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The Red River offers anglers with a variety of options, but do your homework because there are few service locations along the pools.

The Red River - This top bass fishery has a lot to offer anglers

Dear Capt. Paul:

Where is the Red River Pool? Do you have a GPS coordinate for it?

May 05 at 10:24am
While GPS units are great, you should never rely solely on that technology when in the field.

Use your GPS while turkey hunting

Turkey hunters who own handheld GPS units have a great advantage over other hunters.

Handheld units have a big advantage over smartphones in that they are designed around the GPS module and do not add the GPS feature as an afterthought.

April 08 at 8:30am

Get the most out of your GPS

Hardly a month goes by without me getting a question about how to transfer GPS waypoints from one unit to a newer model or what to do when a GPS unit has crashed.

March 07 at 6:00pm
You can transfer navigation routes from your iPhone to an HDS unit, if you know the steps.

From app to onboard GPS unit

Dear Capt. Paul:

I run the Lowrance HDS-2 with the Navionics card, on my boat and I have the Navionics boating app on my iPhone.

February 08 at 9:00am

Grey Duck Lake is Bay Courant

Dear Capt. Paul:

Can you provide the coordinates for Little Grey Duck Lake and Grey Duck Lake in the Golden Meadow/Catfish Lake Area?

Respeckter

January 08 at 9:00am
If you can, purchase all the accessories you might need when you buy a GPS unit — you might not be able to find cables and transfer programs down the road.

Get accessories for your GPS unit now

I have been getting more and more requests to assist readers with finding parts and accessories for their GPS units.

December 07, 2015 at 4:58pm
There are many fish-rich targets off the southeast Louisiana coast.

Venice offshore platform fishing

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am a native of Louisiana currently living in Texas. I have a Texas registered 28-foot boat with twin 300-horsepower Verados with joystick steering.

I want to tow the boat to Venice to take my uncle fishing offshore for tuna. I’m looking for Thunder Horse, Diana and Hoover coordinates, if you have them.

November 03, 2015 at 9:30pm
Google Earth is a great tool if you know how to get the information to your GPS.

How to transfer Google Earth data to your GPS

Dear Capt. Paul:

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 GPS Babel gives me. 

The Truck Man

October 07, 2015 at 4:40am
There are many Lake Borgne and Bay Eloi waypoints included in Captain Paul’s Fishing Edge.

Removed platform sites can be great fishing locations

Dear Capt. Paul:

I am looking for coordinates of shell pads that might exist in Lake Borgne and around Bay Eloi.

Any old rig pads, old islands or points, etc. would be great.

Thanks. 

September 03, 2015 at 3:45pm
(Left to right) Katie McAdam, Rachel Lang and Joelle Lorenzo wanted to get one last fishing trip in before heading off to college. They caught these snappers out of Venice.

Determining GPS courses

Dear Capt. Paul:

Recently, a skipper of a vessel put a waypoint into the GPS, and the display showed the direction and distance to that point, but it is not the same as the course to steer plotted on the chart.

Why is this? What would cause this?

- CS

August 07, 2015 at 11:00am
Sharing GPS data means both units have to be set to use the same position and datum settings.

Position format is important

Dear Capt. Paul,

I have some coordinates directly from a buddy’s GPS, but they are not bringing me to the same location as his GPS? Is there more than one way to measure/input coordinates? What are we missing here? Why won’t they work?

July 06, 2015 at 5:00pm
Hog Island is now little more than a reef southwest of Battledore reef.

Hog Islands

Dear Capt. Paul,

By any chance do you have the latitude-longitude coordinates for a place called Hog Island? I used to fish it some 30 years ago.

June 08, 2015 at 9:00am

It’s springtime again

Dear Capt. Paul:

I have heard of a place called the Midnight Lump out of Venice that is supposed to be a great spot for line-breaking tuna and other big sport fishing, but I can’t find the location on any on my charts or maps.

Are the lumps protruding above the water surface or are they just underwater features? If they are only under water, how do you anchor around them?

Will 200 feet of anchor line be enough?

Thanks, John

May 07, 2015 at 4:15pm
You can use Google Earth to get you to and from your favorite fishing hotspots, if you know how to make the data transfers from the web to your GPS.<br />

Google Earth placemarks to GPS waypoints

Dear Capt. Paul:

Can you please give detailed instruction to get GPS coordinates off Google Earth? I would like to find points in Delacroix and Hopedale areas, and put them in my Lowrance HDS7 touch screen as waypoints.

Thanks in advance. 

Mike

April 08, 2015 at 9:00am
Knowing the original datum is essential to locating that hotspot your buddy shared with you.

Getting the correct datum is important

Dear Capt. Paul:

In several of your articles I have read, you mentioned that the GPS coordinates were in NAD 27. I have a Garmin mapping program and in the properties are 11 NAD 27 settings. Would you be referring to NAD 27 Central?

I know this is a stupid question , but I just want to be sure and not assume anything. 

Rk

March 05, 2015 at 3:00pm
The basic maps that come with GPS units will definitely get you where you want to go, but there are better options out there.

Maps and charts for your GPS unit

I hear that many of you received new GPS unit from Santa. About this time you have probably installed the unit in your boat and maybe even tried it out.

February 05, 2015 at 11:00am