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Boats in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana
25 Mercury that's locked up for sale. Can only be used for parts. Everything besides the block is still good. I have an extra cover, bracket, handle, pan, and a gutted lower unit to go with it asking price is $400. Text or call @ 985-513-0117
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Guns in Louisiana

I know that your car is considered an extension of your house, so you can carry a gun in your car but does that include a boat?

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October 03 at 9:44pm
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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 don’t 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 don’t 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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Boats in Louisiana
I just saw this. It's called a Propchock. It makes it easy and fast. Looks like we don't have to use a 2x4 anymore. I saw it at propchock.net, think I will order one and try it. Has anyone else see this?
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September 22 at 8:33am
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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
October 01 at 5:46pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Any body run a 14hp copperhead on a 1436 alumacraft?
Just looking for some feedback, goodset up for frogging and deer hunting?
September 29 at 6:40pm
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I recently bought a used Bimini top. It has support poles instead of straps so there are 6 identical mount points. The guy had this male part of the mounting hardware but I can find or know anyone who knows where to purchase the female part that would mount to the boat. Picture attached.
Any help would be appreciated.

I did find the picture on one web site but they didn't have the....  Read More
September 21 at 2:55pm
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Boats in Central Louisiana
Do you clean your boat after every use? What do you clean it with? I have been using Mcguire's quick detailer after every weekend. i am looking for tips and suggestions.
September 23 at 1:32pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Venice in Southeast Louisiana
First off. Captian Paul on behalf of all of us louisiana fisherman. I want to thank you for the help that you provide us old low tech users.
I searched and it appears that the most recent post about the position of the popular floating platforms is about 2008. Could we get some position updates on the floaters south of Venice. Like Mars, Brutus, and some of the other popular ones in the....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
September 28 at 10:02pm
Offshore platforms
~ Captain Paul's response

Please use this information as a general guide to these locations, as I cannot guarantee that the information is 100%. Some of the platforms may have been moved due to the recent trends in the offshore oil business.

With that, my information for the platforms are:


Shell Platform GC-65 A “BULLWINKLE, ” is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 65 and is at or about 27° 53.068’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 54.155’ W. Longitude. That puts it about 114 Miles at a bearing of 232° magnetic from the entrance of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River.


Although you did not specifically ask for it, the Shell platform BRUTUS

Is located in GREEN CANYON Block # 158 and is at or about 27° 47.742’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 38.824’ W. Longitude

And, in the same general area


Genesis Spar is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 205 and is at or about 27° 46.761’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 31.093’ W. Longitude


”Mars” (Shell-MC-807-A) Located in Leased Block 807 in the Mississippi Canyon, I believe is at or about 28°10.171’ N. lat ~ 89° 13.373’ W. long, it is in over 2800 feet of water. It is about 52 miles from SW pass @ 166° magnetic AND about 57.16 miles at a bearing of 186° Magnetic from Lands End at South Pass. Mars is about 45.5 miles EAST of Thunder Horse at a bearing of 269° (mag).


Thunder Horse is located at or about 28°11.452’ N. Latitude ~ 88° 29.735’W. Longitude. It is in south west corner of Leased Block 778 of the Mississippi Canyon Area.


Ursa is at or about 28° 09.242’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 06.213’ W. Longitude. It is located in Leased block 810 of the Mississippi Canyon Area, about 7.4 miles east of the MARS platform.

Looking North and North west from these two platforms you should find MEDUSA.


The Murphy Exploration Company’s Medusa Spar platform was/is in the northern part of Leased Block 582 of the Miss. Canyon. It is ABOUT 34.7 MILES at a bearing of 182° Magnetic from the South West Pass channel GONG Buoy Green # 1. It is about 21.4 miles at a bearing of 318° (mag) from the Mars Platform and about 35 miles at a bearing of 182° (Mag) from the entrance to SOUTHWEST PASS of the Mississippi River.

