Tails Up Guide Service offers guided inshore fishing trips in the bay systems around Rockport, Port Aransas, and Aransas Pass. Departing from whichever of these areas is convenient for you, the crew will provide you with a fishing trip to remember. Captain James Sabo grew up fishing, so he has plenty of experience and knowledge to put you on the fish.

You’ll be fishing aboard a modern Haynie center console that can travel in extremely shallow water and lead you to the biggest inshore fish. The boat has a Garmin GPS system, as well as a trolling motor and anchoring system to allow you to approach fearful fish and stay put while you target them.

You could be using a variety of fishing styles on your trip, from fishing with live and dead bait such as mullet, mud minnow, and sea lice, to using topwater lures and soft plastics, which are the captain’s specialty.  It all depends on how you would prefer to fish and what the captain judges will be the most effective method for the conditions and target species.

There’s a variety of fish species that call these waters home, and there’s always something you can target. You can expect to go after the desirable and delicious Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, or Flounder. You could also hook Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, and even Tarpon on occasion.

While the captain will supply all the appropriate rods, reels, bait, and lures, it is up to the customer to ensure that they arrive at the charter with a valid Texas saltwater fishing license with a saltwater stamp. While there are life jackets on board, it is advised that children under 13 bring their own life jackets, as type 1 jackets can be uncomfortable for younger children.

Join Tails Up Guide Service and prepare to have an unforgettable fishing trip under the Texan sun!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    If you'd like to spend a whole day fishing, this is a great trip to go on. Spend 7 hours exploring the inshore waters off the coast of Texas, fishing for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder and Black Drum in beautiful surroundings. The captain will provide you with all the fishing equipment, just bring your sense of adventure and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    This is a 5-hour trip that will have you exploring the shallower waters out of Aransas Pass. You can expect to do some inshore fishing for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum. All the equipment will be provided, so get ready for some serious fun!

About the Captain

James Sabo
Aransas Pass, Texas, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
51 Customer Reviews
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

Haynie (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 250HP 2017 Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
90%
Catch intended fish
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Awesome fishing guide!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on September 18, 2020
I chose Captain James because of the rave reviews I had read about him. Wow! He met and surpassed my expectations and definitely...
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Robstown, Texas
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 20, 2019
Jedi James took my son and I out on a slightly windy morning that turned into almost gale force winds.  Despite the conditions,...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 30, 2018
I had my 14 year old son with me for a full day trip with James and we had a great time!  First thing in the morning on our...
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Austin, Texas
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Half Day with Captain Jason

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on July 2, 2020
Amazing with my 3 and 5 year old boys. Provided safety and encouragement while keeping them on track to catch fish. Easy to...
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on June 7, 2017
I hope I get another chance fishing with this captain,we had my great granddaughter with us and he seemed to look out for her...
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FAQs about Tails Up Guide Service

Tails Up Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Tails Up Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Lowrance)
  • Fishfinder
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Tails Up Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Except Port Aransas)

Tails Up Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Tails Up Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tails Up Guide Service include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Speckled Trout