Tails Up Guide Service – Rockport

Captain James Sabo of Tails Up Guide Service offers inshore fishing adventures serving the areas of Rockport, Portland, Port Aransas, and Aransas Pass, Texas. He fishes aboard a 2014 Majek Illusion boat that gives a comfortable ride for up to five anglers and can travel in the shallowest of water to catch the biggest of inshore fish. The boat is fitted out with quality Garmin marine electronics, a trolling motor and an anchoring system, all designed to give you the best inshore fishing experience.

Capt. James specializes in fishing with topwater lures and soft plastics, although he is also happy to fish with live or dead bait at the customer’s preference. This could include mullet, mud minnow, crabs, and sea lice, depending on the type of fish that is being targeted. Your trip will mainly involve sight casting and shallow water stalking for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, and sometimes also Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, and even Tarpon.

Please note that all anglers are responsible for purchasing a Texas saltwater fishing license with a saltwater stamp prior to their trip. These can be bought at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Deep Sea Headquarters in Port Aransas Texas, or at Rockport Tackle Town. It is also advised that children under the age of 13 bring a comfortable life jacket, as the type 1 vests supplied on the boat can be uncomfortable for smaller kids.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    A full day trip fishing inshore for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Inshore fishing for Redfish, Speckled Trout, and big Black Drum

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Flounder
Redfish
Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Majek Illusion (Center console) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 200HP 2014 Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Rockport to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

James Sabo
Rockport, Texas, United States
Member since March 2016
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Capt. James Sabo grew up in Ohio, fishing the Grand River and Lake Erie for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Steelhead. At the age of 18 he moved to Texas, where he started fishing the flats for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Flounder. He has over 20 years fishing experience, with 17 years of experience fishing the flats. He specializes in fishing with artificial lures or fly fishing, although he can happily accommodate anglers who prefer to fish with live or dead bait.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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5.00
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Ramon Ledbetter
Corpus Christi, Texas
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Half day trip with captain James Sabo

VERIFIED   July 18, 2018
Had a great day. Went on half day trout trip with captain James Sabo. Got our limit. Had a child and woman in our trip. Captain...
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David Lujan
Las Cruces, NM
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Full Day with Captain James Sabo

VERIFIED   April 27, 2018
Capt.James greeted us at the boat docks ready to go, he was friendly, he explained safety on the boat, and away we went , we...
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Dallas, Texas
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VERIFIED   March 10, 2018
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Pete Carmont
Lake Charles, Louisiana
 5.00
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Mid week work out!!!!!

March 2, 2016
My brother in law and I called James for a spur of the moment mid-week trip. He had an opening, and was super efficient at...
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Clint Johnson
Manor, Texas
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Awesome trip with captain Sabo

VERIFIED   July 5, 2017
We had a true 5 star experience with captain Sabo. He’s a stand up guy and kept my 11 and 13 year old daughters on the...
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