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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
My lms 522c finally gave out and I bought a 339c to take its place because the wiring was the same.the map on the 339 is not nearly as detailed because it came from japan.what map would give me the most detail of the lake ponchartrain area.thanks in advance.
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Response by Captain Paul
October 15, 2015 at 1:34pm
Mapping for older units will be hard to find
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ MuleChaser ~

As you know, the Lowrance LMS 339C is also a discontinued model and is listed as a LEGACY unit on their web site. That means that they do not service the unit any more and that accessories for it are in real short supply. The mapping for that unit was, at the time it was in production, the MAPCREATE USA TOPO series 7. If you have a copy of that software, you should be able to load it into your 339. (???)

I don’t believe that the current line of mapping software will work in their older discontinued units. To verify this, call Lowrance Support at 1-800-324-1356 and ask the technician exactly what mapping software would work in that unit.

You may also check with Standard Map, (985) 898-0025,to see if their aerial view photo maps would work in that unit.

I would not invest a lot of money in accessories for the unit, including mapping, if they were not compatible with their newest line of units. Electronics, like GPS units, have a limited life span. As Lowrance is no longer servicing that unit, once it goes down, it is down for the count.

~ Captain Paul ~
October 14, 2015 at 7:25pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
Hello Capt. Paul,

I'm looking to outfit an 18 foot aluminum boat that gets used for a lot of different purposes with a decent GPS chart plotter and depth finder combo. I'll be using it for hunting and fishing in the Shell Beach and Hopedale area and wanted to know if you had any recommendations for a good all purpose unit with a budget maximum of $500. I know you get what you pay....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
October 14, 2015 at 2:17pm
What is the best GPS for your use.
~ Captain Paul's response ~

Both of the brands you mentioned can perform as you describe, as would a Humminbird, IF they have the proper accessory mapping software.

To avoid “sticker shock” most of the units come only with a base map. This is what the name implies, a basic map of the entire U.S. This type of mapping gets you in the water with the GPS, but you soon see that the base map does not offer as much detail of the Louisiana marshes. It is then that you will have to come up with $200 to $300 more to have a unit that will serve your needs. So whatever unit you decide on, remember that you may have to purchase an accessory mapping for the unit.

That means that a fixed mounted unit, with a color screen of about 5 to 7 inches with the mapping software will be over your 150 gallon limit.

But to get on with your question, it is a tough question to answer. It is almost like you picking out a dress for your wife or mother. Yes the dress will cover the necessary parts, but how does it fit, where will it be used and how long do you intend to keep the outfit. You can see what I mean!

There are several units that should suit your needs WHEN LOADED with the proper accessory mapping software.

A hand held unit with an accessory or two can accommodate your needs, but the screen will be smaller than a fixed mounted unit and it would not have the depth finder option.

I would be hard pressed to recommend a specific unit. There are a lot of considerations that would affect your choice. Foremost would be the cost of the unit or rather the dollar amount you want to or can spend. Again, remember that the accessory mapping is another cost.

So, in order to at least give you a starting point, let me express some of my findings about different GPS types and styles.

Most manufacturers have a web site that comprehensively covers their line of receivers as well as the mapping software that is available.

I suggest that you begin by looking at each of these sites for an understanding of what is being offered in today’s market. There are others, but I would START with the largest companies that sell hand held GPS receivers to the consumer market.

Garmin, Lowrance, and Humminbird have a very impressive line of units. These units are available for your perusal on the same web site. Check them out at Garmin @ www.garmin.com/ , Lowrance @ www.lowrance.com/ , and Humminbird.com/.

Yes, It know there are others and you may want to consider them also, but start with these brands to get an idea of what is available from the top three brands. I don’t recommend considering a discontinued or “Legacy” product as there will usually be a shortage of accessories, including mapping software for these older units.

These current generation units when loaded with the OPTIONAL mapping software, offer a very versatile package that will more than accommodate your needs.

In addition you will have to determine the features that you want in the unit.

I can, however, offer you some pointers that may help YOU decide which one will be best for you.

A gray scale screen (not color) will be less expensive than a color one. Most units with a grey scale are older units as it is now less expensive to produce a color screen.

A smaller screen will be less expensive than a larger one.

A screen that has screen touch-controlled functions will be a great deal more expensive than a button or menu controlled unit.

Those units with a “Touch Screen” command area usually more expensive than button model.

Some units can utilize auto type road maps. This mapping software when used in specific units can provide an ON THE ROAD routing. This type of road and street routing can guide you to various street addresses and locations throughout the U.S. Those units that have the ability to do an ON ROAD routing generally cost more than other units that only have a “AS THE CROW FLIES” type of routing.

Some units cannot accept any other mapping than what is already loaded into the receiver. These units have a preloaded “base” map that the manufacturer believes will suit your needs. It cannot be supplemented with any other mapping. These types are less expensive than those that CAN accept additional mapping.

Some units require that a data memory card loaded with the maps you designed with your software, or that you purchased pre loaded data cards with maps. These memory cards are inserted into the receiver in order to view those maps on the unit’s screen.

Some of the units can use an over the counter Secure Digital (SD) or Media Memory Cart (MMC) or Micro SD cards and some can ONLY use their own proprietary memory card that requires their own card reader/writer. Be sure to first consider those units that use standard type memory cards. Secure Digital (SD) and Micro SD cards area the present standard.

Some of the units CANNOT accept electronic connections. They are less expensive than those that can accept such downloads.

When considering your choices, be sure to take in to account the SUPPORT that the manufacturer offers for his units. A Support Section that offers a person to speak to about a problem is a very big “plus” when it comes to getting help on a specific problem. Speaking in English to a PERSON and not a machine is really a big plus in the type of support that the various companies offer.

Access the various web sites and view all of the choices you may have, then visit a stocking dealer and “feel” the unit in your hand. Sometimes the buttons on the unit are not quite right for a person with small or large hands or someone who is left handed. Check out the unit, the size of the screens and the general appearance and how it operates.

As for the mapping part of your question, my experience leads me to prefer maps that are based on USGS Topographical maps. Yes, I know you are looking at a marine unit, but many can accommodate topo type mapping.

Some units can accommodate aerial photo maps, such as Garmin’s Bird Eye and Standard Mappings photo maps for Lowrance units. Naturally those units that accommodate both Marine type NOAA charts, topographical type and aerial photo maps would be desirable.

Go to a stocking dealer and actually view the unit for a hands on appreciation of the use and features of your short list of units. Be sure to actually “see” what mapping is availing for the unit, viewing it in the unit of your choice.