The MEDUSA platform is at or about 28°23.559’ N. Latitude ~ 89°27.210’ W. Longitude

Another major platform north of the Mars platform is LENA.


Lena located in Block 280 of the Mississippi Canyon area. The LEAN platform is at or about 28° 39.775’ N. Latitude ~ 89°09.467’ W. Longitude. It is about 34 miles NNE (07° Mag) from the Mars platform.


The massive BULLWINKLE -SHELL GC 65 Platform in Green Canyon Block 65 is at or about 27° 53.058’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 54.088’ W. Longitude.


The BRUTUS platform another by Shell Oil, is located in Green Canyon Leased Block 158 and is at or about 27° 47.742 N. Latitude ~ 90 38.824’ W. Longitude.


The Genesis production facility was/is moored in 2,600ft of water in the GREEN CANYON Leased Block 205. It is located at or about 27°46.682’ N ~ 090° 31.068’ W longitude. That position is about 93 miles at a bearing of 191° (Mag) from Belle Pass (Fourchon) WHICH IS JUST WEST OF GRAND ISLAND at the Gulf Of Mexico.


The Typhoon platform Is located in Green Canyon Block 237 and is at or about

27° 43.910’ N. Latitude ~ 91° 06.674’ W. Longitude


The Ocean Quest is in Green Canyon Block 199 and is at or about 27° 45.993’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 47.927’ W. Longitude.


I noted that there is a platform in MC 773 that is plotted at or about 28°12.534’ N. Latitude ~ 088°44.189’ W. Longitude. This platform is SPAR that is commonly called THE DEVIL’s TOWER. It is located near the western center of the Leased Block.

And of course, don’t for get about the Mid Night Lump.


Another usually productive location is the MIDNIGHT LUMP. The area is officially named The Sackett Bank, but it is commonly called the called the “Midnight Lump”. It is a draw for tuna and Wahoo during certain times of the year. The Midnight Lump has become very popular in the last decade. Sometimes there are more than 100 boats a day in the active part of the season.

You will need a deepwater depth finder to actually find and “see” the exact location. The seabed rises about from 60+ fathoms to 33 fathoms at the “lump.” Picture a series of truncated cones rising from the seabed.

Gulf currents push water over the top of the lump, causing smaller “bait fish” to be pushed against and over the lump. Amberjack, Tuna, Marlin, Snapper, Grouper and Wahoo usually gather there to eat. Usually fishing one side of the lump is better than the other. The currents will determine which side of the lump is the better side to fish.

I believe that the approximate center of “The Midnight Lump” ~ The Sackett Bank, is at or about 28° 38.122’ N. Lat ~ 89° 33.249’ W. Long. The location is about 20.5 miles from Southwest Pass at a bearing of 201° (Mag) and is about 35.2 miles at a bearing of 192° magnetic from the end of the breakwater (29°08.233’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 26. 184’ W. Longitude ) at Tiger Pass.

The location is about 20.14 miles from the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi river at a position near the light house (near land’s end) at a bearing of 202° (Mag), it is also about 19.36 miles at a bearing of 203° (Mag) from the GREEN #1 GONG buoy in the lower part of the SW channel.

This position is about 49.64 Miles from the RED #12 marker in Barataria Pass at a point that is between Grand Isle and Grand Terre Island.

Bring plenty of anchor line as you will need every foot of it. Most fishers suggest that you use a minimum of 600 feet of anchor line with anywhere from 10 to 30 feet of chain. The chain will greatly enhance your anchor's ability to set. Your anchor size will vary greatly, but a medium-sized vessel (23 to 28 feet) should use at least a 22-25 pound anchor. Some captains suggest an anchor point on the “lump” at about 250 feet deep.

The Genesis production facility is moored in 2,600ft of water in the GREEN CANYON Leased Block 205. It is located at or about 27°46.682’ N ~ 090° 31.068’ W longitude. That position is about 93 miles at a bearing of 191° (Mag) from Belle Pass (Fourchon) WHICH IS JUST WEST OF GRAND ISLAND at the Gulf Of Mexico.

