Host and hold live-leaderboard-style fishing tournaments with the GoFree Hooked app

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Ready to challenge other anglers in real-time, live-leaderboard fishing competitions? Battle for braggin’ rights with fishing buddies or organize your own tournament for all comers with the new GoFree Hooked fishing app. After you download the app for free from the iTunes or Google Play stores, follow the step-by-step instructions in this article to set up your own competitions and invite participants.

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How to download the GoFree Hooked fishing app, sign up and sign in

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Download FREE the app for an iPhone HERE.

Download the FREE app for an Android phone HERE.

Did you get a text, email or Social Media message inviting you to compete in a GoFree Hooked live-leaderboard fishing competition? Sounds fun, right? Before you can enroll and compete, you’ll first need to download the GoFree Hooked fishing app on your smartphone, then sign up for a GoFree account and sign in. Good news — it’s all free, it’s available for both iOS and Android phones, and it’s easy to use.

This article provides step-by step directions for finding GoFree Hooked from the app store, downloading it, registering for a GoFree account and signing into the app prior to using it to log fish catches and compete in a live-leaderboard fishing tournament. For step-by-step directions on finding and enrolling in public GoFree Hooked tournaments, read this article. For instructions on how to set up and host a tournament, and invite competitors, read this article. Continue reading

How to install the Insight Genesis Upload Tool on a PC

After hearing anglers everywhere — including 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell — 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?”

Log Upload OptionsThe first step to creating your own custom Insight Genesis contour maps* is to record sonar logs created from the soundings from the transducer on your own boat (Click HERE to learn how to do that). The second step is to register for a free Insight Genesis account (Click HERE to do that). The third step is to upload your recorded sonar logs to the Insight Genesis cloud for review in your Insight Genesis dashboard. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that on a PC computer. Mac people will use the Web Upload tool — to learn how, click HERE.

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How to record Insight Genesis sonar logs with a Lowrance sonar/GPS unit

Record Sonar CollageAfter hearing anglers everywhere — including 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell — 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 record sonar logs created with the soundings from the transducer on your own boat. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that with compatible* Lowrance sonar/GPS units.

Repeat the process detailed below every hour to 90 minutes on the water. Genesis servers can more quickly process 6 one-hour files than one 6-hour file. Continue reading

How to download a FREE Insight Genesis map from the “Promo Uploads” tab

Promo Uploads ImageFrom time to time, GoFree and Lowrance make available for download FREE highly detailed, custom Insight Genesis contour charts. This article will teach you how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.

Insight Genesis helps anglers find fish fast by offering them free downloads of community-sourced contour charts from Insight Genesis Social Map, enabling them to create their own custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, and helping them discover and dissect potential tournament-winning “sweet spots” that don’t show up on off-the-shelf marine maps. GoFree is the newest brand under the Navico umbrella, joining Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, to which Insight Genesis maps are exclusive.

The game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness layer shows anglers the location, size and shape of fish-holding hard-bottom to soft-bottom transition areas – dark orange areas are the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom spots. The vegetation layer maps out exactly where the lake’s submerged vegetation is growing, making it easy to locate deep weedlines and grass on flats and humps.

To learn how to download a FREE Insight Genesis contour chart from the “Promo Uploads” tab on the Insight Genesis dashboard, click “Read More” below.

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Lowrance pros have the Insight Genesis advantage in the Bassmaster Classic

Lowrance Pro Randy Howell studies his Insight Genesis map of Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees while competing in the second day of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. (Photo courtesy Cara Harriman)

 

It’s no surprise that 7 of the top 10 anglers contending today to win the Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees’ are Lowrance pros. They’ve all got a competitive advantage – Insight Genesis maps with one-foot contours and a bottom-hardness layer.

“That map is just a big-time, key factor in this Classic,” says 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell, who launched this morning in eight place. “It’s so impressive. I’ve never had the detail nearly as good as this, with the one-foot contours along with the bottom-hardness layer.”

cropped-cropped-genesis-logo2.pngThe Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map layer shows the size and shape of hard-bottom areas like gravel patches, clay slicks and shellbeds, making such areas stick out like “Fish Here!” signs on your contour map. It overlays on top of your contour lines a color-coded representation of the size, shape and location of areas of different bottom hardness – dark orange shows the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next-hardest bottom; tan is the next-hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom areas. Learn more about Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map layers HERE.

“Once you know what type of bottom you’re looking for, you just eliminate a lot of water,” Howell explains. “That way, you’re a lot more efficient. Before, you’re casting all around and you’re hitting a lot of dead water. And now you can target more directly onto where the fish are – the most efficient zone, the strike zone. When you’ve got an 8-hour day, you’ve got to make as many casts in the right place as possible. And that’s what that map does for you. With the shaded colors for the hard, soft and middle, it’s just perfect for what we’re doing.”

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High School anglers can earn free Lowrance units in new Insight Genesis Varsity Rewards program

Varsity Rewards CollageIn high school? Love to fish? Want to earn a free Lowrance sonar/GPS unit  by going fishing? Register today for the Insight Genesis Varsity Rewards program.

“If you’re a high school angler, I highly suggest that you go to varsityrewards.org and join,” says Laura Ann Foshee, the first-ever female B.A.S.S. High School All American. “You can win prizes … and you can be the best that you can be with your team and by yourself.”

In the Varsity Rewards program, high school anglers earn points redeemable for Lowrance merchandise – from hoodies to HDS fishfinders – simply by recording sonar data while they are fishing and then uploading the files to Insight Genesis, the innovative custom contour map-making service for Lowrance users. One acre of sonar data is worth one point toward a team’s score.

“You can even win a Lowrance Gen 3,” Foshee says, referencing Lowrance’s top-of-the-line chartplotter, a $3,149 value. Continue reading