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General in Leeville / Golden Meadow in Southeast Louisiana
I hear that there is a push to ban certain ammunition. Why can't a law abiding citizen own whatever they want?????? where is the harm??????????I own guns and ammo and never shot anyone and don't think I will ever have to, but why can't I buy what gun or ammo that I just want even if its only to look at? Please forward to all congress people if you agree. mike
March 03 at 6:58pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Louisiana
Capt Paul please give detailed instruction to get GPS coordinates off Google earth///I would like to find points in Delocroix and Hopedale areas and put them in my Lowerance HDS7 touchscreen as waypoints Thanks in advance
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Response by Captain Paul
February 13 at 5:03pm
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tiger ~

Ok Mike, there are two ways of completing your mission. I suggest that you try both and see which one works best for your unit and your piece of mind. Both require a two part operation on your part.

Either way, you should do the first part for either of the options.

First, get a SPARE data card that will be used to ONLY make data transfers from your computer to the GPS unit. Place it in the unit and turn the unit on and change any function in the unit. Remove the card and bring it to your computer.

Then make a folder in the Google Earth client window (c: program files/google/googleEarth/client/MY GPS points). Name it something like my GPS points.

This will be the location where you save the Google “Places”. They will go to the general CLIENT file, so you may have to “move” them in to the proper GPS named folder.

Open the Google Earth program and In the VIEW link, select Tool Bar and Sidebar by checking the links. This will allow you to see a bar on the left side of the screen as well as a toolbar at the top of the view.

The waypoints will appear in the PLACES box in that bar. Organize it to your taste.

Google Earth can record and save the places in a variety of position formats. I suggest that you use the Degrees and Decimal minutes (DDD,MM.mmm) as this is usually the default setup for your GPS unit. If it is not, change it to this setting in the Google Earth Options / 3D View in the Show Lat/Long settings. They also use a WGS84 DATUM in plotting and displaying their mapping images. It is a locked in setting that you are not able to change in the Google Earth program. Your GPS system should be set to the same WGS 84 datum setting. Both categories must agree in both the position format and the DATUM settings.

Google Earth saves the positions as an .kml or a .kzm. files. These files will be the ones that you convert and transfer to the computer then to your GPS unit.

Zoom in the Google Earth program and mark your places (waypoints)

Mark and save your positions by using the ADD PLACEMARK icon link or by using the Control + shift + S key strokes.

Save your locations as a Placemark (waypoint) one at a time. You can select color of the map pins by using the right click of the mouse in the Waypoints box and selecting the PROPERTIES button.

After all of the waypoints are saved and moved into the MY GPS file you are ready to make the transfer.

Select the location where you want the data to go (MyDocuments or My Library/GPS WAYPOINTS/HOMEDALE (or DELACROIX) whichever is appropriate for the area you converted. Copy the Google Client file to that location,

Part Two

On the web, go to www.GPSBabel.org and start the download by clicking on the link. It is a FREE data internet download. Install an icon on your desk top for the program.

Open the Babel program and select the INPUT format as Google KML and select the Google place file where you placed it in the Program files/google/googleEarth/client/MYGPS/Delecroix (or Hopedale) folder. All of the Google Earth place locations you marked should be in that one folder.

Indicate that file in the Babel program. Click the WAYPOINTS box in the Babel Program and then select the Lowrance or the Lowrance version 4 for the file type depending on what version of Lowrance software your unit is running. Try the Version 4 first.

Click the OK. The data your place marks should all be converted to Lowrance .usr waypoints and should me in the appropriate folder.

Now copy the converted file to the spare memory card. In doing so, you may want to rename it or use the full name. Place the memory card in your GPS unit and using the MENU features in that unit, transfer the data from the data card into the internal waypoint memory. All of the waypoints should appear as overlays on what ever mapping program you may have.

Another Option.

If the unit does NOT recognize the file, you will have to use the Lowrance data program called INSIGHT PLANNER. It is a “For Sale” item on the Lowrance web site. Check out the Mapping links, or search the site for INSIGHT Planner. You will note that Lowrance offers several type of supplemental mapping that you may be interested in, including Insight Topographical maps. I like this type of mapping, as I believe that it shows the Louisiana coastal marshes with much better detail than some of the other mapping versions.

The INSIGHT PLANNER can read Google KMZ files so it saves you the trouble of having to use the Babel program. However it is a good idea to download and install the Babel program in your computer is it is a great tool for converting waypoints, tracks and routes from one manufacturer’s format to another.

From there, open the Lowrance INSIGHT PLANNER, and click on the TRANSFER button then the IMPORT then the FILE ON DISK then the GOOGLE EARTH option. If the Babel copy you first tried did not work on the memory card, you can select the Lowrance .usr file to import into the Insight Planner. If you by passed the Babel option, simply select the GOOGLE file option and import it into the Insight program.

Once there you can delete and add additional waypoints, combine several locations together and when finished you can EXPORT the USR file by selecting the TRANSFER/ EXPORT/ File on Disk and save it to the spare memory card. This program offers you several of the older versions of the USR format. You may have to experiment which version will work in your newer unit.

Contact me if you need any additional help.

