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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
Looking to purchase my first fish finder / GPS combo. Any opinions(just that) on which features work well(DI, SI, etc.,). Not looking for many bells and whistles, just the basics for now to find fish and marking waypoints. Unit will be mounted on a 16ft bass used for inshore sw and fw fishing. Any opinions are welcomed and greatly appreciated.

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Response by Captain Paul
18 hours ago
What GPS unit?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ CBynum ~

I strongly suggest that you determine what maps the various units you are considering. Many individual go with a unit that has supplemental mapping that serves their needs. Check out the types of charts and mapping to see if they meet your requirements.

Most current units can deliver accuracy to within 9 meters when using the WAAS feature, so be sure that the unit you are considering has that capability.

Another feature is the weatherproofing of the unit. Standard is now an IPX 7 (water proof up to a submersion in 3 feet of water for one half hour.

In the weather we have in Louisiana it is almost a necessity.

The other consideration is the user friendly of the operating screens and if it can accept electronic downloads.

Generally the cost goes up considerably with the size of the screen and if it a touch screen.

Do your home work before making your purchase and you should many years of use out of the system.

Captain Paul
May 23 at 11:34am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Capt Paul,

I have a couple coordinates from a friends Garmin that I'd like to convert and enter in my Lowrance. How can I convert these?

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Response by Captain Paul
May 21 at 11:40pm
Convert Garmin to Lowrance Waypoints
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ TN REDFISH ~

I am not quite sure what or how many waypoints you may have, but it sounds as if they are hard copies of the data. If so you can simply check the POSITION FORMAT of both the Garmin data and the way your Lowrance is set up. Change the Lowrance to the same position as the Garmin data and enter them. The formats are usually expressed as Decimal Degrees (DDD.dddddd), Degrees, minutes and seconds and tenths of seconds (DDD,MM,SS.s) or Degrees, and decimal minutes shown as DDD,MM.mmmm. Most recommendations favor the DDD,MM.mmmmk settings as it can express a more accurate position.

If you have the waypoint data as an electronic file, it is a simple matter. If not the process will become labor intensive, as you will have to manually enter the data into the Lowrance unit.

If the data is on a memory card or in a computer file, you can access a conversion program that can convert one type of data format to another and electronically install one into the other.

The program is called GPSBabel and is a free download at http://www.gpsbabel.org/

GPSBabel is a cross-platform, free software to transfer routes, tracks, and waypoint data to and from consumer GPS units, and to convert between over a hundred types of GPS data formats.[1] It has a command-line interface and a graphical interface for Windows, OS X, and Linux users.

Either way, you should get the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER from the Lowrance web site at http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/Products/Mapping/

Insight Planner is a PC software for marine navigation planning with Lowrance chartplotters. Create waypoints, routes, and points of interest (POIs), on a wide variety of supported cartography platforms such as Insight, Navionics Gold and Nav+, C-MAP MAX-N by Jeppesen and raster charts using the BSB format.

Either way you should get the Insight Planner as it will be a lot easier entering the Garmin waypoints manually via the computer keyboard than trying to create waypoints directly into the unit. And, if you have a computer file of the waypoints, the Planner makes is a one, two, three operation.

It also gives you the ability to back up all of your waypoints, tracks and routes from the GPS unit to a computer file.

It is worth getting and using the program as it can save you time and possibly a heart break.

If need be contact me and I can explain the procedure for you.

Please let me know how you make out.

Captain Paul
May 18 at 7:59pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
In addition to the included mapping, I run Standard Mapping card. On my old machine I inputted your info that marked reefs, old points, dope boat, etc.
Do you offer the same that is compatible with my units and standard map.
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Response by Captain Paul
May 21 at 10:52pm
Transferring Waypoints
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ BamaDuck ~

Yes I do, but If your waypoints and other data was installed in your old machine, which is assume is the Ray Marine, as it can accept the Standard Mapping map card, you can simply put and then copy the data from a spare memory card and install them in your new machine, which I again assume is a newer RayMarine unit.

Follow the directions in the old machine’s owner manual for transferring data onto a memory card. Once there you should be able to place that card in your new unit and again transfer the data but this time from the card into the internal memory of the unit. Follow the owner’s manual for the new unit under Transferring Data from a memory card into the unit.

If that does not work, you would have to install RayMarine RayTech (http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=5313) Navigator in your computer.

Be sure that you have one of the units listed in their compatibility chart.

