I was going to post this on one of the existing threads, but I was afraid that a reasonable comment would be lost among all of the anger and finger pointing. Anyway, those of you who are getting mad at the San Quintin captains or saying it serves them right because of what Mexico's seiners did to the minimal amount of yellowfin that was coming up the coast this year need to think about what you're saying. On a side note, the seiners wiping out "all" of the "massive amount" of yellowfin that were coming up the line is nonsense. The flow of yellowfin up the coast this year is anemic at best, especially compared to the last couple years. If you're blaming the overall lack of tuna being caught this year on commercial fishing you're barking up the wrong tree. It's more likely due to an el nino hangover that has fish migration patterns a little screwed up. Unless you think that its normal to have 200 pound bluefin biting in Dana Point? Here's a fun fact. Did you know that the San Diego 3/4 day fleet has an agreement with the 1/2 day fleet that they will not fish near coastal waters so that they don't compete for space with the 1/2 day boats that are limited on range? Same holds true for the long range boats not competing with the 3/4 day and overnight boats fishing the Coronado islands. Seems to work pretty well and no one complains about the system. Now, let's take a look at how this compares to what's happening in San Quintin where all of the local sport fishing boats have limited range and time to fish so they are basically the same as the half day boats out of San Diego. Imagine how the crew of the New Seaforth would feel if the yellowtail were biting locally and they were headed out with an excited load of anglers in the morning only to find long range boats not only fishing for them but blocking every spot that was biting. I guarantee you that there would be some angry boat crews and calls to owners of vessels demanding that long range boats stay off local boats fishing grounds. After having spoken with people directly involved after last year's incident, the biggest complaint the San Quintin based boats have is that the Long Range boats are anchoring on the high spots and are effectively blocking them off from the locals. The custom when fishing down there is to drift across the high spot and then go around and reset once your past it. This allows multiple boats to share the spot and gives everyone a chance to catch fish. Due to the small size of these spots, it's not effective for a Long Range boat to drift them as they'd have to reset the boat every few minutes. So the big boats can't effectively share the spots with the local fleet. Since the Mexican captains don't have Frank LoPreste's phone number and feel that their complaints to the boat's ownership would fall on deaf ears, they take matters into their own hands and tell the Long Range boats to leave. While this isn't fair to the passengers aboard the boats, the captains anchoring on the high spots isn't fair to the passengers aboard the local boats. Since US sportfishing boats are not allowed to fish within a certain distance of a Mexican commercial fishing boat it will be easy enough for the captains in San Quintin to stop them from fishing there. All it would take is for one of the local commercial guys to pull up to a long range boat, commence fishing (even with rod and reel) and tell the boat they are required to get a certain distance away from his boat. Once this happens a few times the long range boats will stop coming to San Quintin and will start looking for other places to catch yellowtail along the coast. While I support long range fishing I also support the captains in San Quintin and I don't think that it's outrageous for them to request that Long Range boats avoid a 20 mile radius of the mouth of San Quintin Bay so that the local sportfishing captains can continue to eek out a living. It's really no different than the agreement that the sportboats out of San Diego have with one another.