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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Just got my first boat and looking to see if yall can point me in the right direction for a good chartplotter/fishfinder. Should I be looking for a combo unit or two separate units? Looking to stay around $500 but will spend more if it means I get the right gear. Also, which navionics card is best for southeast Louisiana? Thanks in advance.
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Response by Captain Paul
February 12 at 11:35am
BEST GPS and Mapping
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Shuckdooter ~

I can help you somewhat, but you are going to have to do a little investigation on your own to get the features and performance you want.

As for my suggestions, I can give you some pointers to consider.

There are several brands that are available for your needs, but you will be hard pressed to find one with the necessary mapping for the dollar price you set. The largest sellers in the consumer market are Lowrance, Garmin and Humminbird units. Certainly there are other companies but start with these to establish a benchmark for your investigations.

At one time I would not have recommended a combo unit as one feature seemed to be always better than the other. But, today’s technology allows combo units to be as good as any stand alone unit. Most units allow the user to split the screen to have both a navigation and sonar image at the same time.

Both types of sonar/GPS configuration would work for you, so your selection will be determined by the foot space of the unit, available space around the helm, and price. Two units will take up twice the space than one combo.

As for the brand of GPS unit you should get, that is entirely up to you. All of the above manufacturers produce top flight units. But you should know that they require DIFFERENT MAPPING programs.

Many GPS users first select the available mapping, then get a compatible GPS unit that will accommodate the mapping they choose.

The next consideration is the size of the viewing screen. You will find that the price increases with the size of the screen, so use that as a guide. Compare units with the same size display for a fair assessment.

I suggest that you investigate all of the brands and their respective models of GPS units, comparing one to another. They all will provide an accuracy with the WAAS feature to within three (3) meters. Then after deciding on the unit, you will have to then determine what type of supplemental mapping you will need with the unit. Or as stated above what unit will accommodate what mapping software.

These mapping programs can run into the hundreds of dollars, so you should consider the total cost of the unit and the necessary maps you will need. Be careful here as some of the less expensive units CANNOT accept any supplemental mapping. What is in the unit is what you have to use.

As for the mapping that is available, you should first know that those that would work in one unit may not work in other units. The Navionics and the Lowrance INSIGHT TOPO are ortho corrected mapping as is the Garmin chart and Topographical based programs. These programs that could set you back another $100- $300 and even higher. So be careful when ordering any of these programs as there is no return on software items.

For instance the Navionics # 907 P+ will cost about $399. These charts are based on NOAA marine Charts. The detail is not going to be as sharp or detailed and the coverage not as broad as the topographical based maps. The Lowrance Topo Insight PRO 2013 East is based on Topographical maps and offers, which I believe, is the best type for details for the Louisiana coastal marshes and inland lakes.

Garman’s TOPO US 24K – Southeast U.S. covers several of the Gulf of Mexico stats and is available for around $100. It offers superb marsh detail.

Most companies also offer an aerial photo based mapping that designed to be used in their unit. Some are purchased outright while some are provided as a yearly purchased download.

If you go with a Lowrance system, be sure to get the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER. This program allows you to transfer data such as Routes, tracks and WAYPOINTS between your GPS unit and a PC computer. It is an invaluable tool for archiving your data and in planning a trip.

Humminbird offers their Humminbird PC and Garmin has their BASECAMP programs that allow for computer to GPS unit data transfers. In today’s electronic world, it is the way to go for installing routes, tracks and waypoints in the units.

Again, remember that the maps are not interchangeable between the different units.

Go to a stocking dealer(s) that handles Garmin, Humminbird and Lowrance their mapping and actually view the detail and coverage of the aforementioned mapping programs.

Ask to view the different mapping programs that are available for the unit. Find you fishing area and zoom in on a particular location. Compare one to another. This will give you the necessary knowledge to make an intelligent decision.

Please Get back in touch and let me know what you decided on.

~ Captain Paul ~
February 10 at 4:12pm
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Capt Paul

How accurate are GPS coordinates taken from Google Earth? If I use Google Earth on my computer to find a spot in Lake Pont. how close will the GPS coordinates put me to that spot? Someone told me that the government required a deviation that altered the accuracy.
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Response by Captain Paul
February 03 at 5:55pm
Google Accuracy
~ Captain Paul's response ~

Yes, No and Maybe.

I guess that covers it all. But seriously, they all could apply depending how you are using the settings in your GPS unit as compared to the Options in the Google Earth program.

Let me explain. My information is that Google Earth uses a EGM96 Geoid in displaying their Google Earth programs.

EGM96 (Earth Gravitational Model 1996) is a geopotential model of the Earth consists of coefficients complete to degree and order 360. Basically it is a model of the earth as devised in 1996 which allows the user to precisely place positions on the surface of the ellipsoid. This model is the result of a collaboration between the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and Ohio State University.

