A woman catches a flounder from the beach in Mexico Beach, FL

Fishing

Whether you fish from the shore for pompano, from the City Pier for Spanish mackerel or from the boat for grouper, the fishing in Mexico Beach is as good as it gets. A fleet of charter boats is available for the angler who needs a ride out into the Gulf, and there are no fees to access the City Pier or the City Boat Ramp. Many of the charter boats offer the option of inshore or offshore trips and most include your gear and license. With a new boat ramp, which provides three bays for launching, the Gulf of Mexico is less than three minutes away. Remember: it is free to launch from the ramp and plenty of parking is available.

Fishing Gallery

These are just a few of the species found at Mexico Beach:

  • King mackerel
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Grouper
  • Red snapper
  • Black snapper
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Spiny lobster
  • Cobia
  • Pompano
  • Wahoo
  • Speckled trout
  • Redfish
  • Bay scallops

Mexico Beach offers something that most places don’t: over 125 artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico that are teeming with game fish! Thanks to the efforts of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA), these reefs have been providing unforgettable fishing memories since 1997. A directory of GPS numbers for these artificial reefs can be found on the MBARA website.

So, grab your license, your cooler, your bait, and gas up at the marina to set off for a day of great fishing and unforgettable memory making. This will be one fishing community you will continue to visit again and again. To put it simply, the fishing here is amazing!

Fishing Resources

Make your Mexico Beach fishing trip safe, fun and productive with these handy guides to saltwater fishing in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Fishing Licenses

The state of Florida requires fishermen to hold a recreational saltwater fishing license, but there are two important exemptions to this law—children under the age of 16 and Florida residents over the age of 65. Fishing licenses may be purchased locally at the Mexico Beach Marina and Cathey’s Ace Hardware. Anglers fishing aboard licensed charter boats do not need a fishing license—the captain’s charter includes licensing for all fishermen aboard the vessel.

License-Free Fishing Days

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering two license-free fishing opportunities this year. A recreational fishing license is not required on the special days listed below. Be sure to mark your calendars!

  • Saturday, June 7, 2014
  • Sunday, June 8, 2014
  • Saturday, September 6, 2014
  • Saturday, November 29, 2014

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat.



Mexico Beach City Docks – Free Boat Ramp

This brand-new facility, completed in 2010, is destined to become the envy of communities throughout the state of Florida. It features spacious concrete ramps, generous docking space, and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico. The parking area can accommodate up to a hundred vehicles. Parking is free, as is use of the ramp.

The Mexico Beach Boat Ramp is located a half mile west of the Highway 98 bridge. Its GPS coordinates are: N 29 57.223' W 85 25.503'

Fishing Charters


  • Big Time Charters
    850-647-3474

    Have a big time on the Big Time! Business, family, pleasure, or competitive fishing ... we'll do it all and have fun at the same time! Charters out of Mexico Beach canal behind Blue Water Inn.

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Bounty Hunter Charters
    850-541-3820

    US Coast Guard & 100 ton Master License, we are here to fulfill all your fishing dreams. We offer trolling, bottom, spear, dive, shark trips and many more. Give us a call & lets set up your long awaited fishing trip needs!

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Break-A-Way Charters
    850-227-4159

    Let's have some fun in the Gulf! Charter fishing from Mexico Beach in the Gulf of Mexico is some of the best on the Panhandle! From family fishing to serious anglers we will make your fishing charter a time to remember! We do offshore trolling, bottom fishing, and flat fishing. If diving is your choice of adventure, we will take you out where you will dive and view the beautiful fish and marine life in our area. We also provide sight seeing and scalloping trips. Licensed and Insured. Call Captain Bobby Guilford at 850-227-4159, Captain Wade Guilford at 850-340-1188 or Captain George Lautt at 850-247-9549 to plan your trip.

    Alternate Phone:
    850-340-1188

    Email Address:
    golautt@icloud.com

    Departs from the Mexico Beach Marina,, 191 Guilford Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
  • Capt Alan's Sea Escape
    850-340-0643

    Captain Alan Sligh invites you and your family to enjoy personal service on the Sea Escape, a 24-ft. Carolina Skiff with convertible top. We offer: Fishing Trips-4 Hours (licenses and bait and tackle provided). Shell Trips to a beautiful and remote island ~ see Dolphins swim alongside on the boat trip over, and there are always lots of shells to find. Snorkel Trips to a 1852 Shipwreck, it is in shallow water and perfect for smaller children, all snorkel gear and instruction is provided.

    Sails out of Mexico Beach canal, slip 9, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Charisma Charters
    850-648-8211

    A trip with Charisma Charters can be a business situation, a family outing, or a real fisherman's chance to catch that big one. Trips for four or eight hours are inshore trolling for kings, Spanish, blues, blue dolphin, little tuna, ling (or cobia), and some light tackle fishing on our man-made reefs or sunken boats. Off-shore fishing is 12 hours for grouper and snapper. Longer trips are also available. All fishing licenses, tackle and equipment are furnished. You bring only your food and drink. Charisma Charters can provide you and your family and friends with great fishing, plus the knowledge that you will be in safe hands with a good captain, on good boats, in some of the prettiest and most productive waters in the world.