You may be able to save some money by selecting a unit with depth / fish finder features for shallow water. You would not need one that sounds the bottom of 2000+ feet salt water. That type required a more powerful and expensive unit than one designed for 100 feet.

Narrow down your choices and then get back with me. I would be happy to discuss your options with you.

~ Captain Paul ~
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October 01, 2015 at 5:46pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Outside Louisiana
Hello guys,

I've got some old maps with some strange GPS coordinates on them. I was told some off shore fishermen are likely experts. So if anybody recognizes this format I'd appreciate any input you might have.

The coordinates are this:
597 699.5 North 2 983 197.8 East

These are supposed to be in Omaha right on the Mississippi river. But I can't find a way to....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
October 05, 2015 at 5:24pm
Seems to be in a State Plane format
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Jayson 172 ~

I believe that the coordinates you listed are in a format of STATE PLANE, but I am not completely sure as I don’t have a topographical map of Nebraska to be able to accurately plot the position in the state plane format. The State Plane format is a form of Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid format, but stated in feet rather than meters.

Generally, the format would look something like 15T N. 44571480.0 E. 0255270.0. This position is for the center of the MISSOURI RIVER at the I-480 bridge in Omaha. It is normally called Northering ~ Easterling in zone 15T. The numbers represent meters north of the equator and east of the east~WEST boundry zones edge.

Aside from that, I don’t believe that the MISSISSIPPI RIVER passes in OMAHA. You may want to double check the figures you have and if correct, plot them in the State Plane format.

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October 03, 2015 at 11:18am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
First off. Captian Paul on behalf of all of us louisiana fisherman. I want to thank you for the help that you provide us old low tech users.
I searched and it appears that the most recent post about the position of the popular floating platforms is about 2008. Could we get some position updates on the floaters south of Venice. Like Mars, Brutus, and some of the other popular ones in the....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
September 28, 2015 at 10:02pm
Offshore platforms
~ Captain Paul's response

Please use this information as a general guide to these locations, as I cannot guarantee that the information is 100%. Some of the platforms may have been moved due to the recent trends in the offshore oil business.

With that, my information for the platforms are:

BULL WINKLE

Shell Platform GC-65 A “BULLWINKLE, ” is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 65 and is at or about 27° 53.068’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 54.155’ W. Longitude. That puts it about 114 Miles at a bearing of 232° magnetic from the entrance of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River.

BRUTUS

Although you did not specifically ask for it, the Shell platform BRUTUS

Is located in GREEN CANYON Block # 158 and is at or about 27° 47.742’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 38.824’ W. Longitude

And, in the same general area

GENESIS

Genesis Spar is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 205 and is at or about 27° 46.761’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 31.093’ W. Longitude

MARS

”Mars” (Shell-MC-807-A) Located in Leased Block 807 in the Mississippi Canyon, I believe is at or about 28°10.171’ N. lat ~ 89° 13.373’ W. long, it is in over 2800 feet of water. It is about 52 miles from SW pass @ 166° magnetic AND about 57.16 miles at a bearing of 186° Magnetic from Lands End at South Pass. Mars is about 45.5 miles EAST of Thunder Horse at a bearing of 269° (mag).

THUNDER HORSE

Thunder Horse is located at or about 28°11.452’ N. Latitude ~ 88° 29.735’W. Longitude. It is in south west corner of Leased Block 778 of the Mississippi Canyon Area.

URSA

Ursa is at or about 28° 09.242’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 06.213’ W. Longitude. It is located in Leased block 810 of the Mississippi Canyon Area, about 7.4 miles east of the MARS platform.

Looking North and North west from these two platforms you should find MEDUSA.

MEDUSA

The Murphy Exploration Company’s Medusa Spar platform was/is in the northern part of Leased Block 582 of the Miss. Canyon. It is ABOUT 34.7 MILES at a bearing of 182° Magnetic from the South West Pass channel GONG Buoy Green # 1. It is about 21.4 miles at a bearing of 318° (mag) from the Mars Platform and about 35 miles at a bearing of 182° (Mag) from the entrance to SOUTHWEST PASS of the Mississippi River.

The MEDUSA platform is at or about 28°23.559’ N. Latitude ~ 89°27.210’ W. Longitude

Another major platform north of the Mars platform is LENA.

LENA

Lena located in Block 280 of the Mississippi Canyon area. The LEAN platform is at or about 28° 39.775’ N. Latitude ~ 89°09.467’ W. Longitude. It is about 34 miles NNE (07° Mag) from the Mars platform.

BULLWINKLE

The massive BULLWINKLE -SHELL GC 65 Platform in Green Canyon Block 65 is at or about 27° 53.058’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 54.088’ W. Longitude.

BRUTUS

The BRUTUS platform another by Shell Oil, is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 158 and is at or about 27° 47.742 N. Latitude ~ 90 38.824’ W. Longitude.

GENESIS

The Genesis production facility was/is moored in 2,600ft of water in the GREEN CANYON Leased Block 205. It is located at or about 27°46.682’ N ~ 090° 31.068’ W longitude. That position is about 93 miles at a bearing of 191° (Mag) from Belle Pass (Fourchon) WHICH IS JUST WEST OF GRAND ISLAND at the Gulf Of Mexico.

TYPHOON

The Typhoon platform Is located in Green Canyon Block 237 and is at or about

27° 43.910’ N. Latitude ~ 91° 06.674’ W. Longitude

OCEAN QUEST

The Ocean Quest is in Green Canyon Block 199 and is at or about 27° 45.993’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 47.927’ W. Longitude.

THE DEVIL’s TOWER

I noted that there is a platform in MC 773 that is plotted at or about 28°12.534’ N. Latitude ~ 088°44.189’ W. Longitude. This platform is SPAR that is commonly called THE DEVIL’s TOWER. It is located near the western center of the Leased Block.

And of course, don’t for get about the Mid Night Lump.

THE MIDNIGHT LUMP

Another usually productive location is the MIDNIGHT LUMP. The area is officially named The Sackett Bank, but it is commonly called the called the “Midnight Lump”. It is a draw for tuna and Wahoo during certain times of the year. The Midnight Lump has become very popular in the last decade. Sometimes there are more than 100 boats a day in the active part of the season.

You will need a deepwater depth finder to actually find and “see” the exact location. The seabed rises about from 60+ fathoms to 33 fathoms at the “lump.” Picture a series of truncated cones rising from the seabed.

Gulf currents push water over the top of the lump, causing smaller “bait fish” to be pushed against and over the lump. Amberjack, Tuna, Marlin, Snapper, Grouper and Wahoo usually gather there to eat. Usually fishing one side of the lump is better than the other. The currents will determine which side of the lump is the better side to fish.

