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

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23 hours ago
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Capt Paul,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please let me know how you make out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

data transfer programs.

Captain Paul
May 19 at 6:00am
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I received a text message from Sgt. Chris 409 420-7713 Luckyman10011@gmail.com he wanted to buy our boat site unseen through PayPal I googled the email address and found that others have posted his scam by this person.
May 14 at 6:50pm
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My boat trailer surge brakes need some repair. Anyone know of someone in the Gonzales/Baton Rouge area that works on that?

Any help would be appreciated.

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May 11 at 7:54pm

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Captain Paul - GPS Info in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul, do you offer a GPS class? If yes, please provide enrollment info, dates, and location.

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

Thanks for the interest.

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

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

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

Captain Paul
May 10 at 10:56am
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This guy 'TEXTED' me and said he wanted to buy my boat. He couldn't talk on the phone bc he was on a military base and his name was Sgt Chris. He wanted to pay through PayPal bc he couldn't leave the base or what not and was going to have a transport company pick it up. Well he offered to pay for every thing... But I have to pay $1390.00 through western union to the transport company before....  Read More
May 08 at 7:30pm
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Technical in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
So the past couple years I've been duck hunting with my buddy down in the Hopedale area. We always take his boat and he knows the marsh like the back of his hand. It's looking like he may not be able to hunt as much this upcoming season so I may have to go solo or at least take my own boat. I definitely think I would benefit from a handheld gps to mark the duck pond and a couple of random....  Read More
May 09 at 11:46am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Captain Paul,
I am looking for a reccomendation for a handheld GPS to use for coastal fishing below Houma. I am a first time user, and normally fish Last Island Area, The Pickett's, etc. I need a model that accepts your waypoints, and is easy to use, dependable, and my budget is $250-$500. I also have minimal opportunity to use it for hiking on a couple of camping trips each year. Feel....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
May 03 at 7:38pm
Hand Held GPS units
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~Dugout ~

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

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

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

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

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

Please get back with me on your final selection.

Captain Paul
April 26 at 1:55pm
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Can a Nikon prostaff scope handle the recall of a .444 Marlin??? Thanks...
recently purchased a H&R.444 marlin that has a prostaff on it and need to know if it will handle the kick of a crack barrel that size.
March 03, 2015 at 10:35pm

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WHAT GUN IS MORE POWERFUL? 357 magnum or 45 automatic? asking for self defense purposes!! in other words which bullet is more powerful???
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504 On Target and Westbank Archery teamed up to offer firearms and archery instruction! Give us a call to get a list of scheduled classes and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. 504-518-4230 or 504-329-7292.
April 26 at 4:35pm
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1937 Browning sweet 16 gold trigger Belgium
I am curious if anyone knows the value or could refer me to a good apraiser for the above sweet 16? It is in absolute perfect condition with only 15 shotgun shells having been shot from it. My dad bought it new and kept it in factory box until he passed away. At this time I am not selling just getting a value.
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April 24 at 4:37pm
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I am curious if anyone knows the value or could refer me to a good apraiser for the above sweet 16? It is in absolute perfect condition with only 15 shotgun shells having been shot from it. My dad bought it new and kept it in factory box until he passed away. At this time I am not selling just getting a value.
April 24 at 3:39pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Garmin Montana 610 , I just bought one for dual purpose , on the 14 ft flat boat for some fresh water adventures and mostly on my ATV , loaded in a Topo 100K SD card and it works great ------ so I have two questions , my unit says use 25K for best results and Garmins's card is 100K , how does that work , I think they are refereeing to least 25K and 100K is better ???? --------------- and....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
April 19 at 10:17pm
Topo maps for a Garmin
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fish Flies ~

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

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

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

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

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

~ Captain Paul~
April 16 at 8:08am

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New to the site and Louisiana for that matter. I am in need of some help timing my Mercury 75hp 3 cylinder due to replacing the trigger because the linkage broke. Watched a few YouTube videos but they were not very helpful.
April 13 at 7:37pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Captain Paul , I was given a Hummingbird Matrix 97-Fishing System , plugged it in and it powers up but doesn't seem to catch a position , got the owners manual on line and it really doesn't go into connecting it up as far as the bus bar on the back , in fact the bus bar isn't labeled what each socket is far , there are 4 spots , I figured out 2 of the 4 power and transducer, one may be....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
April 12 at 6:39pm
Matrix 97 info
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fishfiles ~

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

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

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

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

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


~ Captain Paul ~
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April 10 at 6:13pm
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Boats in Southeast Louisiana
I'm looking at buying a used 17' , 44' wide aluminum Cajun special bass boat. It has a Yamaha 50 hp. 54 pound thrust trolling motor. Fish finder. Basically standard stuff. The deck is SUPER clean. What's something like this go for used? I'm going check it out in a few hours
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April 06 at 4:42pm
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Boats in South Central Louisiana
I have a 40 hp Merc that hasn't run since November(gas left in tank with no treatment). Put muffs on and started engine with no problems but it wont run at idle. After starting, I can get down to approximately 1000rpm before motor kills. I would like to try running Seafoam Motor Treatment to see if this will correct the issue without having to tear anything down to resolve this issue. Any....  Read More
April 06 at 10:59am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Are there GPS Maps that I can buy for my Garmin GPS that have the rig locations for West Bay out of Joshua's Marina in Buras? Id also like to get maps for the rigs out of Venice as well. (South, Southeast & Southwest Pass)
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April 05 at 8:43pm
Platforms in Wesst Bay
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ The30Point Buck ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Please let me know how you make out.

~ Captain Paul ~
March 29 at 9:06pm

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When looking for a trolling motor, call Trolling Motors Unlimited. We sell and install units with in 1 to 2 days.
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March 31 at 12:40pm
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Boats in Louisiana
anyone know fuel capacity on a 2004 21' bay champ
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March 31 at 10:38am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
Capt Paul,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck on your fishing!

~Captain Paul~
March 26 at 10:27am
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Boats in Louisiana
Can anybody recommend a welder or shop within an hour of metairie/new orleans area to install simple float pods on the transom of an aluminum jon boat? Is it better to have them made or buy the pre-made beavertail brand at cabelas? Its for a small 15-48 alweld. Any help appreciated, thanks
March 28 at 2:01pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Delacroix Island in Southeast Louisiana
Paul, I was wondering if I can get local cards for the dragonfly. I'm about to purchase one without the navionics. Any information would be great! Thanks
March 24 at 9:51am

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