I suggest that you first consider NOAA Marine Chart 1115A ~ Leased Blocks Cape St. George to the Mouth of the Mississippi River. This chart will have the leased blocks in the area of your concern. Unfortunately the Chart only covers the eastern part of the Mississippi Canyon Leased Area off the mouth of the MS River. The companion chart to the west is Chart 1116-A ~ Leased Blocks MS River to Galveston Bay. These two charts will give you all of the offshore leased block areas from the Florida panhandle to Galveston Bay.

Any authorized agent for NOAA can order or print these charts for you. Bew sure to get the most current issue of these charts.

These charts however, are in a scale of 1:456394, which is not suited for navigating the channels or the river, but will get you to the leased blocks. For a better view of the access channels select a chart with at least 1:80000 scale.

These Leased block charts show some if not all of the platforms in these blocks. I noted that there is a platform in MC 773 that is plotted at or about 28°12.534’ N. Latitude ~ 088°44.189’ W. Longitude. This platform is SPAR that is commonly called THE DEVIL’s TOWER. It is located near the western center of the Leased Block.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as H,DDD,MM.mmm and were determined using WGS 84 DATUM. All Headings/bearings/courses are stated in Magnetic Degrees.

Captain Paul
September 23 at 12:31pm
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Boats in Larose in Southeast Louisiana
14ft. 4in. Fiberglass Hull with keel, shaft, wheel, coupling, steering, 7 gallon gas tank. Includes trailer with no papers. Contact Frank Curole @ 985-227-2562
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September 28 at 3:29pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul

I have a new boat just finishing up being built and I have the 698CI HD SI COMBO. Could you recommended which GPS card is the best for this unit for the cocodrie area.

thanks in advance

swapped to lowrance
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Response by Captain Paul
June 02 at 9:57pm
Maps for Humminbird GPS
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Duck Shoot ~

The features of the Humminbird 698CI HD SI is a state of the art unit, however the base map called a UniMap, I believe, needs to be supplemented with one of the available accessory mapping programs.

Humminbird offers a series of maps they call LakeMaster. There is one for our region, but it is mainly for inshore freshwater fishing lakes and locations in our area. They also offer a Navionics South, but it is featured as a multi state lake maps. I don’t believe that either of these products would serve your southeast Louisiana salt water marsh fishing.

Try calling the Humminbird support section at 1-800-633-1468 and see what they recommend for the salt water marsh area of Louisiana.

These supplemental mapping programs will run the better part of $150, so just don’t get the first one they recommend. After getting their recommendation, go to a stocking Humminbird dealer and ask to see the recommended map(s) in Humminbird GPS unit. If they have the map, zoom in on your fishing areas and see if it gives you the detail that you want.

That way you will know what you are getting and if it will serve your needs.

~ Captain Paul ~
May 26 at 11:04am
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Boats in Louisiana
My go devil is making a rattling noise when giving it gas right above idle, and when it is coming down right before idle. Wide open or at idle it sounds fine. Noise seems to be internal. Has anyone experienced this and what was the outcome?
September 11 at 7:29pm
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Guns in Southeast Louisiana
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Recently got my hands on a Remington Sportsman 48. Been doing my own research on it and keep running into a brick wall. Seems that I have either a nickel plated or polished stainless receiver.... I cannot find this exact model anywhere. All the stamps and marking match for the Sportsman 48 except that one feature. Any feed back on this would be appreciated.
September 07 at 10:46am
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Boats in Southeast Louisiana
Been looking at purchasing a 23' Reno. Really like the way they can be customized and look like very sturdy boats. Just wondering about how it rides in rough water. Looks like it has a pretty good V but need some input. Also what size motor should be on it and how fast would it run. Not looking for a speed boat but just curious.
September 14 at 3:51pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Does anyone know anything about the Piranha boats? I have seen the ads, but, do not know of anyone around here that has one. The closest dealer is in Ocean Springs, Ms. and that they are built in Georgia.
September 12 at 3:31pm
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Boats in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
I have a brand new utility trailer single axle about the size of an airboat trailer. Is there someone who can help me convert it into an airboat trailer? I will have to measure it out but I would use it to pick up an airboat in Orlando. My wheels are also water sealed for boat launching. It is a good trailer. Thoughts?
June 19 at 7:01am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Fourchon / Grand Isle in Southeast Louisiana
I am looking for coordinates for the offshore LOOP restricted zone. I want to mark 4 way points on my plotter to make it easier to stay out of there.
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Response by Captain Paul
September 04 at 8:41pm
~ ~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Fox ~

