How to sign up for a free Insight Genesis account: Step-by-step instructions

GoFree-Genesis FB bannerAfter hearing anglers everywhere — including 2016 Bassmaster Classic Champion Edwin Evers — 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 register for a free Insight Genesis account. This article provides easy-to-follow directions to do so.

GoFree’s innovative DIY-mapping service, Insight Genesis empowers anglers to easily create more accurate fishing maps – complete with one-foot contours — of their favorite fishing waters. Custom Insight Genesis maps are created via cloud computing from sonar data recorded with the compatible sonar/GPS unit on your own boat.* GoFree is the newest brand from Navico, parent company of Lowrance, Simrad and B&G.

DuBay-Offshore-Genesis-4-panel-CollageFor tournament anglers especially, 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, be they digital or paper. So when you’re graphing areas to find schools of fish and/or bait, you should be mapping with Insight Genesis too. Mapping those areas will make it much easier to determine where bait and gamefish will move to when/if conditions change between when you are scouting/graphing and when you are fishing — which they almost always do!

Follow these steps to register for a free Insight Genesis account:

  1. Click on this link: http://www.gofreemarine.com/insight-genesis/
  2. Click the “Sign Up” tab in the upper, right-hand corner of the page
  3. Type in the requested information in each blank field
  4. Click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page
  5. Read the Terms of Use
  6. Click the check-box to the left of the phrase “I agree to the Privacy Policy / Terms of Use”
  7. Click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page

Making highly detailed contour maps with Insight Genesis is as easy as recording sonar data with your compatible sonar/GPS unit (AKA “chartplotter” “plotter” or “MFD”) and then uploading your sonar-log files to the Insight Genesis website. A few steps remain to get you up and running to do that. The next step is to register the Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter you use on your boat. You may register as many as four units for Insight Genesis map use. For step-by-step instructions on how to register your sonar/GPS unit(s), read this article.

Record Sonar CollageThe next step is setting up your computer to upload sonar log files. If you are using a PC computer, follow the directions in this article. If you are using a Mac computer, you will not need to set up your computer in advance (however, when you are ready to upload files, you will follow the directions in this article.) The next step is recording sonar logs while on the water. For step-by-step instructions on how to record and upload sonar data, read this article.

To make more accurate maps of your favorite fishing spots, you don’t have to drive back and forth and never wet a line. Rather, you can simply record sonar data every time you go fishing. Over time, you can use Insight Genesis to merge sonar data collected in multiple fishing trips and form a master map, full of detailed, one-foot contour lines that identify fish-holding structure that off-the-shelf maps often don’t show.

New-Blue-scale_Social-Map-blog-CollageOne of the most popular GoFree offerings is the Insight Genesis Social Map, an online treasury of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world. All sonar data aggregated via the Insight Genesis Guntersville Challenge will enhance and improve the free Insight Genesis Social Map chart of Lake Guntersville. (You can download the existing Social Map chart of Guntersville from HERE after first clicking the blue dot on the map).

Community-sourced Insight Genesis sonar data are improving maps for the betterment of anglers and boaters around the world.  Available in both free and premium Insight Genesis subscriptions, Social Map charts are accessible, searchable and available for free download.

The first step to downloading free Insight Genesis Social Map charts is registering for a free Insight Genesis account, which you can do HERE. To learn how to download and use an Insight Genesis Social Map chart on your sonar/GPS unit, read the blog article HERE.

* To use custom Insight Genesis maps on the water, you’ll need a compatible Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter.

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