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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Capt Paul,I am looking into buying new gps/sounder combo for my aluminum flat.
do you have any data /info on the units with the brightest daylight display.
thanks for your opinion
john
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Response by Captain Paul
October 28, 2013 at 9:05pm
bright screen GPS units
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ jw228w ~

I suggest that you visit a stocking dealer, one that stocks various brands and a variety of their models.

Most new color units have a very bright screen, but I understand your concerns. The only way to see if a unit meets your needs is to actually view the screens yourself.

Check out some of the units and narrow down your choice. Then, get back with me for some of my opinions.

~ Captain Paul ~
October 27, 2013 at 4:20pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lafitte in Southeast Louisiana
I am going to buy a couple of your waypoint sets but want to make sure I understand how I'll load them first. In the 1198 ops manual it cautions before importing any data to be sure it has been converted through Humminbird PC (their software). If I order Humminbird specific data from you, will I be able to load it directly on to a data card and then just plug the card into my unit, or will I.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
October 22, 2013 at 3:38pm
Humminbird PC needed for transfers
~ Captain Paul’s response to Captain John 51 ~

You will need to use the Humminbird PC software. Simply copying the data file onto a spare memory card will not work. The Humminbird PC writes a code to the memory card which lets the GPS unit know that it is a legitimate Humminbird file that is being sent to the unit from a legitimate Humminbird source.

The Humminbird PC program is a free program to Humminbird users and can be obtained when registering your GPS unit with Humminbird on their web site.

It is a worth while program to have even if you don’t get an Edge file as it allows you to backup all of your existing waypoints, tracks and routes that are in your GPS unit to a computer file which in turn can be stored in a variety of ways.

Captain Paul
October 21, 2013 at 11:13am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
If you would like to keep your Transducer ex: (Garmin) & switch units to a Lowrance there is an adapter available please contact Scott@standardmap.com or Lowrance directly
October 18, 2013 at 7:19am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I have tried looking at several other websites and at the owners manual but am still having a hard time figuring out how to use the structure scan effectively on my hds 7 touch. Everything looks like a tunnel down the middle in light brown and darker on the outside. I know i am not looking at it correctly and using it correctly. I am not sure what i should be looking for on the unit. This.... Read More
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September 27, 2013 at 9:34am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
captain paul, i know you get this question all the time, but here goes.. i have a lowrance 337c (new to me), and i would like to find a set of maps that would cover major lakes of LA, along with toledo bend, and the basin in detail(canal names and depth contours), and also cover LA inshore marshes. is there any creature like that out there? for a decent price?
September 25, 2013 at 6:53am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
anybody have a navionics chip for a lowrance for south la or toledo bend that they'd want to get rid of? i just bought a lowrance 337, and i'm trying to get into the marine gps world on the cheap.. ;)
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September 16, 2013 at 1:53pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I have been reading just a few posts here lately regarding the quality of the maps on GPS units.

I will be getting a handheld unit. If the Garmin with the Birdseye downloads are good maps and it is a lot cheaper than Lowrance with Navionics, I will go with the Garmin and use the Birdseye maps.

Is there any other issues that I should be aware of before buying a handheld unit?
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September 14, 2013 at 1:29am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
for a garmim 178c please explain in detail how to enter a new waypoint I try to follow the instruction manual but still have a problem I want to do this from my home with charts and the garmin unit
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September 07, 2013 at 7:07pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Recently purchased Lowrance Elite 5 DSI and would like to be able to play with it in my home to learn features. Where can I find the female power plug (have pin out) to power up the unit from 12vdc power supply. Part # would be wonderfull. I'm sure one of you readers have done this. Thanks for any help.
September 07, 2013 at 2:08pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Please let me know what I need to purchase to use my PC to transfer data to a Garmin 2006C.? Thanks.
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September 04, 2013 at 10:57am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana
Hi Captain Paul,

I have a Humminbird 788ciHD. I would like to know what is the best map program to buy for my unit. I fish mostly in the Delacroix area. Thanks for the information.

NextTime24
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Response by Captain Paul
July 18, 2013 at 10:46am
Map charts for a Humminbird
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Response by Captain Paul
July 16, 2013 at 2:20pm
Humminbird 700 series mapping
Captain Paul's response to : NextTime24



The Humminbird 788 ci can accommodate the Navionics® Gold and Hot Maps™.

