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. Download it for free from the iTunes or Google Play stores.

“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.”

Anglers can invite others – via email or text message – to compete against them on any waterbody, for any length of time, for any prize. Battle for bragging rights or make it more interesting …What you compete for is up to you. You make the rules.

Challenge categories include:

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

Download the app for an iPhone HERE.

Download the app for an Android phone HERE.

Note: At this time, tournaments you set up will not be publicly discoverable within the app’s “Competition” page. To promote your tournament and make other anglers aware of it, you will need to invite them — through the app’ “Share” button — via email, text message, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When you post to Social Media channels, be sure to post the actual link to your tournament’s “Enroll” page (and note that people will only be able to access that link when interacting with your post via a smartphone, but not via a tablet or computer). Full tournament-sharing directions listed below in Step # 8.

If you would like to create a tournament that is publicly discoverable via the app’s “Competition” page, contact a GoFree Business Acquisition Manager. In the U.S. email Greg.Huff@navico.com; In Scandinavia, email Jakob.Svensson@navico.com; In Australia and New Zealand, email Daniel.Rodriguez@navico.com; in Europe, email Teddy.Sant@navico.com.

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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.

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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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Lowrance pros have the Insight Genesis advantage in the Bassmaster Classic

Lowrance Pro Randy Howell studies his Insight Genesis map of Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees while competing in the second day of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. (Photo courtesy Cara Harriman)

 

It’s no surprise that 7 of the top 10 anglers contending today to win the Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees’ are Lowrance pros. They’ve all got a competitive advantage – Insight Genesis maps with one-foot contours and a bottom-hardness layer.

“That map is just a big-time, key factor in this Classic,” says 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell, who launched this morning in eight place. “It’s so impressive. I’ve never had the detail nearly as good as this, with the one-foot contours along with the bottom-hardness layer.”

cropped-cropped-genesis-logo2.pngThe Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map layer shows the size and shape of hard-bottom areas like gravel patches, clay slicks and shellbeds, making such areas stick out like “Fish Here!” signs on your contour map. It overlays on top of your contour lines a color-coded representation of the size, shape and location of areas of different bottom hardness – dark orange shows the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next-hardest bottom; tan is the next-hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom areas. Learn more about Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map layers HERE.

“Once you know what type of bottom you’re looking for, you just eliminate a lot of water,” Howell explains. “That way, you’re a lot more efficient. Before, you’re casting all around and you’re hitting a lot of dead water. And now you can target more directly onto where the fish are – the most efficient zone, the strike zone. When you’ve got an 8-hour day, you’ve got to make as many casts in the right place as possible. And that’s what that map does for you. With the shaded colors for the hard, soft and middle, it’s just perfect for what we’re doing.”

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GoFree Hooked app adds catch-location pins to your lake maps, logs catch data, enables live-leaderboard competitions

App Fish Catch Layer-COLLAGEWith GoFree Hooked, our new free fishing app, you can use your smart-phone to log fish-catch details and photos, compete in live-leaderboard tournaments, and populate your Insight Genesis maps with pins marking the locations of the fish you catch — whether you hooked ‘em in your boat, a buddy’s boat, or from shore. What’s more, those pins can be exported later for use in a compatible sonar/GPS unit on the water.

GoFree Hooked creates the first of many planned integrations between maps and apps for the Lowrance and Simrad communities. With this app in hand, not only can you compete against your friends and other fishermen in private and public tournaments, you can also improve your future fishing results by logging catch details and learning why you caught fish where you did.

“From the easy to use interface, to the fun competition feature, the GoFree Hooked app gives anglers the ability to challenge their friends or even challenge others around the world,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “You can decide whether to share your success or keep it private. However you use the app, it is a useful tool to help keep a record of your catches and analyze the results to improve your fishing.”

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Would You Fish This Weed Edge on the Ice?

Sometimes knowing where to drill a hole is key.  It’s simple, big fish troll the weed lines under the ice looking for a meal.    Knowing right where the weed edge is located is key.

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Check out this fantastic Downscan image of a weed edge with some potato chip sunfish hanging out.  This was mapped by an Insight Genesis user looking for weed lines in a local lake.  He found it!

A few pan fish hanging out on the weed line.  Looks like a good place for a bigger fish to fill its belly!

A few pan fish hanging out on the weed line. Looks like a good place for a bigger fish to fill its belly!

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