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 everything he can to make sure that every angler who comes aboard his boat will be in the best possible hands.

You will be fishing aboard the 23’ Majek Illusion center console boat, very well suited for fishing the area’s shallow waters. Accommodating up to 5 anglers, the boat has Garmin electronics, a wireless trolling motor, and an anchoring system to make your inshore fishing trip as productive and enjoyable as possible.

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.

There’s a variety of fish you can target in these productive shallow waters. Expect to test your skills against Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum. You could be fishing with live bait, dead bait, topwater lures, or soft plastics, depending on the conditions, your preferences, and your target species.

Please remember to bring a valid Texas fishing license with a saltwater stamp with you on your trip. Children under 13 should come with their own life jackets as the type 1 jackets supplied on board can be quite bulky.

Explore the productive fishing grounds out of Portland with Tails up Guide Service, and get ready to make some amazing new memories!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    This is a great trip to go on if you want to spend a whole on the productive Portland waters. You'll fish for Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, and Black Drum with an experienced guide. The captain will provide you with all the equipment, just get excited about your new fishing adventure!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    Head out on the beautiful waters out of Portland in the early morning, and spend 4 hours fishing inshore for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, and Black Drum. The captain will have all the equipment ready for you, so just come ready to have some fishing fun!
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About the Captain

James Sabo
Portland, Texas, United States
4 Fishing Reports
42 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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 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

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 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.

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Patty H.
Alma, KS

Half day with Capt James

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 19, 2018
Caught several fish and Capt James worked hard to keep us on the fish! Had a great day!
Patty H. recommends Tails Up Guide Service – Portland
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