I believe that the approximate center of “The Midnight Lump” ~ The Sackett Bank, is at or about 28° 38.122’ N. Lat ~ 89° 33.249’ W. Long. The location is about 20.5 miles from Southwest Pass at a bearing of 201° (Mag) and is about 35.2 miles at a bearing of 192° magnetic from the end of the breakwater (29°08.233’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 26. 184’ W. Longitude ) at Tiger Pass.

The location is about 20.14 miles from the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi river at a position near the light house (near land’s end) at a bearing of 202° (Mag), it is also about 19.36 miles at a bearing of 203° (Mag) from the GREEN #1 GONG buoy in the lower part of the SW channel.

This position is about 49.64 Miles from the RED #12 marker in Barataria Pass at a point that is between Grand Isle and Grand Terre Island.

Bring plenty of anchor line as you will need every foot of it. Most fishers suggest that you use a minimum of 600 feet of anchor line with anywhere from 10 to 30 feet of chain. The chain will greatly enhance your anchor's ability to set. Your anchor size will vary greatly, but a medium-sized vessel (23 to 28 feet) should use at least a 22-25 pound anchor. Some captains suggest an anchor point on the “lump” at about 250 feet deep.

The Genesis production facility is moored in 2,600ft of water in the GREEN CANYON Leased Block 205. It is located at or about 27°46.682’ N ~ 090° 31.068’ W longitude. That position is about 93 miles at a bearing of 191° (Mag) from Belle Pass (Fourchon) WHICH IS JUST WEST OF GRAND ISLAND at the Gulf Of Mexico.

I suggest that you first consider NOAA Marine Chart 1115A ~ Leased Blocks Cape St. George to the Mouth of the Mississippi River. This chart will have the leased blocks in the area of your concern. Unfortunately the Chart only covers the eastern part of the Mississippi Canyon Leased Area off the mouth of the MS River. The companion chart to the west is Chart 1116-A ~ Leased Blocks MS River to Galveston Bay. These two charts will give you all of the offshore leased block areas from the Florida panhandle to Galveston Bay.

Any authorized agent for NOAA can order or print these charts for you. Bew sure to get the most current issue of these charts.

These charts however, are in a scale of 1:456394, which is not suited for navigating the channels or the river, but will get you to the leased blocks. For a better view of the access channels select a chart with at least 1:80000 scale.

These Leased block charts show some if not all of the platforms in these blocks. I noted that there is a platform in MC 773 that is plotted at or about 28°12.534’ N. Latitude ~ 088°44.189’ W. Longitude. This platform is SPAR that is commonly called THE DEVIL’s TOWER. It is located near the western center of the Leased Block.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as H,DDD,MM.mmm and were determined using WGS 84 DATUM. All Headings/bearings/courses are stated in Magnetic Degrees.

Captain Paul
September 23, 2015 at 12:31pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul

I have a new boat just finishing up being built and I have the 698CI HD SI COMBO. Could you recommended which GPS card is the best for this unit for the cocodrie area.

thanks in advance

swapped to lowrance
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Response by Captain Paul
June 02, 2015 at 9:57pm
Maps for Humminbird GPS
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Duck Shoot ~

The features of the Humminbird 698CI HD SI is a state of the art unit, however the base map called a UniMap, I believe, needs to be supplemented with one of the available accessory mapping programs.

Humminbird offers a series of maps they call LakeMaster. There is one for our region, but it is mainly for inshore freshwater fishing lakes and locations in our area. They also offer a Navionics South, but it is featured as a multi state lake maps. I don’t believe that either of these products would serve your southeast Louisiana salt water marsh fishing.

Try calling the Humminbird support section at 1-800-633-1468 and see what they recommend for the salt water marsh area of Louisiana.

These supplemental mapping programs will run the better part of $150, so just don’t get the first one they recommend. After getting their recommendation, go to a stocking Humminbird dealer and ask to see the recommended map(s) in Humminbird GPS unit. If they have the map, zoom in on your fishing areas and see if it gives you the detail that you want.

That way you will know what you are getting and if it will serve your needs.

~ Captain Paul ~
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
I am looking for coordinates for the offshore LOOP restricted zone. I want to mark 4 way points on my plotter to make it easier to stay out of there.
Thanks
Fox
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Response by Captain Paul
September 04, 2015 at 8:41pm
THE LOOP USE CAUTION WHEN IN THE AREA
~ ~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fox ~

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is a deepwater facility in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Fourchon, LA. It provides a DEEP WATER offloading and temporary storage services for raw petroleum products by deep water tankers. The anchor points AND the underwater pipelines that connect them together and to the shoreline are in a very restricted marine area. USE Caution whenever in the area.

There are NO specific markers that indicate the entire boundary for the LOUISIANA OFFSHORE OIL PORT, but that does not resolve you of any liability for being in the restricted area. These restrictions apply for the entire area, especially in the light of today’s terrorist activity. The restrictions are vigorously enforced.

The rough center of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is located about 27 miles at a bearing of 182° Magnetic from Barataria Pass by Grand Isle, LA. and about 19 miles at a bearing of 139° Magnetic from Belle Pass at the Gulf of Mexico by Port Fourchon.

It occupies about a twelve (12) mile east to west by six (6) mile north to south area that resembles an oval. The LOOP has a series of regulations that are listed in Chapter 2 of the U.S. Coast Pilot publication. Additional restrictions are published in the USCG official NOTICE TO MARINERS that is published weekly. I strongly suggest that you get up to date information, as world events have installed a strict enforcement of the regulations.

The LOOP is in part or all of the following GRAND ISLE LEASED BLOCK AREA’s: Blocks 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67.

The site of the LOOP is shown on NOAA Marine Chart # 11359 ~LOOP DEEPWATER PORT, Chart 11358 ~ Barataria Bay and Approaches, and on Chart # 1116A Leased Blocks Miss River to Galveston.

I strongly suggest that get a current copy of these charts BEFORE navigating to the area.

Some of the LOOP tie up ship markers located around the area are located at the following locations:

The LOOP

G -“1”, a Horn @ 28° 48.608’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 54.991’ W. Longitude

G - “3” @ 28° 50.141’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 02.404’ W. Longitude

R - “2” @ 28° 50.330’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 53.861’ W. Longitude

Y - “L-B” @ 28° 52.060’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 52.701’ W. Longitude

R - “4” @ 28° 54.861’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 57.001’ ~ ~ W. Longitude

Comparing these positions to the charts, you will note that these positions are NOT joined in straight lines between the buoys. These boundary lines and buoys, however, are indicated on the charts.

Again, be sure that you know the restrictions (and penalties) for the LOOP area before venturing close to the site.