This program allows you to back up your data to a computer file or thumb drive, edit it, and reinstall it in other similar units. It lets you back up all of your data and even convert the format to several different type that are particular to RayMarine. Check their web site as there are several other of their transfer programs that are also available.

If both of your units are not RayMarine repost your request indicating what brand and model you have and I may be able to offer some suggestions.

My Fishing Edge programs are available from the Louisiana Sportsman web site in their OUTDOOR Store. They are sold as email downloads to be loaded and used in your computer. It is suggested that they be transferred using one of the RayMarine

data transfer programs.

Captain Paul
May 19 at 6:00am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul, do you offer a GPS class? If yes, please provide enrollment info, dates, and location.

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Response by Captain Paul
May 11 at 3:24pm
One on one GPS instruction
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Gentle Rain ~

Thanks for the interest.

Normally, I hold about four GPS Seminars per year, but because of health concerns I have to curtail the sessions.

I am now offering a full session limited to three or four attendees at my residence in Slidell, LA.

I will send you an email concerning the times etc. Contact me if you are still interested.

Captain Paul
May 10 at 10:56am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Captain Paul,
I am looking for a reccomendation for a handheld GPS to use for coastal fishing below Houma. I am a first time user, and normally fish Last Island Area, The Pickett's, etc. I need a model that accepts your waypoints, and is easy to use, dependable, and my budget is $250-$500. I also have minimal opportunity to use it for hiking on a couple of camping trips each year. Feel....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
May 03 at 7:38pm
Hand Held GPS units
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Dugout ~

I would look at the Garmin and the DeLorme line of hand held GPS units. DeLorme has several that should meet your needs as does Garmin.

The DeLorme Earthmate PN will suit your needs. http://www.delorme.com/default.aspx/ I particularly like the Garmin GPS Map 64t for a thumb action control or their Oregon(t) or Montana(t) for a touch screen operation.(https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/cIntoSports-c10341-p1.html)

The “t” in the Garmin model designation indicates that it comes preloaded with USGS type Topographical maps of the U.S. in a 1:100,000 scale, but you can purchase maps via regions in 1:24,000 scale, as well as their Blue Chart NOAA series for offshore needs.

Either of these brands will suit your needs. I suggest that you also consider the 12 volt remote power cables as an accessory and for the marine use their vehicle mount system. I have the base of their mount mounted in my truck as well as my boat. By using the mount and the cigarette plug type power cable, I and extend the operation to time of my unit much longer.

This combo has served me well for marine and on the ground hunting situations.

Please get back with me on your final selection.

Captain Paul
April 26 at 1:55pm

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Garmin Montana 610 , I just bought one for dual purpose , on the 14 ft flat boat for some fresh water adventures and mostly on my ATV , loaded in a Topo 100K SD card and it works great ------ so I have two questions , my unit says use 25K for best results and Garmins's card is 100K , how does that work , I think they are refereeing to least 25K and 100K is better ???? --------------- and....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
April 19 at 10:17pm
Topo maps for a Garmin
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fish Flies ~

Keep your old copy of MapSource in your computer, and if possible download the new Garmin BaseCamp and their HomePort. Both are free from their website. Both of these programs allow you to load maps, waypoints, routes and tracks from your computer to a SPARE memory card this used to transfer the data. Garmin now requires that the memory card used to make the transfer, be first placed in your GPS unit. You have to then turn the unit on and complete any function. Changing viewing screens is sufficient. This action writes the unit’s model, serial number and operating software on the card. When placed in the card reader on your computer, the Base Camp or HomePort recognizes the card and allows the HomePort to write the correct password to the card. When inserted in the GPS unit the unit is available to read the files on the card. I am not sure that either of these are available from their site for a Mac system. I suggest that you contact Garmin at 1-800-800-1020 for help in getting the system running on your Mac for that info.

Some Garmin Montana 610 come loaded with 100,000:1 topographical maps permanently installed in the unit. That unit is designated as 610t. The “t” is for topo maps. If so you can supplement these maps with a very derailed topo map by getting one of the additional mapping programs. The 24,000 shows much more detail mapping. The Garmin mapping program called TOPO US 24K Southeast has 24000:1 topographical maps that are really great. You can purchase these either as a download of on a memory card that fits your unit. That 24,000 topo set Includes coverage for Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia all in 24,000 scale topo.

Before laying out the money for those maps, see if the 100,000 scale maps will suit your needs if so forgo the 24,000 topos. Garmin also has ortho corrected aerial images of various areas. It is called BirdsEye. It is sold by regions in yearly subscriptions. It too is loaded from BaseCamp onto a spare memory card.

