“You can automatically see the difference!” He exclaimed. “Look at those one-foot contours!”
Having fished Lake Gaston for years, Mike Smedley said thought he knew the North Carolina reservoir “like the back of my hand.” Then he saw the Insight Genesis custom contour map he made with sonar signals recorded with the GPS/chartplotter on his own boat.
“Absolutely incredible!” Smedley exclaimed. “I thought I knew the lake, and I’m finding that I didn’t know it quite as well as I thought I did. And that’s exciting to me. It’s almost like I’m getting a new lake in my backyard.”
Smedley, a Simrad pro-staffer and Old School Fishing Team member, shot a youtube video of the simple steps he took to create his amazingly accurate custom contour map of Lake Gaston with Insight Genesis. An innovative cloud-based service, Insight Genesis offers huge advantages to anglers, cruisers and sailors that use Simrad, Lowrance and B&G GPS/sonar chartplotters on their vessels.
“I find myself fishing parts of my lake that I wouldn’t fish before because I’m finding [things] I didn’t know existed,” Smedley says.
Pointing a finger excitedly at the Insight Genesis map displaying on his Simrad NSS7 chartplotter, he pointed out a hump – an important piece of fish-holding structure – that he had never seen before on any other map. Nearby was a drop-off into deeper water. Near that was an even more intriguing piece of bottom structure.
“I know exactly where I want to be, exactly perfectly set up between the dropoff and the top of the hump,” Smedley explained. “Wait, look at that – a hump on top of a hump!”
“I just can’t believe the accuracy I’m getting,” he said further, pointing a finger again at the map on his screen. “I can troll an umbrella rig – I can get it right between 31 and 32 feet – and I can follow this contour exactly and keep it perfectly in there without snagging. What an incredible tool. I can keep myself in the most efficient water just by ticking the bottom without snagging, all day long.”
“That’s a striped bass troller’s dream, for sure,” he added. “Walleye guys, lake trout guys, salmon guys – this is one of the most important tools you could put on your boat.”
Watch Smedley’s Insight Genesis instructional video below. (Blog post continues below video player)
You can harness the power of Insight Genesis for yourself with a free account or a Premium subscription. With either, you can create, use and save unlimited custom and Social Map charts online; contribute sonar data; create, edit and store waypoints; manually adjust water-level offsets; and analyze weather trends. As a Premium subscriber, you can also create unique bottom-hardness and vegetation-location maps, and can choose to mark your maps as private for personal use only. No matter which option you choose, your trails, waypoints and other personal data are always kept private.
An online database of contour maps generated and shared by the Lowrance community, Social Map allows you to quickly and effortlessly get detailed contour maps of waters close to home, across the country, and around the globe. Built on a base layer of existing contour charts, Social Map refreshes itself in near real-time with sonar data shared by the Insight Genesis community, revealing new fishing holes for anglers in never-before-seen detail. Learn more about Social Map in the video below:
To register for a FREE Insight Genesis account and see Social Map for yourself, visit the website at https://insightstore.navico.com/genesis
* To use your custom Insight Genesis maps on the water, you’ll need a Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter from this list. https://insightstore.navico.com/supported-products