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 ~~
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September 03, 2015 at 5:37pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
Using this website: http://www.lafishblog.com/google-earth-tutorial/ i learned how to plot a path with waypoints on google earth. The problem is i am unsure which format to use so it will work with my GPS. I have a month old Garmin 547xs. Does anyone know which format i am supposed to use? if needed i can list the options that GPSbabel gives me. thanks in advance
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Response by Captain Paul
August 25, 2015 at 10:39pm
Transferring Google to Garmin
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ The Truck Man ~

I’ll get to the heart of your question, but first I must offer a suggestion.

I know that you requested info on how to transfer a “Path” or “Track” and certainly you can do that, but it would be far better to install the data in your new GPS unit as a ROUTE.

A “Path, Track or Trail Back” feature is designed to be only a TEMPORARY route that records the track in a fashion that usually replaces the first part of the track back when all of the track back memory is used. It is called a wrap method, much like a fan belt traveling around a pulley. After using all of the memory, it starts over again from the point where the memory ran out.

In order to make a permanent record of your route, you must actually make and save a ROUTE. Routes are made up from a series of waypoints which the GPS unit connects, by a straight-line course. It assumes that you can navigate from one waypoint to another to another, to another, etc., etc. In addition, some units with the proper mapping software will design the route for you using existing waterways much as an automobile GPS unit would do. I prefer to designate my own routes as the software does not know my boat’s requirements.

Start from your launch. Mark and save it as a waypoint, then go to the first turn that you make in your course, mark and save it as your second waypoint, then to the next course change and mark and save it, then to the next, and the next, and the next, until you reach your destination. Then go to the route function and compile these waypoints into a route. Name and save the route. You will then have a permanent (if there really is such a thing) record of your voyage that you can summon and navigate over and over again.

In navigating the route with our GPS unit, you can select the MAP, HIGHWAY or COMPASS page to guide you through the route. As you reach one waypoint the course and direction to the next one will be provided. The unit will give you the distance and courses from one waypoint to the next and even an expected time of travel or arrival. To return back to the launch from your final waypoint, simply INVERT the route and navigate the courses back to the beginning.

Using the path of track feature to steer a vessel will cause you to have an ever increasing path line on the screen which will become thicker and thicker with each use. In addition it causes you to have to constantly look at the GPS screen. The unit will only store a very small amount of different tracks, where as that unit can accommodate 100 different routes.

With that out of the way, here is the information on the ”how to” accomplishment the data transfer.

The Garmin web site for the unit states, “If you have waypoints, tracks or frequently used routes stored on another manufacturer’s GPS product – or on a Garmin handheld device – now it’s easier than ever to transfer those items to your new Garmin chartplotter, via industry-standard GPX software formatting. GPX is an open standard format for GPS data exchange across platforms and applications. With this easy-to-use interface technology, Garmin has taken “no waypoint left behind” to a whole new level of trade-up convenience.”

The newer .gpx formatted data files are an effort to have one type of data file for the industry. However, some newer Garmin units require a data file to be written to a specific protocol Garmin calls an “.adm“ file.

I don’t believe that the GPS Babel program has a conversion to an .adm file format, but you can try the Babel conversion to a .gpx file format. But, don’t despair, there is a way.

But, before actually trying to write a file from a Garmin Data Transfer program to a spare and let me repeat, a SPARE, data card you must first place the memory card in the GPS unit and turn the unit on. I suggest that you do any function with the unit, simply changing a screen page will do. This procedure causes the GPS unit to install a code on the card that is recognized by the Garmin program in your computer and later again by the GPS unit. Without doing so, the GPS unit will not accept the data information. This is a must in trying to do data transfers. Trying to use an existing map data card for the transfer could over write existing map images thusly ruining the card.

First, save the Google Earth data to a file, I suggest saving it in the Google .XML format. I save my data to a folder I named GPS then in a sub folder for each of the different areas I fish and hunt.

Then, using one of Garmin’s data transfer programs, transfer the data first into the data program then onto a spare data card.

Garmin offers a free data transfer download program on their web site called HOME PORT. I strongly recommend that you install the program in your computer. It will save you time and effort in doing this and future transfers to and from the GPS unit and your computer. It will allow you to back up all of the waypoints, routes and tacks in your GPS unit to a file in your computer or on a thumb drive. They also provide a program for land use called BASE CAMP. Actually either will work but the Home Port program is designed for marine type units. Both are available from the Garmin web site at https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod64242.html

It is available for both Windows and Mac systems. As said, it is a free download. If you own a Garmin unit, you should have one of these two data transfer programs. This program allows you to install a Google file into the program then onto a data card as an .adm file.

Once installed in the Garmin program, click on the FILE icon then the Import from window to the file folder where you saved the Google .XLM file.

Once doing so all of Google data will appear in the Home Port program.

Place the spare memory card in your card reader. Then select the small icon at the top left of the screen that indicates two small GPS units. One is send “to device” and the other is “receive from.” Select the transfer “to” option and window will show the GPS model and serial number that was written on the card. In that window you will have an option of transferring it directly to the unit, or to the spare data card. If you have the unit connected directly to your computer select that option. If it is not, select the option that writes it to the data card.

One word of caution, when using the settings in your GPS unit as compared to the options in the Google Earth program be sure that the Datum agrees.

Let me explain. My information is that Google Earth uses a EGM96 Geoid in displaying their Google Earth programs. I believe that the Google Earth images are corrected to use WGS 84 datum. So if that is the datum that you use in your GPS unit, 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. Your WAAS activated GPS unit will produce a more accurate position fix on the actual position.

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 to “refine” the actual or true position.

Captain Paul
August 23, 2015 at 4:34pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
I want to publicly thank Captain Paul for his knowledge and assistance. I purchased Captain Paul's GPS waypoints for Lake Borgne. I was having difficulty uploading the waypoints to my GPS. I called Captain Paul, he spent approximately an hour on the phone in an effort to help me complete the upload. It was clear that there was a short between the operator(me) and the switch(my GPS). Captain....  Read More
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul, there is a area outside of Vermilion Bay in the Tiger Shoals area called The Pelican. Do you have any information or coordinates for this place?
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May 16, 2015 at 12:23am
I haven\'t forgot about your request.
I haven't forgotten your request, but I have been unable to find a specific platform called The Pelican.

I am still trying. In the meantime here is a copy of one of my recent columns on the Tiger Shoals area.

Old oil structures in Tiger Shoal

A lesson on finding productive fishing

Captain Paul Titus

September 08, 2014 at 9:00 am | Mobile Reader | Print

It might take some work, but research into the Tiger Shoal area is well worth the effort.

