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Old 07-30-2019, 04:46 PM   #1
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The Coronados: Don't be One of Those Guys..

...Fishing and diving the Coronados is a privilege, not a right, as it still belongs to Mexico. The Mexican Navy is checking paperwork, so, make sure you have all the paperwork needed to be there. Recently, this is becoming a problem for them and could be a problem for us eventually.
...They are very polite and professional, so, do likewise..
...While they can technically take your boat into Ensenada and hold it if you are dumb enough to go there without proper documents, they have been courteous and simply ask you to return to American waters.
...Prepared captains collect the docs from each person on boarding, put them into a plastic bag and when the officers pull up along side and hold out the dip net, it is a simple matter to drop the bag into the net and standby. After about ten minutes of taking some photos and looking to see if everything is legal; you will be on your way... In the old days, we could outrun them with our faster boats and it was just a game between them and us, but, they now have new, faster rigs and with the danger posed by armed drug runners, it is not an advisable thing to do....
...So, don't be one of those arrogant guys who takes a short cut and risks getting the islands cut off from fishing for the majority, who are making the effort to comply with Mexican regulations...

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Old 07-30-2019, 11:33 PM   #2
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Re: The Coronados: Don't be One of Those Guys..

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...Fishing and diving the Coronados is a privilege, not a right, as it still belongs to Mexico.

In the old days, we could outrun them with our faster boats and it was just a game between them and us, but, they now have new, faster rigs and with the danger posed by armed drug runners, it is not an advisable thing to do....
...So, don't be one of those arrogant guys who takes a short cut and risks getting the islands cut off from fishing for the majority, who are making the effort to comply with Mexican regulations...
So.....you talk about being an arrogant idiot and then tell everybody else not to be one??
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: The Coronados: Don't be One of Those Guys..

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Old 07-31-2019, 09:55 AM   #4
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Re: The Coronados: Don't be One of Those Guys..

Spearfishing at the Coronados may soon be a thing of the past. If there was ever a time to “represent” its now. We need to set a higher standard than the rod and reel guys out there because it’s our access that is on the line. It would be nice if the reputation we have with the Mexicans patrolling the islands was one of being nice guys who always have their paperwork. It may buy us a little grace and hopefully time.
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Re: The Coronados: Don't be One of Those Guys..

...John, at 72, I can be an idiot and no one cares....Back in the day (before your time), Mexican paperwork was complicated and even the Mexican captains on the patrol boats couldn't tell you correctly what the rules were that came out of Mexico City, as they constantly changed depending on who was getting bribed by who...Often, it would take 7 months for new rules to reach Baja, as Baja was considered a colonial outpost of little political value to those in power..
...We dove and if they ambled out to check us, we would take off and in reality, they did not give a damn...less work to do....they would chase us a short distance, log in that they had chased a "suspicious vessel" back into American waters and get their stat for the day to show they were doing their job...It worked out fine for both sides, until the cartel drug guys showed up and made it dangerous...I was about 22 years old at the time and it was just another adventure for us youngsters to talk about..
...As an example of cluster ....; at one point, over 100 American boats were impounded over confusing paperwork technicalities (i.e. the hull number did not match the registration number on your CA registration, whereas, in Mexico, the numbers are the same). The boats were towed into Ensenada, where big fines (mas mordida) were imposed before releasing the vessels months later. Times change (even in Mexico) and we have to change with them..The only good thing about aging is that we tend to pick up some wisdom along the way....
...Besides, even in today's world, everybody knows that all millennials tend to be idiots until they turn 30....

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