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is a deepwater facility in the Gulf of Mexico near Port Fourchon, LA. It provides a DEEP WATER offloading and temporary storage services for raw petroleum products by deep water tankers. The anchor points AND the underwater pipelines that connect them together and to the shoreline are in a very restricted marine area. USE Caution whenever in the area.

There are NO specific markers that indicate the entire boundary for the LOUISIANA OFFSHORE OIL PORT, but that does not resolve you of any liability for being in the restricted area. These restrictions apply for the entire area, especially in the light of today’s terrorist activity. The restrictions are vigorously enforced.

The rough center of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is located about 27 miles at a bearing of 182° Magnetic from Barataria Pass by Grand Isle, LA. and about 19 miles at a bearing of 139° Magnetic from Belle Pass at the Gulf of Mexico by Port Fourchon.

It occupies about a twelve (12) mile east to west by six (6) mile north to south area that resembles an oval. The LOOP has a series of regulations that are listed in Chapter 2 of the U.S. Coast Pilot publication. Additional restrictions are published in the USCG official NOTICE TO MARINERS that is published weekly. I strongly suggest that you get up to date information, as world events have installed a strict enforcement of the regulations.

The LOOP is in part or all of the following GRAND ISLE LEASED BLOCK AREA’s: Blocks 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67.

The site of the LOOP is shown on NOAA Marine Chart # 11359 ~LOOP DEEPWATER PORT, Chart 11358 ~ Barataria Bay and Approaches, and on Chart # 1116A Leased Blocks Miss River to Galveston.

I strongly suggest that get a current copy of these charts BEFORE navigating to the area.

Some of the LOOP tie up ship markers located around the area are located at the following locations:


G -“1”, a Horn @ 28° 48.608’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 54.991’ W. Longitude

G - “3” @ 28° 50.141’ N. Latitude ~ 90° 02.404’ W. Longitude

R - “2” @ 28° 50.330’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 53.861’ W. Longitude

Y - “L-B” @ 28° 52.060’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 52.701’ W. Longitude

R - “4” @ 28° 54.861’ N. Latitude ~ 89° 57.001’ ~ ~ W. Longitude

Comparing these positions to the charts, you will note that these positions are NOT joined in straight lines between the buoys. These boundary lines and buoys, however, are indicated on the charts.

Again, be sure that you know the restrictions (and penalties) for the LOOP area before venturing close to the site.

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

~ Captain Paul ~~
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September 03 at 5:37pm
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We are looking to buy a floating house/fish camp. We are new at this and can't find any information on the net on what to do about maintenance on the steel pontoons underneath. What equipment is needed to pull it out of the water in order to paint and check the pontoons and how often is this needed? It is not motorized so it will be sitting in the water. It is an older houseboat with wood....  Read More
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September 01 at 6:31pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
Using this website: http://www.lafishblog.com/google-earth-tutorial/ i learned how to plot a path with waypoints on google earth. The problem is i am unsure which format to use so it will work with my GPS. I have a month old Garmin 547xs. Does anyone know which format i am supposed to use? if needed i can list the options that GPSbabel gives me. thanks in advance
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Response by Captain Paul
August 25 at 10:39pm
Transferring Google to Garmin
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ The Truck Man ~

I’ll get to the heart of your question, but first I must offer a suggestion.