Ann Taylor

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am told that there were several oil platforms, old well heads and/or other oil-field 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 that I’m assuming there is still some sort of rock or shell pad left behind that might be good for fishing.

— Thank you

Capt. Paul’s response:

Wow! M-12, you are asking for 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 degrees magnetic. It is a shoal area that appears on maps as a large banana laying in an east-to-west position.

There are numerous well sites, as well as wrecks and underwater mounds throughout the area.

I do not have the time nor the space to adequately provide you with all of the information you need, but I will provide some of the major sites and steer you in a direction that you can obtain all of the information you need.

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, each of which is usually rectangular in shape and specified by latitude and longitude using North American Datum of 1927.

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’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement people that it would be a nearly impossible task to amend all of the hundreds of thousands of leases with the WGS datum.

New leases are now plotted in both NAD 27 and WGS 84 Datum.

As there are no sign posts in offshore waters, specific areas are called by their leased area and block number, such as Vermilion 50, meaning block 50 in the Vermilion Bay area.

First you will need a rough idea where these different sites are located. By that I mean in which of leased blocks your quests are located.

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

All platforms are required to be listed by BOEMRE, the federal repository for lease data, and the exploration and production information for these areas. It is like a general grid system 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 the Mississippi River to Galveston, Texas, shows the BOEMRE leased areas and blocks within those areas.

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

After locating the leased block areas in which you are interested, you should also get a copy of the latest NOAA chart for the specific area in 1:80,000 scale.

The Tiger Shoals area is shown on NOAA Marine CHART 11349-Vermillion Bay and Approaches. This chart will show individual platforms, 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.

When getting these charts, be sure to get the latest version. But historic charts created 10 years or so age would also be a great value to you, as they would show wells/platforms 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.

You can then access the Management, Regulation and Enforcement website at http://www.data.boem.gov/homepg/data_center/platform/platform/master.asp, and search by leased area, by leased block and well number or well name. You can even search for the date when the well was closed or removed.

By noting the leased areas, you can select a specific area and even individual blocks 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. Position figures are usually stated in decimal degrees 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 used in your unit or temporarily change the position format in your GPS unit to decimal degrees and NAD 27 datum. Then enter the positions, and change the position format and 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

I have taken the opportunity to plot some of the over 200 rigs and platforms in the area you indicated.

Most of the platforms are or were located in North Marsh Island blocks 208, 209, 210, 212, 230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 236, 237 and 239, and Vermilion blocks 30, 31,33, 50, 51, 52, 53, 69, 70 and 71.

As previously stated, the area is crossed with numerous pipelines that also offer fishing structure. These pipelines are shown in the Vermillion Bay Approaches chart.

Here are some of the wells and other hazardous objects in the Tiger Shoal. The names of the sites indicate the feature available for fishing.

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.

— Capt. Paul
May 08, 2015 at 9:32am
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Do you or anyone know where to get video info to use (instructional video) for this unit? Also can GPS coordinates or waypoints be taken from google earth and put on sds card then entered in this unit??????
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Response by Captain Paul
March 26, 2015 at 9:38pm
Google earth waypoints to Lowrance units
I do not know of any CD or DVD that offers an instruction in the use of that unit.

I can accommodate you if you wish. If so contact me at

Check the post that asks basically the same question or my Story in the current issue of the Louisiana Sportsmam Magazine concerning Google Earth waypoints.

Captain Paul
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March 26, 2015 at 10:32am

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I purchased a couple of your edgs files couple years ago and downloaded them onto a sd card, i am wanting to now load on an elite 7 so i copied files off card to a micro sd card, how do i transfer them to the lowrance elite 7 hdi?
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Response by Captain Paul
August 02, 2015 at 10:50pm
Old Lowrance files to new format
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Empty Shell ~

Just copying the files may work, but the older Lowrance units required a Lowrance data file designated with a .USR suffix. Newer units, such as most of the Elite and HDS units, now require a data file with a .GPX suffix. The protocol for the two files is different.

Try copying the .usr data files to the new microSD card to see if it will work.

If not you will have to download a conversion program that is a free download from the internet called GPSBABEL. It is available at www.gpsbabel.org/ Using this program, you select the input as the Lowrance.usr file and output as a Lowrance .gpx file.

Once on the Micro SD disk you would transfer the data files from the memory card using the GPS MENU. See your owner’s manual Pages 7 and 14. Basically you transfer the card data files into the internal memory of the unit. All of the waypoints will then show as overlays on whatever mapping program you are using.

If you have any difficulties, contact be at 985-847-0536 or via email at

captainpaultgps@gmail.com

Paul Titus
August 01, 2015 at 5:34pm
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I want to purchase a Lowrance HDS 7. The options have 2 types of transducer frequency 83/200 and 50/200.

Which one is the better choice for inshore?
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2015 at 3:17pm
Sorry
Sorry,but I can't help you on the selection of a transducer. I suggest that you contact a stocking Lowrance dealer and get their opinon.

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June 30, 2015 at 8:22pm
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Rock pile near wd 152
Captain paul im looling for some cordinates to the rock pile just west of west delta 152. If you could get them for me id really appreciate

Thanks

~ Captain Paul's response ~

I don’t have a specific location named “The Rock Pile”, but I do see a jagged bottom rise from a depth of 248 fathoms (1488 feet) to a depth of 69 fathoms (419 feet) on my....  Read More
April 21, 2015 at 1:22pm
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Capt. Paul: I am just now getting to know my Garmin 541s and learn about navigation, attempting to manually load some waypoints you had in the last edition of La. Sportsman. The unit is set for WGS 84 and the waypoints you provided were in that format, but the unit does not allow the decimal between the minutes and thousandths of minutes. Exposing my lack of knowledge, but does this matter....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
May 06, 2015 at 1:49pm
Wrong Position Format?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Wild Bill ~

Two of the least understood terms in the GPS settings are DATUM and the Position Format.

You seem to have the DATUM correct using the WGS 84 settings, but I suspect that Position Format or “Location” settings are not the same.

In latitude~ longitude settings, you usually have the choice of Decimal degrees, ie. 89.1234567° (DDD.ddddddd), Degrees, minutes and tenths of seconds, ie. DDD,MM,SS.s (89°20’ 15.8”) and Degrees, minutes and thousandths of minutes, ie. DDD, MM.mmm (89°20.123).

By your description, it seems that you are trying to enter one of these position formats into another format.

To correct the procedure, you will have to mathematically convert one to another, OR simply change the GPS Position Format setting to match the one you have.

Try this out and get back with me.

