending August 23, 2016

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

Ugh-ugh-ugly weather as Tropical Storm Kay is swinging by about 400 miles away, leaving hot, humid conditions and a few showers over the past three days on the East Cape.  Temps remain at 74 to 89 degrees and the gentle showers are always welcome.

Billfish action continues to be special, with a trifecta of blue marlin, striped marlin, and sailfish and doubling down with an unusual addition …


Making the trifecta into a quadruple, join us in congratulating Ruth Maspero visiting from Texas.  Ruth caught and released an unusual Pacific short bill spearfish and couldn’t resist a quick selfie before it swam away.   Ever seen one before?  Few people have … congratulations again Ruth.


On Tuesday, our longtime friends Michael & Ruth Marr also from Texas, had some billfish action too, catching 2 striped marlin, 1 blue marlin,1 sailfish,3 tunas and this huge red snapper .

The yellowfin tuna have been taunting anglers just a few miles off shore stretching along the coast almost to La Ribera. Sure, there are some football-sized in the mix.

Mat Krischner

However, Matt Kirschner, Salem, Oregon, found a 45-pound yellowfin while fishing with Captain Vincente aboard the Dottie B ll.

Remarkably, the dorado are still part of this week’s fishing news. Nothing huge … some might say “dinky.”   A few of them looked like they shouldn’t have left their mother yet.

For landlubbers who prefer to hang out beneath the shaded beach huts on a chaise lounge, keep that fishing rod close at hand. The dockworkers are seeing and catching some respectable roosters in the low-20s.

Good bait supply for mackerel, bollito, ballyhoo plus some fresh squid for chunking.


Typical Baja Weather

Week ending August 16, 2016

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

early August Sea Temp

Typical Baja weather; temperatures drop to 74 in the evenings and climb up to 91 degrees during the day.  Sea temps range from the low 80s inshore to the high 80s offshore.

Billfish continue to be on-fire with most boats that seek them are finding blues, stripers and sailfish randomly appearing in the wake behind the lures.

For those wanting fish that pull hard and are good to eat, the yellowfin tuna are the ticket! Plenty of them that are football-sized with an occasional one showing up that are in the 50-pound class.

Other crowd pleasers are the pompano milling about Punta Arena, as well as some bucket-list-sized roosterfish for both fly and conventional anglers.

For those anglers willing to dig a little deeper — the smaller pargo are schooling around some rock-strewn spots in front of La Ribera.

Good bait supply for mackerel, bollito, ballyhoo and yes, we have no sardina!

An after-storm update and Bisbee`s 2016 results!

Week ending August 9, 2016

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

         Hot, hot, hot weather preceded tropical storm “Javier” that paid us a visit earlier this week.

No worries

         No worries — although lots of rain in a short period of time filled the streets of Los Barriles from curb-to-curb on Monday evening, there were only breezy winds throughout the night and cloudless skies on Tues., so our boats were ready to head out this morning.

While not the hottest fishing week ever, the first week of August may go down in the record books for the most billfish ever released in a three-day period. The 65 teams with 429 anglers competing in the Bisbee East Cape Offshore released 112 blue marlin, 36 striped marlin, 14 sailfish and 1 black.

It was quite a coincidence that the remarkable number of releases just happened to be in the same year that a new “Release Category” offering 1st, 2nd and 3rd cash prizes was added.


The heaviest blue, 427-pounds, was landed by Trenton Twamley aboard the “Bullrider” on the first day.  It secured the top of the leader board and, as it turned out, the Day 1 and 2 dailies across the board as well.

Owner Rick Twamley recalled, “I first spotted the fish on the sonar and then the meter. Realizing we had passed the fish, we made a wide turn back over the area.  The big blue inhaled a green and yellow Zucker 5.5.  My son Trenton, the designated angler, was down below when the reel began to howl. I took the rod and fought the fish for a few minutes, but as I have tendonitis, I knew I couldn’t go the distance with the fish. My son did a great job . . . $340,701.88!

