Horseshoe Reef a summer hotspot

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Dear Capt. Paul:

Do you have information and GPS coordinates for the Horseshoe Reef in the Lake Pelto area?

Thanks in advance, Mickey


Capt. Paul’s response:

The Horseshoe Reef that I know of is in the area that is by Whiskey Pass near one of The Last Islands (Isles Dernieres).

Last Islands (Isles Dernieres) are made up of several barrier islands. They are, from east to west, East Island, Trinity Island, Whiskey Island and Raccoon Island.

Wine Island was a very small island that was between East Island and Timbalier Islands, and was actually in Terrebonne Bay. It no longer exists.

There is still a NOAA tide station designated as Wine Island that is very near where the island was located, but the island has eroded away as has so much of our coastline. Current NOAA charts also show shoals in the general area where Wine Island was located. Wine Island Pass is now designated near the easternmost end of East Island. The Horseshoe Reef area is about 12 miles west of this location.

The area that I know of called Horseshoe Reef is located in the northwest part of Trinity Island. It is just east of Whiskey Pass on the Lake Pelto side of the island. The reef is actually located at the opening to a cove that is just east of Whiskey Pass, on the north side of Trinity Island. The mouth of the cove at Horseshoe Reef is at or about N29 03.395 x W90 44.521.

Good luck. I have heard that the fishing there is very crowded on the weekends.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are stated as H,DDD,MM.mmm, and were determined using WGS 84 datum. All headings/bearings/ courses are stated in magnetic degrees.

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Capt. Paul Titus has been responding to G.P.S questions on since 2000. He has been fishing and hunting in Louisiana since 1957. Titus holds a USCG license and conducts instruction courses in the use of GPS for private individuals and government agencies.

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