Tails Up Guide Service – Portland

If you’re looking for a fun and informative inshore fishing experience in the area of Port Aransas, then Tails Up Guide Service has the charter for you. Capt. James Sabo will do all he can to make sure that every angler who comes aboard his boat will be in the best possible hands from the moment they step on the boat until the moment they leave.

Depending on the length of your charter, you could be fishing the beautiful and productive fishing grounds of Aransas Bay, Redfish Bay,  Mud Island, Estes Flats, Copano Bay, St. Charles Bay, Corpus Christi Bay and the Beautiful Upper Laguna Madre, Flats, and Back Lakes for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Black Drum and more. You could be fishing with live bait, dead bait, topwater lures, or soft plastics, depending on the conditions, your preferences, and your target species.

You will be fishing aboard Capt. James’ 2014 Majek Illusion, a boat that is very well suited for fishing the area’s shallow waters. Accommodating up to five anglers, the boat is equipped with Garmin electronics, a wireless trolling motor and an anchoring system to make your inshore fishing trip as productive and enjoyable as possible.

Please remember to bring a valid Texas fishing license with a saltwater stamp with you on your trip. It is recommended for children under 13 to come with their own lifejacket as the type 1 jackets supplied on board can be quite bulky on younger 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
    Fish for Speckled Trout, Redfish and more with an experienced guide.
  • 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
    Four hours fishing inshore for Redfish, Trout, Flounder and more.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

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

23 ft
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait


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 Portland to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Captain

James Sabo
Portland, Texas, United States
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Patty Herren
Alma, KS

Half day with Capt James

VERIFIED   March 19, 2018
Caught several fish and Capt James worked hard to keep us on the fish! Had a great day!
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