The giant lobster in the photo weighs nearly 12 pounds and is estimated to be a whopping 70 years old, reports the Huffington Post. Biologist Forrest Galante, 26, caught the extra-large lobster while freediving near Anacapa Island on Oct. 6, according to the report.
Just as lobsters and crawfish (crayfish, crawdads, mud bugs, etc) look similar, they share another trait too — they live on and around offshore hard-bottom areas. That’s a big part of why “a bass loves a hard spot,” as explained by 2014 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Greg Hackney, who uses Lowrance electronics to help find and catch giants and win tournaments. (Caught any giants yourself? Post your photos on the Insight Genesis Facebook page!)
We can’t say for sure how Galante found the spot where the giant lobster lived, but we’re confident that you can find offshore hard-bottom areas where big bass are likely to bite a craw-imitating bait by using an Insight Genesis custom contour map in conjunction with your Lowrance StructureScan and 2D sonar.
Insight Genesis is an innovative service that empowers anglers to make custom contour charts of un-mapped and poorly mapped bodies of water, as well as precisely determine, define, dial in, and dissect small spot-on-the-spot areas on well-mapped waters. The Insight Genesis bottom-hardness layer – an optional map layer that can be turned on or off while fishing — helps anglers pattern offshore bass more quickly and efficiently.
“Now we’ll be able to just run the whole lake and be able to see ‘Oh, they’re on this type of hard spot in this type of water,” [and] I’ll be able to run down the lake and hit every spot like that,” Hackney said upon being introduced to the Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map layer for the first time. “We used to have to go through trial and error and go fish an area and figure it out.”
Fishing success stands on three essential legs – superior sonar imagery, outstanding StructureScan views, and the most detailed contour maps available. Most anglers already know Lowrance dominates in the first two categories. Word is starting to get out about Insight Genesis.
With an Insight Genesis map of your favorite body of water, not only do you get a bottom-hardness map layer, you also get a vegetation map layer and one-foot contours that clearly show fish-holding bottom structure like humps, holes, saddles and shelves, etc. No other mapping program provides a similar three-layered fish-finding system via a cloud-based program that allows you to also download other anglers’ shared maps of lakes you fish and keep all your map data secret and private, if you choose to.
Finding a “spot on the spot” has never been easier than it is with Insight Genesis. With both an Insight Genesis map and StructureScan on your Lowrance HDS unit, you’ll be able to easily find and fish hard-bottom areas and — even better — areas where a hard bottom transitions to a soft bottom.
Finding transition zones with Insight Genesis
Before Insight Genesis, the best way to find hard spots and transition zones between them and softer-bottom areas was to keep an eye on your sonar screen, watching for a thick, yellow band (indicator of a hard bottom) giving way to a thinner yellow band with more red and blue below it (as shown in the image to the right). But that method provides only a snapshot of the transition area directly under and around the boat, but gives few clues to the transition zone’s size or shape.
“Before, I would have to spend hours fishing, dragging a bait around to figure out where those places were,” Hackney says.
An Insight Genesis map, however, provides the angler a bottom-composition map layer onto which you can overlay your one-foot contour lines and waypoints. This makes it much easier to find and catch fish from transition zones, because you can see exactly where those areas are, how big or small they are, and position your boat perfectly to make repeated, pinpoint casts to the strike zone.
This is something fishing pros like Hackney do regularly to win tournaments. You can do the same easily now with Insight Genesis, because it allows you to see your boat’s position on the map in relation to the location of the bottom-hardness transition zones. Those areas are clearly identified by shapes of different colors – dark orange is the hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; the cream color is a softer bottom; and where there is no colored area and the blue base map shows, those are the softest-bottom areas in the water body.
When you pair Insight Genesis with Lowrance StuctureScan and 2D sonar, there’s no better system for locating and catching fish on and around structure, cover and bottom-composition transition zones.
Learn more about Insight Genesis and the benefits of superior fishing maps in this Greg Hackney video: