Welcome to Reel Texas Outdoors!
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Welcome to Reel Texas Outdoors!

Reel Texas Outdoors is a small family owned and operated company based out of Nacogdoches, TX. We are a manufacturer of bait fish traps, fish holding pens, and offer a few sweet outdoor themed clothing items as well. Additionally, we have recently started an East Texas Beaver Removal and Trapping Service trapping nuisance beaver for property owners. Our bait fish traps and fish pens are built in house by hands with thousands of hours of experience. When you buy a trap from us, you are truly buying one of the best traps or pens on the market today. 

Reel Texas Outdoors has been around since 2007 when Mike started off selling fishing reels to buy his (now) wife an engagement ring. It worked! We started selling fish traps in 2010, and our traps have been sold to locations all over the southern U.S. and as far north as Canada. Using tools of the trade, all of our fish traps are hand made here in Nacogdoches, Texas. 

When you buy from Reel Texas Outdoors, you aren't purchasing from some huge online retailer who sees you as only another customer. We pride ourselves on taking care of our customers and offering excellent customer support. 

If you need a custom bait fish trap or fish holding pen, please shoot us an email at mike@reeltexasoutdoors.com, or give us a call at 936-553-5509. We build custom pens and traps all the time, so hopefully your request will be something we can do for you.  


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