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this piece has appeared ever since you guys ''UPDATED'' the site, it sure makes it a pain to read any of the stories posted, it blocks the beginning of each line at a certain level it does not appear when i am reading reports or ads, is there something i can do to get rid of this or can you guys do something to relocate it???
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I'm looking at purchasing a new aluminum bay boat in the 20 foot range. I know from past posts the the Xpress seems to be the consensus favorite, (keep in mind I'm excluding the premium aluminum models such as American Aluminum). I recently checked out the DLX 20 Bay by G3 with a 150, and really liked the looks and features. I know this is a new model for G3, but if anyone has any first.... Read More
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Boats in Southwest Louisiana
Good morning to all! I am seeking any advice I can get regarding boat performance. I currently own an 18' 44' custom with a vented tunnel and a stoke 2014 2 stroke Nissan 40. I am not sure of the make on of the prop but it is a 14 pitch with cup added to it. By myself, 5 gal of fuel, and three batteries( one at the rear and two under front deck) I run a solid 36 mph trimmed out. If I add.... Read More
July 25 at 10:15am
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Technical in Louisiana
I have a Johnson 200 on a sv2100 sea pro.The compression is good on all cylinders. It does not have a jack plate and not sure of prop size but only getting about 4500 rpms out of it. What you guys think. Prop issue?? Thanks!
Yesterday at 9:49pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
I am told that there were several Oil Platforms, Old well Heads &/or other Oilfield Sites within the Tiger Shoal area that have been removed in years past. I am interested to know if you have the coordinates for some of these sites and their removal dates(or estimated dates)? My reason is, Im assuming there is still some sort of rock or shell pad left behing which might be good for.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
Yesterday at 5:23pm
Tiger Shoal wells
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ M-12~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name Latitude Longitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Paul
July 26 at 11:00am
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Boats in Southeast Louisiana
I am having an aluminum trailer built for my aluminum bay boat they use treated lumber for their bunks any one have trouble with treated lumber?//I read somewhere some boats were getting pitting also if this was your boat what type of preservative was used?
July 25 at 6:43pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
A friend of mine e-mailed me some of his way points and I opened them via Garmin's 'home port'software program on my apple pc.

I have a lowrance Elite-7 HDI chartplotter with a Standard Mapping chip. If I copy the way points to a blank micro sd card, will my Lowrance read them or will the code only be read by a Garmin GPS? Is there a way I can transfer the data without manually.... Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 25 at 1:50pm
Garmin Data to Lowrance protocol
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Dog dude ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Paul
July 23 at 9:14pm
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Boats in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I have a Yamaha 150 2 stroke91999) that needs the upper unit rebuilt.I would like to get rid of this motor and upgrade to a new one.How do I go about this and where would I be able to get rid of it.Any help would be useful
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July 21 at 2:31pm
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Boats in Louisiana
I'm replacing an old rotten transom in a small 12 foot bateau. I'm just curious as to who has done this before and what tips you can give me. What type of wood? Did you treat it with anything special? I figure someone out there has some really good homemade ideas. Thanks in advance.
July 23 at 11:32am
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Boats in Central Louisiana
I searched all over on here for info about this, but I couldn't find anything, maybe I didn't look hard enough. oh well This is my first post.

I recently bought my first real bass boat. A G3 eagle talon 17dlx. It came with two Gamrin depth finders. A Garmin Echo 200 in the dash, and a Garmin Echo 100 on the bow. I know how to turn it on and thats about it. I've never used any type of.... Read More
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July 14 at 10:06pm
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January 05 at 10:40am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Please Capt. explain why or what advantage is your edge program. I just got a new lowrance hds and I am thinking about your edge program. How hard is it to put in my new lorance? how does it work ect Some info to make a good decision please/////mike
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July 15 at 8:35pm
EDGE for your GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tigre ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Paul
July 14 at 12:37pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I have an Apple laptop and I am looking for a way to get my Fishing edge to my Lowrance GPS. As far as I can tell Insight planner only works with windows based computer. Do you know of a program that will allow me to get my waypoints to my GPS
Thanks,
Mark
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01 at 7:33pm
Insight for APPLE
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ RIG MAGICIAN ~

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

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

Let me know what you find out from Lowrance.

Captain Paul
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June 26 at 6:02am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
hey Capt. You misunderstood me I want to know what you think of lowrance with a 7 inch screen which model is the best for the price. seems there are many models Hds /touch/ chirp. What is your opinion of structure scan? Can a map be made on a computer easily for this unit EX google earth how hard to enter your chip Capt paul edge. give you thoughts on these units please
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July 09 at 4:21pm
Which Gps to get? ?
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

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

Sorry Mike,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Paul
July 02 at 7:47am
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Boats in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana
Looking for boat trailer 14 to 16 ft flat with papers. Thanks
July 08 at 5:05pm
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Boats in Louisiana
I am trying to decide which boat would be better to fish bays and large lakes. I am thinking about a Carolina Skiff 218DLV or a regular vee bottom bay boat like a Nautical Star or Epic. Any opinion, comments, experiences, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
July 07 at 6:35am
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Boats in Southeast Louisiana
Can anyone recommend a mechanic within a 100 miles of new orleans that does good and reliable work on Mercury 2 strokes?

I have a 05 115hp optimax and my local guy cant figure out the issue. Would prefer someone who doesnt take forever to look at it either. thanks for any help.
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July 06 at 12:17am
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Boats in South Central Louisiana
This summer I plan to build a 14'-16' wooden bayou skiff. Can you guys please give me some advise on where I should get plans etc? Your advise is greatly appreciated! I plan to post my progress!
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July 01 at 8:35pm
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Boats in Louisiana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6dZDMNP2s&list=PLfSugsNf_T4PYgEf8mhm2iBg9RbrU53VI
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Thought I'd post this video I made if it helps any boat owners out there - cheers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6dZDMNP2s&list=PLfSugsNf_T4PYgEf8mhm2iBg9RbrU53VI
July 02 at 12:15pm
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Technical in Louisiana
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Thought I would share this video I recently made if it helps any boaters out there. Cheers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6dZDMNP2s&list=PLfSugsNf_T4PYgEf8mhm2iBg9RbrU53VI
July 02 at 12:14pm

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