Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Things are basically back to normal, just that theres hardly anyone in town
We had two trips this last week It was great fishing, just lots of dorado
The offshore fishing is very good right nod for marlin, dorado, and yf tuna its also good for inshore fish like rooster fish and jack cravelle Even some snappers around
Come on down folks Cabo is ready for you
Friday, October 03, 2014
I wanted to start out with a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who pitched in to help Baja Anglers and its crew... It means the world to us to know that folks back home care enough to help us though this terrible disaster. Until you have been though a storm of the magnitude, so just dont have any idea of the devastation and destruction a storm this size can do.
Town is cleaning up nicely, especially downtown. Crews have done an incredible job of cleaning the downtown area and beaches, and it will be ready for when the flights start coming back to Cabo on October 8th. Its just one flight a day to start with, but still we are very excited. Right now, everyone in town has passed the flight survival stage, now its all about the mental strength to deal with the aftermath of the storm, and make it through the next few months with very little work for funds coming in.
The neighborhoods closer to downtown are also cleaned up, but as you go farther back from the center of town, the damage is still apparent. The difference is mostly in the mood and body language of the people...Mexicans are a wonderful upbeat people, and handle disasters better than most, but they know its going to be a while until the hotels are back and working at 100% capacity and that means that they will be not working and will be lacking funds to pay their bills, buy food, buy clothes, just all the everyday things folks take for granted . Some folks just have lost so much, and they gave up and moved back to where they came from.
The money trickle effect is in town right now, except its the backward effect. A friend of mine that repairs ACs and other appliances says it best.. Oh, I have work after the storm, but no one has the funds to pay for me or the parts. So right now the town is a dead town for the most part. Most hotels have used their own crews for the clean up. We havent seen construction crews back rebuilding the hotels, we know they will come, but when is the question. I am sure they are waiting for the insurance check to rebuild.
The worst hit hotels were on the corridor and San Jose.. Mayan Palace took a beating, and when I drove by there last week, it looked like an empty shell. Mixed reports on the Palmilla and Las Ventanas. Some say 50 to 70 % damage... On the good side, there is supposed to be over 2000 rooms and hotels ready next week in Cabo.
The Bisbees is still on and it was moved back for the last week in Oct. Thats really great news as it will show the world that we are back and ready for the tourist season coming up.
Now on to the guys;
Ulysses had a hard go. A long time mate of Baja Anglers and just a upbeat all around guy.. He and his wife tried to ride out the storm in his sturdy wooden home. When the storm ripped off his roof, he and his wife battled the winds and debris to get to into his black Izusu trooper. They couldnt move the truck as it got stuck and swamped.. So it was their shelter from the storm...They battled the storm out in the truck... So scary, and they are so lucky to survive. Hurricane 5 force winds, flooding waters all around them, and they huddled in the bottom of the back seat. Crazy. When the storm was over in the am, they woke up to a hole where their house was. Ulysses being the kind of guy he was, quickly started gathering what was left of his belongings. So now everything was soaked and it was tropical conditions, just lots rain and light winds for two more days.. Once the sun came out, he gathered any plywood and roofing material he could scavenge and rebuilt what he could of his home... When Gisel and I visited him, his wife was still in shock, their clothes and belongings were air dried and still in plastic garbage bags. Now his now makeshift home is now in better shape.. So we are set on rebuilding his home and providing a safe clean home for him and his wife.
Nazario also had a hard go. He is one of our Captains and also the local baptist pastor of his small Christian church in San Jose. His home was in back of the church..They spent the storm in a friends home, good thing too, because when the storm was over and they got home, some of the walls and all of roof were gone. He has been busy as can be and has done an amazing job of cleaning up and getting ready for rebuilding his home..
Arturo and Jacobo faired a bit better. Arturo lost half of his home, and Jacob spent the storm in the kitchen, but lost the rest of his house..Alex fared best, with minimal damage to his home, but his daughter lost her entire home and their belongings.
