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Fishing in Port Mansfield

Just 60 miles north of the US-Mexican border lies the small fishing town of Port Mansfield. There’s nothing small about Port Mansfield fishing, as it’s the second most popular angling location in this part of Texas. Not bad at all for a place with fewer than 300 permanent residents! Tourists will be going to places like Corpus Christi or South Padre Island, but anglers are sure to stick around.

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As far as Port Mansfield fishing hot spots are concerned, you’ll be spoiled for choice! Inshore waters are teeming with fish like Redfish, Trout, and even Tarpon in the fall months. On the other hand, this is also a great starting point for trips into the Gulf of Mexico. Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Amberjack, and Tuna are just some of the species that you’ll find in deeper waters.

Inshore Fishing

The moment you leave Port Mansfield by boat, you’ll be within reach of Red Fish Bay. As the name implies, the bay is rich in Redfish but also has a sizeable Trout population. This makes it a great introduction to the local fishery. Laguna Madre itself is great for shallow-water fishing, as well as crabbing. Its name is Spanish for “Mother Bay,” and the reputation for world-class sight fishing is right on the money.

Keep in mind that sight casting is no joke. The shallow bay makes for easily-spooked fish. You also need to be conscious of the weather, avoiding fishing when a gale is about to hit. Fortunately, the bait you’ll need is pretty straightforward for the local fish. Fly anglers should stick with Clouser Minnow pattern flies, while conventional anglers can use shrimp, mullet, or other small baitfish.

Offshore Fishing

Plenty of anglers believe that the deep blue is where the fun begins. If you’re one of them, get ready for some of the best offshore fishing found in Texas. Summer is the best time to be fishing in the Gulf, and you can also join the annual Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament if you’re a competitive spirit. Whether it’s Red Snapper, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Grouper, or Jack Crevalle, you can fish until you drop.

Port Mansfield also has a lot to offer to the more ambitious offshore anglers out there. Want to go 100 miles offshore to hook up the really big game? You got it. This is what you need to do for the best shot at hooking a big Marlin, Wahoo, or Yellowfin Tuna. Trolling with live or dead bait is going to be your go-to technique on this type of trip. Anglers after Tuna should try to find a shrimp boat and start chumming. The Tuna will be on the case before you know it.

Need to Know


Fishing charters in Texas usually don’t include fishing licenses, meaning you’ll need to get one before the trip. You can easily find and purchase one online. There’s a few different types of licenses available, but you’ll know which one you need on the basis of how long you plan to be fishing and where.

Another reason why this part of the Gulf is so popular with anglers is because the state of Texas does not enforce any closures during the year. This means you don’t have to worry about set seasons for the likes of Red Snapper or Amberjack. Bear in mind that federal laws still apply in waters further than nine miles away from the coastline.


There’s hardly a need to break the bank when going on a fun fishing trip as half day trip rates range from $350-$400. A full day of fishing inshore will set you back about $500-$600. If you’re looking to brave the deep blue waters of the Gulf, that can cost you anywhere from $1,600-$2,000 for a group of 4-6 people.

Getting There

The best way to reach Port Mansfield when driving is to take the Interstate 69E to Raymondville and then switch to State Highway 186 and head east until you make it. Those travelling by air should know that Port Mansfield is home to Charles R Johnson Airport, right across from the marina.

Port Mansfield is a small place that’s big on fishing. The local captains are experienced and highly knowledgeable in what they do. It easily gives bigger destinations like South Padre Island a run for their money, and you’ll immediately see why.

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Port Mansfield Fishing Seasons


Nothing beats sight casting for Redfish in clear shallow waters. You’ll need to be extra careful not to spook them, but you’ll be rewarded if you manage it.


February is a good time to fish for Black Drum. The best way to do it is to go past Red Fish bay and into the upper reaches of Laguna Madre.


As winter draws to a close, expect to see fewer Redfish inshore. The Trout bite remains strong, and you can also look forward to the occasional Flounder.


You can still catch Redfish down in the grassy flats. If you’d like to turn it up a notch, you’ll be able to go after Marlin in the offshore waters as the month ends.


A large number of Tarpon appear within the first days of May. Not only that, but the Tuna bite offshore is getting better by the week.


Summer is here, and so is federal Red Snapper season. This bottom feeder is bound to be on top of every angler’s list for the time being.


There’s so much to do in Port Mansfield now that you’ll be spoiled for choice. How does offshore fishing for Tuna, Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, and others sound?


Deep sea fishing is going strong in August as well, get it while it’s hot! Otherwise, you can also go after some inshore fish in the local bay.


This time of year is a good time to do some Flounder fishing if you’re up for it. The best way to do so is to look for them close to the flats to the south of town.


If you think things slow down in October, you couldn’t be more wrong! In fact, it’s a great time for just about any kind of fishing, both inshore and offshore.


When the waters cool down, you get some great opportunities for fly fishing. The Tuna bite is also hot, so feel free to try different things.


Clear waters make for awesome fishing inshore. You’ll be knee-deep in Redfish, Black Drum, and Trout throughout Laguna Madre.

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Reviews of Fishing in Port Mansfield

Full day with captain Augie
Anthony M. fished with Reel Action Charter Services on June 15, 2019
Maybe book a double trip, Port Mansfield Is a little out of the way so Make it worth while do a morning trip and in Maybe go for some flounder in the evening
Captain’s Choice
Sharon R. fished with Reel Obsession Sport Fishing on September 1, 2018
Go to Reel Obsession Sport Fishing and hire Captain Richardson!
Fishing with Rbf
Art M. fished with Reel Obsession Sport Fishing on August 3, 2018
Just keep the good work. And thanks for guiding us to Capt Stuart.

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