There are more detailed Navonics maps, but the Humminbird 300, 500 and 700 Series of units can ONLY utilize the Navionics Gold line of Marine Charts.



Check it out on the Navionics web site at http://www.navionics.com/sites/www.navionics.com/files/documents/1305_product_comparison_table_EN.pdf, then I suggest that you visit a stocking Navionics dealer and actually view the program, preferably in a GPS unit. Zoom In on an area you are familiar with and see if the mapping meets your needs. The Gold Navionics for ALL U.S. and Canada waters sells for about $200 and comes in a Secure Digital (SD) and a Micro SD format. I mention this as I am not quite sure what type of memory card the GPS unit requires.



In addition, Navionics just released a new product they call Navionics + which is a year of updates for their Gold series of mapping charts. I believe that it sells for about $100.



While you are doing your research, be sure to get your free copy of Humminbird's data transfer program. Their HUMMINBIRD-PC program gives you the ability to electronically transfer waypoints, tracks and routes, as well as getting updates on the unit's operating software. The program allows you to enter waypoints and routes using the computer keyboard and then transfer the data into the GPS unit. Of course, it also allows you the ability of backing up all of your waypoints and routes that are in your GPS unit. The download is available after registering your unit from the registration screen.



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July 15, 2013 at 11:18pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
is there a large map that shows the borders of the fishing edge waypoint cards.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 26, 2013 at 2:42pm
Edge files are NOT cards
Response by Captain Paul ~

The Fishing Edge are NOT waypoint cards. It is an electronic data file that downloads into your data transfer program, then into your GPS unit via a cable or a spare memory card.

In addition to the data file each Edge order comes with an Acrobat .pdf file that is a 'general' map of the coverage area and a complete description of each waypoint. In some cases it includes a 'how to fish' the location. Naturally, this file includes the lat-long of all of the Edge positions.



I carry mine onboard in a two gallon zip type bag as a backup.



This .pdf file CANNOT be loaded into a GPS unit. It is provided as a reference to show where the waypoints are located.



In the The DETAILS part of the ordering info box at the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN's Outdoor Store there is a description of the area of coverage of each of the different Edge files. Simply click on the Edge logo to see the area it covers.



There is some overlapping between companion Edge files. The over lap is kept to a minimum.



Contact me if you need any specific information on any of the areas of coverage.



Captain Paul
June 24, 2013 at 3:54pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Northwest Louisiana
Capt. Paul

I have a Garmin 192c gps that is showing signs of dying and I want to copy my routes and way points to my PC before my gps goes out. As I understand it I will need to copy my data from my gps to a data card then load that on to my PC. I have the data card reader but don't have an extra card and Garmin does not sell them any longer. I have been searching the net for hours.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
The card with reader-writer or a cable
Captain Paul's response ~



The comments by Guy in the White Boots is correct. That unit can transfer data via the special GARMIN memory card by using their GARMIN card reader-writer OR by means of the GARMIN specified cable for that unit.



The special card runs about $70 and the GARMIN reader writer is another $50-$70.if you can even find them.

The cable is about $30.00 for just the data cable and about &70 for the cable and a 12 volt supply with a converter.



I have both. If you are near the Slidell area, we could team up and download your data. Let me know.



Captain Paul
June 21, 2013 at 7:40pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
Capt. Paul,





I have been a long time reader of Louisiana Sportsman and have seen your columns on the website and in the magazine. My wife and I have recently moved to St. Bernard(4 years ago) and have just acquired a Very Nice Bay Boat. I guess without beating around the bush I am very interested in purchasing one or more of your Fishing Edge and Waypoint routes for my GPS(Breton Sound.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 19, 2013 at 9:06pm
The EDGE files will work in an Eagle GPS
~ Captain Paul's response ~



First, let me clarify what the CAPTAIN PAUL'S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS are. The Edge program consists of a data file of the Edge waypoints that is transferred via a SPARE memory card from your PC computer into your GPS internal waypoint memory. The waypoints then appear as overlays on whatever mapping program you may have in your unit. The program also has an Acrobat .pdf file that is a general map of the area AND a description of the waypoints that in some cases describes 'How to fish' the location. This file CANNOT be downloaded into the GPS unit. I suggest that you print out the file and bring the pages in a two gallon plastic storage bag for backup purposes. The program also includes a spread sheet of all of the waypoints in an Excel format.