These and most all others are loaded onto a spare memory card which is inserted in the GPS unit. It must be in the unit in order to view the mapping images.

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~
April 16 at 8:08am
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Captain Paul , I was given a Hummingbird Matrix 97-Fishing System , plugged it in and it powers up but doesn't seem to catch a position , got the owners manual on line and it really doesn't go into connecting it up as far as the bus bar on the back , in fact the bus bar isn't labeled what each socket is far , there are 4 spots , I figured out 2 of the 4 power and transducer, one may be....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
April 12 at 6:39pm
Matrix 97 info
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fishfiles ~

Hey never refuse something that someone gave you out of kindness. But you may have some problems to get the unit to work properly.

First the good news, you are correct about needing another part to get Latitude~Longitude readings from the GPS system. That unit requires a separate module that is or WAS made my Humminbird. It would normally connect via a “Y” connecting cable that plugs into both the Matrix and the GPS module. This cable is also attached to a 12 volt DC power source which would power both pieces of the system.

Now the bad news, Humminbird advised me that the GPS part will only work with the Humminbird GPS module attached via a “Y” cable that links the two components and supplies the power. They also said that that unit in now considered a legacy (discontinued) and they no longer have either the cable or the GPS module. They said that the module MUST have a clear view of the sky as the GPS and antenna for GPS is located in the same part.

If you were given all of the components for the sonar, you maybe able to get that part of the unit working, if not you would need to locate a Humminbird GPS module that would work with the unit.

I tried a search on eBay and Craig’s List and could not locate either the cable or the module.


~ Captain Paul ~
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April 10 at 6:13pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Are there GPS Maps that I can buy for my Garmin GPS that have the rig locations for West Bay out of Joshua's Marina in Buras? Id also like to get maps for the rigs out of Venice as well. (South, Southeast & Southwest Pass)
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April 05 at 8:43pm
Platforms in Wesst Bay
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ The30Point Buck ~

This is really a tough question to answer, as you did not list the model of your Garmin. Several of the offshore (America Blue Chart, etc.) marine mapping programs indicate the sites of offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf area you indicated, but all are not compatible with all of their older models. You will have to determine what maps your unit will accommodate

The Garmin web site has a listing of what accessory mapping programs are available for your particular unit.

The other task is to visit a stocking Garmin dealer and actually view the different mapping software that is available for you unit. Pick out the area that you need and see if that particular chart meets your needs.

However, the tried and true method is to get a current copy or charts 1116a, Leased Blocks for the Mississippi River to Galveston and charts 11361 Mississippi River Delta and 11358 Barataria Bay and Approaches.

These may be found at any “Print on Demand” NOAA Marine chart dealer.

The Lease Block chart will show the Leased areas and the Leased blocks in those areas, but it is in a 1:458596 scale which is not really suitable for accurate navigation. The other two should show you enough details for accurate navigation.

In addition you should visit the official site that keeps track of all of the offshore platforms. U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), formally named the Mineral Management Service (MMS), offshore leased areas. This federal agency is responsible for overseeing the safe and environmentally responsible development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. It also lists of all offshore leases, platforms and well sites in the Gulf of Mexico in a data program called FAST FACTS /

Platform Structures. (http://www.gomr.boemre.gov/homepg/fastfacts/platform/master.asp)

You may need additional charts for more detail in some of the areas, but start with the aforementioned two charts as a basis for your navigation tools.

Then monitor the OFFSHORE FISHING report posting category of this site for current information on the fishing conditions in these off shore areas.

Couple the “Report” information with the Lease Block charts and then access the BOEMRE FAST FACTS web site at


The site will provide an up to date listing of all platform structures in the Gulf of Mexico. You can search by a large criterion for the platform or area that you are interested in. It will be a very valuable tool in locating the Leased Block areas described in some of the reports.

Please let me know how you make out.

~ Captain Paul ~
March 29 at 9:06pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Capt Paul,

I am a active duty Marine stationed in the New Orleans, LA area and have done lots of offshore fishing in the Florida area in the past but none here yet. I am hoping to put in out of Venice Marina and be able to target some grouper, snapper, and tuna withing a reasonable distance from the southwest pass or near shore. Are there any areas within a 5-10 mile radius from the shore....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
March 28 at 6:31pm
Offshore fishing in a small boat
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fisherman 9985~

It was nice speaking to you in the telephone yesterday. As I explained you may want to try the Seven Mile rigs.

You should check the Louisiana Wildlife http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ and the U.S. Fish at http://www.fws.gov/ for the state and federal species and creel limits.

Your rig is a little light to venture any great distance offshore but there are some fairly close to the shore.

Some of these rigs are located south of SOUTH PASS of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER in the Gulf of Mexico. SOUTH pass is defined at the north by the Head of Passes, and at the south eastern most section as the Port Eads area.

Leaving Venice, LA at the Mississippi River-The Jump-Grand Pass, @ about 29*16.328’ N lat & 89* 20.916’ W. long., you would proceed down the river to The Head of Passes at South Pass, which is at or about 29* 08.824’ N. lat & 89* 15.017’ W. long.

Continuing in South Pass for about 13 miles past Port Eads, you would observe an Aid To Navigation (ATON) “Range” just south of Port Eads where the channel makes a bend to the south east (as you are heading south). This range consists of two GREEN lights set about .25 miles apart. The northern most marker is at a height of 55 ft and the southern one at about 40 feet. Further southeast there are a series of Aids To Navigational (ATONs). I believe them to be located as follows:

A light, 20 ft. high “RED #4, at the “range” turn, is located at 28*59.374’ North latitude~89* 08.188’ West longitude;

Slightly further south east, GREEN # 3 “can”, is at about 28*59.174’ N latitude~89*07.991’ West longitude; 1.8 miles in the channel from RED # 4 above;

And at the most southern entrance to the channel, is Nun RED # 2, a bell, at about 28*58.695’ North latitude ~ 89*06.516’ West longitude.

If you steer to Red #2 , then proceed on a course of south, south east (SSE) at about 157* MAGNETIC, for 7.1 miles you will reach one of the rigs referred to as the Seven Mile Rigs.

I believe that a rig is located at 28*53.125’ North latitude and 89*03.791’ West longitude. Another of the rigs is .9 miles SW of the first at 28*52.730’ North latitude & 89* 04.575’ West longitude. Both are in about 450+/- feet of water.

All of the positions are listed as DD,MM.MMM and are based on WGS 84 Datum.

Good luck on your fishing!

~Captain Paul~
March 26 at 10:27am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana
Paul, I was wondering if I can get local cards for the dragonfly. I'm about to purchase one without the navionics. Any information would be great! Thanks
March 24 at 9:51am

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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I have a new Lowrance Elite 7 Chirp with Navionics Gold but the detail is not very good. Today I received a new Legend Louisiana Geaux card which has incredible imagery but no depths shown. I note that Standard E-Cards don't seem to have depth either. Isn't there a way to get depths for bayous and bays to show on my Lowranace?

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Response by Captain Paul
March 15 at 6:42pm
Maspping that shows water depths
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ jcchev ~

As I said during our recent telephone conservation,

I don’t know of any of the available mapping for you unit that has the depth of the water other than those based on NOAA Marine Charts. However these charts usually do not have water depths listed in the internal Louisiana marshes. They normally show water depths of large lakes and those channels which are marked by Aids to Navigation markers.

As you said, it looks like you will have to input your sonar data as a waypoint on what ever program you settle on.

Please let me know what your final decision.

Captain Paul
February 08 at 5:41pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana
I'm wondering if you have ever compared the Legend Cartography Louisiana Geaux card to the Standard Mapping LA-1 card? I fish the spillway and sometimes Venice. Is there any great difference between these two cards?
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Response by Captain Paul
March 15 at 6:33pm
Standard vs Legend mapping
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ c. DERANGER ~

Sorry “ C”, I can’t give you a specific answer about the comparison.

I have seen both of these products but not in a side by side comparison.

I suggest that you visit a stocking dealer and view each for your self.

Pick out an area that you would normally visit and check each of the different products.

Look for the area of coverage vs the cost of that card. Standard Mapping LA-1 card I believe covers most of not all of the coastal Louisiana marshes.

I am not sure what is the coverage of the Legend mapping.

Please let me know what you finally decide.

Captain Paul
March 07 at 1:38pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Hello Capt. Paul

I have been looking into getting a gps. I was reading reviews on the Oregon 650t and the Montana but its seems like some people like and don't like the garmins. What would you recommend? garmin or different brand? Or is there something else I should look into? I will be using it for hunting and fishing. any info will be appreciated.

Thanks you
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Response by Captain Paul
February 03 at 3:29pm
Garmin is top of the line equipment
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Cajun Man ~

I have a hand held Garmin that I love. I believe that Garmin has a very user friendly operating system. Their units can deliver an accuracy within 9.8 feet. I have the Garmin GPSMAP 65st because my thick fingers have difficulty using some of the touch screen models.

The trick is to get the model designated with a 't'. The 't' means that it is preloaded with Topographical maps of the U.S. in 1:100.000 scale. In addition, it can be loaded with supplemental Topo maps in 1:24000 scales. This is the same scale at U.S.G.S. topo Quads, and is great for hunting and fishing the coastal marshes. Some units have a 's' model together with the 't' making it as a 's t' model. The 's' indicates sensors. A Compass, and barometer/altimeter and some even an 8 megapixel autofocus, digital zoom camera with flash/torch.

They can also accommodate their Birds Eye aerial mapping as a download by different areas. The 1:24000 and Birds Eye are sold on their web site and at many internet sites at a reduced price. They also have connecting cables which allow you to use the 12 volt power of a vehicle to extend the operating time of the unit.

If you couple one with preloaded topo maps and their free Data Transfer program called BASE CAMP, you can transfer waypoints, tracks, and routes between the GPS unit and a computer. This allows the user to type the waypoints in the computer program and transfer them in bulk into the GPS unit.

That is an unbeatable combination.

Go to a stocking Garmin dealer and get a “hands on” experience with the different models, you won’t be disappointed.

Captain Paul
February 02 at 7:38am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Hello everyone,

I just moved here from Japan and bought a 18' Kenner Bay Boat. I need some tips on what gps/FF to get for fishing inshore for specks and reds. I had a Lowrance Elite 7 on my Jet ski in Okinawa, and I am leaning toward the New chirp elite 7.

How much are the standard maps? I will be fishing near Slidell mostly.
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Response by Captain Paul
January 29 at 5:07pm
Lowrance GPS
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ hrforsale ~

Some of the series of Lowrance GPS Chirp units do not have a GPS counter part to its side scan sonar.

I suggest that you speak to a stocking Lowrance dealer to insure that you purchase the unit that will best suit your needs.

Standard Mapping has several maps that should work in the unit, but be sure that you purchase the right type of memory card for your unit.

Check with Standard Mapping at http://www.standardmap.com/ to get their best mapping for your fishing area.

Captain Paul
January 26 at 1:08pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Empire / Buras in Southeast Louisiana
I was wondering if you had a Venice Fishing Edge file for lowrance GPS ?
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January 12 at 9:54pm
Captain Paul's Fishing Edge for Venice
Thanks for the inquiry,

I am working on an inshore fishing for the Venice area which will have a west and east river side, but it is not ready for publishing at this time.

I will announce the Edge on this site when it is available.

Captain Paul
January 10 at 10:12pm

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Marlin Rig
Need some help in finding a latitude and longitude for what they call the Marlin Rig in the gulf, any help would be great, thanks.....

~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Bobbywm

I have a location for the A-Marlin, AMOCO-VK-915-1 in about 3200 feet of water, in block is in block 915 of the Viosca Knoll and is....  Read More
December 27, 2015 at 8:51pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
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Captain Paul, do you happen to know the location of the shipwreck Halo in the GI 114 block. It was sunk by submarine in 1942 and was not discovered until 2000 by C&C Technologies in a pipeline survey for Pogo producing company. brent@coastalengsolutions.com
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Response by Captain Paul
December 21, 2015 at 6:23pm
More HALO info
My information is that the site of the Halo wreck is located at or about

28.700239 ° N. Latitude ~ 90.133403°W. Longitude. (DDD.ddddd)

28 42.0143 N ~ 90 08.0042 W (DDD,MM.mmm)

NOAA Chart 113557 shows a shipwreck at that location in about 30 fathoms of water. The chart also shows a fish haven near by as described in some of the blow listed web sites.







Hope this helps.

Captain Paul
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December 20, 2015 at 5:21pm
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Confused Snapper Fisherman ~

According to George Mason University @ http://mbac.gmu.edu/mbac_wp/gulf_wrecks/halo-1942/

“Halo is a steam tanker built in 1920 and owned by the Cities Service Oil Company. With a keel length of 436 feet and beam of nearly 56 feet, the 6,986-ton tanker carried a cargo of 63,000 barrels of crude oil on her final voyage from Galveston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. In the early hours of May 20, 1942 approximately 50 miles from the Mississippi River’s Southwest Pass, U-506 attacked the unarmed Halo, firing two torpedoes into her starboard side. The first torpedo struck near the bridge while the second struck just aft of the bridge. As the tanker exploded and began to sink, the crew scrambled to escape the flames. Only one life raft was successfully launched. Out of 42 men on board Halo, only 23 escaped the vessel before she sank. In the hours after the attack, oil burned on the water and survivors clung to whatever debris floated to the surface. Five days later, the Mexican steamship, Oaxaca, rescued two survivors – one who later died at the hospital – and a third man who had recently perished. Two days after that, the British tanker, SS Orina, rescued two more men from a life raft. The other 18 men who entered the water died at sea.

Halo remained undiscovered for nearly 60 years until 2000, when a deep-tow hazard survey performed by C&C Technologies for Pogo Producing Company discovered the shipwreck in the Grand Isle leasing area near Pogo’s proposed pipeline route. Lying in more than 450 feet of water, the shipwreck was identified by C&C marine archaeologist Rob Church as the remains of Halo.

During the 2004 Deep Wrecks project, a study partly funded by BOEM (then MMS), Halo was one of several shipwrecks investigated by archaeologists using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The purpose of the study was to examine the artificial reef effect of shipwrecks and learn more about shipwreck degradation and metal corrosion processes. ROV video footage and rusticle, biological, and sediment samples were collected. Several species of corals, invertebrates, crustaceans, and other fauna were observed on and near the wreck. Biological experiments and bio-battery coupons were placed on site to measure microbial concretion and biofilm formation and the electrical potentials (voltages) of in situ metals. The study found that Halo was “dominated by concretious growths over most of the hull and so the major iron losses…would be dependent upon the rates at which iron moves out through the concretions into the oceanic environment. Some rusticle activity was evident on Halo and this may mean increases in the rate of iron loss from the steel.” (Church et al 2007:206)

Researchers concluded, “From this investigation, the primary observations are that all the ships (investigated during the study) have become heavily infested with attached biological activity that varies from ship to ship. Depth may be a factor since the ships sit along a transect line from 87 meters to 1,964 meters. Depth cannot be the only influencing factor since the ships also sit within influence of the Mississippi River’s discharges. Clearly…Halo, being closer to these discharges already exhibit(s) the effects of the more eutrophic environment causing thicker attached growths and a greater density of fish populations.” (Church et al 2007:207).'

End Quote.

My information is that the site of the Halo wreck is located at or about

28.700239 ° N. Latitude ~ 90.133403°W. Longitude. I believe that it is in about 500 feet of water and at certain times there is an abundance of fish around the wreck.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as Decimal Degrees (DDD.dddddd) and were determined using WGS 84 Datum. All bearings and courses are stated in Magnetic degrees.

~ Captain Paul ~
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December 17, 2015 at 9:13am
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I would have exactly what ur reader requested, I also could print to a specific size. As an advertiser on Louisiana Sportsman I'm always shocked when there's a direct question regarding our products are services Capt Paul you pretend we don't exist and refer to former competitive's
Maybe I should refer my custmomers to ROD N REEL.com
Glenn Schurr owner standard mapping (29) years. I....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
December 11, 2015 at 1:02am
Standard Mapping
Sorry, Mr. Schurr, I did not know that Standard Mapping would do special mapping requests.

I corrected my response as well as emailed the information to the inquirer.

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December 06, 2015 at 9:35pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Myrtle Grove / Port Sulphur in Southeast Louisiana
Dear capt. Paul

I'm looking for old date mapping. I would like to frame an aerial satellite map of Southeast louisiana from 60's,70's,80's,90's. I want something to reference what the coastal marshes my father, grandfather, and I fished when we grew up. Furthermore, I would like to frame this and hand it on the wall of my home. 3ft by 5ft would be great.

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Response by Captain Paul
December 11, 2015 at 12:55am
Standard Mapping
Also, try


In Covington, La


Ask for Glenn Schurr


I have been advised by Mr. Shurr that they have EXACTLY what you described.

Captain Paul
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November 26, 2015 at 9:56pm
Try Fishing Map Center AKA TOM DUNNE
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fishinmachine21 ~

You may want to try reaching TOM DUNNE of The Fishing Map Center at 985-781-7906 email

He may have exactly what you are looking for. If not, try the USGS Topographical archives in Denver Colorado. And any Print on Demand NOAA contractor can print old NOAA Charts for you. There are others, but Baker Lyman in Metairie is one.

