The “Grand Slam”

Hey everyone, Marc here from Buena Vista Beach Resort, with the latest from the East Cape. The Marlin bite has been absolutely going off the last ten days, with Sailfish starting to make a strong showing as well. Big Blue Marlin have moved into the area over the last week and the BVBR fleet has done quite well. Capt. Vincente Cosio of the Dottie B, started things off last week with a “Grand Slam”, (Blue & Striped Marlin & Sailfish). A not too common feat. Then last Friday, the Careleste with Felipe Valdez & the Crew of Extreme Fishing Adventures on board, repeated the Slam. If that wasn’t good enough, the Marlintini, with Chris & Marc Anderson of EFA on board, along with myself, “Slammed” as well. The party kept rolling on today, as the Marlintini, with the Scott Johnson group on board, registered… you guessed it, yet another “Slam”. All of the BVBR boats have come in with multiple Billfish flags on the laundry line for the past week & a half, with Blues, most times, leading the counts. A few boats have reported double and even triple hook ups. It’s a good time to fish in the East Cape if you like to fish Marlin or Sailfish. Dorado & Tuna are still late arrivals to the party, with the few that are caught, being bambinos. The inshore bite remains hot, as big Roosters, Jacks & Snapper are providing good action for our clients. Water temps have risen dramatically over the past week, from 82 degrees last week, to 87 degrees this week and conditions have been fantastic! Well, that’s about it on the latest from BVBR.


Chris Anderson of Extreme Fishing Adventures, with a beautiful Sailfish caught & released on board the Marlintini, out of BVBR. Chris’s Dad Marc, completed the “Slam” this day, with a Blue & a Stripey! Not bad for the boys from Florida!

Call our Reservation Office @ 1 800 752-3555 and make your plans to get down here and get in on the action. You’ll be happy you did. Until next time…keep it tight! Adios.

This Week Fish Report!!

Hey everyone, Marc here from Buena Vista Beach Resort, in the beautiful East Cape of Baja Sur with the latest Fish Report. The bite has dramatically picked up over the last two days, with more and more Tuna showing up and finally getting some size to them. On Tuesday, the Dottie B scored 14 Tuna, two of which were in the 70-80 lb. range, along with a nice Dorado about 60 lbs. They also caught and released a Striped Marlin.

Yesterday, Felipe Valdez, our friend David, Pañ alito and myself, went out on the Marlintini to see what we could find. Out about 28 miles to the North East, a nice Striped Marlin was our first fish of the day. Then, spotting a giant Porpoise school about a half a mile in size with our Marlin lures still deployed we had a massive strike. After setting the hook, it became apparent that this was not a “schoolie” Tuna. After making its initial run, in true Tuna fashion, the fish came back to the boat and went deep. It soon became a battle of wills, as four of us took turns doing battle with this brute, with even Capt. Chicho getting in on the fight. Inch by inch, we slowly started making progress on this Sashimi Machine. A little more than an hour later, we saw color on the fish and were blown away at the size of it. Finally getting it to the boat, we quickly sunk two Gaffs into the fish and with three of us pulling, finally got the Cow over the rail and into the Marlintini. High fives all around and a celebratory cerveza completed the battle. After getting our second wind, we landed four more Tuna in the 15-25 lb. range and decided it was time to head back to weigh our trophy. Getting the Tuna off the Marlintini and onto the Loader, we took the fish up to the scale. When the fish finally settled, the scale read 242 lbs. What a work out! Afterward, we celebrated our catch with Sashimi and a few more Cervezas. Catch numbers have been good after Blanca blew thru and the water had a chance to clear up. Hopefully, the action will continue on this course as our Summer Season gets underway. That’s it for this report.

tuna2 TUNfelipe scale

Stay tuned for all the latest from BVBR and to get in on the action, call our Reservation Office @ 1 800 752-3555 to book your East Cape adventure. Thanks for taking the time to read our report and we hope to see you soon at Buena Vista Beach Resort. The place to see and be seen in the East Cape! Adios.