All of these files are delivered at the time of purchase as a download.



The EDGE program(s) are ONLY available from the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN'S web site in the OUTDOOR STORE.



Once the area is selected you will be required to indicate what brand of GPS system you have. This is to insure that the download you will be receiving is written in the proper protocol required by the manufacture. A Data file written for one brand of GPS units may not work in another. For your unit, an Eagle, it requires the L.E.I. (LOWRANCE~Eagle ) file written in the protocol specified by Lowrance.

In order to transfer the data from the PC computer, you will need one of the Lowrance mapping programs such as MapCreate that has a data transfer feature, or a stand alone data transfer program. LOWRANCE offers one as a free download from their web site called GDM-6 (Gps Data Manager) that should work with your older unit and a new release they call INSIGHT PLANNER. The Insight program is a for sale item that sells for about $30 (?).



Even if you don't purchase an Edge file, having a data transfer file really let's you take advantage of fact that you can transfer your waypoints, tracks and routes to and from your unit and a computer. This allows you to back up all of your data in the event that something happens to the unit and to plan your routes in the computer PRIOR to getting on the water.



The Hopedale-MRGO to Ms Sound covers the Bay, Bayou and Lake Eloi areas.

The companion, Hopedale MRGO to Bayou Terre Boeufs and the Delacroix to Point a la Hatche would give you coverage from Breton Sound to the Mississippi Sound.

Others in that area include LAKE BORGNE, THE RIGOLETS, and Bayou Bienvenue.



Contact me if you need any additional information.



~ Captain Paul~
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June 17, 2013 at 10:03pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul, I just downloaded your edge file and the waypoints on my unit. When I opened all the files on my computer, there is a color map with all the waypoints on one of these adobe files. Can this detailed map be converted to the unit or does the waypoints only load to the base map in the unit itself? Your Map has a little more detail than the map in the unit.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 11, 2013 at 7:19pm
The Acrobat PDF file cannot be loaded into a GPS unit
Captain Paul's Response to Tree Rat



The Adobe Acrobat .PDF file cannot be installed in a GPS unit. It is provided to give you detailed locations and a general idea where the Edge Waypoints are located. I suggest that you print out the file and bring it on board as a guide and backup.

It will fit nicely in a 2,gallon Zip type freezer bag.



ONLY the specific file that is designated for your brand of GPS unit can be loaded into your GPS as waypoints. These waypoints will appear as an overlay on what ever mapping program you may have for your unit. These files are written in the required protocol for the unit. GARMIN files will not work in a Lowrance or Humminbird and the reverse.



You MUST use the manufacturer's Data Transfer Program to transfer the data from the download to the memory card then to the or to the unit self.



Most units to avoid sticker shock, do not include a detailed mapping in the unit. Most users will have to purchase an approved mapping program to supplement the Base Map that comes with the unit.



Captain Paul
June 11, 2013 at 4:54pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
Capt. i know that the North West Island out of Leeville or no longer visiable so i was wondering if you have the gps corodinates for them? hanks in advance.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 03, 2013 at 5:49pm
Northwest Islands
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ HUNTLEY ~



NORTHWEST ISLANDS were located near the center of Lake Raccourci. They are north of Philo Brice Island and some maps refer one as the other.

NOAA Marine Chart # 11357 ~ Timbalier and Terrebonne Bays indicates that they were at or about 6.6 miles at a bearing of 327° (NW) from the Aid to Navigation R 36 at the end of the Havoline channel in Timbalier Bay.



The Northwest Islands are no longer visible above a normal tide but some of the remnants can be seen on an abnormal low tide. The water around the island was indicated as being between three and five feet, so use caution when approaching my positions as some may only be in a foot of two of water.



The old north end of Northwest Islands was on 1989 charts, at or about 29°13.020’ N. Latitude ~ 090° 20.776’ W. Longitude. The southern tip of the islands was at or about 29° 11.705’ N. Latitude ~ 090° 20.973’ W. Longitude. It was about .4 of a mile wide and about 1.6 miles long.



