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Mansfield is one of the most popular fishing destinations on the Texas
Gulf Coast, located on the Laguna Madre, opposite Port Mansfield Channel
in northeastern Willacy County, Texas. Once an isolated and obscure fish
camp known as Red Fish Landing, today Port Mansfield is recognized as
one of the ten top fishing locations in the United States.
Port Mansfield offers fishermen access to the Laguna Madre, Padre Island
and the Gulf of Mexico. Boaters and fishermen enjoy the uncrowded and
unpolluted environment of Port Mansfield and South Texas.
Each July the Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce sponsors
a Fishing Tournament attracting anglers from all over the State of Texas
to compete. The fishermen compete for prizes and trophies for both Offshore
Fish, such as marlin and sailfish and for Inshore / Bay Fish, such as
trout and red fish. Come to Port Mansfield, Texas, and experience the
fishing trip of a lifetime!
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Brief History of Port Mansfield
TEXAS...... Port Mansfield is a port
and fishing community on the Laguna
Madre opposite Port Mansfield Channel in northeastern Willacy
County, Texas. At one time in early Texas history, Port
Mansfield was an isolated fishing camp known as Red Fish
Landing. The port was opened in 1950 by the United States
Army Corps of Engineers to be used as a harbor between Corpus
Christi and Brownsville. It was named for United States
Representative Joseph J. Mansfield, who introduced the Mansfield
Bill authorizing the extension of the Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway from Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande.
In 1957, when the first pass was cut through Padre Island,
the little settlement had a few residences, some port buildings,
a motel and one store, and a few fishing cabins. The final
Port Mansfield Channel was completed across Padre Island
in 1962. The ensuing tidal exchange between the Gulf of
Mexico and the Laguna Madre produced an abundant population
of redfish, brown shrimp, and flounder, and greatly expanded
the sport and commercial fish economy of Port Mansfield.
1966 its population was reported as 525; from 1968 to 1990
it was reported as 731. Port Mansfield in the early 1990s
had mail service through the community post office at Raymondville.
In 1991 a major development was proposed for Padre Island
directly across the Laguna Madre from Port Mansfield. In
2000 the population dropped to 415.....Read more here at:
Handbook of Texas Online - Port Mansfield
Local Fishing Guides and Charters
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Captain Todd Grubert
Fairwater Charters is a full time guide service specializing
in drift and wade fishing for trophy sized Speckled Trout
and Redfish. Captain Todd fishes out of a 23 Shoalwater
Cat offering a smooth and dry ride with a stable fishing
platform. All ages are encouraged to participate in an unforgettable
learning and fishing experience form a professional guide.
Whether you fish for fun or an avid angler, Captain Todd
will work diligently to provide you an exciting and memorable
Captain Eric Sauls
Capt. Sauls has 18 years experience fishing the Laguna Madre
out of Pt. Mansfield. He fishes an 18' Shallow Sport powered
by a dependable 140 hp. 4 stroke Suzuki outboard. This rig
can comfortably accomodate up to 4 anglers. Put Eric's experience
catching trout, redfish, & flounder to work for you! Wade
fishing and drift fishing for redfish, trout, and flounder.
Cast & Blast trips are available during months of September
||Dos Gringos Fishing
Capt. Burt Grayson
Capt. Burt Grayson has
40 yrs. experience in fishing and duck hunting the Lower
Laguna Madre. He is equipped with a 24 ft. Dargel Skout
with a 200 HP E-tech motor, plenty of room. Whether it be
fishing for redfish, trout, flounder, snook, or tarpon (seasonal),
Capt. Grayson will sure cater to your every need. Kids are
more than welcome. So lets get a line wet. For booking that
fishing trip of a lifetime, give us a call at 956-873-3474
or go to DosGringosFishing.com
||Hot Doggy Charters
Captain Clifton Smith at the helm
offers quality, affordable fishing along the coastline of
the Lower Laguna Madre. Based out of Port Mansfield, Texas,
Captain Smith specializes in both wade fishing and drifting
for redfish and speckled trout.
Family or small group trips of all ages are encouraged to
participate in a memorable fishing and learning experience
from a professional angler. Whether you're a novice fisherman
or angling is your passion, Captain Smith is guaranteed
to provide you with an unforgettable fishing adventure!
Call 956-642-7362. or email
||Captain Jack's Charters
Fish the pristine waters of the Lower
Laguna Madre with Capt Jack Klostermann. Port Mansfield
is located in the heart of the longest stretch of undeveloped
coastline in the continental U.S. This equates to more fish
and less fishermen. Wade or drift, live bait or artificial,
novice or expert, we catch fish. Kids welcome. Call 956-245-5008
||Trout Tracker Guide
Captain Kevin Cochran is a life-long
fisherman with over fifteen years experience fishing most
of the named saltwater bays in Texas. A lure specialist,
Kev is a tournament-tested veteran who was named the Rudy
Grigar Award winner by Gulf Coast Troutmasters in 2001.
The focus of Kev's fishing efforts is on wadefishing for
trophy speckled trout in the waters of Baffin Bay and the
Upper Laguna Madre.
||Fishing with the Pettys
Captains Janie and Freddy Petty,
Fishing out of Laguna Vista, Texas, have been guiding saltwater
fishing trips on the shallows of the Lower Laguna Madre
for over 25 years. Being born and raised right here in the
lower Rio Grande Valley, we both have a deep love and respect
for the bay that has become the center of our life's work.
Freddy spent most of his youth tagging along with the "old
timers" while learning more about this bay than anyone
I know. I grew up fishing with my father in the surf and
offshore. We each captain an 18' scooter made especially
for stalking trout and redfish in the amazingly clear skinny
water we call home.
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More Local Fishing Guide Services and Fishing Charters
Lee Evans - Blue Cyclone Charters
Marsh Steussy and
Riles Steussy - S & S Guide Service
Butch Hull - Butch's Charter Service
Ed Ragsdale - Ed's Guide Service
Babe Snell Fish Finders
Robert Hulen - Hulen's Charter Service
John Alvarez - J & J Guide Service
Will Bullock - Laguna Charter Service
Adam Lively - Laguna Flats Guide Service
Bob Fuston - Red Bandana Charter
Roger Kohutek - Rooster
Steve Oeller - Steve's Guide Service
Rene Hinojosa - Shallow Charters
Eric Hinojosa - Spots & Dots
Wayne Stark - Stark's Guide Service
Charlie Buchen - Tail Chaser Charters
Terry Neal - Terry Neil Charters
Arland Lewis - Top Brass
J.D. Whitley - Whitley Charters
Trish Buchen -
Arroy City Fishing Guide Service, Captains
Richard and Susie Weldon
Port Mansfield Texas Fishing Charters with
Capt. Roy Lee Evans
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Rentals and Accomodations
The Mansfield Club - Members
Casa Grande Motel & RV
R & R RV Park
Bayview RV Park
Port Mansfield Businesses
Port Mansfield Marina
Harbor Bait & Tackle
Port Mansfield Marina
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OK Boat Barns
Mansfield Boat Barns
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