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Old 08-08-2009, 16:18   #1
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Fishing in Mexico

We're getting ready to take off for Mexico in a few months and started researching the rules for fishing in Mexico. We know that in order to fish anywhere in Mexican waters you need a license but also listed in the rules is the statement:

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

Does this mean that we can't catch fish destined for eating while cruising? That doesn't make any sense since I have read so many stories are about catching and eating firsh in Mexico that I must be misreading that statement but I'm confused. I found this rule in almost every recent web site that discused the license.

Or is this one of those rules that everybody ignores?

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We're getting ready to take off for Mexico in a few months and started researching the rules for fishing in Mexico. We know that in order to fish anywhere in Mexican waters you need a license but also listed in the rules is the statement:

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

Does this mean that we can't catch fish destined for eating while cruising? That doesn't make any sense since I have read so many stories are about catching and eating firsh in Mexico that I must be misreading that statement but I'm confused. I found this rule in almost every recent web site that discused the license.

Or is this one of those rules that everybody ignores?

TIA
You might try a fishing forum for that question, but maybe someone here knows the answer. If that sentence is correct as it reads, you could always dinghy to the beach and clean the fish.
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Old 08-08-2009, 23:08   #3
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First year, we paid big bucks for all applicable licenses including HAM.
After that, nobody we knew bought any of them, so we didn't either.
We were never asked by anyone if we had licenses and we were boarded by the Mexican Navy a couple of times during our 4 year cruise.

It's strictly a revenue generator imho.

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They are getting a little bit tighter on the question of licenses, I would guess that 1/3 of the folks I meet have them. No one pays much attention to the fillet rule, except in big tourist fishing ports like Cabo. For a cruiser it has never been an issue.
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For my luck I would be the one cruiser they decided to make an example of!
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