Capt. Jim Leavelle firmly believes in Texas saltwater fishing and the
promotion of its fishery. Capt. Jim Leavelle is dedicated to the overall
promotion of the fishery, not the individual promotion of one's self.
The following are examples of Jim's efforts:
Founding Member and Board Member of the newly formed TarponTomorrow
as Tournament Director.
This group is implementing new energy and organization to the vast amount
of tarpon studies that have been done and that are currently being done so
that each other may know of the others studies and works and that a direction
may be obtained to use this wealth of knowledge to form conclusions and start
other studies to further the studies of the gulf tarpon fishery in a more
precise and organized manner.
Founder and Director/Producer of the Annual Texas Tarpon Pro Am Fishing
This annual event has raised over $10,000 for the Sea Center Texas Tarpon
Hatchery Division in Lake Jackson Texas. (www.seacentertexas.com). It is the
ONLY current Tarpon Tournament in the state of Texas. The Texas Tarpon Pro Am
is complete with a Pro and Amateur Division, and an OFFSHORE DIVISION for
King, Ling, Dolphin and Snapper in both Amateur and Pro Division. It is a
FAMILY ORIENTED Fishing Tournament
Member of the Moody Garden Fish Collection Team.
Responsible for saltwater species collection of near 45 species of fish,
Capt. Jim volunteers his time to help in the collection of the display and
brood stock of this magnificent aquarium.
Founder and owner of Texas Fish Pros (www.texasfishpros.com)
Texas' first on-line booking service.
Complete with fish guides, hotel listings, restaurants and marinas, and
boat dock directions.
Originator and Group Leader of Tarpon Collection for the Texas State
Aquarium August 1993 and August 1994.
Along with Mr. Jim Prappas of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi
Texas and his fine staff, a group from the New Orleans Aquarium and the
Houston Zoo, Capt. Jim organized two tarpon collections to put tarpon in the
Texas State Aquarium.
Dozens of news and media persons were present and on hand to observe and
cover the event, including but not limited to The Eyes of Texas Television
Show, The Houston Chronicle, The Houston Post, The Dallas Morning News, The
Forth Worth Star, The San Antonio Light, The Corpus Christi Caller Times,
Texas Fish and Game Magazine , The Texas OutDoors Journal. Local television
channels 13, 11, and 2 were on hand along with TV Station 26.
As a result of this event, the magazine TEXAS MONTHLY did on over view on
Texas Tarpon fishing entitled "KingFish".
August 1993 issue. Both the AP and UPI news services picked up the
articles and sent them nationwide. This event was not only the largest tarpon
event ever covered in the State of Texas, it has been to said it was also the
largest saltwater event ever covered in the State of Texas.
Member CCA Texas (www.ccatexas.org)
Texas' only complete saltwater conservation group dedicated to the
preservation and conservation of Texas saltwater fish.