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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
Using GPS positions accurately means understanding how to enter them into your unit.

Confused by GPS settings

Datum settings different than position format
June 27, 2012 at 11:30am
You can spend all your time changing out GPS chips to have the best maps, or you can use that time to fish.

High quality maps for your GPS unit

Google Earth-type maps aren’t worth the effort
May 01, 2012 at 4:16pm
Be sure your GPS is not on the simulator mode to ensure you are able to use it effectively.

GPS says OFF

What could be the cause?
April 01, 2012 at 7:00am
The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is not a place you want to be caught fishing.

Don’t get LOOPed in

Restricted area worth avoiding
March 01, 2012 at 3:30pm
This visual shows the difference between the two positions using different datum settings in the GPS unit. The aerial images are photo maps of a park in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Blind datum

Use the correct one, or miss your mark
February 01, 2012 at 7:00am

Engineers Canal

Will the real one please stand up?
December 01, 2011 at 2:21pm
If you’re on hot bird action, and you send the location to your buddy, he’d better enter the numbers using the same datum you’re using.

What gives?

Same numbers result in different location
November 01, 2011 at 12:08pm
Snake Island was once a significant feature in Black Bay, but it succumbed to erosion.

Snake Island now just a reef

August 30, 2011 at 2:05pm