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Boats in Central Louisiana
been looking for my first boat for less than 10K. All my fishing guys say dont get an aluminum bass boat since a glass boat is more stable. they also are discouraging me from certain brands, and pointing me to Champions, basscats or Skeeters. i dont have a need to go 75 mph across the lake, and may have a need for a boat big enough to accomodate 3 sometimes. i really like the 17 to 18'....  Read More
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Guns in Southeast Louisiana
I am looking for a Browning A-5 light 20 or a fairly nice 20ga. Browning O/U. if you have one you would like to sell, please call Road @ 985-707-6951

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Boats in Louisiana
I have a 1999 Mercury 50hp ELPTO...sat up a couple years for the most part...recently had the starter solenoid and voltage reg changed...cleaned carbs,new fuel filter, new plugs. Motor cranks/runs but when throttling up, seems like I am having to give it more throttle than I should, can't get up on step and only travels at a 'quick idle speed' and when I get to a certain point (3/4+....  Read More
May 19 at 10:50am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Rewarding Uncle
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
May 17 at 9:23am
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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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Response by Captain Paul
May 16 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 at 9:32am
Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
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 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 at 12:25pm
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Technical in Lafitte in Southeast Louisiana
4 Years ago I wanted to put a a wireless trolling motor on our bay boat. The dealer would not sell us one said problem with the mount. Now they got this problem solved and time to get one for sure.
May 10 at 8:43pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Probably about to buy a used Triton 22 LTS. I'll be using it for just about everything. I want to be able to freshwater fish with it, marsh fish with it and fish some close in rigs on good days. Am I asking to much of the Triton? Seems like it drafts more than most bay boats of comparable size. If you Triton owners could fill me in on your experiences with the boat and the fishability....  Read More
May 10 at 6:13pm
Captain Paul - GPS Info in Myrtle Grove / Port Sulphur in Southeast Louisiana
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 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 at 11:45pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
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 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 at 6:19pm
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Technical in Louisiana
looking at purchasing another offshore boat the two boats I want to look at both have Mercury 150 optimax motors can anyone give real input on these motors reliability good bad etc never own a mercury befor one has 2003 480hrs and other 2006 400hrs thanks
May 02 at 7:30pm
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Boats in Louisiana
so my dad passed away 2 years ago and i was lucky enough to get his boat which means a lot to me, its a 17 foot alweld boat semi v and its got an 80 hp yamaha pushing it, pretty nice set up, only problem is the wood floor started to get old so i want to change it, im thinking i should go with an aluminum floor but i also want to 'rino line' the inside but i dont want it to be too heavy, any....  Read More
January 13, 2012 at 11:23am
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Boats in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
Any experience painting aluminum boat? Any recommendations would help....
March 02, 2013 at 9:45am
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Boats in Louisiana
I’m looking for positive/ negative comments regarding Triple X Designs in Carencro, La for painting my aluminum boat. Just wondering if anyone has had any work done by them and how did it turn out.

Thanks for the responses!
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May 26, 2014 at 1:39pm
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Boats in Southeast Louisiana
does anyone know where i can get a 17 ft aluminum boat painted ? its a mud boat . looking for a camo job.
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September 03, 2010 at 7:40am
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Boats in South Central Louisiana
Does anyone know someone in the lafayette area that paints aluminum boats? I would like to paint it a Duck boat green color. I have tried painting my boats before and followed instructions but it never last. Any help would be great.
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March 21, 2011 at 11:55pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Is there any way to get a title on a boat trailer?
is there any way to find out who the previous owner was.
April 30 at 8:03am
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Boats in Louisiana
Looking for someone who does electrical repairs on boats. In Baton Rouge area who is reasonable in price
April 26 at 3:00pm
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Boats in Louisiana
There is pontoon boat listed for $3500.00 that is a scam. We. We're interested and checked it out and e-bay verified it was a scam. The e mails to purchase look very credible. If it looks too good to be true....it probably is !!!
April 24 at 6:31pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
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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


~ 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 at 1:22pm

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