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Anybody know of a website that you can plot coordinates online? Monkey just forced me to buy a GPS for the boat. I found a website that has coordinates for tons of wrecks and rocks off NC, but entering them in is pretty labor intensive, especially when they end up way out of the area/range I plan to fish. Thanks in advance.
 

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Wow..thanks for the quick replies. Didn't have the funds for a Garmin. Bought an Eagle FishElite 480 combo. I've always had Lowrance finders and heard Eagles were pretty much the same thing w/o the price tag. Also picked up a navionics MMC for it that shows contours and a lot of rocks and structure but they aren't labeled with the local names.
 

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Google Maps will also take lat/long coordinates directly. Just plug them into the google maps search box as numbers:

35.71008, -79.03275

returns a spot in the middle of Jordan lake.

If you're building a map of coordinates you can add a label in parenthesis after the coords:

35.71008, -79.03275 (Middle of Jordan Lake)
 

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I uploaded all my inshore and near shore co-ordinates from my map program to Google earth - great way to get a over view of the areas I fish and see any near by "fishy" lookin gspots to check out. I'm not sure if you can do the import with the web based version
 

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We've discussed putting together a google map of boat ramps, piers, bouys, reefs, wrecks, hotspots and other useful NC angling location references. I'm glad to get a start on that kind of map if folks want to share coordinates and descriptions. There's going to be some trial and error to get to the right mix of detail versus clutter which is all good, clean mapping fun...

There is some care to be given about sharing GPS coordinates. While all public waters and all coords shared on the internet are public domain, I don't want to get myself or NCangler.com into the middle of any disputes over "secret spots", and I definitely want to honor the hard work that professional guides do to find their money holes. Same for private property and other areas of questionable access or ownership.

With that in mind, if you want to share a list of coordinates and descriptions you can post them here or send them to me via Private Message/email and I'll see what I can come up with on the rainy and cold days coming in the next few months. Fresh or salt, water-bound or land-bound, doesn't matter. We'll have to find a way to categorize them and use layers or some other selection option to filter to a particular type of location like pier, bouy, ramp, tackle shop, various types of underwater structure (wreck, reef, dropoff, brush pile, hump, submerged island, channel bend, etc...), etc...

It should make life easier if you can provide the data in a one line format separated by commas, like this for decimal coords:

Latitude1, Longitude1, Description1
Latitude2, Longitude2, Description2
etc...

For the moment I'll assume I can find a way to work with decimal or DMS (degree/min/sec) format, so just provide what you've got and we'll see how it goes.

For land-based locations with street addresses where we can take both gps coords or addresses, let's try a form something like this:

Latitude, Longitude, Street, City, State, Zip Code, Description

Don't worry too much if you don't have one or the other of lat/long or street address - we can fill in those blanks over time as we figure out what's important.

I may need to recruit some helpers on the research to fill in the blanks and define categories, but we'll deal with that when the time comes.

Does that sound like something that could work?
 

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Sounds like a great plan.

The mapping program I use (map source), like most GPS units themselves will instantly switch between the three different styles of GPS co-ordinates. Also an important factor is to know what Datum is used in the original number (most units in the USA use WGS 84 but some use WGS 72).
 

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well for those who are interested just let me know and i will send oyu what i have compiled over the last few years and then you can chose what you want to fish and how far out you want to go. when you look at these spots i have all of them you could find just by looking for dive sites and saltwater fishing web sites.so if you want them just let me know and i will set them up so you can see them and send them to your email..
 

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I've always had Lowrance finders and heard Eagles were pretty much the same thing w/o the price tag. Also picked up a navionics MMC for it that shows contours and a lot of rocks and structure but they aren't labeled with the local names.
Hey Red Menance- I'm curious about the detail of your Navionics chip. I have a Freddom Maps chip and I've been a little dissapointed in the detail. The Freedom maps has great contour for land. I bought it thinking that I would get the bottom contours for Jordan and Harris. It has bottom contour for Harris but none for Jordan.

On the plus side I also have the Nauticpath USA chip for the coast and it's pretty impressive it provides location and the names to alot of the wrecks, not to mention the channel markers and other information. One thing that I think is really cool is that it info from Tidal Information buoys that actually shows the depth, current speed, and Direction of tides(Rising or Falling).
 

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Simple first pass map online at http://www.ncangler.com/maps/wrecks-and-ars.html. Thanks to StriperJunkie for some coordinates. The bad news is I don't know if that's really where they are or not - I had to do some calculations on the coords to get google to take them. The good news is it looks like they all found water, so it could be about right.

What's an AR? Should those be different colors than wrecks?
 

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all the ar's that i sent to you were all the man made reefs off the coast. what is really sad is that all that i sent to ya is only part of what i have found and the rest i just hadn't had time to enter them onto the list i sent to ya.
 

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What's an AR? Should those be different colors than wrecks?
AR is an artificial reef. Not all AR's have wrecks on them and many of the ones that do have wrecks also have other man-made structure added to them. Many of the wrecks out there are not official AR's (the state recongized AR's are numberes, ie: AR362, AR402, etc.

In my GPS I have the buoy marked - then I have the wrecks and other district areas of the reef marked as well. If you wanted to keep it simple, I'd recommend using the buoy co-ordinate and make it a differnt color from a stand alone wreck.
 

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Hi All,

First post! (will post in meet and greet as well but this thread is right up my alley!!)

This is a great idea and I would love to help any way I can ( I am programmmer and system administrator by trade).

I use this free (did I mention free) program called easygps for managing and mapping way points,tracks, etc. It can even load data to and from units made by most gps manufacturers. It has several format options for waypoints including decimal degrees, decimal minutes.

I like the google maps idea but I think if you made a kml doc that could be loaded directly into Google Earth, the end result would be much better. I have done this with AWOIS data but would love to run with this.

I envision this turning into not just fishing spots but any place information to help make your trip more productive. In addition to the already mentioned Ramps add bait/tackle shops, cheap accomodations, places to find bait, etc)
 

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The bad news is I don't know if that's really where they are or not - I had to do some calculations on the coords to get google to take them. The good news is it looks like they all found water, so it could be about right.
I zoomed in on Buxton and found that Otho, AR296, and AR298 are all plotted east of the island... in the sound, not the ocean. Is that correct?
 
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