Cinco de Mayo celebration

Here in Mexico we don’t really celebrate May 5 much, it’s more of a U.S. tradition. But we still had things to celebrate here at Buenavista Beach Resort since our last fishing report Friday – and that’s the excellent weather (80 – 82 degrees) and fishing we’ve been seeing.

More marlin are showing up, with anglers and crews reporting seeing them in the spread and on the surface. With an average hook-up of one or two a day, this is very good news.

Our boats are all heading down south, where the water temperature has held steady between 76 and 78 degrees. This has been the hot spot for not only marlin, but dorado weighing between 15 and 30 pounds as well as wahoo.

Check out this brut of a fish, caught by our guest Mark Stinson from Roxborough, PA. Weighing in at 70 pounds, he caught it on the Dusty B.


Buenavista Beach Resort will be posting our fishing reports twice a week now, too, so stay tuned and get packing – we’ve got some great new room deals. Find out more by contacting us at 1800 752 3555 or visiting us on our web page at See you soon at Buenavista Beach Resort, the place to see and be seen in 2015.

Time to get packing!

Buenavista Beach Resort is proud to announce the unofficial start to our fishing season. Winter is over and spring and “May Day” are upon us – time to go fishing! All winter long we have been finding a good inshore and bottomfishing bite for roosters, pargo, delicious triggerfish, cabrilla, pompano and more. Now it’s time to head to our offshore hot spots and also target “the big boys,” with striped marlin, Dorado and wahoo showing up in the counts now. Our guests have also released their first sailfish of the season.

The waters are warm, the weather fantastic, fishing is good both inside and out – what are you waiting for? Here’s a video we’ve created to wet your appetite and entice you to come wet your line. This one shows you some of April’s action.

Watch for more videos in the future as the season underway.

 Buenavista Beach Resort will be posting our fishing reports twice a week now, too so stay tuned and get packing – we’ve got some great new room deals, too! Find out more by contacting us at 1800 752 3555 or visit us on our web page at See you soon at Buenavista Beach Resort, the place to see and be seen in 2015.

FISH REPORT: 4/21/15

The bite over the last few days has started to bounce back somewhat, after unseasonably late North winds shut things down last week, with rough seas producing churned up conditions.

On Sunday, April 11, at 1:30 am, we awoke to a Squall that came thru the East Cape, with sustained winds from the North of 35 mph, with gusts approaching 50 mph! With boats on the anchor, needless to say we were all anxious to see the Sun rise to check on our boats, as there was nothing we could do about the situation at the time the system came thru. Luckily, the resort’s boats were still on anchor and no other boats in the area suffered damage, although one boat was lost up at Cardonal.

The North winds lingered into Tuesday and it subsequently took until Thursday to bring back calm conditions and clear blue water. The few boats that have had charters, have reported seeing Striped Marlin on the surface and in the lure spread and have managed to get 1-2 hookups for our guests. Tuna and Dorado finally started to show, but still not in the numbers that we expect to see, with most fish in the 15-20 lb. range. Two nice Wahoo (approx. 40 lbs.) were also caught over the weekend. Inshore started to produce as well, with Roosters, Jack Crevalle and Sierra providing some action for our guests. With blue water, calm conditions, and water temps at 78-79 degrees, we’re expecting this week’s action to be much improved. Stay tuned.


First Fish Report of the Year!!!

Water Temps are continuing to increase to 76-77 degrees and Air Temps are on the rise as well, with day time highs reaching 80-84 degrees. Things are starting to light up in the East Cape as Marlin are still the name of the game, with most of our boats averaging 3-5 hook ups per day. Sails are starting to make more of an appearance, while Dorado are still a little late to the party. It’s hard to get a good idea of what exactly is happening, as pressure is still fairly light, being that this is still early in the season and only a small number of boats are going out. Inshore, Sierra and Roosters are still producing, with a few Snappers and Yellowtail being landed as well. Stay tuned for further updates as we begin the 2015 season!

For reservations call, 1-800-752-3555 and get in on the action! Adios.

Nice Striped Marlin along side the Marlintini before being released.Nice Striped Marlin along side the Marlintini before being released.

Marc KaneMarc Kane, Director of Sales & Marketing, getting a little work out with a co-operating Striped Marlin on board the Marlintini.

