James Fay is commonly, if not almost exclusively, known to the world as “Bobo.” The origins of that name are shrouded in mystery, as is much of Bobo’s life, but it seems to have been born from a variation of the name, “Jimbo,” derived from the nick name “Jim.” Whatever the genesis, Bobo is his functional moniker today.
Bobo was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, CA, and has been interested in the bigfoot mystery for as long as he can remember. As a teen, he became interested in big-wave surfing, and this would take him to the best surf spots up and down the entire West Coast. Soon, he would take surf trips to bigfoot habitat in order to get a chance to maybe see a bigfoot from the beach.
At some point, Bobo became a roadie for the band Sublime, and this gave him an opportunity to travel the country while touring and gather bigfoot reports from all corners of the country. This is a key aspect to Bobo’s knowledge: he has spoken to literally thousands of people from all walks of life about bigfoots. Through hearing this many stories, patterns start developing. It is through the examination of these patterns that Bobo has found behavioral aspects of bigfoots that give him insight into these creatures’ way of life.
When Bobo went to college, the school was chosen almost entirely on the basis of whether or not sasquatches lived nearby. He chose Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, and when not in class, he could be found in the woods trying to see a bigfoot. In fact many of Bobo’s choices over his entire life were centered around trying to see a bigfoot. He took logging jobs on Indian crews to learn from the Native Americans, and to try to see a bigfoot. He took road building jobs in the wilds of Northern California to try to see a bigfoot. He took commercial fishing jobs on the North Coast to try to see a bigfoot. He would spend his off days in the woods to try to see a bigfoot. He is as dedicated as they come.
His efforts have paid off. Bobo saw his first bigfoot in 2001 while on an investigation with veteran bigfoot researcher John Freitas. This same bigfoot had been seen by several locals over the years in the same areas, and has been referred to as “the Big Guy” by local Native Americans. Bobo has glimpsed bigfoots on a few other occasions, but it was this first visual sighting that moved him the most.
Today, Bobo makes a living as a commercial fisherman out of Eureka, CA. He continues to take odd jobs in unrelated fields, most of which are centered around trying to see a bigfoot. His close relationship with the community in which he lives helps him keep his “ear to the ground,” and he collects dozens of local bigfoot sighting reports each year.