Go fishing on Guntersville to WIN a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3

Guntersville Challenge Collage RECTANGLEWant to WIN a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3 sonar/GPS unit? Love fishing for bigguns on Lake Guntersville? Be the first to log and upload 10,000 acres of sonar data on Guntersville and the Gen3 will be yours. Details in the poster below.

GoFree’s innovative cloud-based service, Insight Genesis empowers anglers to create custom fishing maps from sonar data recorded with a compatible Lowrance sonar unit on their own boats.* GoFree is the newest brand from Navico, parent company of Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. For tournament anglers, Insight Genesis is a game-changer. No other mapping program is better at helping you find and fish “the juice,” the spot on the spot, like shell beds, hard-to-soft-bottom transitions areas, and off-shore humps and ledges that don’t appear on other maps. So when you’re graphing to win, you should be mapping with Genesis. Continue reading

How to find and enroll in a GoFree Hooked app fishing tournament

Ready to compete agains other anglers in real-time, live-leaderboard fishing tournament? Download the free GoFree Hooked fishing app and search for a competition on a waterbody near you. This article will provide step-by-step directions to do just that.

“One of the most unique aspects of Hooked is the competition feature,” says Greg Konig, Executive Vice President at Navico, which owns the GoFree, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G marine brands. “Once you’ve entered a tournament, you can see who’s in first and what you need to catch to win.”

Competition categories include:

  • Biggest Fish
  • Best Five-Fish* Limit (*Limit number is customizable)
  • Combined Weight of All Fish Caught
  • Combined Length of All Fish Caught

The  easiest way to learn about and enroll in a GoFree Hooked app live-leaderboard tournament is to receive an email or text message from a fishing buddy who is hosting a tournament (To learn how to host your own tournament, click HERE). If you get a competition invite, simply click the included link from your iOS or Android smartphone. If you don’t land immediately on the competition’s home page, you’ll need to first download the GoFree Hooked app (it’s free) and then register for a free GoFree account, by entering your email address and choosing a password and screen name.

Download the app for an iPhone HERE.

Download the app for an Android phone HERE.

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Host and hold live-leaderboard-style fishing tournaments with the GoFree Hooked app

hooked-ChallengeWaterReady to challenge other anglers in real-time, live-leaderboard fishing competitions? Battle for braggin’ rights with fishing buddies or organize your own tournament for all comers with the new GoFree Hooked fishing app. After you download the app for free from the iTunes or Google Play stores, follow the step-by-step instructions in this article to set up your own competitions and invite participants.

Download the app for an iPhone HERE.

Download the app for an Android phone HERE.

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How to download the GoFree Hooked fishing app, sign up and sign in

Text Invite to Hooked App tourney

Did you get a text, email or Social Media message inviting you to compete in a GoFree Hooked live-leaderboard fishing competition? Sounds fun, right? Before you can enroll and compete, you’ll first need to download the GoFree Hooked fishing app on your smartphone, then sign up for a GoFree account and sign in. Good news — it’s all free, it’s available for both iOS and Android phones, and it’s easy to use.

This article provides step-by step directions for finding GoFree Hooked from the app store, downloading it, registering for a GoFree account and signing into the app prior to using it to log fish catches and compete in a live-leaderboard fishing tournament. For step-by-step directions on finding and enrolling in public GoFree Hooked tournaments, read this article. For instructions on how to set up and host a tournament, and invite competitors, read this article. Continue reading

How to install the Insight Genesis Upload Tool on a PC

After hearing anglers everywhere — including 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell — talking about how much easier it is to find and catch fish using Insight Genesis custom contour maps, you’re likely asking yourself “How do I get in on this?”

Log Upload OptionsThe first step to creating your own custom Insight Genesis contour maps* is to record sonar logs created from the soundings from the transducer on your own boat (Click HERE to learn how to do that). The second step is to register for a free Insight Genesis account (Click HERE to do that). The third step is to upload your recorded sonar logs to the Insight Genesis cloud for review in your Insight Genesis dashboard. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that on a PC computer. Mac people will use the Web Upload tool — to learn how, click HERE.

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How to record Insight Genesis sonar logs with a Lowrance sonar/GPS unit

Record Sonar CollageAfter hearing anglers everywhere — including 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell — talking about how much easier it is to find and catch fish using Insight Genesis custom contour maps, you’re likely asking yourself “How do I get in on this?”

The first step to creating your own custom Insight Genesis contour maps is to record sonar logs created with the soundings from the transducer on your own boat. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that with compatible* Lowrance sonar/GPS units.

Repeat the process detailed below every hour to 90 minutes on the water. Genesis servers can more quickly process 6 one-hour files than one 6-hour file. Continue reading

How to download a FREE Insight Genesis map from the “Promo Uploads” tab

Promo Uploads ImageFrom time to time, GoFree and Lowrance make available for download FREE highly detailed, custom Insight Genesis contour charts. This article will teach you how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.

Insight Genesis helps anglers find fish fast by offering them free downloads of community-sourced contour charts from Insight Genesis Social Map, enabling them to create their own custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, and helping them discover and dissect potential tournament-winning “sweet spots” that don’t show up on off-the-shelf marine maps. GoFree is the newest brand under the Navico umbrella, joining Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, to which Insight Genesis maps are exclusive.

The game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness layer shows anglers the location, size and shape of fish-holding hard-bottom to soft-bottom transition areas – dark orange areas are the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom spots. The vegetation layer maps out exactly where the lake’s submerged vegetation is growing, making it easy to locate deep weedlines and grass on flats and humps.

To learn how to download a FREE Insight Genesis contour chart from the “Promo Uploads” tab on the Insight Genesis dashboard, click “Read More” below.

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