Reel Good Catch of the Day
Fish at Mexico Beach
- King mackerel
- Spanish mackerel
- Red snapper
- Black snapper
- Spiny lobster
- Speckled trout
- Bay scallops
Mexico Beach offers something that most places don’t: 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), over 150 reefs have been deployed since 1997. While some of the reefs were displaced by Hurricane Michael in October of 2018, many are still intact and perfect spots for making unforgettable fishing memories. 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!
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!
- First consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June
- First Saturday in September
- Saturday following Thanksgiving
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.