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


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. 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 and plenty of available parking, the Gulf of Mexico is less than three minutes away.

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 three license-free saltwater fishing opportunities this year. A recreational fishing license is not required on the special days listed below. Be sure to mark your calendars!

  • Saturday and Sunday, June 6–7, 2015
  • Saturday, September 5, 2015
  • Saturday, November 28, 2015

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 Boat Ramp – City Docks

Mexico Beach is very boater friendly! The City Boat Ramp features three spacious concrete launch bays, generous docking space, and quick access to the Gulf of Mexico. The parking area offers ample parking. 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'.

The City of Mexico Beach has a variety of boat slips available to meet your needs while vacationing. Slips are located adjacent to Canal Park on the Gulf side of Canal Parkway.

For more information on the boat ramp, boat slips and their fees, click here or contact the Mexico Beach City Hall at 850-648-5700.

Fishing Charters

  • About Fun Charters

    It's All About Fun! From serious anglers to fun family vacations, we know the best places to show you a great time in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We offer calm water fishing, sightseeing tours, sunset cruises, eco-tours, photography, and scalloping. We also rent kayaks, skimboards and stand-up paddle boards. So what are you waiting for? Bring your family and have some fun!

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    130 Atlantic Street, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
  • Alleykat Bay Charters

    Capt. Butch Alley is U.S. Coast Guard certified and offers fishing trips that include bait, tackle and license. Come enjoy a fun day fishing with friends and/or family!

    Mexico Beach, FL 32456
  • Big Time Charters

    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
  • Break-A-Way Charters

    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 orCaptain Wade Guilford, to plan your trip.

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    Mexico Beach Marina,, FL
  • Capt Alan's Sea Escape

    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.

    Charters out of Mexico Beach Boat Ramp, Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Charisma Charters

    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:

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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    Departs from Mexico Beach Marina, Mexico Beach, Florida 32456
  • Tall Tales Fishing Charters

    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:

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Tightline Charters

    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

    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:

    Mexico Beach, FL 32459


  • City Docks

    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:

    Mexico Beach, FL 32410
  • Mexico Beach Marina

    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