I refer to the Lafitte Edge area as the location in the Southeast Louisiana marsh in St. Charles, Lafourche and Jefferson parishes between the Bayou Segnette launch in Westwego, Lakes Cataouatche and Salvador, areas in the Lake Salvador Wildlife Management Area, southwestward to Bayous Gauche and des Allemands, Lac des Allemands and Bayou Boeuf and eastward toward The Pen and Bayou Du Pont, then continuing south to the northern part of Barataria Bay.

There are locations in Bayous Perot and Rigolettes, Little Lake, Mud Lake and along the Barataria Waterway, including more than 180 Edge waypoints that cover prime freshwater as well as numerous salt and brackish locations which offer a wide assortment of fishing.

As an example, the Edge has locations such as the 10-foot deep hole in Bayou Dosgris shown as waypoint LFT136, located at 29°28.3410’ North Latitude (N LAT) ~ 90°01.7740’ West Longitude (W Long). This hole can be really productive to any kind of saltwater fishing. Nearby it has the old location of Plum Point, now a reef, shown as waypoint LFT82P, at 29°29.2406’ N Lat ~ 90°09.6385’ W Long, and the old island now also a reef on the west side of Bay L’Ours, waypoint LFT166 at 29°30.6852’ N Lat, ~ 90°13.7713’ W Long. Fish the dropoffs in this area for solid action. 

In the western part of Lake Salvador I have defined the Bois Chactas Shell Bank as waypoint LFT42, at 29°44.3054’ N Lat ~ 90°19.0694’ W Long. 

In Bayou St. Denis, I marked the 20-foot deep hole as waypoint LFT93S at 29°29.4434’ N Lat ~ 90°02.4616’ W Long. 

In the northern part of Barataria Bay I indicated that waypoint LFT87 at 29°26.3854’ N Lat ~ 89°56.0672’ W Long. The old point was located to the south about 400 yards, and it too is just a reef now. 

Get the fishing edge advantage

As you know, GPS data such as waypoints can now be electronically installed in most GPS units. Each Edge file has an electronic data file that can be downloaded in to a variety of GPS brand units. All of the EDGE programs are sent as an attachment via your email address. This data download enters all of Capt. Paul’s Waypoints into the unit in a matter of seconds. To help those of us who are not computer savvy, each download has a general map of the area in 1:100,000 scale, and individual information on each waypoint. These map images cannot be installed in the GPS unit, but offers a location of the waypoints and their descriptions, as well as a READ ME and INSTRUCTIONS file.

Presently, Capt. Paul’s Fishing Edge is available for 21 different areas, including Barataria Bay, Lake Borgne, Hopedale to Bayou Terre Boeufs, Delacroix to Point a la Hache, Bayou Bienvenue, Port Sulphur, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, Calcasieu Lake, Pearl River WMA, Lafitte, Leeville East and Leeville West, Vermillion Bay, Empire-Buras, the Rigolets, MRGO, Cocodrie/Dulac, Bayou Sauvage NWR, Big Branch NWR, Myrtle Grove and Hopedale to the Mississippi Sound.

I always suggest that you have a reliable compass and a map of the area whenever you venture in the outdoors. 

All of Capt. Paul’s Fishing Edge files may be found in the Louisiana Sportsman Store. Search for Fishing Edge and all of the Edge files should appear. Remember that you must state your brand of GPS unit, your email address and the selected area. The Edge files are NOT brand name interchangeable, so be sure to make the correct GPS selection.

Also, please show respect to other anglers around you and do not trespass. All positions are determined using WGS datum and are stated as degrees, minutes and ten thousandths of a minute (DDD, MM.mmmm). 

Keep those lines tight.