~ Captain Paul ~
February 13 at 11:39am
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Fishing in Louisiana
Who has been to the Biloxi boat show this year How is it?????? give comments///
February 06 at 4:27pm
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General in Louisiana
Since the Saints are home now Does anyone care who wins the game today????????????
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February 01 at 4:40pm
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Opinions & Responses in Southeast Louisiana
SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST NOT NICE Went out to the rigolets for a lil boat ride it got dark so we went over to some piers with lights no one out so I started tossing a lure at popping shrimp//picked up a few small specks tossed them back. Moved over to one pier (no one there so did the same/ someone came out so I said to him let me know if I get to close His reply was If I can see you than you....  Read More
September 26, 2014 at 4:08pm
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Public Lands in Louisiana
It has been years that I have hunted in bucktail campground just out of homer La. Anyone been there lately? looking to go. info wanted
November 05, 2014 at 7:28pm
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General in Southeast Louisiana
I am looking to Capt Paul or Anyone else that could give advice on how to use my new HDS touchscreen 7. The book is hard to understand// I was used to a small garmin but wanted something better Don't know where to get instruction/////
January 01 at 9:18am
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General in Louisiana
Whats Your opinion???? To cast further with a spinning reel and rod what is more important the reel the rod or the line used?????
December 27, 2014 at 2:29pm
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Captain Paul - GPS Info in Southeast Louisiana
Please Capt. explain why or what advantage is your edge program. I just got a new lowrance hds and I am thinking about your edge program. How hard is it to put in my new lorance? how does it work ect Some info to make a good decision please/////mike
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Response by Captain Paul
July 15, 2014 at 8:35pm
EDGE for your GPS unit
~ Captain Paul's response to: ~ Mike the Tigre ~

The CAPTAIN PAUL’S FISHING EDGE OF GPS WAYPOINTS programs are positions (waypoints) that are written in a computer language that is recognized by the various GPS consumer systems. These waypoints are designed to give you an “Edge” on getting to and fishing various fishing areas in the coastal marshes. They are sold exclusively as a download from the Louisiana Sportsman’s OUTDOOR STORE. They are lat~long positions that can be transferred into your GPS unit.

In order to transfer the data from the download into your GPS unit, you will need the data transfer program offered by the manufactures. Lowrance offers their INSIGHT PLANNER on their web site (www.lowrance.com) as a “For Sale” download. The Insight Planner allows you to exchange tracks, waypoints, and routes between your PC and your GPS unit via a spare memory card.

The data is transferred in computer language that your GPS will understand. All of the positions are transferred as overlays to what ever mapping program you may have installed in your GPS unit. After the installation, the waypoints will show up in an index and as named positions on the maps.

It is necessary that you specify your correct GPS system as the waypoint language is generally not the same for difference unit brands.

The Edge consists of mainly fishing locations supplemented by key intersections of canals and other navigation points.

It IS NOT A MAP that can be installed in your GPS unit.

Captain Paul
July 14, 2014 at 12:37pm
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Recipes in Southeast Louisiana
please let me be sure we can stil shrimp if we can find them in lake borgne/ biloxi marsh areas.i am still looking to fish for bait but not to get a ticket
July 15, 2013 at 11:11am
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Opinions & Responses in Southeast Louisiana
Went to rigolets 40 crickets at lake catherene marina just us and one other/// fished gohagan first the some ponds along rigolets //same story everwhere Bass was the bite with a red here and there// where was da specks?????????? I know Henery P found them on causeway Check out Trophy Trout Charters
December 12, 2014 at 10:04am
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General in Lake Pontchartrain / Northshore in Southeast Louisiana
Me and a bud are going to lake Borgne in da AM anyone else going??? will launch at lake Catherine Marina aprox 6 am anyone want to share spots or how you are doing call mike 985 893 2770 will do the same for you Good luck to all
October 15, 2014 at 7:50pm
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General in Southeast Louisiana
Do any of you all have problem with your line and cork getting tangled up when you are transporting you boat down the hwy. I do but a friend solves that problem easily He uses a hair clip(sort looks like a spider ) and just clip around cork and rod. No more tangled rods//////////Thanks to my friend Henry P. senior and one hell of a fisherman too/////////////
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October 12, 2014 at 11:30am
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Events & Announcements in Southeast Louisiana
Just completed renovating my Aluminum Bay Boat. It only took me 6 months! but it was worth all the effort. Sandblasted, painted, all new steering, jack plate, new electronics, hand-made leaning post and seat stitched by my wonderful wife! Sport Trail made my new trailer to perfection. I plan to name it MARSH MASTER- what do ya'll think of that? Just in time for some slime.
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October 03, 2014 at 6:48pm
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General in Southeast Louisiana
Has anyone had this problem? I have an03 115hp four stroke yahama an the tach is giving false readings at times sometime and most of the time it reads proper RPM but every once in a while it reads off (more RPM's than the engine is running but the goes back to normal Don't know why engine runs fine though///// Any oppinions?????????
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September 22, 2014 at 4:04pm
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General in Southeast Louisiana
Just learned about a law on the books. Since I am not as young as some I decided that to buy me a small winch to pull in my 16 ft trawl. well no go according to lwdf /you are required to have a TED on a net that is pulled in by mechanical means. My question who makes these laws? It would be reasonable for commercial but for recreational seems far fetched. Also as I am thinking I have seen....  Read More
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August 23, 2014 at 12:40pm
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General in Louisiana
Thinking of going to grand isle with my boat in sept any good places to stay at reasonable rates?????????
August 12, 2014 at 12:26pm
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General in Southeast Louisiana
WHO USES A LOWRANCE GPS? I am looking at 7inch model. What model is best for the money ? Hds Elete Chirp Touch screen ect What about imageing?
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July 04, 2014 at 8:53am
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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, 2014 at 6:43pm
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Opinions & Responses in Southeast Louisiana
HAS the WLDF set dates to open white shrimp season in lake borgne or the east side of the river Just looking to pull test trawl for croakers and shrimp
July 26, 2014 at 11:39am

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