Today a friend decided to go fishing at Coyote Bank, aka “Border Bank” in Canadian waters. Upon calling into Canadian Customs because they were planning to anchor, the Custom’s agent on the phone told them they would have to report to either Victoria or Sydney for inspection, even though they had their Nexus cards and all paperwork in order.
They told the Canadian Customs official on the phone they would drift, which would not require them to report in person to a Canadian port.
I also just received an e-mail from another friend in Anacortes who went to Coyote Bank today. Here’s what he said.
Hi John, fished Coyote, was on a drift today other boat was anchored. Canadian Border Patrol came out, told boat on anchor to report to Victor customs, all paper in order made all call to custom with BR #. No guns / drugs / alcohol only fish gear. I know the guy they did this to, we went out together. Have Not herd from him yet. Any Idea why?
I have no idea why.
Today the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol boat, with three BIG outboards fueled up at John Wayne Marina, so obviously both sides of the border are watching. Just not sure what is going on with Canadian side of border.
Just remember, if you plan to anchor you MUST call into Canadian Customs and receive a clearance number. If they request you report to a port just tell them no thanks, you will just drift or troll and you should be fine.
Borders are getting less restrictive and more restrictive at the same time. Go figure.