I need to obtain a Mexican sport fishing license. Where can purchase one?

You may obtain a Mexican sport fishing license from the CONAPESCA Office in San Diego either in person or by mail. Go to www.sportfishinginmexico.com and select the “license”· menu to confirm our mailing address and download the application form.

Where is the CONAPESCA Office in San Diego located and what are the hours of assistance to the public?

We are located at 2389 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, and assist the public from 8 am to 2 pm Monday thru Friday. If you need assistance by phone, please call us at 619.233.4324.

I want to take my family and friends to fish in Mexican waters. Who needs a fishing license?

When a boat enters Mexican waters and there is fishing gear aboard, every person aboard needs to hold a valid Mexican sport fishing license

I am going to fish in Mexican waters. How many fish can I keep?

The maximum daily bag limit in Mexico is 10 fish per person, and there are several ways you may reach that total: catching a single sample of either a billfish, shark or giant sea bass count as five fish toward the overall daily 10 fish limit; catching two samples total of any dorado, rooster fish, shad, tarpon fish, gulf grouper or blue fin tuna count as five fish toward the overall daily 10 fish limit; of any other species a maximum of five samples may be taken, observing the overall daily 10 fish limit. When the fishing trip to Mexico last longer than 3 days, the maximum cumulative allowed is three times the daily limit.

Is it legal to catch Blue Fin Tuna in Mexico?

Yes. You may catch up to two Blue Fin Tunas per day, and those two fish count as five towards your overall 10 fish bag limit per day. Keep in mind that the most fish you can legally possess is three times the daily limit, for any fishing trip lasting over three days.

What documentation do I need to carry or comply with in order to fish at the Coronado Islands?

Because you will be operating your boat and entering another country, you should carry your driver’s license, vessel registration and U. S. passport. In addition, everybody aboard will need a valid Mexican sport fishing license and, because the Coronado Islands are within Mexico’s territorial waters, you will need to comply with tourists’ immigration requirements by filing an FMM. If you plan to enter a Mexican port, you will also need to obtain a Temporary Import Permit for you boat.

How do I comply with the tourist FMM immigration requirement?

The tourist FMM (Multiple-Use Immigration Form) is processed by the Mexican National Immigration Institute (INAMI) and they have established a process where the requirement can be met online.
Start at our website, www.sportfishinginmexico.com and select the “immigration” menu. Click on the “Sample Passenger List” button to download an electronic passenger list, and replace the sample information with your own data. In addition, click on the “Immigration Fee” button to make the corresponding payment according to the number of persons aboard the boat. Save your receipt and email both the receipt and your passenger list to INAMI’s email at bc_pescadeportiva@inami.gob.mx.

I have questions filling out the FMM format. Where can I get assistance?

For questions or assistance filling the FMM, contact INAMI at bc_pescadeportiva@inami.gob.mx.

How do I obtain a 10-Year, Temporary Import Permit for my boat?

A 10-year Temporary Import Permit is required for any vessel arriving or docking at a Mexican port or any boat 14.5 feet or longer trailered on Mexican roads.
Start at our website, www.sportfishinginmexico.com and select the “customs” menu; under “Requirements”, click on the “paper TIP Application” button to access the online procedure. Follow the instructions to complete the process and make sure you provide a physical address, as a decal that shows compliance will be forwarded to your mailing address.

I have already obtained a 10-year, Temporary Import Permit for my boat but it has been lost or destroyed. How can I get a replacement?

Please contact the Banjercito office in Mexico City for assistance on replacing your still-effective 10-year Temporary Import Permit. Their bilingual staff can help you at 01152.55.5328.2329 or 01152.55.5328.2354.