There is a platform to the east and the west of where the islands once were.



The platform to the east is at or about .75 miles from where the islands were located and is at or about 29° 12.381’ N. Latitude ~ 090° 29.129’ W. Longitude.



The platform to the west was almost adjacent to the islands and is at or about 29° 12.952’ N. Latitude ~ 090° 21.041’ W. Longitude.



All positions are stated in DDD,MM.mmm and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All distances are stated in statute miles.



Captain Paul
June 02, 2013 at 6:09pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
I just purchased a Humminbird 598ci si HD unit for my boat. This is my first gps unit. I quickly noticed that the built-in navigation charts are very basic. I am interested in obtaining upgraded maps/charts for this unit as well as adding some well known fishing waypoints. The areas I am going to focus on for local fishing are around New Orleans (e.g. Ponchatrain, MRGO, Shell Beach, Buras,.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 04, 2013 at 8:56pm
What map for a Humminbird GPS unit
Captain Paul's response to ~ NCnewbie ~aka Blake



I believe that In order to avoid sticker shock most GPS manufactures do not include a sophisticated mapping in their units as it would make the overall price unacceptable. The base map is What the name implies, a basic map of the entire U.S. This fact that means that their units can be sold almost any where gives them an advantage and a means of holding the initial cost down.



They know that most users will opt for one of their approved supplemental mapping programs. Unfortunately these programs are sometimes expensive. In your case, I know of no other mapping program that will give you the coverage that you need other than the Navionics program you listed.



My CAPTAIN PAUL's FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS offers a GPS user a means of electronically downloading the waypoints into most common consumer brands of GPS units.



In order to transfer data with your Humminbird unit you will need their free transfer program called Humminbird PC. It is available from their web site when you register your unit.



With it you can transfer the Edge file into the PC program, then transfer the data into your GPS unit using a spare memory card.

Even if you don't purchase my Edge program, the Data transfer program is almost a necessity. It will allow you to add and backup all of your routes, tracks and waypoints to a computer file that could be saved in your computer or on a CD,DVD, or Thumb drive. I have 23 Edge locations along the Louisiana coast.

All of the areas you mentioned, except Venice are available.



All of the Edge waypoints are loaded into the internal memory of the GPS unit and appear as overlays on whatever mapping program you have. Most areas have over 100 locations.



Captain Paul
June 03, 2013 at 9:33am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
How can i convert 29°

18'25'N-90°

12'11'W to regular gps cooridates
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Response by Captain Paul
June 04, 2013 at 8:15pm
Converting GPS positions
Captain Paul's Response to ~ Bluewing~



The position you listed is NOT stated correctly.

A position of Degrees, minutes and seconds which i believe that is what it is, should be shown as 29° ( for degrees) 18' (for minutes) and 25'' (for seconds). The ('') means seconds and not inches.



This is a regular GPS position format (DDD,MM,SS). Most GPS units can express a longitude-latitude position as shown above and as decimal degrees expressed as DDD.dddddd and as Degrees, minutes and thousandths of minutes expressed as DDD,MM.mmm.



All of these are different ways to state the same position. If you are trying to convert your DDD,MM,SS position to a position of DDD,MM.mmm, then here is a pointer or two:



If The first position is in DDD,MM,SS. meaning Degrees, minutes, and Seconds. Some units also allow a decimal seconds format which would be written as DD,MM,SS.s and you want to convert it to a position that is written as Degrees, Minutes and thousandth of minutes. (DDD,MM.mmm) Which is the most commonly used format for Latitude - Longitude positions in most GPS units, then consider doing either of these two procedures:



First, Most GPS units have a setting in the menu, usually in the set up or navigation screens that allow the user to configure their unit in Decimal Degrees (DDD.dddddd),

Degrees, Minutes and Seconds and tenths of seconds (DDD,MM,SS.s) And a format of Degrees, Minutes and thousandths on minutes (DDD,MM.mmm).



You can change the present format for latitude-Longitude positions to any of the existing formats and the GPS unit will convert the values for the positions to the newly selected format. You can change the format to DDD,MM,SS, enter the position and when finished, changed back to your standard position of decimal minutes.