Very accurate positions can be placed on the Geoid with regards to vertical and horizontal locations. Some map makers use an ellipsoid model for their model. The Geoid model is usually more accurate for positions that are in elevations that are above the surface of the Geoid, whereas the Ellipsoid model is usually better used for relative flat areas near to sea level.

Either way, I believe that the Google Earth images are corrected to use WGS 84 datum. So if that is the datum that you use, simply enter the Google coordinates into your unit. Be sure to check the position format to be sure that they also agree. You can either change the Position Format ( Location) in your GPS unit or you can change the Google Earth display by going to the TOOLS/Options link at the top of the program and select what ever position format you normally use. Be sure that they agree.

So, if you are using your GPS unit in a relative flat area, such as Louisiana, or any sea level environment, I would assume that the figures are fairly accurate. However, if you are using the WAAS feature in your GPS unit in order to get the 3 meter accuracy via the differential system, your position via Google may only be to a position accuracy of 20 meters.

I would use the Google info but use it with suspect. When you get to the actual location you should use your WAAS activated GPS unit of “refine” the position.

If you need any additional information, get back with me.

Captain Paul
February 03 at 6:43am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Calcasieu Lake in Southwest Louisiana
Capt Paul,

I just bought your edge file for big lake. I keep my boat an hour away at a marina. I want to come prepared with exactly what I need to install the edge file.

Do you suggest a data card or is it possible to hook my garmin up to my computer?

Thanks for the help!
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Response by Captain Paul
August 03, 2014 at 7:04pm
EDGE for A Garmin GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ WhoDat08 ~

Here are some suggestions.

Yes there is a Garmin cable with both power and data link, but the data end of the cable does not have any type of connection. You would have to have a person who is computer savvy to place a connection that is compatible with one of the different ports on your PC.

That unit is meant to communicate with a computer via a SPARE DATA CARD. A spare SD card is the way to go.

First download the FREE Garmin data transfer program they call BASE CAMP from their web site and install it in your computer.

This will allow you to have the ability to transfer data to and from the GPS unit and your computer via the spare data card.

With saying that there is another task you will have to do. You MUST first place the data card in your GPS unit with the unit off, then turn it on and do any function. This writes a code on the spare card that lets Base Camp and later the same GPS unit communicate with the card. Of course you would also need the EDGE File that ends in .gdb and .gpx. This file is the actual data file.

So, you will have to first visit your boat and access the GPS. If you have a lap top PC, you can bring it with you as long as it has a card reader-writer and has the Base camp installed.

If not then you would have to visit your boat, install the SD card then use it in your PC.

Before you go, print out the Acrobat .pdf file and the spreadsheet file. Bring them on board in a plastic zip lock type bag.

Captain Paul
July 31, 2014 at 12:08pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
Capt. Paul, Do you know of any coordinates of a submerged platform/crane boom in Breton Sound somewhere between Central and the end of the rocks. I'm told that its visible on a low tide. Thanks.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 13, 2014 at 5:52pm
Crane Platform
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Harlequin11 ~

I don’t have the coordinates in my files, but I am working on getting the location.

If you get them before I do, please give them to me.

Thanks,

~ Captain Paul ~
June 13, 2014 at 4:28pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Just got a Lowrance Elite-5.What type of software should I get for the marshes and lakes of south Louisiana around dularge,dulac,cocodrie and the barrier island locations.What version of the edge would be helpful?
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Response by Captain Paul
December 22, 2014 at 4:56pm
MAPPING FOR AN ELITE unit.
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Justin L. ~

I suggest that you look at the Lowrance TOPO INSIGHT and TOPO INSIGHT PRO programs offered by Lowrance.

Theses programs are based on USGS Topographical Maps and not on NOAA Marine Charts. Yes, I know you are in a boat, but tope type maps depict the intricate marsh lands much better than Marine Charts. In addition, you can subscribe to downloads of corrected aerial photo maps of the areas you are interested in.

But, before laying down money for something that you may not be satisfied with, go to a stocking Lowrance dealer and ask to view the mapping program installed in a GPS unit. Pick an area that you are familiar with and zoom in on the features. That way you can determine if the investment is worth your money. I think it will be.

As for the CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS, I have an EDGE file for the Dulac area. I think that you will really like the locations that are listed. The file is designed to be electronically downloaded into your GPS unit via a spare memory card. To do the downloads, you will need either the above listed TOPO INSIGHT or their INSIGHT PLANNER. The features of the Planner Version are included in the Topo Insight program.

Check out the INSIGHT program, I am sure that you will be pleased.

