Craving a fish burger and missing a crab net?
Once you get to Pleasure Island you won’t need to leave for lunch or tackle basics. Sharky’s Grill, Bait & Tackle is a little blue shed on South Levee Road is on the way to Sabine Lake fishing in Port Arthur.
Katie Thomas at the window says oysters and shrimp are hand breaded and people come from miles around, just for the hamburgers. We savored a juicy one with onion rings and it was heaven to dine under the shade from the roof with Pleasure Island’s lures all around us.
There are literal lures, too, along with the nets and tackle.
Michael Manuel, Sharky’s owner, says his top sellers are burgers, seafood baskets and barbecue sandwiches. He’s celebrating 11 years of service.
“I’m well known for my food,” Manuel said. “They say we have the best hamburgers they’ve ever eaten.”
What else is cool at Sharky’s? Snow cones in tropical flavors such as pina colada, blue coconut and mango. Even the fish in Sabine Lake eat well. Manuel says customers are appreciative that Sharky’s offers fresh, not frozen, shrimp for bait.
Outdoors writer Chester Moore calls Port Arthur the flounder capital of Texas. Thank Sabine Lake for that. A typical Texas Parks & Wildlife fishing report for south Sabine might send you to flounder on live bait at the mouths of bayous and add that trout is good around slicks and balls of shad on soft plastics.
Manuel says his visitors also catch speckled trout and alligator gar. Contact him for hours:
207 South Spoil Levee Road Port Arthur, TX 77640