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APRIL 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

by Capt. James Sabo - USCG Licensed/TPWD Certified Captain

Bay Fishing, Wade Fishing, Fly Fishing, Sight Casting, Light Tackle Specialist

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NO BETTER TIME TO FISH THAN SPRINGTIME!

 

I’d like to first introduce myself. My name is Capt. James Sabo and I'm a USCG Licensed/TPWD Certified Fishing Guide on the Texas Coastal Bend.  I have practically been fishing all my life. My Dad used to take me fishing as a kid down to the seawall in Eastlake and Fairport harbor in Ohio, on the beautiful coarse sandy shores of Lake Erie. Until I was about 10 years old he had me set-up with a push button Zebco reel on a little youth 5-6” light weight rod. I practiced casting with this combo for hours. I was lucky to have had this opportunity about every other weekend, when I didn’t have football  or wrestling practice or meets.

 

Then, when I was about 13 years old he took me to Canada for vacation and we stayed in a friend of the family's cabin. Their cabin stood in a dense wooded area and had a long wooden set of stairs that lead down to a small dock with a fishing pier. I stood on that dock for countless hours casting a 3” jointed plug with a small lip that my dad had tied on for me. I cast and cast until it felt like my arm was going to fall off but I do remember that the scenery was breath-taking and the peace and quiet was so welcome and relaxing. During that week I probably caught over 40 Smallmouth Bass. Seeing them fight and jump out of the water trying to throw the hook was probably one of the most thrilling and memorable times treasured from our vacations - I had a wonderful childhood and fishing was a big part of it!  I  even caught my, at the time, personal best fish ever - a 23” lake Trout!  From that point on, nobody could keep me away and I was hooked!

As time passed I earned my parents trust to ride my bike to the river in the summer. I started catching crayfish and hellgrammites under rocks to use for smallmouth bait.  Finding the bait was tricky but I learned what to look for and what to use, and when!  My interest continued to grow and I started fishing for steelhead well into the fall and winter months (or the cold got to me). When 1995 rolled-around, I had the opportunity to move to Texas to help care for my grandparents. Here I was 18 years old, ready to take on a great, new adventure! 

 

I only had one question.... How was the fishing there?

 

             

I moved here and started meeting lots of people - just about everyone had a fishing story to share too!  Now it’s been 20 years and I still fish a lot with one of the first people I met here. It wasn’t long after that that I learned how to fish by kayak.  It was a smooth, relaxing, and certainly eco-friendly way to catch fish - I love still to this day!   trip, so eco-friendly and this method got into Kayak fishing. Kayak fishing was a great way to sight cast for those really BIG REDS just lurking around the grassy, shorelines where the obsession with Redfish and sight casting became my passion.  I would paddle into the shallow water and grassy-flats just as quietly as possible - not caring whether II caught anything or not because the beauty of nature on the water was so overwhelming.

 

I took these kayak fishing trips multiple times before becoming successful at it.  I would sit on the side of my kayak with my feet hanging over the side and wait and watch to see if I saw any action such as moving bait, shrimp jumping, or "tailin' reds".  I also became very proficient at flyfishing and I learned quickly that I could easily stalk these Redfish from my kayak.  Over the course of the last 5 years or so I thought to myself, “How can I share what I have been experiencing with others”?  I have a few buddies (that are close enough to be considered brothers) encouraging me to get my Captain’s license and start taking trips so I could share my knowledge with others.  It didn't take but a few trips to know that this was definitely for me - my friends were so right!  Taking families with younger children is such a treat - listening to the excitement in their voices and the smiles on their faces when they catch a fish - priceless! 

 

There a great deal of satisfaction novice to advanced anglers was exciting as well as fishing bay fishing tournaments successfully...but taking - and especially families with young children -  was so much fun!   I couldn't help but notice the kiddo's smiling faces and listening to the excitement in their voices - nothing else like it.  like music and was so satisfying.  Yes, guiding trips is work but I come back to the dock feeling so good - noticing the smiles and laughter on my customer’s faces as I taught them the how to’s and what to look for. The satisfaction of making memories with these people became so great that I decided I wanted to be a fulltime guide.

In closing, one of my strongest beliefs in life is that if you teach a kid to fish or hunt, the odds are so much greater that they won’t get involved in activities such as drugs, gangs and getting into trouble. I suggest to all of you to take your kids, siblings, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles - fishing!  If you aren’t familiar with fishing, please do yourself a favor and hire someone to teach you and your family, like me!


Thanks for reading my article and if you are planning a vacation to the Rockport, Port Aransas, or Aransas Pass

area this spring or summer Please make it a point to look me up and let’s make memories on the water.
 

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