Temporary power is back on. for most of Cabo, its run by two giant generators... We normally get power from La Paz but there are still 800 huge power lines down. Theses power lines run from La Paz to Cabo through the mountains. I have heard that its going to take another month or so to get these back up.
Your funds are going to help our great crew to rebuild their homes, and feed them and their families, and the rest of the crew at Baja Anglers, so they can get back on their feet and survive the next tough months coming up, until Cabo gets back to normal and the guys get back on the water everyday.
Baja Anglers isnt a business, its a family. Its a lifestyle we love. Taking people out fishing is our passion...We still need your help, so if you can please donate to our fund at https://fundly.com/hurricane-relief-for-baja-anglers-grant-hartman
All our best,
Grant and the Baja Anglers crew
Friday, September 26, 2014
I would like to start out and thank everyone who is helping us get back on our feet after the devastating Hurricane that hit us. A special thanks to Terry and Wendy Gunn who set up the relief fund for our guys and the business.
We weathered the storm, and man was it a storm. In 30 years I have been through numerous big hurricanes, but never anything as strong and dangerous as this one. It sounded like a freight train outside our house for over 8 hours, and the only relief was the eye of the storm, and once that passed the storm came back stronger than ever.
The next am, I was for sure I lost the boats. So I took off in my VW Combi battling tropical storm conditions, and it took me over 2 hours to get to the downtown, it normally only takes me 10 minutes. It was like a maze, all the electrical and telephone poles were down, including the huge cement ones. I got to the marina and the boats were still there. i shed a few tears of disbelief and relief. Others werent so lucky. I friend of mine of mine, his boat sank as a lot of smaller craft. Some big boats broke loose and caused all kinds of damage. The marina where we docked our boats is gone.
The town was devastated and looked like a apocalyptic Every Power and telephone pole was down, including the huge cement ones. Over 8000 homes destroyed. Within hours there was no food or water for over 5 days..When help came, it came in a big way..The Mexican Government really came through. Tens of thousands of troops on the ground. Hundreds if not more of Commission power trucks arrived form all over the country to rebuild the power lines and get electricity back to the town.. On every corner, lots of help.
So we will be ready to fish when the town opens on Oct 1st. Actually they say the 1st, but I think it might be until the 5th, but I could be wrong. The hotels are working around the clock to get the town 100% ready.
Two of our guys lost their homes and the business took a big hit. Terry and Wendy Gunn set up a relief fund for us to help feed our guys, rebuild their homes, and get everyone back on their feet. Every bit helps. No pressure to help, but if you want to, here is the link. https://fundly.com/hurricane-relief-for-baja-anglers-grant-hartman.
Looking forward to seeing all our friends this fall and winter. Also looking forward to help rebuild Cabo better than ever.
All my best,
Grant and the Baja Anglers crew.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Wow This May and June has been roller coaster of roosterfish fishing season. One day you have the 70 lb roosterfish of a lifetime, the next you cant buy a fish, the next you have incredible fishing and then cold green water moves in and slows the fishing, then the fish show up in the ugly green water and its on again.. Giant roosterfish are not easy to catch, but when conditions are right, its incredible.. So we had some super catches this year, just pigs sized roosterfish, and then we had some very slow days.. Overall, I would say it was a great May and June...
Offshore marlin and dorado fishing was similar to the inshore fishing, but a little more dependable.
We are now in the transition period, when we start to get our warmer water move in, and with the warmer water comes blue marlin, sailfish, striped marlin, and yellowfin tuna. as we move into August expect the roosterfishing to slow down quite a bit, but if you do catch a rooster, they are usually huge fish.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Sammy caught these two beauties, on the fly and no tease near the end of his trip, he ended up hooking a 60 lb fish, but the fish broke off shortly into the fight
This is Sammy's 5th or 6th year with me and he is an amazing rooster fisherman as well as a all around great guy Way to Sammy!