The rumors are flying, but as of now it looks like most of it is true. The National Immigration Institute of Mexico has given the word to the San Diego sportboat fleet that all fishermen fishing Mexican waters within 12 nautical miles of the coast will be required to have a valid U.S. Passport. This affects the trips traveling to the Coronado Islands, which is a popular destination for anglers south of the border.
U.S. citizens can get a passport, but it typically takes four to six weeks. There are some “rush” options, but of course it costs more money, but would be worth it if it helps you be legal in time for your trip.
With incredible fishing already happening, don’t put it off, just start the process in case this sticks.
It is reported that negotiations are underway between the fleet and Mexico, but who knows where that will end up.
Anglers will still also be required to have a valid Mexico Sportfishing License and a Visitor Immigration Form (FMM). Private boats are also required to carry a Vessel Temporary Import Permit that covers the boat in Mexican waters. Vessels fishing between 12 and 50 miles of the coast are only required to carry a Mexican sportfishing license for each person.
If you are scheduled for an upcoming trip and have questions, call your perspective landings for more info. We will keep you posted as this develops.
Here is a very helpful page from the Sportfishing Association of California (SAC)