Baja Voices – Tracy Ehrenberg
By Justin Porter Biel
Originally from England, Tracy Ehrenberg is the owner of Pisces Sportfishing. Started in La Paz back in 1978 with a single 28-foot boat, today Pisces Sportfishing is one of the largest and most respected charter fleets in Mexico. Recognized worldwide by both fishermen and conservationists alike, Tracy handles many aspects of the Pisces Sportfishing business such as staffing, client relations, business development, marketing, and sales. Read along for a Q&A with Tracy:
Were you born in Cabo? If not, what brought you to the area?
I was born in Brighton, England. I was working in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, when I met Marco, the first Mexican I had ever met. He proposed to me five days later, and I accepted. Marco’s brother had a small fishing business in Cabo that he had asked him to take over, so we came to town. That was 34 years ago.
What does your typical day look like?
I get up early, sometime between 5 and 6 am. The first order of the day is a cup of British tea, then its prayer and meditation time. I check the report from the dock, respond to any urgent emails or calls then head to the stable to ride my horse, before leaving for the office on the marina. The day flies by as I handle clients, captains, staff, negotiations, contracts, planning, marketing and anything else that comes up. I head home between 5 and 6 pm for some R&R or head out to dinner with Marco somewhere in town, usually Captain Tony’s, which is conveniently right next-door.
Do you prefer the deserts of Baja or the oceans?
Tough question because I love them both – the desert around our home in the morning is spectacular with so much bird life; we even have a great horned owl that visits every morning to bathe in our pool – the plants are amazing too. I have learned to love the desert, after coming from the lush greenness of England, it was a dramatic change in the beginning, everything looked barren; now one of my greatest joys is seeing the desert bloom after the rain. The Oceans are more than just something beautiful to admire; they are what we make our living from, and they provide sustenance for so many families.
What’s the biggest fish you’ve personally caught?
What kind of fish was it? The biggest fish I have ever caught was an approximate 300 pound blue marlin, which was released.
What’s your go-to day-trip in Los Cabos?
Easy, a day out on one of our Pisces Luxury Yachts, usually Contessa or Chica Mala; there is nothing like it – getting away from it all out on the ocean, the stress rolls off your shoulders as you cruise on an incredible yacht, with first class staff, and an onboard chef. I love getting the VIP treatment while watching whales play, catching a fish, or paddle boarding.
One of my greatest joys is seeing the desert bloom after the rain. The Oceans are more than just something beautiful to admire; they are what we make our living from, and they provide sustenance for so many families.
What are the must-see locations in Los Cabos?
Medano Beach, El Arco, the marina, the hot springs at Santiago, Todos Santos, Santa Maria beach, Chileno beach, Cabo Pulmo, and some of the luxury hotels such as Palmilla, Las Ventanas, and the Resort at Pedregal. Also, I enjoy the Art District of San Jose.
Favorite way to spend a night on the town?
Dinner and wine with good friends, then maybe swing by Bar Esquina or Captain Tony’s to dance on Thursday night. Best of the best is to anchor off Hacienda on Medano Beach and have dinner under the stars aboard a yacht, then crank up the music and dance on the decks.
Favorite way to decompress after a long night
Wind down with a cup of mint tea or a Sambuca depending on my mood, and then hit the sack.
Best place to view the stars over Baja?
Out at sea.
Favorite thing about the Baja lifestyle?
Everything – great people, incredible nature, short commute to work, and the opportunities it gave me.