Around Sargent

Sargent is a small rual community located in the eastern corner of Matagorda County Texas. The population is approximately 500 and is home to many commercial shrimpers and fishermen. It is a magnet attraction to sport fishermen. The Sargent area consists of the Gulf of Mexico, East Matagorda Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway (where Paradise Junction is located), and Caney Creek. Sargent is on Farm to Market Road 457, five miles Northwest of the Gulf of Mexico and twenty-four miles Southeast of Bay City.

Sargent was named after George Thomas Sargent (1791-1875). Sargent and his family relocated to Texas from England in 1834.

Sargent hosts a fishing, boating, and water sports (jet ski, kayak) community which largely comes alive during the weekends. Weekend commuters and vacation renters from larger cities such as Houston, Austin, and San Antonio are a major source of income. Red drum (aka Redfish), Spotted Sea trout (aka Speckled Trout, actually a member of the Drum family and not a true Trout), Flounder, Blue Crab, Stone Crab (aka Rock Crab), and Gulf Shrimp are among the local favorites.  Top-quality Seafood Gumbo and Texas Barbecue are readily available at the local restaurants. Sargent Beach is a Gulf beach which is accessible by taking the FM 457 swing bridge from Sargent to Matagorda Peninsula.

More activites and links about Sargent

Texas rules and regulations on fishing

Sargent weather conditions

Restaurants in the area

  • The Crab Trap (just down the street from us)
  • A Little Taste of Sargent (on FM 457 close to the Texaco)
  • On the Corner (near the swing bridge)

Local convenience stores and gas stations

  • Dollar General
  • Texaco
  • Sargent Hardware

Bait Shops

  • Larry’s Bait Shop is just opposite us accessible by boat. “Our bait catches fish or dies trying”


  • Charlie’s Bait Camp
  • Texaco