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December 20, 2014 at 7:48pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Please Capt. explain why or what advantage is your edge program. I just got a new lowrance hds and I am thinking about your edge program. How hard is it to put in my new lorance? how does it work ect Some info to make a good decision please/////mike
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Response by Captain Paul
July 15, 2014 at 8:35pm
EDGE for your GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tigre ~

The CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS programs are positions (waypoints) that are written in a computer language that is recognized by the various GPS consumer systems. These waypoints are designed to give you an “Edge” on getting to and fishing various fishing areas in the coastal marshes. They are sold exclusively as a download from the Louisiana Sportsman’s OUTDOOR STORE. They are lat~long positions that can be transferred into your GPS unit.

In order to transfer the data from the download into your GPS unit, you will need the data transfer program offered by the manufactures. Lowrance offers their INSIGHT PLANNER on their web site (www.lowrance.com) as a “For Sale” download. The Insight Planner allows you to exchange tracks, waypoints, and routes between your PC and your GPS unit via a spare memory card.

The data is transferred in computer language that your GPS will understand. All of the positions are transferred as overlays to what ever mapping program you may have installed in your GPS unit. After the installation, the waypoints will show up in an index and as named positions on the maps.

It is necessary that you specify your correct GPS system as the waypoint language is generally not the same for difference unit brands.

The Edge consists of mainly fishing locations supplemented by key intersections of canals and other navigation points.

It IS NOT A MAP that can be installed in your GPS unit.

Captain Paul
July 14, 2014 at 12:37pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
I fish mostly point au fer area. I have been trying to get a map source that has up to date satellite imagery. Everyone keeps saying platinum plus charts is what I need, but the imagery is from the early 90's and very inaccurate. I have a lowrance elite 5 dsi but will buy any gps necessary to get the imagery I need. Really am liking the lowrance 7 touch.
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Response by Captain Paul
December 22, 2014 at 5:04pm
What is the Best Mappping for the coastal marsh?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Blazer Bay Pro~

Unless you go quite a distance off shore where NOAA Marine Charts are needed, I suggest that you look at the Lowrance TOPO INSIGHT and TOPO INSIGHT PRO programs offered by Lowrance.

Theses programs are based on USGS Topographical Maps and not on NOAA Marine Charts. Yes, I know you are in a boat, but topo type maps depict the intricate marsh lands much better than Marine Charts. In addition, you can subscribe to downloads of corrected aerial photo maps of the areas you are interested in. It is a rally versatile program.

But, before laying down money for something that you may not be satisfied with, go to a stocking Lowrance dealer and ask to view the mapping program installed in a GPS unit. Pick an area that you are familiar with and zoom in on the features. That way you can determine if the investment is worth your money. I think it will be.

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December 14, 2014 at 7:44pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southwest Louisiana
Cpt. Paul:

When using Insight Planner is there a way to enter a waypoint created using NAD 27 Datum and then convert it to WGS 84 Datum? I can't seem to figure out if there is an option to do that within the program. Will I just have to enter those coordinates in my HDS 7 unit in NAD 27 and then convert them to WGS 84? Thanks for your help.
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Response by Captain Paul
August 03, 2014 at 7:25pm
Change Datum values
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Jlemoine ~

Although we may not have the same version of INSIGHT PLANNER, my program does not have a datum choice feature.

However you can access the NOAA NADCON conversion utility on their web site at ~

http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/nadcon.prl

Or another site at http://www.coordinateconverter.com/cgi-bin/ctserve.exe?MODE=GetForm&Region=usa&Template=multi_template.ht

These will allow you to set up and enter all of your data in the correct format.

Captain Paul
July 30, 2014 at 4:06pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Calcasieu Lake in Southwest Louisiana
Need help with getting the Edge to transfer to Garmin 441. I've downloaded home port from Garmin but cannot find file to download to card in that screen.
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Response by Captain Paul
October 30, 2014 at 5:14pm
How to transfer the EDGE file to your GPS
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Dcpp74 ~

After you complete the installation of the Garmin Home Port program, you then find the folder where you placed the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN, CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS.

That location is determined by you when you purchased the Edge program.

It may be on your Desk Top or in some other file in the Documents folder. Check it out. Then open the Home Port program and first click on the Library link and a drop down window will appear indicating the various folders in the Home Port Library.

Then click on the FILE button at the top left corner of the Home Port screen. A drop down window will appear. Click on the Import into New Folder. That drop window have a top box marked LOOK IN: Click on the arrow pointing down and a list of the files on your computer will appear. Select the folder of location where you put the EDGE file that you got from the Sportsman, then click on the .gpx or .gdb file and the program will transfer the data in to the folder in your Home Port program. Once there, click on the folder and all of the Edge waypoint will appear in the map in the Home Port program.

Once there, you can add to, delete, or edit any of these waypoints.

Then place the memory card for you GPS unit in the card reader of your computer. Once there select the EXPORT button in the Home Port program and transfer the data to a spare SD memory card to the GPS unit.

Sometime, you have to place the spare card in the card slot in the unit and turn the unit on and do any function on the screen of the GPS unit. This causes the unit to write a code to the spare card that will be recognized by the Home Port and after the transfer to the card by the GPS unit again.