I know that you requested info on how to transfer a “Path” or “Track” and certainly you can do that, but it would be far better to install the data in your new GPS unit as a ROUTE.

A “Path, Track or Trail Back” feature is designed to be only a TEMPORARY route that records the track in a fashion that usually replaces the first part of the track back when all of the track back memory is used. It is called a wrap method, much like a fan belt traveling around a pulley. After using all of the memory, it starts over again from the point where the memory ran out.

In order to make a permanent record of your route, you must actually make and save a ROUTE. Routes are made up from a series of waypoints which the GPS unit connects, by a straight-line course. It assumes that you can navigate from one waypoint to another to another, to another, etc., etc. In addition, some units with the proper mapping software will design the route for you using existing waterways much as an automobile GPS unit would do. I prefer to designate my own routes as the software does not know my boat’s requirements.

Start from your launch. Mark and save it as a waypoint, then go to the first turn that you make in your course, mark and save it as your second waypoint, then to the next course change and mark and save it, then to the next, and the next, and the next, until you reach your destination. Then go to the route function and compile these waypoints into a route. Name and save the route. You will then have a permanent (if there really is such a thing) record of your voyage that you can summon and navigate over and over again.

In navigating the route with our GPS unit, you can select the MAP, HIGHWAY or COMPASS page to guide you through the route. As you reach one waypoint the course and direction to the next one will be provided. The unit will give you the distance and courses from one waypoint to the next and even an expected time of travel or arrival. To return back to the launch from your final waypoint, simply INVERT the route and navigate the courses back to the beginning.

Using the path of track feature to steer a vessel will cause you to have an ever increasing path line on the screen which will become thicker and thicker with each use. In addition it causes you to have to constantly look at the GPS screen. The unit will only store a very small amount of different tracks, where as that unit can accommodate 100 different routes.

With that out of the way, here is the information on the ”how to” accomplishment the data transfer.

The Garmin web site for the unit states, “If you have waypoints, tracks or frequently used routes stored on another manufacturer’s GPS product – or on a Garmin handheld device – now it’s easier than ever to transfer those items to your new Garmin chartplotter, via industry-standard GPX software formatting. GPX is an open standard format for GPS data exchange across platforms and applications. With this easy-to-use interface technology, Garmin has taken “no waypoint left behind” to a whole new level of trade-up convenience.”

The newer .gpx formatted data files are an effort to have one type of data file for the industry. However, some newer Garmin units require a data file to be written to a specific protocol Garmin calls an “.adm“ file.

I don’t believe that the GPS Babel program has a conversion to an .adm file format, but you can try the Babel conversion to a .gpx file format. But, don’t despair, there is a way.

But, before actually trying to write a file from a Garmin Data Transfer program to a spare and let me repeat, a SPARE, data card you must first place the memory card in the GPS unit and turn the unit on. I suggest that you do any function with the unit, simply changing a screen page will do. This procedure causes the GPS unit to install a code on the card that is recognized by the Garmin program in your computer and later again by the GPS unit. Without doing so, the GPS unit will not accept the data information. This is a must in trying to do data transfers. Trying to use an existing map data card for the transfer could over write existing map images thusly ruining the card.

First, save the Google Earth data to a file, I suggest saving it in the Google .XML format. I save my data to a folder I named GPS then in a sub folder for each of the different areas I fish and hunt.

Then, using one of Garmin’s data transfer programs, transfer the data first into the data program then onto a spare data card.

Garmin offers a free data transfer download program on their web site called HOME PORT. I strongly recommend that you install the program in your computer. It will save you time and effort in doing this and future transfers to and from the GPS unit and your computer. It will allow you to back up all of the waypoints, routes and tacks in your GPS unit to a file in your computer or on a thumb drive. They also provide a program for land use called BASE CAMP. Actually either will work but the Home Port program is designed for marine type units. Both are available from the Garmin web site at https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/prod64242.html

It is available for both Windows and Mac systems. As said, it is a free download. If you own a Garmin unit, you should have one of these two data transfer programs. This program allows you to install a Google file into the program then onto a data card as an .adm file.

