Dear Polaris Supreme Anglers,
I hope this letter finds all of you well. As summer fast approaches we have gotten final Guadalupe questions answered. And below I have done my best to try to convey them all to you.
Not all trips will go to Guadalupe. Last year there was already excellent fishing at Guadalupe mid July. In a normal water temperature year like we have now, we start to see Guadalupe produce good yellowfin by mid August. So mid July, mid August is the time slot we may start fishing Guadalupe. Your guess is probably as good as mine. But we do know if the yellowfin do show, they will be there in full force by September and October. Either way we want to be to be prepared for any scenario.
Passports, Visas, Mexican Permits, and Guadalupe Permits (one bracelet for each day of fishing at Guadalupe) will be required by all passengers on all trips four days and longer from July 18th on that may go to Guadalupe. This is a Homeland Security US and Mexico Customs and Immigration requirement to go to Guadalupe Island.
I realize the logistics seem very complex, but all you, as a passenger will need to acquire, will be a passport. We will acquire all other documents.
The decision to go to Guadalupe will be made four to five days prior to departure. This will give us time to prepare our forms, and notify our customs brokers, (Us and Mexican), Department of Homeland Security, Customs, Immigration, Agriculture, and Coast Guard.
We need your passport information now!
Our decision to go to Guadalupe will be made on the basis of whether there is good fishing or not at the Island, weather, input from charter heads and passengers as to their desire to go. The Captain and owner will make the final decision based on the above-mentioned and any other issues that may come up.
A typical route on a five-day trip would be as follows:
Day 0 – Board 9:00am * Depart Landing11:00am * Depart Bait Receivers 1:00 pm
It is 60 miles from San Diego to Ensenada * Arrive Ensenada 7:00 pm *
Two hours to clear * Depart Ensenada 9:00 pm
Day 1 – Fish day light until dark off shore for albacore, bluefin, and yellowtail on
kelps. It is 182 miles from Ensenada to the North end of Guadalupe and 196
miles to the south end. 217 miles from San Diego to north end of Guadalupe.
237 miles to south end.
Day 2 – Fish Guadalupe daylight and on into the night for yellowtail and tuna.
Day 3 – Fish Guadalupe until dark. You could also go back off shore at the end of the
Previous day to fish albacore, bluefin, and yellowtail on kelps this day.
Day 4 – Fish off shore for albacore, bluefin, and yellowtail on kelps. We must be within
60 miles of Ensenada by 4 pm to be into Ensenada by 10 pm to clear out of
Mexico. Depart Ensenada midnight.
Day 5 – Arrive San Diego customs 6:00 am. One hour to clear. Arrive back to the
dock 7:30 am.
The typical scenario for a four-day trip would be one day less at Guadalupe. If indeed the Island was the main destination. The time involved to target Guadalupe on four and five day trips will not allow us to have time to fish Cedros or Benitos. Six or seven day trips will.
This is the longest expected clearing times. We are hoping to keep Ensenada down to one hour and San Diego down to a half hour. There is no scheduled check in into Guadalupe, but we expect to be inspected by Conapesca and/or the Mexican Navy.
Only on trips going to Guadalupe requiring clearance there will be a clearance fee of approximately $3260.00 divided up amongst the passengers on board. This will cover the cost we will be required to pay in and out of San Diego and Ensenada for customs, Immigration and Agriculture. Other cost will include the following
Cost 5-Day: (carrying 24 people)
Mexican Fishing Permit $ 87.00 (cost incurred on all trips to Mexico)
Mexican Visa $25.00
Daily Guadalupe Bracelet $ 5.00 (per day) times 3= $15
Clearance Fee $135.00
Approximate total $257.00
Our bait dying in Ensenada Harbor has been a question brought up and will not be an issue. Ensenada Harbor is very clean, if not cleaner than San Diego Bay in the summer when there is no runoff. It is also cooler than San Diego Bay and chance of red tide is slim in both bays this year with no El Nino.
Thank you all for your patronage. If you have any questions or concerns please call me or Susan at the Polaris Supreme office. 619-390-7890