Mapping pioneer wins Lowrance HDS Gen3 in 2015 Insight Genesis Canada Challenge

Jason Behm of Massey, Ontario, won the 2015 Insight Genesis Canada Challenge. In this photo, he is displaying a fish he caught on bottom structure he found with Insight Genesis mapping.

In a close competition, Jason Behm of Massey, Ontario, won the 2015 Insight Genesis Canada Challenge, sponsored by Lowrance, GoFree and The Fishin’ Hole retail stores. For mapping the most acres of lake bottoms in Canada with GoFree’s Insight Genesis custom-mapping technology between June and September, Behm has won a Lowrance HDS-7 Gen3 sonar/GPS unit and LSS Structure Scan transducer.

“Thanks Insight Genesis!” Behm said. “In my area, lake maps are few and far between, so scanning and creating your own charts with Insight Genesis is great. You can cover your favorite spots and find new ones to fish.”

Canada-Challenge-logo-screengrabOn the Canadian Shield, “where most lakes are full of rock shoals,” Behm says, “a good map helps you to avoid expensive motor repairs or bad accidents.” Insight Genesis maps also help you catch more and bigger fish.

“I have mapped some old favorite fishing spots to see what makes them great and now I can see why and fish those spots more effectively,” Behm explains.  “You can see the shoals, drop offs and the elusive mid-lake humps, and know the shape and size of them, as well as where your boat is in relation to them, which helps you make the right cast.”

Not only is Insight Genesis a great tool for finding and catching more fish, Behm says, it’s easy to use. Continue reading

GoFree helps SeaNav go hands free

SeaNav-iconPocket Mariner’s GoFree-enabled, Apple Watch-integrated SeaNav AR app brings to your wrist live course, layline and buoy information to aid navigation, as well as AIS targets and Simrad, Lowrance and B&G waypoints.

“So you can be anywhere on your boat, up to 10 meters away, and just glance at your wrist and see your speed, course, distance to next waypoint, time to next waypoint and AIS targets, among other things,” explains Steve Bennett, CEO of Pocket Mariner, developer of the SeaNav AR app. “It gives you more leisure time, so you can relax on your boat without having to be in front of your instruments the whole time.”

SeaNav’s Apple Watch integration and augmented reality camera view can use a GoFree wireless connection to pull info from Simrad NSS/NSO evo2, Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen3, and B&G Zeus2 multifunction displays. GoFree’s open-development platform allows 3rd parties like SeaNav and others to develop apps to make the most  of wireless connectivity to Simrad, Lowrance and B&G units. Continue reading

Pro tip: Map all the spots you graph in tournament practice

When you graph potential hot spots in practice for a fishing tournament, you should also map them and waypoint every fish you catch and/or shake-off. Overlaying your waypoints on the Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation layers will help clue you in on a productive pattern and allow you to run that pattern faster and more precisely.


Insight Genesis is GoFree’s innovative software service that anglers use to make custom one-foot contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and to find fish-holding bottom structure not charted on off-the shelf maps, including reefs and shoals, sunken islands and holes, humps and hard-bottom areas, drains and ditches. GoFree, Navico’s newest brand, offers digital marine maps, including Insight Genesis, Lake Insight HD, Lake Insight Pro and others. Continue reading