Tuesday February 21 2017

Posted by Tomas on May 22, 2015
  • Fishing for the elusive Blue Marlin in the Sea of Cortez
    Fishing for the elusive Blue Marlin in the Sea of Cortez
  • Summer catches in the Sea of Cortez can be plentiful. like these two dorado destine for fish tacos
    Summer catches in the Sea of Cortez can be plentiful. like these two dorado destine for fish tacos
  • A rather copious catch at Isla Cedros
    A rather copious catch at Isla Cedros
  • Hauling in a rooster fish in the Sea of Cortez
    Hauling in a rooster fish in the Sea of Cortez
  • Many fishing locations are also popular dive sites please don't discard trash in the sea, it doesn't go away as fast as you think
    Many fishing locations are also popular dive sites please don't discard trash in the sea, it doesn't go away as fast as you think

Here are the Mexican Fishing Regulations in English. They are straight forward now and much easier to understand and accommodate. For many years Mexico did not have the infrastructure to police and enforce these regulations on sportfishermen, but that is no longer the case. New patrols by PESCA can come down hard witl vessel impoundment and fines.

Fishing regulations and limits are not in place to limit your fun, but rather to extend it into the years to come. Fishing the Sea of Cortez and other parts of Mexico can still be a magical experience, but it is no longer what it was even just 15 years ago, when I arrived in the Sea. Help maintain the thrill of sportfishing in the Sea by observing regulations and limits.

Our information is gleened from the Conapesca website: Mexican Sport Fishing Regulations

When operating a boat that carries fishing equipment in Mexican waters, it is necessary to hold a valid fishing license for everybody  aboard the boat, regardless of age and whether fishing or not.  A Fishing License is not required when fishing from land.

Only one rod or line with hook is permitted in the water, per person, but there is no restriction regarding the number of replacement items.

A fishing license allows to capture fin fish only.  It does not allow to capture any crustaceans or mollusks, with the exception of squid, and their capture by anyone is strictly prohibited.  Totuaba, turtles and marine mammals are under protection of the Ministry and may not be captured at any time.

To capture bottom fish, up to four hooks on a vertical line may be used.

The use of electric reels is restricted to disabled fishermen only, after written authorization for the Ministry before use. 

Apply for your Mexican Fishing License here"

Bag and Posession Limits

In ocean waters and estuaries the limit is a total of ten fish per person per day, with no more than 5 catches of a single specie, except of the species of the “Billfishes”, Shark and Giant Seabass (Stereolepis gigas), of which only one specimen from this group is allowed per day, and which counts a five toward the overall 10 fish limit, or Dorado, Roosterfish, Shad or Tarpon, and Gulf Grouper (Mycyteroperca jordani), of which only two samples from this group are allowed, and which count as five toward the overall 10 fish limit.

Limit on inland bodies of water (rivers, lakes, dams, etc.) is five fish per day, whether of a single specie or in combination.

Underwater fishing is limited to a total of five fish and/or squid per day, using rubber band, spring or pneumatic harpoons, and only while skin diving.

There is no limit to the practice of "catch and release", as long as the fish that exceed the bag limit be returned to their environment in good survival condition.     

Where sportfishing is conducted from boats out at sea for longer than three days, the bag limit will  be the equivalent of three times the amounts mentioned above. 

Violations

It is illegal to capture and maintain alive any fish for ornamental purposes.

It is prohibited to receive any financial gain from the product obtained through sportfishing.

It is prohibited to dump trash, litter or substances that harm the aquatic flora or fauna, whether on    lakes, river banks, shores or oceanic waters.

It is prohibited to collect shells, corals, sea anemones and snails, or to disturb the original ecosystem/environment.

It is prohibited to practice sportfishing 250 meters or less from swimmers.

It is prohibited to use artificial lighting to attract large quantities of fish.

It is prohibited to possess firearms in Mexican waters.

Fish caught under a sportfishing license may not be filleted aboard the vessel from which it was caught

It is requested that all unusual activities, occurrences or record catches be reported to the nearest office of the Oficina de Pesca, or to its representation in San Diego, CA. in order to ensure the preservation of natural resources for the continued enjoyment of all fishermen.

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