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Technical in Louisiana
What happens if a trooper pulls you over while riding an atv with no title but a bill of sale? If they ran the vin it wouldn't come up stolen, but would anything happen due to it not being registered?
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Yesterday at 10:51pm
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Boats in South Central Louisiana
Ay opinions on the Skeeter SX 24? Ride? How does it handle the rough chop etc? Thx
August 23 at 8:52pm
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Boats in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
I have a 1996 Johnson 175 Ocean Runner, motor runs great however having issue with tilt and trim and I believe I am having a fuel leak. I notice fuel leak stains down the port side of the motor after I run it. I have read that its prob due to the carb needing to be rebuilt, it doesnt look that complicated to do, anyone done this, how did it go?

Also the trim / tilt motor isnt running,....  Read More
August 15 at 11:14am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Cocodrie / DuLarge in South Central Louisiana
I have an Apple laptop and I am looking for a way to get my Fishing edge to my Lowrance GPS. As far as I can tell Insight planner only works with windows based computer. Do you know of a program that will allow me to get my waypoints to my GPS
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Response by Captain Paul
July 01 at 7:33pm
Insight for APPLE
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ RIG MAGICIAN ~

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

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

Let me know what you find out from Lowrance.

Captain Paul
June 26 at 6:02am
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Boats in Caernarvon in Southeast Louisiana
I recently acquired a 16 ft. Flat boat w/ 5' bottom . It has a suzuki 70 4 stroke on it . Gps has me only going 25 top speed. The boat has tabs welded on. I noticed at top speed it plants the bow really low causing drag. Also the stern just slides in the turns. Does anyone know if cutting off tabs will help with speed & turning?
August 05 at 8:07pm
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Boats in Shell Beach / Hopedale / Reggio in Southeast Louisiana
Just changed out a 2002 yamaha 250 hpdi for 2014 yamaha f250 4.2l. Was getting 2.8 mpg with the hpdi, barely getting 2 mpg with the new 4 stroke. Has excellent power, real quiet, and decent top end, but fuel mileage is horrible. Is this a 'breakin period' issue or am i just screwed?! Both motors topped out at 5900 rpm's. Hpdi went 47mph top speed, the four stroke goes 44mph. They both....  Read More
August 11 at 1:47pm
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Boats in Louisiana
I'm looking at a 2002 Fishmaster with a 2002 Suzuki 140 four stroke. Not sure of the hours, but I think it's pretty low. The boat is in immaculate condition. How much life does it have left? And how much is it worth?
August 10 at 8:14pm
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Technical in Louisiana
Check out the You Tube link below to see the new outboard motor auto pilot controlled by our Lowrance Touch unit.

August 09 at 7:55pm
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Boats in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
Since purchasing my boat last year, I continue to have problems with fueling up my boat. Each time, I only add about 10 gallons because that's about the time my patience runs out. It takes about 45 minutes to pump 10 gallons. If I flow it too fast, it either comes shooting back out of the fill spout or out of the vent tube on the side of the boat. I have read on other forums of people having....  Read More
August 07 at 9:25pm
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Boats in Louisiana
Took my boat into Pontchartrain - shakedown for trip to Grand Isle this weekend. Noticed GPS unit with flashing message...\'HIGH VOLTAGE INPUT\' and then noticed my Yamaha instrument gauge showing 17.4 - 17.6 volts while running 4000 rpms. Stopped boat put motor into neutral and instrument gauge showd 13.6 - 14.0 volts. I was seriously concerned that the over charging could cause the....  Read More
August 06 at 11:39pm
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Technical in Louisiana
I have a Johnson 200 on a sv2100 sea pro.The compression is good on all cylinders. It does not have a jack plate and not sure of prop size but only getting about 4500 rpms out of it. What you guys think. Prop issue?? Thanks!
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July 27 at 9:49pm
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this piece has appeared ever since you guys ''UPDATED'' the site, it sure makes it a pain to read any of the stories posted, it blocks the beginning of each line at a certain level it does not appear when i am reading reports or ads, is there something i can do to get rid of this or can you guys do something to relocate it???
July 28 at 8:08am
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Boats in Louisiana
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Ive been looking at a longtail with the same air intake as the surface drive in the picture. Will have the filters not covered like that affect the motor whiles its running in the rain? I appreciate any info
August 03 at 2:56am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southwest Louisiana
Cpt. Paul:

When using Insight Planner is there a way to enter a waypoint created using NAD 27 Datum and then convert it to WGS 84 Datum? I can't seem to figure out if there is an option to do that within the program. Will I just have to enter those coordinates in my HDS 7 unit in NAD 27 and then convert them to WGS 84? Thanks for your help.
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Response by Captain Paul
August 03 at 7:25pm
Change Datum values
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Jlemoine ~

Although we may not have the same version of INSIGHT PLANNER, my program does not have a datum choice feature.

However you can access the NOAA NADCON conversion utility on their web site at ~


Or another site at http://www.coordinateconverter.com/cgi-bin/ctserve.exe?MODE=GetForm&Region=usa&Template=multi_template.ht

These will allow you to set up and enter all of your data in the correct format.

Captain Paul
July 30 at 4:06pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Calcasieu Lake in Southwest Louisiana
Capt Paul,

I just bought your edge file for big lake. I keep my boat an hour away at a marina. I want to come prepared with exactly what I need to install the edge file.

Do you suggest a data card or is it possible to hook my garmin up to my computer?

Thanks for the help!
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Response by Captain Paul
August 03 at 7:04pm
EDGE for A Garmin GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ WhoDat08 ~

Here are some suggestions.

