April 26 – May 2
Hotel Buenavista Beach Resort
April’s north winds faded into picture-perfect weather with daytime temperatures from the low-70s to the mid-80s – conditions that bring anglers and vacationers to the East Cape.
Fred Brune, Tacoma, Wash., couldn’t resist taking to the beach with his flyrod in hand, under Felipe Valdez’s watchful eye. After a prelude of wind sprints with his flies being flung and flung again, it was soon “fish-on!”
Exercising a “my way” attitude, Californian Harmon Rider spent three days aboard a hotel panga catching and releasing roosters, jacks and a few nice-sized triggerfish, which resulted in sending him to the pool for a swim along with a cold drink.
A highlight of the week was hosting the wedding party of Kevin Groshong and Lauren Rifkin. They began with welcome margaritas, cerveza and a dip in the hotel’s iconic swimming pool before cocktails and dinner. The following day was filled with kayaking, standup paddle boarding and a sundowner quad ride along East Cape’s beaches as the group made the best of the fantastic weather.
The next morning, everyone was on the terrace bright and early, eager to participate in a men-against-women fishing tournament. As the teams headed to the pier, their bantering could be heard all the way back to the hotel until boats were headed out across the sea.
By the gloating faces of the women later that evening, it was apparent that the men had choked. Local musicians entertained the group as they relaxed through cocktails and dinner, after which the entire wedding party and friends headed to the beach for a bonfire and their final cocktails that lasted until the wee hours of morning.
The wedding ceremony, held on the beach in front of the hotel, blended the romance of the occasion with the tranquility of the Sea of Cortez; the laughter and tears of the joyous occasion were followed by even more laughter and joy as the wedding party and guests danced the night away at their reception that celebrated the new life of the bride and groom.
Before escorting his daughter Lauren to the alter for her wedding, Bruce Rifkin, an East Cape regular, couldn’t resist an offshore adventure yielding several released striped marlin.
Also underscoring the 2017 season’s beginning were a bunch of tuna for a bunch of folks, including –
- Ryan Whitaker, Wash., fishing on the Dottie B II scored a fat yellowfin tuna that could have easily provide ample sashimi for the “Happy Hour” bunch back at the El Pescador Bar.
- Not to be left out, Corey Bushman from Montana brought one of his own YFT back to the pier aboard the Dottie B II.
- For variety, Joe Little, Portland, Ore., got out early and managed to survive the wild first run of a spunky wahoo aboard the Vagabundo.
- Jeremy and Tiffany Wernhoff, and Trevor Curtis along with Jon Robarge had a big tuna day aboard the Careleste.
Felipe Valdez was all smiles as he tablehopped before dinner, commenting, “I think our 2017 season is off to a great start.”