It's 110 paved miles to San Felipe. You can get a bus from the central bus station in Mexicali. The fare will be reasonable.
You'll need a license if you fish from a boat. The license will cost you $5.60 a day, $14 a week or $28 a year, according to the San Felipe Web page on the Internet. You can buy the license at the port captain's office at the marina in San Felipe.
You're not going to be able to fish for totuava, a species of sea bass. Totuava has been on the endangered species list since the 1970s. Efforts are under way to re-establish totuava in the Sea of Cortez. Last December 14,000 6-month-old totuava were released in the sea.
As recently as the 1960s, San Felipe was mobbed by thousands of fisherman anxious to hook the fish that grew about as big as a blue marlin. The fish were so numerous anglers standing on the beach were hooking them.
In 1961 one eyewitness reported seeing a totuava weigh in at 330 pounds. By the end of the 1960s, illegal gill netting and even dynamiting had all but knocked the fish, a near relative of the white sea bass, out of existence.
QUESTION: I am a snowbird. I own a house in Imperial County. I pay my taxes. When I am here I spend liberally for goods and services in the Valley. Everyone says they love the snowbirds — everybody but the insurance companies. I have called three insurance agencies to insure my house. Not one has bothered to return my phone call. Is there any agency out there that will insure a snowbird's house? — Uninsured, Niland
OK, insurance vendors, if you want to insure this snowbird, give us a call at 337-3448. Leave your number and we'll give you the above snowbird's number so you can get together.
If you are not insuring snowbirds, are not insuring folks in Niland or have so much business you don't need any more, let us know that, too.
FIREFIGHTER HISTORY — We have been working on a history of the El Centro Fire Department. We are looking for pictures and we think PROBE readers may have some in their photo albums?
We want anything having to do with the Fire Department, fires or firefighters lining up for a group photo. We need a picture of the first fire chief, E.H. Sherman, and we would like to have a picture of Chief R. L. (Lester) Patton, who served from 1961 to 1977. — History Buff, El Centro.
OK, readers, if you have pictures, take them to Capt. David Hudson and he'll pass them on to Norman Heil, who is writing the book. Hudson is helping him.