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Mexico Beach is located on Florida’s Forgotten Coast – the part of the panhandle that doesn’t have a lot of residents and is often overshadowed by nearby tourist destinations such as Panama City Beach. It’s a small city that few know about and most overlook.
Until 2018 when the city of Mexico Beach made national headlines and was forever changed.
It was a direct hit when Hurricane Michael came to shore at Mexico Beach, causing significant damage to more than 80% of the small beachtown. Since then, the city is on the mend. The residents are resilient and rebuilding slowly but surely. Those wanting to help in recovery efforts can learn more at mbara.com (Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association).
For those visiting Mexico Beach to help with rebuilding efforts or to help boost the economy, you can bet the people there will be happy to see you. Stay awhile, visit with people, and maybe fish for a little while. Hire a Mexico Beach fishing charter to help boost the local economy. There’s plenty of fishing to be done, and you’re sure to have a great day on the water.
Fishing the shoreline is just one option to target inshore species. Surfcasting is very common, and many anglers will encounter a variety of species, everything from croakers to sharks. Florida has some new regulations when fishing for sharks from the shore; make sure to know what’s permitted before heading out.
Standing on the white, sandy beaches fishing for sharks is the thrill of a lifetime. Blacktip shark is just one example of what can be caught from Mexico Beach. Distinguished by (you guessed it) the black coloring on their fins, blacktips can grow over 6 feet. They attack topwater lures like it’s their job. Other sharks found here include hammerheads, bulls, and tiger sharks.
Other anglers will fish nearshore Mexico Beach in kayaks. The waters are calm enough and it’s a unique way to explore in and around the small town. The channel that runs from the Gulf into the landscape is fun to navigate and fish near the shore. Others may just stand on the bank and cast their lines. Either way, most anglers practice catch-and-release to help conserve a healthy fish population.
Just around the corner from Mexico Beach is the bountiful Saint Joseph Bay. Whether fishing from a kayak or bay boat, there’s plenty to get your attention.
Mexico Beach inshore species include redfish, spotted seatrout, flounder, and more. Redfish are a tan/golden color with distinct black spot near the tail. Spotted seatrout are typically found in deeper water than redfish, and are identified by their slender body sprinkled with dots across the top. Flounder are flatfish found at the bottom of the ocean. Flounder are picky eaters and strike fast. But with the right bait and a quick reel you’re flounder fishing trip is sure to be a success!
During the summer, the red snapper reigns supreme. Florida’s open season starts in June and runs most of the summer. The nearby artificial reefs create unparalleled habitats for these prized trophies. Drop your line with cigar minnows on the hook and get ready for the snapper to strike. Jigging is another option, though it takes a lot of work to keep the lure moving. If you happen to catch a snapper out of season, take a quick pic then release it back into the water for another day’s fight.
Offshore trolling for king mackerel, wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna, and sailfish is also a favorite for Mexico Beach charters. Trolling is a technique where lines are in the water while the boat speeds over open water. Captains can have upto six lines in the water, spaced-out from the wake to about 200 yards out. What you’re looking to catch will determine what bait you’ll use. Shiny offerings like minnows and sardines will bring the mackerels, ballyhoo will attract mahi, while bigger pelagics such as tuna and sailfish will eat just about anything.
The Gulf of Mexico is a bountiful source of great fishing. Whether you’re hitting the artificial reefs or trolling the open waters, you’re certain to get hooked on something. While some reefs were disturbed by Hurricane Michael, many are still intact and provide fantastic fishing spots.
This is one fishing community that isn’t going anywhere, no matter what Mother Nature says. If you happen to visit in the summer, be sure to try scalloping with the family! It’s like a treasure hunt in shallow waters and a great activity for kids. Just bring a mask and net, and start collecting!
When you hire a local Mexico Beach charter, all fishing licenses and gear is included in your trip price. The captains work hard for you to have the trip of a lifetime. Don’t wait, book your Mexico Beach charter and start the adventure today!