Insight Genesis bottom-hardness, vegetation, map layers help Skeet, Edwin, find fish fast

Skeet-Cross-CollageIn the videos below, Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers show off the game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers. These innovative fish-finding tools, Skeeet says, are “totally different than anything we’ve seen before.”

With its bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers, Insight Genesis is “giving us a lot more tools to break down a lake” faster, Skeet says. “It’s pretty cool,” he says. “Insight Genesis is allowing us to be a lot more efficient on the water.”

Edwin agrees.

“It’s going to be so helpful today, to be able to break this lake down in a hurry,” he says. “It’s going to be a big, big, huge help. I think it’s going to be a big factor today. … It will really help me formulate a game plan.”

Skeet and Edwin’s observations came prior to launching on Louisiana’s Cross Lake in the second sudden-death round of Major League Fishing’s 2015 Shell Rotella Challenge Cup. All boats in MLF competition are outfitted with Lowrance HDS Gen2 GPS/sonar units loaded with Insight Genesis or Lake Insight HD contour maps. Lake Insight and Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units.

Cross Lake Hard-Bottom Screen Shot

This image shows a zoomed-in view of an Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map of Cross Lake. The dark orange/brown areas show the hardest-bottom areas. As the other colors lighten, they show areas of decreasing bottom hardness.

The image on the right shows a zoomed-in view of an Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map of Cross Lake, where Skeet and Edwin were preparing to compete in the second sudden-death round of the 2015 Shell Rotella Challenge Cup. The dark orange/brown areas show the hardest-bottom areas. As the other colors lighten, they show areas of decreasing bottom hardness. Savvy anglers use these Insight Genesis bottom-hardness maps to target bass that group up on the transitions between harder- and softer-bottom areas. The map in the image above also shows the size and location of some patches of submerged vegetation growing on hard-bottom areas surrounding a point — talk about a spot-on-a-spot!

Gamefish like bass are most often found on and around cover, structure and bottom-hardness transition areas — and combinations thereof. Anglers can easily locate most cover with the naked eye — such things as fallen trees, shoreline brush, reeds, lily pads, boulders, rockpiles, partially submerged logs, standing timber and docks. And structure — bottom features like humps, drop-offs, points, channel ledges, ridges, flats or submerged road beds – can be found by carefully “graphing” an area with Lowrance StructureScan. But locating submerged vegetation and bottom-hardness transition zones — those areas where a hard bottom gives way to a softer bottom — has always required much trial and error, rather than a single tool. Insight Genesis, however, now makes it easy to locate such spots.

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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. (Image source: http://doctorsonar.com/blogs/educational-articles/12381609-adjusting-lowrance-colorline)

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). And while that method provides a snapshot of the area under and around your boat boat, it gives few clues to the transition zone’s size or shape.

But Insight Genesis creates a map layer that shows you the exact size, shape and locations of hard-bottom and soft-bottom areas – dark orange areas are the hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; pale yellow is a soft bottom. Not only do Insight Genesis maps show you where such areas are located – so you can speed directly to them, rather than slowly idling around searching for them – they also show your boat’s position on the map in relation to them, so you can make repeated, pinpoint casts into the strike zone, that sweet spot most likely to hold fish. Bottom-hardness map layers can be overlaid with one-foot contour lines and waypoints. This makes it much easier to find and catch fish off of bottom-hardness transition areas.

Watch Major League Fishing on the Outdoor Channel, or online

New episodes of Major League Fishing air on the Outdoor Channel on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Re-broadcasts air on the following Sundays and Thursdays, at 2 p.m. and 10 a.m. EST, respectively. To watch an Extended Cast of  a 2015 Challenge Cup competition round, order an MLF Bass Pass from HERE. Extended Cast gives you 50% more in-depth coverage than what MLF broadcasts on the Outdoor Channel. With a BassPass, you get unlimited access to MLF’s entire Extended Cast library for a full year.

Get all the best maps from GoFree

At www.gofreemarine.com, you can purchase and download Lake Insight HD and Lake Insight Pro maps, access your own custom-made Insight Genesis maps, and download FREE contour charts from Insight Genesis Social Map. All that, and much, much more. A one-stop shop for purchasing and downloading marine maps and apps, GoFree offers boaters and anglers access from both their personal computers and a compatible Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS unit on their boat, from the water.

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