Give me a call at 985-847-0536 if you need any additional help.

Keep Safe,

Captain Paul
October 30, 2014 at 8:25am
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What a beautifl autum day this is.
September 23, 2014 at 4:01pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I have an Apple laptop and I am looking for a way to get my Fishing edge to my Lowrance GPS. As far as I can tell Insight planner only works with windows based computer. Do you know of a program that will allow me to get my waypoints to my GPS
Thanks,
Mark
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2014 at 7:33pm
Insight for APPLE
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ RIG MAGICIAN ~

Mike, I am sorry that the Planner will not work in an Apple computer. Check with Lowrance Support at 1-800-324-1356 and see if they will have a correction download.

Sometimes you can simply copy the USR file in the Edge program to a Lowrance memory card and place it in the GPS unit, but sometimes the newer Lowrance GPS units will not accept the data unless it comes from the Insight Planner.

Let me know what you find out from Lowrance.

Captain Paul
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June 26, 2014 at 6:02am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
I am told that there were several Oil Platforms, Old well Heads &/or other Oilfield Sites within the Tiger Shoal area that have been removed in years past. I am interested to know if you have the coordinates for some of these sites and their removal dates(or estimated dates)? My reason is, Im assuming there is still some sort of rock or shell pad left behing which might be good for....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 27, 2014 at 5:23pm
Tiger Shoal wells
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ M-12~

Wow ! M-12, you are asking for a detailed positions of over 200 well sites ~ platforms in the Tiger Shoals area. This Shoal area is about 10 miles south southwest from the Southwest Pass of Vermillion Bay at a bearing of 201° Mag. It is a shoal area that appears on maps as a large banana laying in a east to west position. There are numerous well sites as well as wrecks and underwater mounds through the shoal area.

I do not have the time or the space to adequately provide you with all of the information you need but, I will provide you with some of the major sites and will steer you in a direction that you can obtain all of the information you need for yourself.

The United States coastline is divided into areas that are called LEASED BLOCK AREAS. These areas are usually named for a feature along the coast or an underwater geological feature. These leased areas are then divided into blocks, which is usually rectangular in shape specified by latitude and longitude using North American Datum of 1927 (NAD 27 DATUM). Yes, I know, the current World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84) Datum is more accurate, but the leases were determined years ago using the older NAD 27 datum. I was told by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) people that it would nearly be an impossible task to amend all of the hundred thousands of leases with the WGS datum. New leases are now plotted in both NAD 27 and WGS 84 Datum. The government conducts lease sales for the right to explore and produce minerals from these lease blocks.

As there are no sign posts in the offshore waters, specific areas are called by their Leased Area and Block number, such as Vermillion ~ 50, meaning block 50 in the Vermillion Bay area.

First you will need a rough idea where these different sites are located. By that I mean in which of the U.S. Dept of the Interior, BOEMRE, Offshore LEASED BLOCKS your quests are located.

BOEMRE is a renamed bureau of what was the Department of the Interior, formally called the Mineral Management Services (MMS).

The location of the specific BLOCK number in the Leased Area the will put you in the general area were the platforms are located. The government then conducts lease sales for the right to explore and produce minerals from these lease blocks.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is the authorized agency to lease offshore areas for mineral exploration and production. All platforms are REQUIRED to be listed by MMS. They are the federal repository for the lease data and the exploration and production information in these areas. It is like a general grid system of the areas that will at least get you close to the area of your concern. They keep current and past well sites in a very detailed format.

The genesis of your search should start with the maps or charts that show these LEASED BLOCKS. NOAA Marine Chart 1116A ~ Leased Block for Mississippi River to Galveston TX shows the BOEMRE Leased Areas and the Leased Blocks within those areas. This chart covers the entire Northern Gulf of Mexico waters in the area from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Galveston TX.

For those of you who fish the mouth of the MS River eastward, get NOAA Marine Chart 1115A Leased Block for Cape St George FL, to Mississippi River Passes

After locating the LEASED BLOCK areas, you should also get a copy of the latest NOAA chart for the specific area which you are interested navigating in at least in 1:80,000 scale. The Tiger Shoals area is shown on NOAA Marine CHART 11349 ~ Vermillion Bay and Approaches. This chart will show the individual platforms in the area of coverage, underwater mounds, wrecks and other navigation features. The chart also shows underwater pipelines designated by a series of dots followed immediately with a small line.

They are in their self worth while investment for the offshore navigator. When getting these charts, be sure to get the latest version by (year) that is available. But historic charts created ten years or so age would also be a great value to you as they would show the well-platform as they were then.

Almost any NOAA contract Chart Mapping Service that has a print on demand service should be able to provide you with these charts.

