Posted by: socalsalty | July 31, 2012

Mexican Fishing Visa Update

Bluefin tuna on a 3/4 – photo courtesy Mission Belle Sportfishing

Last Friday, Mission Belle Sportfishing posted on their Facebook page that they would be fishing offshore “due to complications with Mexico”.  I’ve since found out that the complication is that the Mexican government is requiring sportfishing boats to check in at Ensenada to pick up their sportfishing visas.

If you’ll recall, I wrote back in December how it was going to cost an additional $33 to fish on trips in Mexican water this year.  I wondered at the time what would happen once the bite started hitting at the Coronados Islands.  For awhile, some of the boats were subsidizing the additional cost by $5 and tacking on $28 for Mexican fishing visas.  As the season played on, the visas were being disregarded and things went back to normal.  This latest change seems to be the Mexican government’s response to the fleet ignoring the visas.

What’s happened since is that 3/4 day boats like the Mission Belle and San Diego have been going offshore (the visa rule applies inside 24 miles from their shore) instead.  Results have been mixed so far, but yesterday the San Diego got 15 bluefin and 13 yellowtail for 28 anglers!

I’m going to go out this Thursday to check out the scene for myself and report what I find out.  Stay tuned.  Tight lines!



  1. What exactly is needed for private boats now to fish Mexico

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