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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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Yesterday 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 at 12:11pm
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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
Yesterday 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
November 23 at 2:30am
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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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Yesterday 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 at 3:36pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana
Capt Paul,

I have some trails that were created and stored on my computer in the .gpx format. I would like to transfer those trails to my Lowrance HDS head unit. I downloaded a copy of the EasyGPS program. Any suggestions on the best way to accomplish the data transfer to my GPS Unit? Will I need to convert the file to another format? Thanks....
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Response by Captain Paul
November 16 at 11:38pm
GPX formatted data
The safe way to complete the data transfer you described is to purchase a copy of the LOWRANCE data transfer program they call INSIGHT PLANNER. It is by far the easiest and safest way to make the transfer.

The . GPX file protocol is an attempt to standardize data protocol for the GPS industry, much as the old BETA and JCV were in video tapes.

The newer LOWRANCE units can accommodate the new GPX as well as the older Lowrance .USR protocol files. It will allow the user to view, edit, delete, transfer and save routes, tracks, and waypoints to and from a LOWRANCE GPS unit and a PC computer via a SPARE memory card.

You can try to simply copy the .gpx file to a spare memory card and using the menu feature of the GPS unit intergrate the new data into your current waypoint, tracks and routes file.

I don't recommend simply transferring existing tracks from one unit to another. It is MUCH, MUCH better to convert these tracks to a ROUTE if you expect to run the course over and over again. The GPS unit can guide you with headings and distances, rather than you trying to follow a dotted line on your screen.

Captain Paul
October 29 at 5:52pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Capt. Paul, Would you know of anyone I could hire to sit down with me for an hour or two to help me understand routes and trails on my new Lowrance HDS 12 Gen3?
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October 27 at 1:41pm
Glad to accommodate you.
Glad to hear from you. I know that our session will be a productive one.

Captain Paul
October 20 at 5:13pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I just wanted to thank Capt. Paul for his assistance today!! He tutored me on how to transfer data from a Garmin GPS to a Lowrance GPS. I didn't think it was possible, but with Capt. Paul walking me through step by step and his patience, we were able to get it transferred! Had it not been for him, I would never have been able to get it done.

Thanks Capt. Paul!!
October 23 at 8:19pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Henderson Lake in South Central Louisiana
How do I get in contact with caption paul need help with gps
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October 20 at 4:05pm
Captain Paul contact info.
You can reach me at 985-847-0536.
October 19 at 9:46pm
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October 17 at 11:04am
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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 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 dont 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 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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October 14 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 todays 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 dont 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 units 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 Garmins 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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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 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 dont 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 dont 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.

Captain Paul
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