Going into Thursday

Going into Thurs., there hadn’t been any qualifying tuna or dorado brought to the scale.  Midday the “Pangalisa,” a 32-foot Edgewater center console, arrived at the scales with two yellowfin tuna. John Dominac was the angler on the largest, weighing 111-pounds which secured the lead in the Gamefish Division. The rest of the crew included Captain Gonzalo Castillo, Jose Castillo, mate and Michael Hennessy, the second angler. With plenty of time left they jumped back in the boat to search for billfish . . . $108,900.

The final qualifying billfish arrived at the weigh station on Fri. aboard our own “Dottie BII,” skippered by Captain Vicente Cosio and mate Marco.  Team VIVA BOYZ consisted of Michael Loynes, angler; Alex Garcia, Miguel Garcia and Lucas Loynes with their fish boated in 30 minutes after being hooked on a black and green Black Bart lure. As their blue was hauled up to the scale, everyone joined in the “guess the weight” game. All held their collective breath as the fish was hoisted up. When the needle finally settled down, Trish Bisbee called the weight at a scant 16 pounds over the minimum 300 pounds – enough to ultimately win the $500 Daily Jackpot for Friday . . . $58,523.13.

Top Release teams

Top Release teams $2k Release Category winners

  1. Reel Quest 1600-Noe Isaias Cruz Agundez, Jose Antonio Bojorquez, Steven P. Hennigen, Dick Landfield, Bart Scofield, Brad Stevenson, with Captain Ty Valli . . . $23.205.00.
  2. Hooray 1400-Nestor Guillermo Aguilar Hinojos, Vincente Bojorquez, Captain Francisco Bororques, Eric Dunn, Carmine Galati, Jose Antonio Garcia Guerrero, Kenneth Padgett and Chad Pore  . . . $8,032.50.
  3. El Suertudo 1300-Darin Antin,  Scott Conely, Captain Greg DiStefano, Gary Mason, Bruce Mcdonald, Oswaldo Ortega, Alfonso Ortega Partido and Guy Yocum . . . $4,652.50.

An after-storm_

An after-storm update:  There is ample live bait; mackerel and caballito available. On the yellowfin tuna front, boats were already catching them this morning (Wednesday) close to shore, strung out from La Ribera to Rincon.

Week of excellent catches

Week ending August 2, 2016

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

There were calm seas and some rain mid-day to cool things off; consistent sea-temps in the high-70s.


In a week that has produced excellent catches of blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish, TV fishing host and personality Dan Hernandez’s group had great action with multiple billfish and an impressive 61-pound wahoo caught by Steve Oropeza from California. All of this is encouraging news for this morning’s start of the Bisbee East Cape Offshore Tournament.

On Tues., tournament registration stretched well into the night when the 65th and final team, “Macario,” turned in their entry.  That’s four more entries than last year and drove total cash prizes for different categories to a whopping unofficial total of $540,850 — a nice increase from the jackpot last year.


Earlier, at the Captain and Team meeting, Wayne Bisbee announced that there would be 1st, 2nd and 3rd cash prizes for the “release” categories, a new innovation for the ECO tournament that attracted more than 50% team participation.

He also added that in order to conform with the other Bisbee Tournaments, One member of  all winning teams will required to complete a polygraph examination. (see rule 22)

At precisely 7 a.m. under cloudless Baja skies, the fleet of 65 boats sped off as the bright red flare fired by Cabo San Lucas Mayor Arturo de la Rosa sailed across the horizon.

The first fish was released 46 minutes later.  At a final check prior to completing this report, there are 2 blues currently hooked up and 8 that have already been released plus one yellowfin tuna on board.  What a start!


About 10:30 the first qualifying blue was brought to the scale by “Bull Rider” caught by Rick Twamley. “Took about an hour to land,” Trenton Twamley, commented. “I had tendonitis and let my son, Rick finish the job. I first spotted him on the sonar Saw him on the sonar and then on my depth finder and realized I had passed him. I made a circle and he ate a 5.5 green and yellow Zucker. Must’ve been hungry, he concluded.”For live updates check Catch Stats .

