The peach and green building on West Harbor Street is a one-stop store.
Often referred to as Port Mansfield’s Mall, its given name is Harbor Bait & Tackle. Harbor Bait & Tackle began 20 years ago as two portable buildings with dirt floors. It’s owned by Gary and Sybil Simmons who came to Port Mansfield to help Gary’s parents operate the Mansfield Marina. Soon, with money saved from shrimping the bay for the Marina, they purchased their own water front property and started Harbor Bait & Tackle.
As business grew they continued to build and remodel Harbor Bait &
Tackle into the thriving business it is today. Harbor Bait & Tackle
sells just about anything a fishing enthusiast needs including lures and fresh bait. They also stock a good supply of groceries, prepared foods, clothing and other sundries. Located at the back of the store are several tanks for keeping live bait, a large deck and boat slips.
In addition to selling live and frozen shrimp for bait, Harbor Bait & Tackle offers freshly frozen seafood such as fresh oysters, table shrimp, and lobster tails.
Our second floor is comprised of two fully furnished, spacious condominiums available for rent year-round.
Live bait is always a hard find during the summer months.
The shop’s live bait is provided by the Y-Knot II which regularly trawls the shallow waters of the Laguna Madre. But when we can’t catch enough in our bay system, we rely on a couple different boats in Port Isabel, to fill our order.
The bait of choice from May to September is live croaker, which is provided by the Y-Knot II. You are able to buy these fine specimens off the boat or at the store from our lovely bait ladies!! We do try our hardest to obtain live shrimp as well, but depsite our best efforts somtimes mother natures fury or the regulations of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department can prevent us from meeting demand. The bay fisherman that use live bait keep our reservation list full.