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Sorry for the late report but I have been away from my computer since I fished. Richard Ogden and I fished our last charter with old friend Jim Leavelle last Thursday - more on Jim later. It was a FUN trip, fishing mostly under the birds in East Bay - we caught at least 100 - about 70% sandies. Boxed 30+ of the bigger sand trout for Jim to have a family fish fry and 8 specs for Richard to take back to the country - nothing big - just keepers. Also caught one big galftop and one macho sheepshead - thought it was a nice red until we saw its prison uniform. All fish caught on artificials - mostly TTK, TRK, Assassins and Top Pup - in any color as long as it included chartreuse. Birds were everywhere and were so stuffed by mid day that they were just sitting on the water. Shrimp were jumping everywhere - with and without air escorts - and the fish were voracious. Triples were the order of the day. Again, nothing exotic or big - but one of the most fun trips in memory - three good friends enjoying each other's company and getting our rods bent in the process.

Now to Jim.... I have fished with Jim Leavelle on at least 50 occasions over the past 7 - 8 years and always enjoyed the experience, whether we caught fish or not - never like fishing with a guide - always like fishing with a friend. We have fished for trout, tarpon and "saltwater carp" as Jim calls reds - in the Galveston area as well as at Baffin Bay - my favorite late winter get-away. Jim taught me whatever I know about fishing with artificials - I was mostly a bait fisherman before that. He always had a great line of BS - enough to keep us entertained - always fun but never mean-spirited. I'll miss all of that a lot. Many of those reading this board already know that Jim is leaving the guide game to pursue a "real career" which will allow him more time with his young family and provide greater security for his future. We wish him only success in his new ventures and while we understand the motives which drive him to make this change - I personally find it **** selfish of him to go away - I am too darn old to be training a new Professional Fishing Guide at this late stage of my life. Oh, well. Good Luck Jim.
 

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wascoach,
Like you said, he's a friend and there's nothing wrong with getting together and fishing with friends.
 
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