What’s your story?

Randy Kerst blue

Pat Sanders, Randy Kerst, Scott Collins Sr., Mal Thomas, Scott Collins Jr., Grant Collins and Tom Harkenrider (from left to right) Note: The fish was gut hooks and could not be released.

Ever experience the thrill of catching a big fish here at Buenavista Beach Resort? Or maybe it was your first roosterfish or having the rare opportunity of diving in the preserve at Cabo Pulmo? Baja’s Secret Miracle

Here’s what Randy Kerst wrote us about his day – what’s your story? Send your photos and stories to and we’ll share them, too!

 We were on the last day of our trip and were a bit rushed to make our plane flight so we needed to be back by 12. We went out on one of the smallest pangas with Captain Miguel. We had caught a few fish by the lighthouse and saw something big hooked up and lost the day before so we got bait and headed straight there. Our boat decided to play rock paper scissors to determine who would get the rod first.  My dad won, I got second honors and our friend Pat was up third.

 “We started right next to the point and quickly hooked up a very small skipjack for my dad which meant his turn was over and I was up next. We trolled and started going further from the shore and saw a marlin at the surface, but it went underwater before we were able to throw a live bait at it. We continued to troll out further with two jigs on trolling rods, one Rapala for wahoo and a frozen ballyhoo with a sinker weight on it. We got about 3/4 of a mile to a mile out and then had a very strong strike on the frozen ballyhoo and set the hook on it. Unfortunately for me, the marlin hit the trolling setup that we were hoping to catch a dorado on and we hooked the fish on 40-lb. test.

 The marlin took most of the line off the reel very quickly and it seemed that the drag may have been too loose (it turned out that it wasn’t too loose, just that the marlin was really strong).  Near the end of the spool the marlin turned and I was able to gain some line back. He took another really good run and then I got some line back again. I fought the fish for about 20 minutes without a belt and put a good bruise on my leg before we were able to find a belt.  I was glad we did because I my hip and leg were starting to get pretty sore.  After the marlin kept taking line the captain instructed me to tighten the drag.  We needed to get the fish in quickly because we had to catch a flight and the fish didn’t seem to be tiring.  After about 30 minutes  I tightened the drag and could hear the line pinging and extremely close to breaking.  In my experience fishing I have never heard a line sound like that without my line breaking.  I wanted to loosen the drag, but we needed to bring the fish in and the captain said that it was set ok.  The fish still took line whenever he wanted to run, but I was able to start getting line back.  After letting him run a few more times we got him close to the boat.

 The marlin was still too strong to bring aboard so we gave him some more time to tire out.  The captain joked that we still had at least another 30 minutes of fighting on our hands.  He was taking me from one side of the boat to the other and made a handful of big runs, but we were able to get him back close each time.  We had a couple of scares when the line went toward the prop, but thanks to some good driving by Miguel we were able to keep him from breaking the line.  It was especially tough in the panga because the fish moves the whole boat when he pulls and I had to stay near the middle of the boat to keep the boat from leaning and from losing my balance.   Finally after about 30 minutes like Miguel said, we got the fish fairly tired.  I was able to get enough line to get close to the weight and leader line.  Once the fish seemed to be cooperating Miguel grabbed the weight and the leader line to pull the fish in.  That is when the fun started.

 The ballyhoo and the hook were swallowed very deeply, but the fish was still extremely strong at that point.  Miguel pulled the fish close and was able to get a gaff in him.  He then passed the gaff to Pat and grabbed the bill to control the fish.  The fish was still fairly lively and thrashing his head so Miguel was not able to club him effectively.  My dad needed to go over to club him, but the small panga which is very narrow was already tipping with two people and the fish on the side.  I jumped up on the opposite rail on the other side of the boat and then my dad grabbed the club from Miguel to finally knock out the fish so we could bring it into the boat.  My dad, Pat and Miguel were all on one side with the fish and I was straight across them on the other side of the boat tilted in the air.  They were able to drag the fish into the boat and our trip changed from one of our slowest to our best trip down to Hotel Buenavista yet.

