Mexican Fishing Licenses: More = Less

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Mexican Fishing Licenses: More = Less

Postby bajafly » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:56 pm

Endless Season Update 01/14/2009
REPORT #1149 "Below the Border" Saltwater Fly-Fishing reports since 1996

East Cape

The box below compares the cost of the 2009 Mexican Fishing licenses with the cost in 2008. The price of the

licenses actually went up about 8%. However, the peso rate increased in favor of the dollar by about 31%. The

lesson here is to purchase your Mexican License with pesos and it will be cheaper than it was last year.

Mexican Fishing license cost two year comparison
2008 1 USD =10.9076 MXN 2009 1 USD = 14.2829 MXN
2008 1 day license 130 pesos ($11.92) Weekly 260 pesos ($23.84) Annual 500 pesos
2009 1 day license 136 pesos
($9.17) Weekly 290 pesos ($20.30) Annual 540 pesos

There are few guests at the hotels so most of the boats are not heading out. North winds blew most of the week

creating a left over lump along the beach which prevented even the tin boat fleet from getting a couple of hours

fishing in before the relentless wind pounded the beach in the afternoon.

Water temperature 67-73
Air temperature 57-77
Humidity 65%
Wind: NNW 9 to 12 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:53 p.m. MST

Magdalena Bay, Baja Mexico

The annual influx of tourists arrived in search of a close encounter with the rapidly growing number of whales that

have begun arriving from the North. Every year the number of visitors seems to grow. Meanwhile the fishing

almost comes to a standstill while the town puts on a short lived, eco-friendly image. An image that quickly

disappears when the ‘big guys’ leave.

Bob Hoyt

Water temperature 67 - 73
Air temperature 56 -78
Humidity 68 %
Wind: WSW 5 to 6 knots
Conditions: Sunny
Visibility 7 miles
Sunrise 7:13 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:58 p.m. MST

Zihuatanejo, Mainland Mexico

It is still only a short ride to the 83º blue water, and the outstanding fishing for sailfish continues. And, we were in

the middle of the full moon phase last week. It is hard to believe, but the great fishing we have now is going to

get even better in this next few weeks.

Each boat in the fleet is averaging between four and six sailfish a day, and at least one 20+ pound dorado. Most of

the blue water action is taking place between the 12 and 13 mile mark.
The individual counts are almost too numerous to list, but a few examples are like Martin on the Nautilius,

averaging five sailfish and a dorado per day, with a high day of nine sailfish released. Martin also hooked a large

blue marlin, but lost it after a few minutes. Annual returning fishermen,

Billy and Barbara Gray of Hilton head, South Carolina fished 3 days with Santiago on the panga, Gitana, releasing

19 sails, and then one day with Adan on the panga Gitana II, releasing seven. There is a large group of fishermen

from Denmark here now, and they are having a blast. The days they fish the blue water, they gets lots of sails and

dorado. The days they are inshore, they are getting lots of jack crevalle and sierras. The only thing missing

inshore are the roosters, but they will be back in May.

Ed Kunze

Water temperature 78 - 80
Air temperature 73-89
Humidity 65%
Wind: Calm
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 10 miles
Sunrise 7:20 a.m. CST
Sunset 6:31 p.m. CST

Cabo San Lucas

The striped marlin have continued to bite at the Golden Gate Bank. Catch rates varied from between two to ten

fish per day. Running to the diving pelicans and frigates and throwing a couple of live baits in among the feeding

seals and marlin resulted in many hook-ups on both marlin and pelicans. The striped marlin have also begun to

show just off of the lighthouse on the Pacific side. Along the flats at the point, the bait has begun to stack up and

many boats are fishing there instead of making the run to the Golden Gate Bank.

There were also a few yellowfin between 15-20 pounds found among porpoise off of Gray Rock, and the same

type of action was occasionally found 8-10 miles off the beach on the way to the San Jaime Bank on the Pacific


There were decent catches of dorado averaging 12 pounds this week from the Pacific side of the Cape just a few

miles off the beach. Farther off shore at 10+ miles, the fish seemed to be bigger... one boat came in with three

dorado over 35 pounds

The sierra bite is picking up and the fish are good sized, between 8 and 10 pounds, and a few quality yellowtail

are starting to pop up occasionally off of the Rocky points, as well as pargo to 25 pounds right in the rocks. Many

of the pangas working just offshore for dorado and striped marlin are doing fairly well.

George & Mary Landrum

Water temperature 73 - 82
Air temperature 54 - 85
Humidity 67%
Wind: ENE 2 to 2 knots
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Visibility 8 miles
Sunrise 7:03 a.m. MST
Sunset 5:55 p.m. MST

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