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Northwest Islands

Submerged islands provide good fishing
August 07, 2013 at 9:00am
Anglers were all smiles when they learned the Pickets wouldn’t be removed.

The Pickets

To be or not to be! That is the question
July 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Freemason Island is noted on NOAA maps as a shoal, but it’s actually a spit of sand that sticks above the water — most of the time.

Freemason Island

Barrier island disappearing before our eyes
June 05, 2013 at 9:00am
The Mardi Gras rig is a favored trout hotspot for anglers heading out of Cocodrie during the summer.

Correct coordinates needed:

Mardi Gras and EnStar rigs
May 06, 2013 at 9:00am
Having an older GPS go down usually means purchasing a new unit, since only the manufacturers work on them — and might <br />
no longer support some models.

Data card dilemma

GPS unit not reading mapping program files
April 08, 2013 at 9:00am
The Sackett Bank — or the Midnight Lump, as it is most-often called — offers predatory fish easy feeding opportunities. That makes the Lump a great fishing spot.

Finding and fishing the Midnight Lump

March 06, 2013 at 9:00am
Navigating to your favorite hunting spot repeatedly can create a mess of trails on a GPS screen, so it’s important to know how to save these routes.

Understanding tracks and routes

Garmin BaseCamp software
January 04, 2013 at 9:00am
Yellowfin hotspots abound off the Louisiana coast, and the Mississippi Canyon area is one of the best.

Yellowfin hotspots

Mississippi Canyon full of rigs
December 01, 2012 at 7:00am
The mouth of the Mississippi River offers some world-class fishing, if you know how to get around.

Marking Pass a Loutre camp sites

November 12, 2012 at 9:00am
Bird Island no longer is visible, but the reef remains and can be a productive fishing location.

The Bird Island that once was

Site is still worth locating
October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Don’t trash waypoints to rigs that have been removed because there could be fish-attracting trash scattered on the bottom of the Gulf.

Lost platform

Missing rig could be valuable fishing site
September 01, 2012 at 7:00am
Jahncke’s Ditch and Reef were favorite fishing areas back in the 1950s, but there were some danger zones.

Jahncke’s Ditch and Reef

August 06, 2012 at 10:00am
The sulphur mines scattered along the coast provide some great fishing — if you know how to find them.

Sulphur mine options abound

GPS locations for four fishing hotspots
July 02, 2012 at 7:00am