Boyd's Bait, Tackle and Fish shop is one of several bait stores in Texas City that lead to the Texas City Dike.
But because of the oil spill, fishermen like Richard White can't cast for the fish they love -- the flounder, the redfish and the speckled trout.
"Fishing the dike is one of the best places to fish around here," said White. "So, not having the dike right now in the springtime is not a good thing."
It's not a good thing for the bait store either. On a normal day employees say they get about 1,500 or customers buying bait.
"We're slam packed," said worker Makenzi McLane. "I mean, it's shoulder to shoulder in the store. I mean a line around the store for fresh bait, live bait."
But Monday-- with no fishing allowed -- the bait customers they see on a normal day are nowhere to be found.
"For bait? I've had probably five people come in for bait today," said McLane. "Yeah. Five people."
Folks have come in to buy table shrimp and the like, so they're making money. But the longer the dike stays closed, the more folks will have to buy their bait elsewhere.
The last time the dike was closed was in 2008 after Hurricane Ike. It was closed for two years. Workers at the store say they got through the closing then and they'll make it through this time.
"It should be fine," said McLane. "We made it through Hurricane Ike for two years with the dike being closed. We survived that, so I'm sure we can survive a month or so with the oil."