 I had some blisters and good bruises from the fight and Miguel our captain cut his finger and thinks that he may have also broken his finger trying to bring the lively fish into the boat, but we got it.  Miguel did a great job through the entire process and there is no doubt that we only landed him because of his great driving.  We quickly headed back to the hotel to process the fish and jumped back on a plane to Orange County.  It was by far the biggest fish and the toughest fight I have experienced and it made our trip.  We are thankful to all the staff at the hotel and all the captains who always do a great job.

  • Catch Time: Slightly over an Hour
  • Setup: 40 lb. test, Frozen Ballyhoo with a sinker weight
  • Fish Weight:  No Scale, but a 200 lb. estimate.
  • Date: 11/10/14
  • Time Hooked: 8:45 AM
  • Captain:  Miguel
  • Boat: small blue panga
  • Angler:  Scott Collins Jr.

Others on Boat: Scott Collins Sr., Pat Sanders

 P.S. After we hooked up, another blue marlin jumped out of water about 6 times about 100 meters from the boat.


Here’s the big news of the week – Buenavista Beach Resort is proud to announce that our boat, the Alegria with Capt. Juan Garcia at the helm came in 6th place in the Bisbee’s International Black & Blue Tournament in Cabo this past weekend! That’s something we are truly proud about and it is a really big deal. It proves, once again that our boats can compete with the best of them; we beat out 122 of the best teams from around the world competing who were competing for the overall prize money topping $2.1 million.

So what’s the big deal about tournament fishing and how is it different than “just fishing”? This is what happened on the Alegria that day. The excitement built throughout the last day as “lines in” time approached. And then – just 45 minutes before it was time to head in, Team Rivias hooked up with a blue marlin – they were the last hook up of the tournament! The problem now was that they had to get the fish to the boat (it needed to weigh a minimum of 300 pounds in order to even qualify) and getting that big of a fish in takes time.

And time was something they didn’t have a lot of. With the weigh station closing at 9:00, and fishing close to Gordo Banks, they also knew it was going to take them 1 1/2 just to race back. Well, they made back in time but just barely. Arriving at the scales at 8:30 p.m., the crowd had all waited excitedly to see if this “last fish” was going to qualify and it did. Weighing in at 303 pounds, it missed the money by one pound since it would have tied for 5th place (304 pounds) and would have split the money. Having a day like the Alegria did is exactly what the ‘big deal” is about tournament fishing.

Los Cabos Charter Boat Classic returns November 18 – 21

And here’s a big deal you should get in on and another reason to just hop on a plane and visit Buenavista Beach Resort. The 2nd Annual Los Cabos Charter Boat Classic returns November 18 – 21. This one-of-a-kind tournament is free to enter for anyone who registers online and has booked a charter boat out of the East Cape, San Jose or Cabo. $40,000 ($10k a day) in cash and prizes are online for the biggest tuna, marlin, wahoo and dorado in the men’s, women’s and youth divisions each of the 4 days. Anglers can choose to fish just one or up to all 4 days. We actually had two winners from East Cape last year. One was the Day 2 Junior Angler and the other was the largest wahoo on day one. I’m hoping we can have even more this year! Buenavista Beach Resort is once again the host for this event.

If you have wanted to experience the thrill of the competition, the rush of wondering if yours will win but didn’t want to risk the money to participate – here is your chance! Last year they had 372 anglers sign up from 131 charters for the two-day event. This year it has been expanded to four, giving you an additional two days to get the big one.

AlegriaBisbee6thPlaceThe big ones are out there – maybe one has your name on it!

 Visit their event website for all the details: and come on down!

Today we had a nice, big blue and sailfish released as well as dorado and a few tuna boated. Even 4-year-old Thomas landed a roosterfish yesterday and today, with plenty of sardines for chum, he and his family caught lots of fun fish just off the beach here.

Tommy fishing

Yesterday I watched as a panga landed and a released a rooster right out front.

rooster panga

And today a few more boats joined them – right out front of Buenavista Beach Resort. The weather is perfect, the white, sandy beaches inviting and once again – the only thing missing is you!

Dottie B II boat 2 (2)

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.

post hurricane

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.

storm2 BAFT-GUYS-2014

 “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.

pargo 02

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.