Tails Up Guide Service – Rockport

Tails Up Guide Service offers inshore fishing adventures serving the areas of Rockport, Portland, Port Aransas, and Aransas Pass, Texas. Captain James Sabo has over 20 years of fishing experience, with 17 years of experience fishing the flats. He knows all the best spots in the area, and he’ll make sure you have a productive trip.

He fishes aboard a Majek Illusion center console boat that provides a comfortable ride for up to 5 anglers. It can travel in the shallowest of water to catch the biggest inshore fish. The boat has 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.

These are prolific waters, so you can expect to come across a variety of prized inshore species. Your trip will involve sight casting and shallow water stalking for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, and sometimes also Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, and even Tarpon.

All anglers need to buy a Texas saltwater fishing license with a saltwater stamp before their trip. You can buy these at Texas Parks and Wildlife, Deep Sea Headquarters in Port Aransas Texas, or at Rockport Tackle Town. Children under the age of 13 should have a life jacket, as the type 1 vests supplied on the boat can be uncomfortable for smaller kids.

All you need to do is book a trip with Tails Up Guide Service, and you’re in for a great Rockport fishing adventure!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Spend a whole day exploring the shallow waters off the coast of Texas. You'll be fishing inshore for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum. The captain will provide you with all the fishing equipment, just get ready to have some fun!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    This is a 5-hour trip that will have you exploring the productive shallow waters out of Rockport. You'll be Inshore fishing for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and big Black Drum. All the equipment will be provided, just get excited!
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About the Captain

James Sabo
Rockport, Texas, United States
4 Fishing Reports
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39 Customer Reviews
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Member since March 2016
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.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Speckled Trout 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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   August 17, 2020
The charter operator canceled 4 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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David L.
Las Cruces, NM
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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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Pete C.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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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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Paula G.
San Antonio, Texas
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Fishing with James

VERIFIED   June 22, 2019
Windy day and we caught fish!  Captain was determined and diligent!
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Jon C.
Hurst, TX
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VERIFIED   March 30, 2019
James is a solid guide. Got our limit early. Definitely recommend
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