The get the full use of the chart and the information you need, you can then access the Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) web site @ http://www.gomr.mms.gov/index.html

Under the FAST FACTS ~ API List searching program, you can search by Leased Area, by Leased Block and well number or well name. You can even search for DATE THE WELL was closed or removed. The program will then produce all the data that meet your search criteria. Search in the PLATFORM STRUCTURE topic. Go to their web page at: http://www.data.boem.gov/homepg/data_center/platform/platform/master.asp

Select the Leased Area, then the Block number or just the removal date.

By noting the Leased Areas, you can select a specific area and even certain of the individual Blocks in the area for existing leases and or platforms. This program is a very valuable tool for the offshore fisherman.

After defining the area/block you are interested in the program will display all of the platforms in that area or block. They mostly just have a number of the platform, but sometimes indicate the common or given name of the facility, i.e. BRUTUS, RAM POWELL, etc. The position figures are usually stated in Decimal Degrees and were determined by using NAD 27 Datum. Once you have these positions you can then enter them manually into your GPS unit.

Again Remember, that the position format in your program or GPS unit, MUST agree with the MMS format or you MUST convert the decimal degrees into the format that you use in your unit or temporarily change the POSITION FORMAT in your GPS unit to Decimal Degrees and NAD 27 DATUM and enter the positions. Then change the Position Format and the DATUM back to the one that you normally use. The internal GPS software will do the conversion for you. This is extremely important when trying to find an underwater site that has no surface landmark.

By selecting the specific areas you will have all of the existing or removed platforms in that leased block

Now that you know HOW TO, I have taken the opportunity to plot SOME of the over 400 rigs and platforms in the area you indicated.

These clusters of rigs underwater mounds and wrecks are located in or on the Tiger Shoal area. Most of the platforms are of were located in North Marsh Island Leased Area blocks 208, 209, 210, 212, 230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 236, 237, 239, and The Vermillion Area Leased Blocks 30, 31,33, 50, 51, 52, 53, 69, 70, and 71. As previously stated, the area is crossed with numerous pipelines which in themselves offer fishing structure.

Here are some of the wells and other hazards objects in the Tiger Shoal. The

names of the sites were as to the type of feature the represent. The Tiger names are my designation of the well sites.