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 ~
May 04, 2015 at 6:19pm
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I have a Humminbird 1197C SI with the lake maps card. The map is a little limited. I am looking for SP 152 out of Fourchong. We used to fish it when I was a kid. Not sure if it still there. Is there a book with all the passes and rig numbers for purchase?
Thanks
Fox
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01, 2015 at 3:49pm
Offshore Platforms
~ Captain Paul's response to: Foxholel 123 ~

I am not quite sure that I know where you are looking as SP 152 is in the Southern area of Brenton Sound and not near the Fourchon area.

Mike Lane of RodnReel at one time had a book that covered some of the Offshore Rigs and reefs, but I don’t know if it is still in print.

However, I suggest that you start by getting at least two general NOAA charts of the local offshore areas.

Chart 1116A and 1115A covers the Offshore Leased Blocks from Cape St. George FL to Galveston TX. These charts show the areas and the blocks in those areas. This is a starting point.

Next, the U.S. government’s agency that has all of the current and past information is the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has a data search web site.

This site allows the user to search the leased Blocks in the offshore areas.

Try them at:

http://www.data.bsee.gov/homepg/data_center/platform/platform/master.asp

By using the two together, you can pinpoint a block and the platforms in that block.

You may need a more detailed chart once you find your area of interest as the aforementioned are charts that cover a lot of area and do not have a lot of shore details.

Captain Paul
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June 27, 2015 at 11:49am

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Captain Paul,

Does your SD card for Vermillion Bay contain GPS coordinates for abandoned rigs or underwater shell beds at Tiger Shoal or similar?
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Response by Captain Paul
June 25, 2015 at 8:33pm
Info Edge for Vermillion Bay
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Captain Paul's response to WBratcher,

The CAPTAIN PAUL's Fishing edge of GPS WAYPOINTS is NOT sold as a file on a data card. It is an electronic download file that you install in your GPS unit. Some units require all data be transferred to the unit via a SPARE data card. Most also require that you use their manufacturers data trans program. Lowrance, Garmin, Humminbird and Raymarine all have such programs available on their web site. Even if you do not purchase my Edge file, it is a worth while in time to get and install their data Transfer program as it will allow you to transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes to and from your computer and GPS unit. It is way easier entering the position data while on your computer than trying to enter one at a time directly into your GPS unit. A transfer of over 100 waypoints can be transferred under two minutes, whereas it may take you five minutes just to enter one directly into the GPS unit

The Vermillion Bay Edge has positions for many of the inshore reefs shell beds in and around the bay. It has the La Wildlife &Fisheries inshore artificial reefs in the area and some of the near shore reefs such as Diamond Reef, but it does NOT have off shore reefs, shoals, or oil/gas platforms.

It does NOT have any positions around the Tiger Shoals area.

All of the Edge downloads come with a READ ME, Instructions File and the data file in the proper format for your brand of GPS unit, an Acrobat .pdf file which is a general map of the area and all of the waypoints listed. Many have a HOW TO FISH the location. In addition, there is also included a spread sheet file of all of the data. I suggest that you print out the spread sheet and .pdf file and take them on board in a two gallon size plastic bag.

Contact me if you need any additional information.

Captain Paul
June 25, 2015 at 8:32am
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Cpt. Paul,

I am looking for coordinates of shell pads that may exist in Lake Borgne and around Bay Eloi. Any old rig pads, old islands or points, etc. would be great. Thanks.
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Response by Captain Paul
June 03, 2015 at 8:12pm
Lake Borgne well sites.
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Ryansr ~

I have most if not all of the old gas well sites in Lake Borgne in my CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING WAYPOINTS OF GPS POSITIONS listed in my Lake Borgne file, which are available on this web site in the OUTDOOR STORE.

But, you can find all of these sites on your own. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has a web site that list all past and present oil, gas and water wells in the state. The Site is called SONRIS. It has a data base of the sites that allow you to access the information in a variety of ways which includes via a general map of the area, by parish, by gas or oil field name, well number and or name and by operator to name a few of the many ways to access the data.

You can access the site by going to http://sonris-www.dnr.state.la.us/www_root/sonris_portal_1.htm

Note that the positions provided are stated in Decimal Degrees (h, DDD.ddddddd) and were determined using NAD 27 Datum.

The removed wells are generally listed as a “well hole ~ not operating.”

It is a very useful program to find the shell or gravel pads that were once installed around the well sites. As you know, these “pads” often offer ideal fishing habitat.

By the way, I offer a CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE of GPS WAYPOINTS that has included a number of these sites in the Lake Borgne area. My Lake Borgne Edge file has over 160 waypoints in and around the lake, many of which are the present and past well sites in the lake.

The EDGE files are designed to be electronically loaded into various GPS units via your computer.

THE CAPTAIN PAUL’s FISHING EDGE FILES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY ON THE LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN WEB SITE.

The “CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE” is a very unique ELECTRONIC MEDIA program that can be downloaded directly into various GPS units from their manufacturer’s Mapping program or via several of Maptech’s mapping software programs. This technology saves countless hours of having to manually enter each separate waypoint values into GPS receivers.

I call the Programs, CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE,” because I believe that they will give the fisher and hunter an advantage in getting to, finding fishing spots, moving around, and getting back from some of the more favorite fishing and hunting areas in the state.

The entire procedure of loading over 150 odd waypoints from a typical CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE file takes less than three minutes from the time you view the email file to the time that they are loaded in the GPS receiver.

Presently I have TWEMTY-ONE Captain Paul’s Fishing Edge Files. They include Barataria Bay, Hopedale ~MRGO to the MISSISSIPPI SOUND, Hopedale to Bayou Terre Boeufs, Delacroix to Point a la Hache, Bayou Bienvenue, Port Sulphur, Lake Calcasieu, Lafitte, Leeville ~ East, Lake Pontchartrain, Myrtle Grove-Lake Hermitage, Empire to Buras, Leeville-West, the Pearl River WMA, Vermillion Bay, Cocodrie ~ Dulac, The Rigolets, MRGO dam and Markers, Bayou Sauvage NWR and Big Branch NWR and the LAKE BORGNE areas.

To download The CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE program(s) in your GPS, you MUST have FIVE items.

FIRST, a GPS Receiver that can accept a computer download; SECOND, your GPS manufacturers Mapping Program or its Waypoint Manager software; THIRD, a computer with a connecting cable to the GPS unit or data card; FOURTH, a valid E-Mail Address that accepts attachments, and FIFTH, a CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE FILE.

Separate Program Files are designed for GARMIN, MAGELLAN, LOWRANCE, DELORME, RayMarine, Humminbird and others that require a GPX data exchange protocol and their mapping programs as well as for MAPTECH TERRAIN NAVIGATOR. These Edge files are NOT interchangeable.

