Mexico Fishing Regulations, Fish on the Right Side of the Law

Mexico Fishing Regulations, Fish on the Right Side of the Law

Written by Stan Gabruk of Master Baiter´s Sportfishing & Tackle

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Hello everyone, every year I begin go get questions on what the fishing regulations are here in Mexico. It´s never been a secret, but they are different. Licenses are still required and this is a moving target. More on that later, but for now we´re going discuss what is considered legal in Mexico regarding what species, number of species and how the ¨point¨ system works…..

Ok, fishing is fishing and that means as a sportfisherman you are expected and required by Mexican law to use Fishing Poles, Hooks, Lures, Live or dead bait, you know the normal stuff. No explosive divices, no fancy indeas to boat fish in a non sportsman like manner. Simple stuff.

Fishing Licenses are required for any sportfisherman to fish legally within a fifty miles of the shore line. Outside the fifty miles radius form the shore line is not a worry, but remember most of the fishing you´ll be in the fifty mile 05 13 2014  Andy and Chris Gallen on Magnifico

There are basically nine species that are reserved for sports fisherman are four species of Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Tarpon fish, Rooster fish and Dolphin fish (aka Dorado or Mahi Mahi). Mexico Fishing Regulations 2

Fresh water fishing has a limit of five fish. Saltwater has a limit of ten fish per day with a species break down as follows:

* Not more than five fish or any one species

* Marlin / Sailfish / Swordfish / Shark have a limit of one (1) specimen per day per person.  Any catch  of these species are the equivalent of /to five or any other species.  So you get ONE of these listed species per day, per person.

* Tarpon / Dorado / Rooster Fish max limit is allowed is two (2) species per person, per day and is considered the equivalent of five of any other species. Doesn´t sound like much does it?

* Not Mentioned on this list is Yellowfin Tuna. Each YF Tuna is one point. 35lbs or 200 lbs,       each Yellowfin Tuna or Tuna in general is one ¨fish¨. The legal limit for YF Tuna as with any species is five fish per day, per licensed person.

* Surf Fishing, there is no mention of license requirements for ocean surf fishing, therefore you  must be protected surf fishing with a license.

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There are also severl other interesting point of information of employment, tourism dollars, etc in this picture … may be worth reading if interested…..

When it comes to obtaining Mexican Fishing Licenses you can go to this site and they have all the information necessary. I hear we can apply for a license to sell fishing licenses through my shop, but it´s a rumor and so far I have had some wild goose chases. So for now this is your best option to purchase fishing licenses in Mexico:

Ok, having said all that, I have only seen the navy enforce license requirements on the holidays and only twice in three years. So your chances of having someone check the boat for fishing licenses as almost nill. It´s a risk, I suggest purchasing fishing licenses, end of story.

It will take several days to get these fishing licenses, so don´t wait until the last minute, there is a process that is less than efficient. Licenses are date specific, but you can purchase for longer periods of time for just a few dollars more….

Good Luck and Keep safe and Legal….10 01 2007 Black Marlin Release







Bull Dorado off the Marietta Islands, Striped Marlin at El Banco!

Bull Dorado off the Marietta Islands, Striped Marlin at El Banco!

Written by: Stan Gabruk

Welcome to another amazing week of fishing here in Puerto Vallarta. This year we´ve been blessed by the fishing gods with warm water in the middle of winter. With these warm water temperatures running around 78 degrees we have some serious fishing happening here and now. Plenty of bait in the water insures these summer species like Bull Dorado, Striped Marlin and Sailfish won´t be leaving anytime soon. As we move into spring, it looks like this years fishing season may be something to remember.Image

The best action this week was just off the Marietta Islands with big Bull Dorado running over 50 lbs. Yep, that´s what I said. Sailfish in the 70 lb range are hanging, Red Snappers to 35 lbs just south of the Islands, Bonito, Jack Crevalls, Rooster Fish (35 – 50 lbs), the place is awash in action. This isn´t rocket science, show up, catch fish, and be happy. This is a rare treat, it´s the right place and now is the right time, so get off your duff and get it in gear amigos! Normally it´s March when we begin to start to see some Sailfish coming in. But they never left this year so we´re primed for what could be an exciting Sailfish Season!Image

El Banco is a little surprising as well this week. Striped Marlin are all over the area and are picking up in numbers. Again it looks like late summer fishing in March. There are herds of Spinner Dolphin around the high spots, which of course means there are football sized Yellowfin Tuna in the 35 lb range running with them. Cubera Snappers for the jiggers, Amber Jacks, and the possibility of some larger Yellowfin Tuna, but that is rolling the dice. Mid Sized lures of Pink, Green and Blue are working best. Also trolled dead bait seems to be a preference, but bring live bait just in case.Image

The Tres Maria Islands this week saw several boats come in with Yellowfin Tuna over 200 lbs and this will not change. Just remember it´s close to 100 miles out, so consider overnight trips to get more bang for your fishing bucks.

Corbeteña was a little slow this week. The bottom fishing for Cubera Snappers, Striped Marlin, and some Yellowfin Tuna doesn´t make this area worth the fuel dollars, for this moment anyway. Things can change in a heartbeat so make sure you get the latest and greatest before heading out.  Not much to say about Corbeteña.

Punta Mita is also seeing many Sailfish, Striped Marlin about 15 miles off the point and Rooster fish at the Anclote reef in Sayulita. For the moment the Marietta Islands would be a better choice.

Inside the bay there are just fields of smaller Jack Crevalls under five pounds, but you can catch 30 to 40 in a four hour day. So you have affordable action and you´re on the water amigo, it could be a lot worse!

Right now we´re seeing warmer than usual water temperatures, which is why the Sailfish and Dorado Bulls are heavy around the Marietta Islands. I have no reason to believe this will change as we move into spring in a short while. The bite is after mid day and runs to about 5 O´clock in the afternoon. So getting out there too early is not to your advantage. We´ve seen some red tide this week as well, but it´s streaky and that was at the mouth of the bay. So be prepared to change your game plan if the water turns red.

Remember we are Official Agents for Mikes Fishing Parties and right now you can book with us 8 hrs on a group boat for $170.00 dollars per person. Lunch and sodas included BYOB or Tequila!

Until next time don’t forget to kiss your fish and remember at Master Baiter’s Sportfishing & Tackle “ We Won’t Jerk You Around”!

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