Once installed in the Garmin program, click on the FILE icon then the Import from window to the file folder where you saved the Google .XLM file.

Once doing so all of Google data will appear in the Home Port program.

Place the spare memory card in your card reader. Then select the small icon at the top left of the screen that indicates two small GPS units. One is send “to device” and the other is “receive from.” Select the transfer “to” option and window will show the GPS model and serial number that was written on the card. In that window you will have an option of transferring it directly to the unit, or to the spare data card. If you have the unit connected directly to your computer select that option. If it is not, select the option that writes it to the data card.

One word of caution, when using the settings in your GPS unit as compared to the options in the Google Earth program be sure that the Datum agrees.

Let me explain. My information is that Google Earth uses a EGM96 Geoid in displaying their Google Earth programs. I believe that the Google Earth images are corrected to use WGS 84 datum. So if that is the datum that you use in your GPS unit, simply enter the Google coordinates into your unit. Be sure to check the position format to be sure that they also agree. You can either change the Position Format (Location) in your GPS unit or you can change the Google Earth display by going to the TOOLS/Options link at the top of the program and select what ever position format you normally use. Be sure that they agree.

So, if you are using your GPS unit in a relative flat area, such as Louisiana, or any sea level environment, I would assume that the figures are fairly accurate. However, if you are using the WAAS feature in your GPS unit in order to get the 3 meter accuracy via the differential system, your position via Google may only be to a position accuracy of 20 meters. Your WAAS activated GPS unit will produce a more accurate position fix on the actual position.

I would use the Google info but use it with suspect. When you get to the actual location you should use your WAAS activated GPS unit to “refine” the actual or true position.

Captain Paul
August 23 at 4:34pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
I want to publicly thank Captain Paul for his knowledge and assistance. I purchased Captain Paul's GPS waypoints for Lake Borgne. I was having difficulty uploading the waypoints to my GPS. I called Captain Paul, he spent approximately an hour on the phone in an effort to help me complete the upload. It was clear that there was a short between the operator(me) and the switch(my GPS). Captain....  Read More
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August 05 at 8:44am
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Technical in Central Louisiana
I have a 36v system. i need to wire that to my 12 cranking battery for emergency starting. Does anyone have a wiring diagram for this? Thanks!
June 16 at 7:23am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
Capt. Paul, there is a area outside of Vermilion Bay in the Tiger Shoals area called The Pelican. Do you have any information or coordinates for this place?
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Response by Captain Paul
May 16 at 12:23am
I haven\'t forgot about your request.
I haven't forgotten your request, but I have been unable to find a specific platform called The Pelican.

I am still trying. In the meantime here is a copy of one of my recent columns on the Tiger Shoals area.

Old oil structures in Tiger Shoal

A lesson on finding productive fishing

Captain Paul Titus

September 08, 2014 at 9:00 am | Mobile Reader | Print

It might take some work, but research into the Tiger Shoal area is well worth the effort.

Ann Taylor

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am told that there were several oil platforms, old well heads and/or other oil-field sites within the Tiger Shoal area that have been removed in years past.

I am interested to know if you have the coordinates for some of these sites and their removal dates(or estimated dates)? My reason is that I’m assuming there is still some sort of rock or shell pad left behind that might be good for fishing.

— Thank you

Capt. Paul’s response:

Wow! M-12, you are asking for detailed positions of over 200 well sites/platforms in the Tiger Shoals area.

This shoal area is about 10 miles south-southwest from the Southwest Pass of Vermillion Bay at a bearing of 201 degrees magnetic. It is a shoal area that appears on maps as a large banana laying in an east-to-west position.

There are numerous well sites, as well as wrecks and underwater mounds throughout the area.

I do not have the time nor the space to adequately provide you with all of the information you need, but I will provide some of the major sites and steer you in a direction that you can obtain all of the information you need.