ALL of the CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE of GPS WAYPOINTS are available at the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN'S 'OUTDOOR STORE'.

The OUTDOOR STORE link button may be found in top banner at the top of SPORTSMAN’s HOME PAGE. The Captain Paul's FISHING EDGE button also flashes across the top banner of the ”REPORTS” pages on this web site.

The EDGE files are available exclusively on the LOUISIANA SPORTSMAN web site in the OUTDOOR STORE. Look them over, I am sure that you will find that the EDGE waypoints give you a quantum leap head in navigating to and fishing or hunting the area locations.

Some of the many Lake Borgne well sites as listed in the EDGE program are as follows:

I have DESIGNATED these positions in my EDGE file as waypoint numbers that begin with “BOIL” (representing LAKE BORGNE OIL sites). I believe that some of the many, many platform sites you are looking for may be found as indicated below.

BIOL # 27 =29°59.045’ N. Latitude ~ 89°37.252’W. Longitude;

BOIL # 28 = 29°57.723’ N. Latitude ~ 89°35.150’ W. Longitude;

BOIL # 38 = 30°00.709’ N. Latitude ~ 89°43.055’ W. Longitude;

BOIL # 39 = 29°56.545’ N. Latitude ~ 89°42.475’ W. Longitude;

Like wise you can use the State site to search for the locations in Bay and Lake Eloi, or you can order the Captain Paul’s Edge for the Hopedale ~MRGO to Miss Sound.

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 03, 2015 at 8:10am
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Captain Paul, I am a native of Louisiana currently living in Texas. I have a Texas registered 28' boat with twin 300 Verados joystick steering. Want to tow the boat to Venice to take my uncle fishing offhsore for tuna (Thunder Horse, Diana, Hoover coordinates if you have them). I am repaying my uncle for teaching me to fish and taking me whenever I wanted to go. I am familiar....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
May 23, 2015 at 4:07pm
Hoover ~ Diana is south of Galveston Texas
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Gentle Rain ~

Unless you are going east ward in the gulf from Venice, you would be using South West Pass. It is the main pass to the Mississippi River. Use caution as you will encounter sea going vessels coming and leaving the area. give then a clear berth and you should not be anchored when they pass.

As for the easy part; there are two marinas in Venice that should be able to accommodate your boat and trip. There is even over night stays in cabins, etc.

Check out these:

CYPRESS COVE MARINA 226 CYPRESS COVE, VENICE, LA (504) 534-9289

VENICE MARINA INC 237 SPORTS MARINA, VENICE, LA (504) 534-9357

Thunder Horse is located at or about 28°11.452’ N. Latitude ~ 88° 29.735’W. Longitude. It is in south west corner of Leased Block 778 of the Mississippi Canyon Area.

I am sure what you mean by the Hoover ~ Diana platforms, but the Hoover Diana fields are located in the Gulf of Mexico, 160 miles (258km) south of Galveston. Diana covers several lease blocks, but is largely contained within East Breaks (EB) blocks 945 and 989 (also covering EB 946 and EB 988). Hoover is located in the Alaminos Canyon blocks 25 and 26.

It would be very difficult to travel from Venice La to this area.

Although you did not specifically ask for these platforms, I thought that you may be interested in some of the platforms in the Venice general area.

BULL WINKLE

Shell Platform GC-65 A “BULLWINKLE, ” is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 65 and is at or about 27° 53.068’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 54.155’ W. Longitude. That puts it about 114 Miles at a bearing of 232° magnetic from the entrance of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River.

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BRUTUS

Although you did not specifically ask for it, the Shell platform BRUTUS

Is located in GREEN CANYON Block # 158 and is at or about 27° 47.742’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 38.824’ W. Longitude

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And, in the same general area

GENESIS

Genesis Spar is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 205 and is at or about 27° 46.761’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 31.093’ W. Longitude

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MARS

~ ”Mars” (Shell-MC-807-A) Located in Leased Block 807 in the Mississippi Canyon, I believe is at or about 28°10.171’ N. lat ~ 89° 13.373’ W. long, it is in over 2800 feet of water. It is about 52 miles from SW pass @ 166° magnetic AND about 57.16 miles at a bearing of 186° Magnetic from Lands End at South Pass. Mars is about 45.5 miles EAST of Thunder Horse at a bearing of 269° (mag).

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THUNDER HORSE

Thunder Horse is located at or about 28°11.452’ N. Latitude ~ 88° 29.735’W. Longitude. It is in south west corner of Leased Block 778 of the Mississippi Canyon Area.

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URSA

~ Ursa is at or about 28° 09.242’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 06.213’ W. Longitude. It is located in Leased block 810 of the Mississippi Canyon Area, about 7.4 miles east of the MARS platform.

Looking North and North west from these two platforms you should find MEDUSA.

MEDUSA

The Murphy Exploration Company’s Medusa Spar platform is in the northern part of Leased Block 582 of the Miss. Canyon. It is ABOUT 34.7 MILES at a bearing of 182° Magnetic from the South West Pass channel GONG Buoy Green # 1. It is about 21.4 miles at a bearing of 318° (mag) from the Mars Platform and about 35 miles at a bearing of 182° (Mag) from the entrance to SOUTHWEST PASS of the Mississippi River.

The MEDUSA platform is at or abouthe MEDUSA platform is at or about 28°23.559’ N. Latitude ~ 89°27.210’ W. Longitude

The only other major platform north of the Mars platform is LENA.

LENA

Lena located in Block 280 of the Mississippi Canyon area. The LEAN platform is at or about 28° 39.775’ N. Latitude ~ 89°09.467’ W. Longitude. It is about 34 miles NNE (07° Mag) from the Mars platform.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as H,DDD,MM.mmm and were determined using WGS 84 DATUM; All Headings/bearings/courses are in Magnetic Degrees and STATUTE miles.

Captain Paul
May 17, 2015 at 9:23am
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Narrowed it down to the Lowrance Elite-4 Chirp or the Garmin 43 DV. Same cost @ 300.00, any opinions on these units??????
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Response by Captain Paul
May 16, 2015 at 12:20am
It is a toss up, but.....
Either could serve you, if it has the mapping software you need. Check out what maps are available for each unit. You may have to go to a stocking dealer to actually see the images, but it is a wise move on your part.

If you had a Garmin unit and you got another Garmin, you would not have to learn another system.

Please Let me know what you finally choose.

