Yellowtail fish tips - Fishing for Yellowtail How-To - Yo-Yo, Live Bait or Surface fishing for Yellowtail (Jack not tuna species of fish)

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Identification Requirements

A valid picture I.D. is required by the U.S. Coast Guard on all trips, for all passengers – including minors. Be sure to bring your driver’s license, school I.D. or other such documents. Valid documentation for a minor can be a school I.D. or birth certificate. Documents presented must not be expired.

Is A Passport or Mexican Visa Required?

While many of the trips departing daily from H&M Landing fish in Mexican waters, a passport is NOT REQUIRED unless we are fishing near the Mexican coast or near any of their offshore islands. During the summer months, most of our trips are scheduled to fish OFFSHORE (well outside of 12 miles) where a passport is NOT required.

If a trip is operating within 12 miles of the Mexican coast of any of their islands, a Mexican Tourist Visa (FMM) is required. Examples of the types of trips that require an FMM include Baja Long Range, ¾ Day Coronado Islands and Winter Coastal Rockcod. The H&M Landing booking website and/or H&M staff will notify you when you inquire about a reservation whether an FMM and Passport are required on the trip you have chosen. H&M Landing will issue the necessary FMM for trips on which they are required. The process for issuing an FMM requires that the applicant has a valid International or U.S. Passport Book or US Passport Card.

Personal documentation requirements have become standard for both domestic and international travel. While the vast majority of our trips do not require a Passport, H&M Landing recommends that for the most flexibility and whenever practical our customers obtain a valid U.S. Passport Card or Passport Book.

Obtaining a U.S. Passport

While the vast majority of our trips do not require a Passport, if the trip will fish within 12 miles of the Mexican coast or offshore islands, a Mexican Tourist Visa or FMM is required.  The H&M Landing booking website and/or H&M staff will notify you when you inquire about a reservation whether an FMM and Passport are required on the trip you have chosen. To qualify for an FMM, a valid International or U.S. Passport Book or Passport Card is required.

Passport Book or Passport Card?

What is the difference between a U.S. Passport Card and Passport Book?
A Passport Card is less expensive to obtain and can be used when transiting on land or sea. A Passport Card cannot be used for air travel. A Passport Book costs more to obtain and can be used for all types of travel.  The following links provide information on obtaining a Passport Card and/or Passport Book.

Passports for First Time Applicants

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/first-time.html

Where to Apply

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/where-to-apply.html

How Long Does It Take?

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/processing-times.html

Fishing the offshore waters in Mexico is fun and exciting.

For over 80 years H&M Landing has been the leading provider of trips along the Baja coast and the waters of Mexico. While the vast majority of our trips do not require a Passport, for most flexibility H&M Landing recommends that anglers obtain a valid Passport Card or Passport Book. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Do I need a passport to fish from H&M Landing?

The short answer is NO.

While many of the trips departing daily from H&M Landing fish in Mexican waters, a passport is NOT REQUIRED unless we are fishing near the Mexican coast or any of their offshore islands. During the summer months, most of our trips are scheduled to fish either in US waters or OFFSHORE in Mexican waters (well outside of 12 miles) where a passport is NOT required.

If a trip is operating within 12 miles of the Mexican coast or near any of their islands, a Mexican Tourist Visa (FMM) is required. Examples of the types of trips which require an FMM include Baja Long Range, ¾ Day Coronado Islands and Winter Coastal Rockcod.

If an FMM is required, H&M Landing will process the necessary documents. To be eligible for an FMM, an angler must have a valid Passport or Passport Card.

Mexican Fishing Permits

Everyone fishing in Mexican waters needs a Mexican Fishing Permit. Some trips include the Mexican Fishing Permit and Mexican Tourism Visa in the price of the ticket; some do not. H&M Landing will issue the required Mexican permits for trips aboard H&M fleet vessels.

Avet and Accurate Conventional Fishing Reels Great For Southern California Sportfishing

Accurate Boss Conventional Fishing Reels are one of the most popular Southern California angler fishing reel picks for Tuna and Big Game fish - Search or browse for the new Boss Fury single star best price point reel!

