Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and we’ll ring in a new year.  The new year will also mark new regulations for anglers.  No, I’m not talking about the MPA’s (Marine Protected Areas) that will go into effect, I’m talking about the new fishing visas that the Mexican government is imposing beginning Sunday January 1st.  Local anglers (1/2 and 3/4 day) will be hit with a real double whammy when hitting the sportboats out of San Diego.  This morning, Western Outdoor News reported about the new regulations.

The new fees are tied to value of the Mexican peso in relation to the dollar, but for now, it means that an additional $33 will be collected for a 3 day fishing visa.  I often ride the Daily Double, the half day boat out of Point Loma Sportfishing, when I’m down in San Diego.  The cost to ride is $45.  Tack on an additional $33 and you are looking at $78 to ride for a half day trip…seriously.  The new regulations will be enforced by random boarding of the sportboats.

Well can’t the boats just stay local?  Sure, but due to the MPA’s they’re losing most of La Jolla and Point Loma.  Normally, Jan 1 marks a 2 month closure on rockfish, and other bottomfish which is a challenge, but this year is going to be really interesting.  I’m very worried what these new rules are going to do to the industry.  I’ll stay on top of this thread to let you know as this story develops.