Tails Up Guide Service – Pt Aransas

Looking to discover exactly what a Port Aransas fishing adventure is all about? Hop aboard Tails Up Guide Service! With over 20 years of fishing experience under his belt, Captain James Sabo can’t wait to take you on a successful, exciting, and truly Texan trip.

Capt. James has been fishing these flats for over 17 years, and is well-acquainted with every inch of these waters! He can’t wait to share his passion and knowledge with you. He runs charters from all around the Corpus Christi and Aransas Bays, so knows exactly what it takes to help you hook the catch of a lifetime.

You’ll cast off aboard a comfortable and spacious 23’ Majek center console, capable of accommodating up to 5 guests and designed specifically for stalking fish along the flats. Powered by a 200 HP Yamaha engine, she can reach speeds of up to 40 knots on the open waters, while a wireless trolling motor will help you navigate the shallow waters. This means you’ll be on the fish in no time and can get up close to them without spooking them!

Capt. James specializes in sightcasting, using light tackle with live or dead bait to entice the bite, and will show you how to master this technique. These waters are so shallow that you can even wade if you want, while the 360º visibility on board your captain’s boat provides experienced anglers with excellent fly fishing opportunities.

Whatever your preferred method, these waters are so productive that you’re sure to be reeling in plenty of world-famous Texas fish, including Flounder, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout.

Your fishing gear, bait, and lures are included, and Capt. James will be on hand to help you in any way possible throughout your trip. With trips designed to suit everybody and all occasions, there’s no reason to miss out on these excellent fishing opportunities. All you need to do is pick up your fishing license and embark on an unforgettable adventure with Tails Up Guide Service!



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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
    What could be better than spending a full day out on these plentiful waters? On this 7-hour trip, you'll get the maximum opportunity to reel in as many Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Flounder as possible, as well as whatever else is biting. You'll drift along the bays inshore from Port Aransas to experience these fantastic waters. Your captain will provide your fishing gear, so just bring a valid license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    If you're looking for the perfect introduction to Texas inshore fishing, this is the trip for you. You'll spend 4 hours fishing the flats and backwaters of the Aransas, Corpus Christi, and Redfish Bays. You'll target species such as Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and Flounder, so get ready to fill your cooler with tasty table fare! Your fishing gear is included, so just bring a license.
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About the Captain

James Sabo
Port Aransas, Texas, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
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
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Majek (Flats boat) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not 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

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.53
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
89%
Recommend this charter
67%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Harvey B.
San Marcos, TX
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  August 19, 2020
He worked really hard to make this a memorable fishing trip and we limited out on speckled trout and black drum. If you want...
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VERIFIED   July 10, 2020
The charter operator canceled 3 days prior to the trip date. This is an automated posting
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Craig C.
Woodway, TX
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VERIFIED   June 2, 2020
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Justin P.
Savannah, Georgia
 5.00
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VERIFIED   July 3, 2018
This trip was well worth the money, the captain (James Sabo) is definitely a captain who knows the water he’s fishing...
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Codi R.
Robstown, Texas
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Amazing Trip

VERIFIED   April 26, 2019
Amazing Trip and guide. He was very accommodating and I think he wanted us to catch fish more then we did. Will no doubt book...
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