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Technical in Louisiana
I recently replace my fuel lines (and primer) and installed a fuel/water separator. Afterwards I started having hot start problems. I checked my lines, everything looks good. Changed my spark plugs, battery if fairly new, battery connections look fine...Have no problems running. No problems with cold starts...any help would be greatly appreciated.
February 08 at 10:02pm
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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?

February 08 at 5:41pm
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Guns in Louisiana
I usually run a few cotton swabs with oil and/or bore cleaner through my 30 year old deer rifle after each season. This year, I bought some Hoppe's #9 with copper remover and borecleaner. When I ran it through my .270 BAR, little flecks of metal kept coming out after many passes with swabs.
Is this just stuff coming out of the grooves and is a good thing, or are they symptomatic of a more....  Read More
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February 07 at 11:10pm
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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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Boats in Louisiana
Hard to find info on these boats like draft etc.

People are either buying these boats and not using them or buying them and spending so much time on the water that they aren't online...

No videos besides ol Wild Bill in Oklahoma.

I'm in the market for a family sized marsh boat and have narrowed it down to these two on paper but I'm having a hard time getting real world....  Read More
February 02 at 10:18pm
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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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Boats in South Central Louisiana
So I borrowed a buddy's 25 horsepower yamaha 2 stroke outboard a while ago to use during teal season once and since then it has been sitting at my dad's house in the shed. I go to check it out not to long ago and the cover of the motor is missing..... How? I have no idea. The only thing I can think of is that it got stolen maybe but the motor has not been used at all since last time I put....  Read More
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January 27 at 3:19pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Delacroix area questions
New to the area and picking up a new boat in the near future , but I am torn between something with a v/pad hull that drafts 12 and planes in 2ish ft vs a more typical flats hull with a 8 inch draft and 12 to plane, both 22 ft in length. Which would be best suited for fishing Delacroix through the Biloxi marsh area?
January 24 at 2:37pm
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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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Response by Captain Paul
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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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
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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Guns in Louisiana
opinions on taurus millennium pro g2 9mm pistol capacity 12 rds double and single action thanks
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June 09, 2015 at 2:04pm
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Boats in Louisiana
I am considering buying a chapman pirogue, I want it more for fishing than for hunting. I want some feedback on how good it is for fishing, speed, comfort etc. or if there is a better boat for about $500
Thanks and give me feedback
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October 29, 2014 at 10:34pm
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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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Response by Captain Paul
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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Technical in Louisiana
Looking at an ATV that will come with a bill of sale only. Should this concern me? The guy I am buying from appears to be upstanding, and I know where he lives if he proves otherwise. Based on the statutes, it looks like ATV's should have titles.

Anyone know anything about this??
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December 20, 2015 at 5:12pm
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Boats in Outside Louisiana
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Found the tide a little low heading to our camp, West Galveston ...
December 14, 2015 at 11:37pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Hello, I am looking to buy a duck hunting boat that comes with motor and trailer. Pls text me at 3377649224.
December 16, 2015 at 9:36am
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Boats in Louisiana
Hello Everyone,

I have been seeing a handful of custom Cabin Boats for sale on this site I really like the idea of them and would like to either build my own or purchase one. Does anyone have any info on this type of boat? They appear to be modified Jon Boats with cabins, I'm from Texas and I do not see these here so excuse my ignorance for not knowing their true name. Any help on these....  Read More
December 07, 2015 at 2:40pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
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.

Captain Paul
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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.

Where would I be able....  Read More
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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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Response by Captain Paul
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
Captain Paul's Response

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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Technical in Louisiana
I am having a problem with the power trim on my 90 hp etech (2007). Seem to be a leak in the lift cylinder. Has anyone experienced this problem and is there a kit to replace the seals in the unit that I can get and repair this. I am sure it is quite pricey for a dealer to repair. Thanks in advance for your comments.
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November 30, 2015 at 11:06pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Does anyone have any experience with the Power Pole Micro Anchor or Micro Spike? Specifically wondering if 2 of them would work on a 22 foot bay boat. Or are they just too small?

November 30, 2015 at 11:15am
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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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Boats in Southwest Louisiana
Hey guys I have a 1976 Johnson 35hp outboard.I am new to working on outboards but not to engines so I dont want to bring it to a shop if I dont have to. I am have trouble with it staying running. I got a new tank, fuel lines, carb kit, etc. but i am still on land. Someone told me its the water pump. Before I spend any more money I wanted to see what yall know. Any help will be deeply appreciated.
November 13, 2015 at 8:52am

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