Best Fishing Reels Accurate & Avet for San Diego Tuna & Yellowtail

The Accurate Boss Single Speed Boss Series X Single Speed or for turning bigger game fish the BX-2 Series. Both Accurate Boss 400x, 500x or 600x have huge 6:1 ratio great for popular Southern California - San Diego deep "Yo-Yo" technique where dropping deep and cranking in at blazing speeds trigger the Yellowtail bite. Spend the money for an Accurate or Avet one piece aluminum body work horse reels for San Diego game fish like we witnessed in 2015!

Accurate Boss Valiant Fishing Reel

A favorite reel for local tuna and Yellowtail is Accurate Boss Valiant, a saltwater fishing reel every Southern California angler needs in their mix of tackle. Help support SportfishSanDiego.com if you buy one of these reels by making purchases from Amazon. I've searched and selected my local favorites for San Diego and SoCal sportfishing where diversity and several rod/reel combos come in handy when on a moments noticed you hook-up a 100#-200# class Bluefin Tuna show up at the side of the boat just five miles off San Diego as visiting and local San Diego, CA anglers have been blessed with this 2016 summer.

Multiple Rod/Reel Combos Rigged and Ready!

Big events happen fast and unforgiving when tuna fishing - the key is to be ready seconds after you hear the angler or deckhand yell hook-up! - If you can have multiple rod/reel fishing combos you can be ready for any change in conditions or fish target when that precious moment hits on troll when an angler yells, "HOOKUUUPPPP!" The boat then does what's called "slide" into nuetral and immediately the Captain calls out to the deckhand how much live bait to pitch to keep the tuna on the surface and biting angler lines who should already have a bait or jig in the water. Timing and teamwork is essential in successfull tuna fishing Southern California stand-up hook and line style. When the Captain calls out on com what size fish are being marked under the boat, the listening angler then picks up and casts the saltwater fishing rod/reel combo right for the bite. Having multiple setups all ready to go is awesome and can mean the difference between that bucket list 150# class Bluefin Tuna I mentioned earlier just five miles from San Diego ending up in proud pics and on the plate that night over a beer telling the story how glad you are you invested in all this top-quality saltwater fishing tackle this guy Rob at SportfishSanDiego.com suggested he get! lol jk of course again I just love helping fellow anglers land those hard to get once in a lifetime fish.

On the same 5am to 5pm offshore trip you can hook up a 20-30# class Yellowtail on the Yo-Yo Iron Jig, a bucket-list San Diego 2016! 150# Bluefin Tuna on a light Tady 45 surface iron, a 50# White Sea Bass or a 50# class Halibut on live squid or a personal favorite of mine (Rob Mailly Owner SportfishSanDiego.com), a old timer slow-growth lunker elusive Calico Bass while flippin' 3-6' plastics using either my Shimano Calcutta 400

or for lower price and unbelievable casting distance my Daiwa Sealine X SLH20! I sell all fishing tackle I mentioned here and truly part of my personal tackle (I chose fishing tackle over a snappy car and wife, lol jk of course) Here's the best deals on Amazon I found for the Boss Valiant BV-300, Daiwa Sealine Series, Avet and Shimano...I haven't left out the first and very best most trusted fishing reel ever made - Penn's Jigmaster 500. My father taught me as a little kid fishing local 3/4 day Coronado Island's trips to learn how to cast a conventional (bait casting) reel using a Penn Jigmaster 500 and a rent rod. He said "son if you can learn to cast a inexpensive old die-hard like a Penn 500, every saltwater fishing reel you cast from now on no matter how expensive and full of features will be a piece of cake and envy of other anglers. It's all about picturing a pendulum and not how hard you cast but proper technique that takes years to perfect for most. Also thumb pressure and controlling backlash which newer high-end saltwater fishing reels like Accurate and Avet have engineered into their respective products. That's another article I will cover.

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Shimano Calcutta Series - Best Fishing For Yellowtail

I love this old school reel! Although demands more frequent cleaning and maintenance, it's well worth the relatively good bang for the buck solid live bait or plastics flippin' reel I personally used my Calcutta 400. If you like throwing the plastics (plastic swim baits) this is a solid reel for the job and smooth as silk drag for burning Yellowtail.