Name Latitude Longitude

Mound 01 29° 26.4423´ N 092° 06.2012´ W

Mound 02 29° 25.6454´ N 092° 05.6919´ W

Mound 03 29° 25.2642´ N 092° 06.2803´ W

Mound 04 29° 24.9089´ N 092° 06.7305´ W

Mound 05 29° 24.5624´ N 092° 06.9185´ W

Mound 06 29° 24.3068´ N 092° 06.8940´ W

Mound 07 29° 23.8647´ N 092° 06.7358´ W

Mound 08 29° 23.3362´ N 092° 07.1958´ W

Mound 09 29° 23.0718´ N 092° 07.2305´ W

Tiger 01 29° 26.8278´ N 092° 11.6187´ W

Tiger 02 29° 26.9014´ N 092° 11.7817´ W

Tiger 03 29° 26.8883´ N 092° 11.5396´ W

Tiger 04 29° 26.9187´ N 092° 10.3965´ W

Tiger 06 29° 26.6199´ N 092° 10.5898´ W

Tiger 07 29° 26.7021´ N 092° 10.1196´ W

Tiger 08 29° 26.3384´ N 092° 11.7026´ W

Tiger 09 29° 26.0828´ N 092° 11.5298´ W

Tiger 10 29° 25.9745´ N 092° 11.2822´ W

Tiger 11 29° 26.2733´ N 092° 10.1294´ W

Tiger 12 29° 26.5203´ N 092° 09.0806´ W

Tiger 13 29° 26.0741´ N 092° 09.5410´ W

Tiger 14 29° 26.7802´ N 092° 04.7271´ W

Tiger 15 29° 26.9534´ N 092° 04.8853´ W

Tiger 17 29° 27.0312´ N 092° 04.8359´ W

Tiger 18 29° 26.7931´ N 092° 04.8457´ W

Tiger 19 29° 26.7844´ N 092° 04.5044´ W

Tiger 20 29° 26.8927´ N 092° 04.6924´ W

Tiger 21 29° 26.5852´ N 092° 04.7915´ W

Tiger 22 29° 26.2733´ N 092° 04.7964´ W

Tiger 23 29° 26.0741´ N 092° 05.1079´ W

Tiger 24 29° 26.3470´ N 092° 05.1523´ W

Tiger 25 29° 26.0698´ N 092° 06.3301´ W

Tiger 26 29° 26.3773´ N 092° 04.1431´ W

Tiger 27 29° 26.4727´ N 092° 03.7080´ W

Tiger 28 29° 26.8711´ N 092° 03.9355´ W

Tiger 28 29° 26.6459´ N 092° 04.0146´ W

Tiger 29 29° 27.1829´ N 092° 03.4014´ W

Tiger 30 29° 27.8237´ N 092° 04.2520´ W

Tiger 31 29° 26.8104´ N 092° 03.3418´ W

Tiger 33 29° 27.7112´ N 092° 03.7476´ W

Tiger 34 29° 28.8455´ N 092° 04.0542´ W

Tiger 35 29° 27.9883´ N 092° 03.1440´ W

Wreck 01 29° 26.4769´ N 092° 04.4995´ W

Wreck 02 29° 24.2634´ N 092° 01.0312´ W

Wreck 03 29° 27.9796´ N 092° 05.0142´ W

Wreck 04 29° 23.4315´ N 092° 06.6963´ W

Wreck 05 29° 28.4905´ N 092° 06.6860´ W

Wreck 06 29° 22.5908´ N 092° 03.7178´ W

Wreck 07 29° 28.5511´ N 092° 07.5767´ W

Unless otherwise specified, all of my positions are stated as Degrees, minutes and thousandths of minutes (DDD,MM.mmmm) and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All bearings and courses are stated in Magnetic degrees and statute miles

Captain Paul
July 26, 2014 at 11:00am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
A friend of mine e-mailed me some of his way points and I opened them via Garmin's 'home port'software program on my apple pc.
I have a lowrance Elite-7 HDI chartplotter with a Standard Mapping chip. If I copy the way points to a blank micro sd card, will my Lowrance read them or will the code only be read by a Garmin GPS? Is there a way I can transfer the data without manually....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 25, 2014 at 1:50pm
Garmin Data to Lowrance protocol
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Dog dude ~

No! Waypoints written in a computer language for a Garmin unit will NOT work in a Lowrance unit and conversely.

You MUST change the format that Lowrance has designed for their units.

The hard way is to re-enter all of the waypoints manually into your Elite-7 unit or find a way to convert them.

I use a program called GPS BABEL. It has the ability to reformat many different types of formats from one to another.

It is a free program on the internet at http://www.gpsbabel.org/

I suggest that you download the program in your computer and experiment with the conversion options. It is a real time saver.

First save the Garmin waypoints to a file then do the conversion, never overwriting the saved file.

To use the data, you will need a SPARE DATA card and the Lowrance transfer program called INSIGHT PLANNER. This is a worth while investment as it will allow you to transfer data from the GPS to your Computer and from the computer to your GPS unit. Saving your waypoints to a computer or thumb drive, etc, will give you the option of backing up all of your data.

Captain Paul
July 23, 2014 at 9:14pm
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hey Capt. You misunderstood me I want to know what you think of lowrance with a 7 inch screen which model is the best for the price. seems there are many models Hds /touch/ chirp. What is your opinion of structure scan? Can a map be made on a computer easily for this unit EX google earth how hard to enter your chip Capt paul edge. give you thoughts on these units please
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Response by Captain Paul
July 09, 2014 at 4:21pm
Which Gps to get? ?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

Sorry Mike,

If you are set on a Lowrance GPS unit, start with the HDS series Gen2 units are the top of the line in performance and price. For such Gen 2 they start at about $850.00.

I personally don’t like the touch screen models as they are sometimes hard to operate in bad weather and cold temperatures when you have to wear gloves.

Lowrance also has a line that they call the ELITE line. I would start with those units as a starting point.

Remember that the price increases as the size of the screens increase, as well as if it is a colored screen. I don’t know of a program that will allow you to use Google Earth images while under way. The Earth programs requires a link to a Wi Fi or cell phone data link in order to display the maps.

When planning your purchase be sure to include the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER. This will allow you to save and install tracks, routes and waypoints to and from your computer and GPS unit. It is a for sale item on the Lowrance web site.

I am sorry, but I can’t give you the expertise you will need to assist in the selection of the sonar ~ depth ~ fish finder part of the system.

Most sonar units will have a hard time giving you an accurate image of the bottom when traveling at today’s boat speeds in two feet of water. You may find one but I doubt it.

Captain Paul
July 02, 2014 at 7:47am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
How long you think before Academy will offer the humminbird 999 in store or on website? they have all the other new models in stock.
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2014 at 7:24pm
Humminbird 999 in Academy stores
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Accordionman ~

Both models of the 999 are in the $1500 range. As a top of their line units it may be some time before they filter down to Academy and Wal-Mart. I suggest that you contact the Academy people and ask them when it will be available in their stores.

Captain Paul
June 28, 2014 at 7:04am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Hey Capt Paul looking for info on lowrance 740 series what model would be the best at the best price? I would like good GPS mapping (maybe use standard map chip for Lakes P.and borgne and some hopedale/delocroix areas These are my usual areas that I go. Also I want some good imageing of the bottom and fish or bait If possible will this unit give dept under power so I can tell if Iam in....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2014 at 7:16pm
Lowrance 740 ? ?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

Mike, I could not find a current model 700 etc., as a current model on the LOWRANCE web site. It certainly not listed as a current model, but may have once been a production model.