Prepping for the Bisbee East Cape Offshore Tournament

The Week of July 21-29

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

TV fishing host and personality Dan Hernandez  arrived on Thursday with his group in a downpour that lasted throughout the night; it was the first rain in many months.  “We didn’t think we would make it out today,” he exclaimed as he stood waiting on the beach, watching the hotel boats return with blue flags flapping and with members of his party wearing smiles a ’plenty!

Blue Marlin One of the local boats caught a blue estimated to be something north of 500 pounds!  Wherever you dropped a line, striped marlin and sailfish all seemed to want play.

All those biggies are an encouraging sign, with the Bisbee East Cape Offshore registration beginning on Tuesday and the fishing kicking off on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

As of Friday the 29th, this premier East Cape event had 44 teams signed up with half again that many late entries expected at the Tuesday afternoon deadline. With that number total prize money should go well over the $500,000 mark.  Qualifying fish will include marlin over 300 pounds — and in the game fish category, yellowfin tuna and dorado.

Here at the hotel, the staff has been busy preparing for the full house expected.


Even if you’re not a participant, watching the flare streak across the sky at precisely 7:00 each morning while more the 60 tricked-out sportfishers head for the horizon at full throttle, is a HOOT!


Dan Hernandez standing on the pier early in the morning for a jumpstart of  Day Two fishing.


Felipe on day of practice for the Bisbee, to test the spinning spin fisher v 10500 with which we are going to win it. I’m holding up the reel, plenty of line and of strength. And the rod is a big Okuma Andros 2 PZ A-S-602 M 6 Feet

And the billfish action continues……

The Week of July 13-20

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort

We experienced excellent weather all week with warmer, billfish-attracting water offshore; slightly cooler water closer to shore.

Those seeking billfish found serious action offshore for sails, blues and striped marlin. The dorado, however, remained scarce. The grande roosterfish made up for the absence of dorado.  There were not many wahoo and tuna, as most of our anglers couldn’t tear themselves away from the billfish and roosterfish action.

Weiler family

The Weiler family fished with Captain Ramon Tamayo aboard the 3 Hermanos and ended up releasing two striped marlin and landing a dorado. This was a first for 13-year-old Adam!  Congratulations!


Team Dusty B II and Captain Carlos Castro are showing off with the grande gallos. Nathan Reyes landed this beautiful rooster weighing in right around 50 pounds.

Mr Rick Stecher

Team Vagabundo with Captain Rosario “Chayo” Cota just released this nice blue marlin.  Rick Stecher from Axtell, Texas, was very happy with his catch … as anyone would be.

A week of great fishing

The Week of July 6-13, 2016

Hotel Buena Vista Beach Resort 

It was a week of flat seas with very little wind — and the great fishing reflected it.  There was cooler water inside with some quite warm water into the high-80s outside.


One of the resort’s cruisers, Tres Hermanos with Captain Ramon Tamayo, hit the scale today with a brutish 162-pound yellowfin tuna. Congratulations to Brad Gollhardt and Randall Willis for this awesome catch!


Mr. Larry Peabody admiring his catch before releasing it.  One more billfish aboard the Dottie B II with Captain Vicente Cosio at the wheel.


One more time! Julio Cota and Irving Green just before the release of another striped marlin.


With Jason Poch and Esaul Valdez displaying an unusual double wahoo catch.


Captain Vicente Cosio’s Team Dottie B II closes in on another release.


Sierra this time of year?  It looks like Brian Feathers just started his East Cape adventure with an unusual July catch.  Normally sierra mackerel are a wintertime favorite.


The conclusion of another fantastic trip to the East Cape at Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort with great friends and memories! For Jason Hummel and Adriana Gallardo.  Fish totals for 4 days: 12 tuna, 2 marlin, 1 sailfish, 1 shark, 1 jack crevalle and 1 sierra.


Only saw three roosters on the beach today but one is all it takes!  Nice work Wade!