The United States coastline is divided into areas that are called leased block areas. These areas are usually named for a feature along the coast or an underwater geological feature. These leased areas are then divided into blocks, each of which is usually rectangular in shape and specified by latitude and longitude using North American Datum of 1927.

Yes, I know, the current World Geodetic System of 1984 (WGS 84) datum is more accurate, but the leases were determined years ago using the older NAD 27 datum. I was told by U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement people that it would be a nearly impossible task to amend all of the hundreds of thousands of leases with the WGS datum.

New leases are now plotted in both NAD 27 and WGS 84 Datum.

As there are no sign posts in offshore waters, specific areas are called by their leased area and block number, such as Vermilion 50, meaning block 50 in the Vermilion Bay area.

First you will need a rough idea where these different sites are located. By that I mean in which of leased blocks your quests are located.

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

All platforms are required to be listed by BOEMRE, the federal repository for lease data, and the exploration and production information for these areas. It is like a general grid system that will at least get you close to the area of your concern. They keep current and past well sites in a very detailed format.

The genesis of your search should start with the maps or charts that show these leased blocks. NOAA Marine Chart 1116A Leased Block for the Mississippi River to Galveston, Texas, shows the BOEMRE leased areas and blocks within those areas.

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

After locating the leased block areas in which you are interested, you should also get a copy of the latest NOAA chart for the specific area in 1:80,000 scale.

The Tiger Shoals area is shown on NOAA Marine CHART 11349-Vermillion Bay and Approaches. This chart will show individual platforms, underwater mounds, wrecks and other navigation features. The chart also shows underwater pipelines designated by a series of dots followed immediately with a small line.

When getting these charts, be sure to get the latest version. But historic charts created 10 years or so age would also be a great value to you, as they would show wells/platforms as they were then.

Almost any NOAA contract chart mapping service that has a print-on-demand service should be able to provide you with these charts.

You can then access the Management, Regulation and Enforcement website at http://www.data.boem.gov/homepg/data_center/platform/platform/master.asp, and search by leased area, by leased block and well number or well name. You can even search for the date when the well was closed or removed.

By noting the leased areas, you can select a specific area and even individual blocks existing leases and or platforms. This program is a very valuable tool for the offshore fisherman.

After defining the area/block you are interested in the program will display all of the platforms in that area or block. They mostly just have a number of the platform, but sometimes indicate the common or given name of the facility, i.e., Brutus, Ram Powell, etc. Position figures are usually stated in decimal degrees determined by using NAD 27 datum.

Once you have these positions, you can then enter them manually into your GPS unit.

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

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

I have taken the opportunity to plot some of the over 200 rigs and platforms in the area you indicated.

Most of the platforms are or were located in North Marsh Island blocks 208, 209, 210, 212, 230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 236, 237 and 239, and Vermilion blocks 30, 31,33, 50, 51, 52, 53, 69, 70 and 71.

As previously stated, the area is crossed with numerous pipelines that also offer fishing structure. These pipelines are shown in the Vermillion Bay Approaches chart.

Here are some of the wells and other hazardous objects in the Tiger Shoal. The names of the sites indicate the feature available for fishing.

Name Latitude Longitude

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Capt. Paul
May 08 at 9:32am
mike the tigreProfile Photo
Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Do you or anyone know where to get video info to use (instructional video) for this unit? Also can GPS coordinates or waypoints be taken from google earth and put on sds card then entered in this unit??????
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Response by Captain Paul
March 26 at 9:38pm
Google earth waypoints to Lowrance units
I do not know of any CD or DVD that offers an instruction in the use of that unit.

I can accommodate you if you wish. If so contact me at

Check the post that asks basically the same question or my Story in the current issue of the Louisiana Sportsmam Magazine concerning Google Earth waypoints.

Captain Paul
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Boats in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
Does anyone know who is doing bottom paint removal? I have a 26' Mako that has years of anti-fouling paint that needs to come off! I hear Soda blasting is one route, but no idea where to go.....

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