However GARMIN currently and a GPSMAP® 741xs and a GPSMAP® 721xs @ 1500.00

The premier Garmin GPSMAP 721xs combination chartplotter/sounder has 60 percent more processing power than its previous generation. Includes a 7” touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom, HD-ID™ sonar and CHIRP capabilities (transducer sold separately, some versions). Built-in high-sensitivity 10 Hz Garmin GPS/GLONASS receiver updates position and heading 10 times per second. It lists at $1,399.99 USD .

Naturally any map, accessories or charts for a Lowrance would not work in a Garmin unit.

I am not sure this is what you want. Get back with me if you can get any other information on the Lowrance unit.

Most sonar units will have a hard time giving you an accurate image of the bottom when traveling at today’s boat speeds in two feet of water. You may find one but I doubt it.

Captain Paul
June 25, 2014 at 7:36pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana
Captain Paul,

Is there a program available for this unit that give a true satellite image mapping option? If so what is it. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 24, 2014 at 7:11pm
Try Garmin g2 VISION mapping
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Chocohead ~

The Garmin BlueChart G2 Vision should work in the unit, but call the Garmin support section at 1-800-800-1020 to be sure. Garmin has another program called Bird’s Eye, but I don’t believe that it will work in that unit.

The Support section should be able to tell you about the Bird’s Eye program.

The BlueChart is ordered for different North America zones, and is a non refundable item. So, to be sure, go to a stocking Garmin dealer and ask to see the BlueChart g2 VISION program in one of their units. Go to an area that you know and zoom in on the location.

The BlueChart g2 has charts only, the BlueChart g2 VISION has ortho corrected aerial photo maps.

Please let me know how you make out.

~ Captain Paul ~
June 20, 2014 at 8:04pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I purchased the Edge coordinates for Lafitte and Cocodrie/Dulac. But i inadvertently bought them for the Garmin instead of my Humminbird 581iHD. I would like to know if their is anyway to exchange them. Also, the Humminbird unit is still pretty new to me, and I am operating from a Mac computer. So how would I transfer the data from the computer to the SD card? Thank you for your help and....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 16, 2014 at 5:12pm
EDGE transfer Info
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ JacobD89 ~

Send me an email with the order receipt to me and I will send you the correct one for your Humminbird GPS system. My enmail address is/

I can’t guarantee that it will work on a Mac or Apple system, but you should get a HUMMINBIRD PC data transfer download. It is FREE vai their web site. You will need the model and serial number of your GPS unit to complete the download. I suggest that you contact the Humminbird Support people for that information concerning the MAC issue.

Basically, you save the EDGE file to a folder on your computer, I suggest that you name it something like Library/GPS/Lafitte and again for the Cocodrie area.

Then, open the Humminbird PC program and under the FILE icon, select the OPEN icon. The file should appear at the top of the screen. Now click on the displayed file in the Humminbird program and all of the waypoints for that area should appear. Next following the instructions of the PC program, transfer all of the waypoints to a spare SD memory card. This card is then placed in your GPS unit and the waypoints loaded into the internal Waypoint memory of your unit.

Contact me if you and additional info.

~ Captain Paul ~

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June 16, 2014 at 3:25pm
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Hi capt. I'll admit it, I don't like being told my 172c is obsolete and therefore, like apple, I must bow to the gods of 'make money by forcing you to update' mind set that has spread like a virus in most progressive data tech companies. Seems like there bottom line is ' screw support, make them buy new.' So now here I sit with perfectly good old Garmin 172C maps chart/plot and a new area....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
June 13, 2014 at 5:07pm
Maps for older GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ SLAYMASTER ~

First, you will need a transfer program to install the maps on a spare card or via your unit or by using a connection cable. Try Garmin’s MapSource, Trip and Waypoint Manager and the free download BASECAMP and or MapInstall. They still offer the BASECAMP and MapInstall on their web site. The others may be hard to find.

Secondly, the older discontinued GPS models cannot read new map data and the newer type maps can not work in these units.

If your GPS can accommodate the older MapSource files, you may be able to find something that will work from a mapping web site called GPS FILE DEPOT. (http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/144/) Most of the Depot maps are free downloads, only asking for a donation.

Go to the web site and search for maps in the US and then NJ and NY. Try the TOPO maps for these states. Yes, I know, you are in a boat, but many of the Topos cover near shore features. The Topo version may give you what you need, although they don’t give water depths or marine NavAids as a NOAA Marine Chart will do. Depending on the draft and operating range of your boat you may be able to use the Topo version of the maps.

In trying download the Garmin BaseCamp from their web site, then the Depot files. The map files should show up in the BaseCamp program in the My maps window at the top of the screen.