    Email Address:
    fish@charismacharters.com

    104-A Miramar Drive, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Floridaze Adventures
    850-896-4930

    Your trip to Florida doesn't have to be spent fighting crowds, staring at high-rise condos, or fighting through amusement parks. Instead, let us help you develop a custom-tailored adventure package the entire family can enjoy!

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Mexico Beach Charters
    850-381-1313

    Charter fishing from Mexico Beach in the Gulf of Mexico and from Port St. Joe in St Joe Bay is some of the best on the Panhandle! From family fishing to serious anglers we will make your fishing charter a time to remember! We do offshore trolling and bottom fishing. Also near shore fishing, for redfish, trout and flounder. Let’s have fun! Let’s go fishing!

    Departs from Mexico Beach Canal, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Miss Mary Charters
    850-527-6272

    Come aboard with Captain Chip Blackburn for the fishing trip of a lifetime. Charter Boat Miss Mary will take you to the finest fishing spots both inshore and offshore. Bait, tackle, ice and license included.

    Departs from Mexico Beach Canal, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • SouthBound Charters
    850-508-8550

    SouthBound Charters offers offshore fishing charters out of beautiful Mexico Beach, FL. We offer trolling trips, bottom trips, or a combination of both. We also offer scalloping and dive charters. All licenses and tackle provided.

    Mexico Beach, FL
  • St. Vincent Island Shuttle Services and Fishing Charters
    850-229-1065

    Explore St. Vincent Island aboard a spacious boat with licensed Captain Joey Romanelli. The shuttle departs and returns daily at YOUR schedule from Indian Pass Road C-30B, Florida. Choose your mode of transportation. Enjoy a hike or we'll transport you and your bike to the island. In addition to our shuttle, we offer pleasure cruises and charter fishing trips. Come explore a unique and natural island. Hike the trails or stroll the beaches. Shelling, surf fishing, and bird watching are some of the treasures you'll discover at St. Vincent Island.

    690 Indian Pass Road, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
  • Strike Zone Fishing Adventures
    913-530-4562

    Bottom fishing the reefs to trolling for pelagic species, we have the trip for you! We offer some of the best table fare the ocean has to offer. Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, Kingfish, Amberjack and many more! Providing a fast, quiet and comfortable ride to the fishing grounds for up to 6 passengers with fishing license and tackle included. Every guest of ours receives the highest level of customer service, professionalism, equipment and overall experience.

    Alternate Phone:
    678-898-5752

    Email Address:
    Chris@strikezonefishingadventures.com

    Departs from Mexico Beach Marina, Mexico Beach, Florida 32456
  • Tall Tales Fishing Charters
    850-229-7149

    Every fishing adventure with Capt. Tim Harvey is a great experience, because he strives for you to enjoy your time spent on the water, whether it's landing the big one (or little one), watching the porpoises chasing bait fish, sea turtles surfacing for air, rays skimming the bottom for their next meal, or just spending time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No matter which bay you choose, or what you choose to do, you'll have "Tall Tales" to remember for years to come.

    Alternate Phone:
    850-527-7230

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Tightline Charters
    850-227-8218

    We invite you to come and experience some of the best inshore fishing the State of Florida has to offer. We grew up fishing the waters of Northwest Florida & can tell you it offers a wide range of exciting fishing for all anglers. From trout & redfish in the bays & backwaters, to tarpon & cobia off the beaches, every day on the local waters offers something for everyone! The safety & well-being of our customers come first & foremost. We are United States Coast Guard licensed Captains & fully insured.

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Wicker Bills Guide Services
    850-229-2710

    We’ll take you or teach you to fish the beautiful waters of our area! Located in Mexico Beach with over 25 years fishing local waters! We specialize in inshore flats, offshore bottom fishing, trolling, snorkeling, scalloping, and sightseeing! Target your species.

    Alternate Phone:
    850-527-4036

    Mexico Beach, FL 32459

Marinas


  • City Docks
    850-527-7147

    The City of Mexico Beach has a variety of boat slips available to meet your needs while vacationing in Mexico Beach. Slips are located adjacent to Canal Park on the Gulf Side of Canal Parkway. Contact the Harbor Master today for pricing and availability.

    Alternate Phone:
    850-648-5700

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Mexico Beach Marina
    850-648-8900

    Attention boaters and fishermen: whether it is to fuel up, stock up, purchase souvenirs or find a home away from home for your boat, Mexico Beach Marina has your marine needs covered.

    3904 Highway 98, Mexico Beach, FL 32410