I am interested in how you make out. Please let me know.

Captain Paul
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November 23, 2015 at 2:30am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lafitte in Southeast Louisiana
Dear All,

We just bought a boat that had the Humminbird ONIX10 SI. I am looking for the E CARD, chip, or mapping card for the unit. I was looking to put the Standard Mapping LA ONE, but it is not compatible. I was told by Humminbird to go with either Navionics or Lake Masters.

Are there any others? If not, which of the two, Navionics or Lake Masters, should i go with and....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
December 11, 2015 at 1:18am
Humminbird maps
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I suggest that you go to a stocking Navionics dealer and view the two mapping programs for your self. I believe that the LAKE MASTERS primarily covers some of the lakes on the Bass tournament circuit. It has some of the many Louisiana lakes, but not all.

The Navionics program is designed from a NOAA Marine chart. It would show established marine channels in the area that it depicts.

As I Said, you will have to actually view what the maps look like and see if either covers your prime area.

You should be able to use either mapping program, but there usually no returns on this kind of software.

Captain Paul
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December 07, 2015 at 3:54pm

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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
Dear Capt. Paul,

I have a Humminbird Helix 5 Sonar/GPS and was wondering if your chips were compatible? Also we would like to update our maps what program would you recommend?

Thank You,

Miles B.
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Response by Captain Paul
November 26, 2015 at 10:10pm
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Miles B ~

I do not provide physical memory cards or “Chips” of maps. The CAPTAIN PAUL FISHING EDGE programs are electronic downloads of fishing waypoints. These files area downloaded into your computer, then using a manufacturer’s data transfer program, in your case HUMMINBIRD PC, to view and transfer the data on to a spare memory card which is then loaded into your GPS unit. I have files written in the required Humminbird protocol for their data files.

As for the actual mapping, Humminbird units can ONLY use those specific mapping programs that are designed for their units. For marine use they specify certain models of Navionics mapping.

Go to the Humminbird web site (www.humminbird.com) and search for mapping accessories for your unit. Before making up your mind, go to a stocking Humminbird dealer and actually view the maps in a GPS unit like the one you have. Zoom in on your fishing areas and see if the map meets your fishing and navigation needs.

Captain Paul
November 24, 2015 at 12:11pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
Can you provide the coordinates for Little Grey Duck Lake and Grey Duck Lake in the Golden Meadow/Catfish Lake Area?
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Response by Captain Paul
November 26, 2015 at 9:16pm
Grey Duck lake
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ RESPECKTER ~

The area you describe is, I believe a common name for Bay Courant.

According to a story published on the Louisiana Sportsman Magazine Web site titled “The time is right to catch speckled trout south of Golden Meadow,” by Anthony Taylor April 08, 2013 at 9:58 am, Taylor relays information for fishing the Golden Meadows area.

The story reads,

“A question that any angler asks himself when he’s got a variety of live and artificial baits at his disposal is, “What should I use?”

The answer lies in timing. Some basic guidelines should be realized, however, if you’re going to hit the water around Catfish Lake in search of speckled trout this spring.

Capt. Vernon Ledoux with Bayou Boyz Fishin has been fishing areas from Catfish Lake to Grand Isle for 12 years and has noticed a few important patterns.

According to Ledoux, the cocahoe minnow hatch begins in late March, and the little baitfish take center stage as a main food source for speckled trout through the later part of April. In late April and early May, shrimp begin to thrive once more in the coastal waters of South Louisiana, taking the cocahoe’s place as a speckled trout’s favorite meal.

“We call it matching the hatch,” Ledoux said as he dumped 50 live cocahoe minnows into his livewell, preparing to try for an afternoon bite. “You have to match the bait, whatever is in season. Right now it’s cocahoes; later on it will be shrimp.”

Ledoux launched his brand new Sea Hunt BX 24 BR and made his way to the northern bank of Catfish Lake. After arriving at the mouth of one of the multiple bayous along the lake’s northern bank, Ledoux’s stepdaughter rigged a live cocahoe under a cork, made a cast and almost immediately hooked up with a speck.

“There are good oyster reefs and bayous all over this bank, and the fish are in the lake, which is a good sign,” Ledoux said.

After catching a few more trout, the bite slowed, and Ledoux switched to a Matrix Shad Lemon Drop on a ¼-ounce Rockport Rattler jighead.