Secondly, Remember your high school math, where there are 60 seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in a degree, and 360 Degrees in a circle. Armed with that knowledge you can mathematically convert one format to another.



First remember that the degrees will be the same if you are only converting the decimal minutes to seconds or the reverse.



Here is where the 60 minutes and seconds come in the play.



To convert seconds to minutes, you would divide the seconds by 60. For instance,

90 degrees, 30 min and 45.1 sec divided by 60 = .0751666 minutes. Rounded off to three decimal positions the converted value would be 90 degrees, 30.075 minutes. If The position were in decimal minutes (DDD,MM.mmm) and you wanted to convert it to DDD,MM,SS, you would MULTIPLY the decimal part on the minutes by 60.

For instance, a position of 28 degrees 45.200 seconds would convert to 29 degrees

45minutes and 12.0 seconds.



If you have a number of positions to convert, It is easier to change the POSITION FORMAT in the unit and then enter the DDD,MM,SS position.



Remember when doing the math, that you must do both the latitude and longitude for each position.



Captain Paul
June 04, 2013 at 11:00am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
I am trying to find a formula to convert DMS xxx xx xx to xxx xx.xxx I believe this is called degrees minutes and fraction minutes. I am trying to learn the shell beach area and I do not have a map gps, just a furuno receiver. It seems like the map I bought has everything in DMS. Please help thanks, Tom
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Response by Captain Paul
June 03, 2013 at 1:04pm
Converting GPS positions
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GPS coordinates



The first of your positions is in DDD,MM,SS. meaning Degrees, minutes, and Seconds. Some units also allow a decimal seconds format which would be written as DD,MM,SS.s

The second position is written as Degrees, Minutes and thousandth of minutes. It is shown as a position format as DDD,MM.mmm. This is the most commonly used format for Latitude - Longitude positions.



Most GPS units have a setting in the menu, usually in the set up or navigation screens that allow the user to configure their unit in Decimal Degrees (DDD.dddddd),

Degrees, Minutes and Seconds and tenths of seconds (DDD,MM,SS.s) And a format of Degrees, Minutes and thousandths on minutes (DDD,MM.mmm).

You can change the present format for latitude-Longitude positions to any of the existing formats and the GPS unit will convert the values for the positions to the newly selected format. You can change the format to DDD,MM,SS, enter the map position and when finished, changed back to your standard position of decimal minutes.



Remember your high school math, where there are 60 seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in a degree, and 360 Degrees in a circle. Armed with that knowledge you can mathematically convert one format to another.



First remember that the degrees will be the same if you are only converting the decimal minutes to seconds or the reverse.



Here is where the 60 minutes and seconds come in the play.



To convert seconds to minutes, you would divide the seconds by 60. For instance, 90 degrees, 30 min and 45.1 sec divided by 60 = .0751666 minutes. Rounded off to three decimal positions the converted value would be 90 degrees, 30.075 minutes.



If The position were in decimal minutes (DDD,MM.mmm) and you wanted to convert it to DDD,MM,SS, you would MULTIPLY the decimal part on the minutes by 60.

For instance, a position of 28 degrees 45.200 seconds would convert to 29 degrees

45minutes and 12.0 seconds.



I suggest that you use whatever of the two ways would best suit your needs.



Captain Paul
June 01, 2013 at 6:50am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Captain I just purchase Lowrance Elite 5 DSI. My question is what will it take to have addational information
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Response by Captain Paul
May 27, 2013 at 6:10pm
Info for the ELITE
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Express 001 ~



I am not sure as to what ADDITIONAL INFORMATION you are speaking about!



Lowrance has a download for their operations manual @



http://www.lowrance.com/Root/Lowrance-Documents/US/MARK-ELITE_DSI-COMBO_OM_EN_988-10153-001_w.pdf



And, for a better mapping program, check out the accessories for your Elite on the Lowrance web site @

http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/Mapping/



In addition, I have a program that I call CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS. The programs cover twenty-two different areas and are sent as a download to your computer.



The Edge files have some of my fishing Honey Holes as well as other proven sites in the area of coverage. The Edge is ONLY available from the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN OUTDOOR STORE on this web site.

The Edge files give you a jump start on fishing locations in the various areas. It will save you time and fuel in getting to the decent locations.



Contact me if you need any additional info.



Captain Paul

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