Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by Jason, Jan 19, 2014.
Thanks Sherm for all your work on the Fishermen's behalf.
Fished 5 of the last 8 days South of the border. Unfortunately we were too unorganized to gather the fmm, fcc , fishing licenses, etc.. so we just went anyway. Figured if we didn't have all we'd stick with none.
Never got boarded by the Navy, but never truly felt comfortable out there either. Hopefully this process gets simplified a bit and logic will prevail. An online permit or something sold at our local landings is the only thing that makes sense. Wherever you can buy a Mexican fishing license you should also be able to get the rest of the documentation.
We also fished LJ and never really felt comfortable out there either. Were we too deep or shallow or in an mlpa, could we fillet our fish or not, is it still okay to Club baby seals? So many laws to break so little cash to bail out of them all.
Thanks Sherm for all your efforts.
Wow I am thinking of getting another boat but after reading this I may have to give it more thought. It sounds like gone are the days of buying everything you need from the landing (including permits) and short trips for limits of tuna. I may have to stick to my annual 4 day charter on the Spirit of Adventure as my only trip of the year. Boy do I miss the old days........
I wouldn't count out another boat just yet. If all goes well we will get the multipple entry visa issue squared away in tthe next few months. Then you should be able to go on line and puchase a visa that is good for mutiple ttrips and for an extended period of time. (hopefully annual) Then we can get back to fishing the nados and Mexico like the old days. I will keep everyone posted.. Stand by.
It sounds like the Baha Ha Ha organizers are confronting a similar issue. In years past, the boats would overnight and Turtle Bay, etc., but not check in until arriving in Cabo. Now, all vessels traveling south must check in at Ensenada as the port of entry. (There is some debate as to whether a Cabo check-in is legal if the boat stays outside of 12 nm, but that question is moot for the Baha ha ha folks.) Their aversion to checking into Ensenada is that Ensenada is not equipped to handle the large numbers of participants. The Ensenada port captain's hours make it difficult for Americans to come down for the weekend, since check in and out is mandatory and the port captain's office has short hours on Friday and Saturday (I believe) and is closed Sunday.
Makes you wonder whatever happened to the "nautical staircase" campaign. Doesn't work if the port captain doesn't cooperate and visas are a pain.
It is a real shame that Mexico can't figure out how to unlock the tourism value of the Baja penninsula. That "nautical staircase" would be a great step in that direction and could be completed at no cost to their government.
We are lucky to have you Scott! Keep up the good work!
I have an appointment next week to get a passport. Is a passport card going to work?? A lot cheaper than the book.
Thanks for your help.
Meeting with the Governor of Baja this weekend to keep the multiple entry visa ball rolling. I'll let you all know how it goes.
'precitiate the efforts Sherm....a multiple entry visa would be fabulous...
Keep after 'em, Mr. Councilman!
Trying to complete this process online, the problem is the excel spreadsheet is asking for information I do not have. Would someone that has launched out of San Diego and fished the Coronados please post a copy of your spreadsheet(with personal data blacked out or removed). Thanks in advance.
A multiple entry system in time for the fishing season is my goal. We need to get this in place soon. The upcoming season is looking promising.
What is a sea record number and where do I get it? Same question for the Seatram basic record
The trip to Ensenada was another good one. Still moving forward with a multiple entry visa and we should be good to go in a month or two.
The Let's Talk Hook Up radio broadcast from the hotel Coral was a big success and the Mexican commissioners of international relations and sport fishing who were on hand were very impressed and loved our message of cooperation.
Kudos to the radio show, Ken Franke from SAC, Bob Nelson SD Port Commission, Sharon Clowar Port Tenants Association and everyone else on the trip.
sure. Some of the fields are NOT required. Here is our last one.....mexican govt replied to my email same day saying all was in order and we were authorized to travel into mexican waters.....
BTW- HUGE thanks to ALI for helping us figure out this process.
edit: weird. either firefox or BD wont upload an excel file.....I'll try another way.
well, still no go with Explorer.
anybody that wants to see the excel file, shoot me an email.
Is this only required for island / inshore fishing? Are the outer banks still open/
BTW - I get my new boat today!
The visa is only required 24 miles from shore (pretty sure that's the distance) the water past that is not a problem. Also.....this new visa will be good for land and water travel.
let hope the price is fair and easy to obtain...
anymore its fees, fees and more fees...... sorry for the rant.....
but outside the 24 mile limit ..I'm understanding you need the two U.S. FCC radio licenses , correct me if I'm wrong ....
Separate names with a comma.