“By late April and May, it will be on fire in here, and I will be able to use plastics all of the time,” Ledoux said. “I will also use topwater lures from now through the summer during the two hours after sunrise and before sunset. I love fishing topwater; some people try to set the hook when they see the splash, but that’s usually just the trout whipping it with its tail. You want to feel that pull before you set the hook.”

When thinking about artificial lures, the clarity of the water, the live bait living where you’re fishing and the weather are all variables to take into consideration.

“If the water is clear and you have a clear day, you want to go with a clear or white lure,” Ledoux said. “You also want to use a lure that resembles the kind of bait in the water at the time.”

After a few more casts, the bite seemed to wane and Ledoux made a move to an area that locals call “Big Grey Duck”, otherwise known as Bay Courant.

While powering through a passage between Little Grey Duck and Big Grey Duck, he pointed out rows of PVC pipes on either side of his boat.

“You have to be careful in here; always stay between the poles,” Ledoux said. “It can get dangerous on either side because of some shallow oyster reefs.”

As Ledoux idled through Bay Courant, ripping tidelines bustled with mullet and minnows near the bank and his in-dash fish finder showed a drop from four to 18 feet deep.

“There’s a ledge near the bank here. Any change in depth, even if it is small, will usually have fish around it,” said Ledoux, who anchored down and watched his party catch fish from 14 to 21 inches on cocahoes rigged under cork.

“There really aren’t many school trout here right now so there isn’t much competition,” Ledoux said.

In late April into May, the bite will be on and fish will be stacked up all the way from Catfish Lake to Barataria Bay. “ End quote.

If that is the area you are asking about, Grey Duck and Little Grey Duck (Bay Courant and Little Bay Courant) are located about 2.5 miles south of Clam Lake via Bayou de Valle. They are east of Bayou Jean Lacroix and the Terrebonne~Lafourche parish boundary. It is also west of Bayou Courant, Bayou Tete d Ours and Grand Bayou Blue, about six miles at 242° Magnetic as the crow flies from Golden Meadow and directly north east of Deep Lake.

Bayou de Valle enters the smaller part of bay Courant at or about ~ N. Latitude 29°0.535’ ~ W. Longitude 90° 21.2170’. The bayou continues southward in the upper part of the lake to a point where the east and west shorelines begin to converge. This is basically the point where the larger part of the bay meets the smaller part. This is located at or about N. Latitude 29° 19.3751’ ~ W. Longitude ~ 90°20.8989’. Moving southward again the bay continues into Chinaman Bayou and Chinois Pass, which is at or about ~ N. Latitude 29°17.8864’ ~ W. Longitude 90° 20.2640’. There are a series of Aids to Navigation day markers beginning is Deep Lake marked as Green #1, G #2, G #3, G #4, G #5, etc., and continuing northward to Green #19 in that area.

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 ~
November 25, 2015 at 1:45pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
Captain Paul,

Have you used the PolarView application to look at NOAA charts before and how do you like it?

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Response by Captain Paul
November 17, 2015 at 10:32pm
POLARVIEW software
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ MichaelTB ~

I took a quick look at the program, but have not yet really explored the full benefits of the software.

As an Active Captain member, I got a heads up and first look at the software a couple of months ago, but have not yet really taken the time to really get into it.

Do you have an experience you may want to share with us?

Captain Paul
November 09, 2015 at 4:51pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Just wanted to thank you captain Paul for helping me over the phone with my gps question
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Response by Captain Paul
November 17, 2015 at 10:27pm
You are most welcome.
I am glad that I was of some help for you.

Keep in Touch.

Captain Paul
November 17, 2015 at 4:50pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
I have a Humminbird 386CI and would like to know what would be the best map to buy for Louisiana

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Response by Captain Paul
November 17, 2015 at 12:02am
Humminbird maps
Captain Paul's response ~

The Humminbird 386ci-Combo is considered a LEGACY ( Discontinued) product. See http://www.humminbird.com/Products/386ci-Combo/

As such accessories will be getting scarce and in some cases impossible to obtain. I recommend that you get what you need ASAP.

This also applies to the available mapping software.

The Humminbird web site indicates that the Navionics GOLD, Plus, Lake maps, and Hot maps will work in that unit, but these are marine chart type maps for area where there are established marked marine channels.

The lake maps contain some of the Louisiana lakes, but it is mainly designed for the Bass circuit lakes.

I suggest that you visit a stocking Humminbird and Novanics mapping dealer and actually view these maps to see if they meet your needs.

November 05, 2015 at 3:36pm

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