Yes there is a Garmin cable with both power and data link, but the data end of the cable does not have any type of connection. You would have to have a person who is computer savvy to place a connection that is compatible with one of the different ports on your PC.

That unit is meant to communicate with a computer via a SPARE DATA CARD. A spare SD card is the way to go.

First download the FREE Garmin data transfer program they call BASE CAMP from their web site and install it in your computer.

This will allow you to have the ability to transfer data to and from the GPS unit and your computer via the spare data card.

With saying that there is another task you will have to do. You MUST first place the data card in your GPS unit with the unit off, then turn it on and do any function. This writes a code on the spare card that lets Base Camp and later the same GPS unit communicate with the card. Of course you would also need the EDGE File that ends in .gdb and .gpx. This file is the actual data file.

So, you will have to first visit your boat and access the GPS. If you have a lap top PC, you can bring it with you as long as it has a card reader-writer and has the Base camp installed.

If not then you would have to visit your boat, install the SD card then use it in your PC.

Before you go, print out the Acrobat .pdf file and the spreadsheet file. Bring them on board in a plastic zip lock type bag.

Captain Paul
July 31 at 12:08pm
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Boats in Louisiana
I'm looking at purchasing a new aluminum bay boat in the 20 foot range. I know from past posts the the Xpress seems to be the consensus favorite, (keep in mind I'm excluding the premium aluminum models such as American Aluminum). I recently checked out the DLX 20 Bay by G3 with a 150, and really liked the looks and features. I know this is a new model for G3, but if anyone has any first....  Read More
July 28 at 9:18am
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Boats in Southwest Louisiana
Good morning to all! I am seeking any advice I can get regarding boat performance. I currently own an 18' 44' custom with a vented tunnel and a stoke 2014 2 stroke Nissan 40. I am not sure of the make on of the prop but it is a 14 pitch with cup added to it. By myself, 5 gal of fuel, and three batteries( one at the rear and two under front deck) I run a solid 36 mph trimmed out. If I add....  Read More
July 25 at 10:15am
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Vermilion Bay in South Central Louisiana
I am told that there were several Oil Platforms, Old well Heads &/or other Oilfield Sites within the Tiger Shoal area that have been removed in years past. I am interested to know if you have the coordinates for some of these sites and their removal dates(or estimated dates)? My reason is, Im assuming there is still some sort of rock or shell pad left behing which might be good for....  Read More
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Response by Captain Paul
July 27 at 5:23pm
Tiger Shoal wells
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ M-12~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name Latitude Longitude

Mound 01 29 26.4423 N 092 06.2012 W

Mound 02 29 25.6454 N 092 05.6919 W

Mound 03 29 25.2642 N 092 06.2803 W

Mound 04 29 24.9089 N 092 06.7305 W

Mound 05 29 24.5624 N 092 06.9185 W

Mound 06 29 24.3068 N 092 06.8940 W

Mound 07 29 23.8647 N 092 06.7358 W

Mound 08 29 23.3362 N 092 07.1958 W

Mound 09 29 23.0718 N 092 07.2305 W

Tiger 01 29 26.8278 N 092 11.6187 W

Tiger 02 29 26.9014 N 092 11.7817 W

Tiger 03 29 26.8883 N 092 11.5396 W

Tiger 04 29 26.9187 N 092 10.3965 W

Tiger 06 29 26.6199 N 092 10.5898 W

Tiger 07 29 26.7021 N 092 10.1196 W

Tiger 08 29 26.3384 N 092 11.7026 W

Tiger 09 29 26.0828 N 092 11.5298 W

Tiger 10 29 25.9745 N 092 11.2822 W

Tiger 11 29 26.2733 N 092 10.1294 W

Tiger 12 29 26.5203 N 092 09.0806 W

Tiger 13 29 26.0741 N 092 09.5410 W

Tiger 14 29 26.7802 N 092 04.7271 W

Tiger 15 29 26.9534 N 092 04.8853 W

Tiger 17 29 27.0312 N 092 04.8359 W

Tiger 18 29 26.7931 N 092 04.8457 W

Tiger 19 29 26.7844 N 092 04.5044 W

Tiger 20 29 26.8927 N 092 04.6924 W

Tiger 21 29 26.5852 N 092 04.7915 W

Tiger 22 29 26.2733 N 092 04.7964 W

Tiger 23 29 26.0741 N 092 05.1079 W

Tiger 24 29 26.3470 N 092 05.1523 W

Tiger 25 29 26.0698 N 092 06.3301 W

Tiger 26 29 26.3773 N 092 04.1431 W

Tiger 27 29 26.4727 N 092 03.7080 W

Tiger 28 29 26.8711 N 092 03.9355 W

Tiger 28 29 26.6459 N 092 04.0146 W

Tiger 29 29 27.1829 N 092 03.4014 W

Tiger 30 29 27.8237 N 092 04.2520 W

Tiger 31 29 26.8104 N 092 03.3418 W

Tiger 33 29 27.7112 N 092 03.7476 W

Tiger 34 29 28.8455 N 092 04.0542 W

Tiger 35 29 27.9883 N 092 03.1440 W

Wreck 01 29 26.4769 N 092 04.4995 W

Wreck 02 29 24.2634 N 092 01.0312 W

Wreck 03 29 27.9796 N 092 05.0142 W

Wreck 04 29 23.4315 N 092 06.6963 W

Wreck 05 29 28.4905 N 092 06.6860 W

Wreck 06 29 22.5908 N 092 03.7178 W

Wreck 07 29 28.5511 N 092 07.5767 W

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Captain Paul
July 23 at 9:14pm

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