Captain Paul
May 11, 2015 at 12:25pm
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I am in the market for a new GPS. I would primarily use it for fishing. My budget is around 200.00-250.00 dollars. I have an older Garmin eTrex but i would like something with a larger screen. I also have the Garmin Mapsource software that I bought years ago. What do you recommend?
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Response by Captain Paul
May 06, 2015 at 2:16pm
TRY the Garmin GPSMAP 64ST
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Idlewildman ~

You will be hard pressed to find a new GPS unit for that price that has a larger screen.

Being you have a Garmin, I would stay with a Garmin system, as you would not have to relearn the nomenclature of another brand.

The closest thing to meeting your price range would be a Garmin model GPSMAP 64. I would order it with the option of having preloaded topographical maps. I believe that it is the GPSMAP 64st model. The ST means that it has sensors and topo mapping.

It will put you a little above your listed spending, but it is a super unit and would give you most if not all the maps you would need.

Check it out on the Garmin web site at www.garmin.com

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 ~
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May 04, 2015 at 11:45pm

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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
Captain paul im looling for some cordinates to the rock pile just west of west delta 152. If you could get them for me id really appreciate

Thanks
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Response by Captain Paul
April 21, 2015 at 1:20pm
The ROCK PILE
~ Captain Paul's response ~

I don’t have a specific location named “The Rock Pile”, but I do see a jagged bottom rise from a depth of 248 fathoms (1488 feet) to a depth of 69 fathoms (419 feet) on my contour charts of the area. This location is a very prominent rise in the sea bed that is located at or about a position of 28° 32.981’N ~ 89°55.807’W, which is about 14 miles at a bearing of 260° from a platform (28°35.281’N ~ 89°41.898’ W) which is located in WEST DELTA Leased Block 152. This platform is about 27.5 miles at a bearing of 218° from the mouth of South West Pass of the Mississippi River.

The feature I located is in Mississippi Canyon (MC) Leased block 397.

As said, I don’t know if this is the site you are looking for, but it stands out as a large formation. Farther westward the bottom drops to 210 fathoms then has a gradual rise to 41 then to 33 fathoms.

Hope this helps,

Captain Paul
April 19, 2015 at 11:53pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
Ever hear of a spot called the propane bowl or propane tank about 70 miles due south of Belle Pass and a few deg to the west? Was talking with a gentleman about a nice grouper hole. If you happen to have info on it, please message me. Would like to find it and give it a shot. Anybody care to share any info on other grouper spots?
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Response by Captain Paul
April 03, 2015 at 7:40pm
The Propane Bowl.
I could NOT find a specific location that is officially called the Propane Bowl south of Belle Pass.

However, there is a double rig structure that is ownen by Matathron Oil called 'LOBSTER' that is 69 miles at a bearing of 179* from the mouth of Belle Pass in the Gulf of Mexico. It is in the Leased Block # 873 of the EWING BANK (EW)Area at or about 28°06.1924’ N ~ 90°12.0454’ W longitude. The site is listed as a 24hr 7 day a week work site and is listed as a 'Collection/Processing Site.' There are numerous under water pipelines that 'feed' the structure from other wells llisted in the area. It is shown on NOAA Chart 1116A Leased Blocks Ms River to Galveston, TX to be in about 120 fathoms of water.

I can't guarantee that this is the location you are looking for. This is a pretty far piece to run on a goose chase if it not correct.

I am still looking, and trying to contact some of my offshore frients to see if they have any additional info.

Any additional info will be posted on this site,

Captain Paul
March 30, 2015 at 8:52pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
Captain Paul, I have a Lowrance Elite 7. I want to know if I can purchase one of you waypoint files for an area and then directly download onto my micro-chip and then put chip in Lowrance. Thanks!
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Response by Captain Paul
April 03, 2015 at 7:15pm
EDGE to Lowrance unit
The safest way is to use the Lowrance data transfer program called INSIGHT PLANNER.

Some GPS unit operating software will let you copy the Lowrance .usb file onto a spare data card and then transfer it into the internal waypoint memory of a unit.

But,you should get Lowrance’s data transfer program they call INSIGHT PLANNER. This program can be found as a “For Sale” item on the Lowrance web site in their mapping section. The program allows you to safely transfer data between a SPARE memory card your computer and your GPS unit. This data program is included in their INSIGHT Mapping programs or as a stand alone as the PLANNER version.

Basically, you save the file to a folder in your computer, open the INSIGHT program and import the file into the program. Once there you can edit the data, add additional, or delete waypoints, routes, and track data.

By using the INSIGHT program, it ensures that the data is in the proper format for the GPS unit. However, depending on the version of the operating software in your unit, you may be able to just copy the .usr or the .gpx file directly to a spare memory card. To test this type of transfer without the Insight program, place a spare memory card in your GPS unit and transfer (save) the waypoints to the memory card. Then, place the card in your card reader and view the file suffix file (.gpx or .usr) on the card. Then copy the corresponding Edge file to your card.

The Edge file has a READ ME and an instruction file in Word format that will assist you in getting the Edge data into your GPS unit.

Contact me if you need any additional information.

~ Captain Paul~
April 02, 2015 at 9:28pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I have the Elite 7 HDI. What Edge download will I need for it to work on my GPS. The Lowrance-Eagle of the generic GPX File. Thanks for your help.
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Response by Captain Paul
March 24, 2015 at 1:23pm
EDGE for a Lowrance system
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Skeeter ~

Either file should work with your Lowrance data transfer program. The Edge for Lowrance systems has both the .gpx file and the Lowrance .usr files.

You should get Lowrance’s data transfer program they call INSIGHT PLANNER. This program can be found as a “For Sale” item on the Lowrance web site in their mapping section. The program allows you to safely transfer data between a SPARE memory card your computer and your GPS unit. This data program is included in their INSIGHT Mapping programs or as a stand alone as the PLANNER version.

Basically, you save the file to a folder in your computer, open the INSIGHT program and import the file into the program. Once there you can edit the data, add additional, or delete waypoints, routes, and track data.

By using the INSIGHT program, it ensures that the data is in the proper format for the GPS unit. However, depending on the version of the operating software in your unit, you may be able to just copy the .usr or the .gpx file directly to a spare memory card. To test this type of transfer without the Insight program, place a spare memory card in your GPS unit and transfer (save) the waypoints to the memory card. Then, place the card in your card reader and view the file suffix file (.gpx or .usr) on the card. Then copy the corresponding Edge file to your card.

The Edge file has a READ ME and an instruction file in Word format that will assist you in getting the Edge data into your GPS unit.

Contact me if you need any additional information.

~ Captain Paul~
March 21, 2015 at 7:12pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Hey guys, it free. Don't be afraid. Just want some people to use it and let me know what you think.

It's kind of a hobby for me, might work out well for everyone.

Tim
March 16, 2015 at 8:17pm


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