Another way would be for you to purchase a Marine mapping program such as Richards MapTech Navigator and Navigator Pro. (http://www.richardsonscharts.com/product.php?cat_id=22)and installing it in laptop PC and use a connecting cable to your GPS unit. In doing so, your position will show up on the displayed charts, topos and aerial views of the program. In fact both MapTech programs have ALL NOAA Marine Charts from Canada to Texas.

I wish I had a specific answer to your dilemma, but I don’t. Sooner or later, hopeful later, you will be forced to purchase a new GPS unit. Yes, you will have to bite the bullet, but when doing so, check out the unit’s mapping types and date of issue. Most newer units can accommodate even aerial photo maps. Regardless, you should get one of the aforementioned backup programs and save your existing waypoints and routes which will allow you to back up all of the data.

Hope this helps.

Captain Paul
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June 11, 2014 at 12:53pm
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I recently purchased Captain Paul's Edge for Calc. Lake and Vermilion Bay. Being computer illiterate I had problems from the start: not necessarily with Captain Paul's product but with the Garmin downloads and lack of detail they give you on how to actually download the information onto your GPS/Sounder.

I fought this for hours when I decided to try to call Captain Paul for help. ....  Read More
June 09, 2014 at 8:33pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
Anybody know the coordinates to the Blue Camp out in the water in Four Bayous area?
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Response by Captain Paul
June 08, 2014 at 8:51pm
Camp in Four Bayou Pass
~ Captain Paul's response: ~

I have three camps located in the area called Quatre (Four) Bayou Pass.

As I have not been able to check they out for a couple of months, I can’t say if any are painted blue.

Camps

29°19.608’N ~ 89°50.852’ W

29°20.039’ N ~ 89°50.374’ W

20° 19.986’ N ~ 89° 50.486’ W

Hope this is of some help to you.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as Degrees, minutes and thousandths of minutes (DDD,MM.mmm) and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All bearings and courses are stated in Magnetic degrees.

~ Captain Paul ~
June 04, 2014 at 4:13pm
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Capt. Paul, are you still having classes on GPS ?
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Response by Captain Paul
June 08, 2014 at 8:36pm
GPS Classes
Yes, I am still giving classed on the use of GPS, but health problems prohibit me from giving a full class full.

I am holding classes in by office at my home.

I could handle up to three individuals at a time.

Contact me via email for details.

Captain Paul
June 04, 2014 at 7:30am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
I have gone on Google Earth and identified several spots that I wanted to navigate to. I plugged the GPS coordinates from Google Earth in to my Garman. When I was on the water and attempted to navigate to those coordinates using the Garman, I was nowhere close. What am I doing wrong? An example is that I marked the opening for the Southeastern Louisiana Canal in to Barataria Bay. Google....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
May 31, 2014 at 7:44pm
your Plots
I could not attach a photo to this posting but look for another posting to you.

That post, has the photo of my plotting of y our position.

I have plotted the position as Degees, Minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. DDD,MM,SS.ss

using WGS 84 Datum.

As you can see it is at the mouth of the canal.

Try checking what DATUM is being used by the Google maps you used.

Some points about the errors:

Many aerial photo maps are NOT ORTHO corrected. The map that I used is an ortho corrected one.

I can’t say if the Google maps are corrected, I suspect that they area not corrected maps.

Check the DATUM that you were using as compared to the DATUM used by Google. Different datum settings could amount for the distances you describe.

Check the position format that you are using. Trying to enter a different format than the unit was set up to use will cause the inaccuracies. you describe.

Check if the iPhone has access to the WAAS differential system. If it does not and your GPS unit does have it, your unit will be much more accurate, usually within 3 meters. Without the WAAS feature the accuracy will be 60+ meters.

Note the included photo of my plot.

Captain Paul
May 29, 2014 at 12:17pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
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  • SW canal at the western part of Barataria Bay
I have plotted the position as Degees, Minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. DDD,MM,SS.ss
using WGS 84 Datum.
As you can see it is at the mouth of the canal.

Try checking what DATUM is being used by the Google maps you used.

Some points about the errors:
Many aerial photo maps are NOT ORTHO corrected. The map that I used is an ortho corrected one.
I can’t say....  Read More
May 31, 2014 at 7:37pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lafitte in Southeast Louisiana
I use an iPad for a GPS. What is the best GPS program and maps to use in S.E. Louisiana?
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Response by Captain Paul
May 25, 2014 at 2:23pm
maps for iPad / iphone- cell phone
check your Apps under maps. I have several and use the hybird view. Most are Free. Google and many others should suit your needs.

Remember that most of these maping programs need some sort of a data link to show the maps as you move through the view.

Cell phone data links will do as would WiFi, however you may be out of range of the cell network. Test them out before venturing with that as your sole means of navigation. Please get a hard copy of a map of the area before you begin your trip.

Captain Paul
May 23, 2014 at 4:49pm

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