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.

“One of the most unique aspects of Hooked is the competition feature,” says Greg Konig, Executive Vice President at Navico, which owns the GoFree, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G marine brands. “Once you’ve entered a tournament, you can see who’s in first and what you need to catch to win.”

Anglers can invite others – via email or text message – to compete against them on any waterbody, for any length of time, for any prize. Battle for bragging rights or make it more interesting …What you compete for is up to you. You make the rules.

Challenge categories include:

  • Biggest Fish
  • Best Five-Fish* Limit (*Limit number is customizable)
  • Combined Weight of All Fish Caught
  • Combined Length of All Fish Caught

Note: At this time, tournaments you set up will not be publicly discoverable within the app’s “Competition” page. To promote your tournament and make other anglers aware of it, you will need to invite them — through the app’ “Share” button — via email, text message, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When you post to Social Media channels, be sure to post the actual link to your tournament’s “Enroll” page (and note that people will only be able to access that link when interacting with your post via a smartphone, but not via a tablet or computer). Full tournament-sharing directions listed below in Step # 8.

If you would like to create a tournament that is publicly discoverable via the app’s “Competition” page, contact a GoFree Business Acquisition Manager. In the U.S. email Greg.Huff@navico.com; In Scandinavia, email Jakob.Svensson@navico.com; In Australia and New Zealand, email Daniel.Rodriguez@navico.com; in Europe, email Teddy.Sant@navico.com.

01 Hooked Competition Main PageAdditionally, GoFree, Lowrance and Simrad representatives and pro-staffers will host public tournaments throughout the U.S., Europe and Scandinavia. To find a public tournament near you, watch our Social Media channels, or download GoFree Hooked now and check the “Compete” page in the app.

“You can’t win if you don’t compete, so host or enroll in a tournament now,” Konig says. “It takes less than a minute to sign up and sign in.”

The images in the sequence below detail each step required to host and hold your own fishing tournament via the GoFree Hooked fishing app. You can also watch THIS VIDEO to get the info. (Note: Article continues below the following image sequence)

06 Press + button

Step 1. On the bottom bar of the app’s home screen, tap the “Compete” button (it’s marked with an icon that looks like a 1st Place ribbon. That will take you to the “Competitions” page. Once there, tap the plus-sign (+) button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This will begin the process for creating your own tournament.

Step 2. Select a cover image for your tournament’s home screen. The app can access any photo saved in your phone.

08 Name Your tournament

Step 3. Give your tournament a cool name.

09 Select Start and End Time

Step 4. Set your tournament’s start and end time. Contestants will only be able to log fish catches for your event during that time period.

10 Select Location for Tournament

Step 5. By pinching to zoom in or out, you can draw a “geo fence” around the waterbody — or region of waterbodies — on/in which your competition will be held. If a contestant travels outside of that geofence, they will not be able to log a catch in your competition.

11 Select Criteria

Step 6. Determine the competition criteria. The choices are: 1. Biggest Fish 2. Best Five-Fish* Limit (*Limit number is customizable) 3. Combined Weight of All Fish Caught 4. Combined Length of All Fish Caught. If you are confident that all your contestants have digital scales that measure fairly consistently, we recommend judging by weight, especially in the spring and fall, when fish are most often fatter. Judging by length, however, is easier, because an inch is an inch on any commercially available bump board, and most anglers already have one. No matter which criteria you select, we recommend requiring that the fish photo posted include the fish ON the scale or bump board, so the weight or length can be verified with the photo.

Step 7. Once you’ve filled in all the entry fields, tap the “Save” button located in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

13 B Press Share Button

Step 8. At this time, the competitions you create will not be publicly discoverable. To make other anglers aware of your competition, first tap the “Share” button, located on the middle, right-hand side of the screen. This will open a page containing options for sharing via text message, email and your Social Media channels. If you want to invite specific people for whom you have phone numbers and/or email addresses, you can invite them directly with the first two options. If you’d like to invite your Facebook friends and/or Twitter and Instagram followers to compete against you, tap the icon for the appropriate platform and the app will enable you to post a message and direct link to your tournament’s “Enroll” page (note: the person enrolling must access your social media post through their phone, and AFTER they have downloaded the app and registered for a GoFree account.) If you would like to host a public tournament that anyone can enter, If you would like to create a tournament that is publicly discoverable via the app’s “Competition” page, contact a GoFree Business Acquisition Manager. In the U.S. email Greg.Huff@navico.com; In Scandinavia, email Jakob.Svensson@navico.com; In Australia and New Zealand, email Daniel.Rodriguez@navico.com; in Europe, email Teddy.Sant@navico.com.

15 Catch more fish than your friends

The final step? Catch more fish than your buddies!

App to Map: See Your Catch-Location Waypoints in Insight Genesis maps

App Fish Catch Layer-COLLAGE#2Not only can you compete against other anglers with GoFree Hooked, you can also improve your future fishing results by logging catch details and learning why you caught fish where you did. GoFree Hooked creates the first of many planned integrations between maps and apps for the Lowrance and Simrad communities.

When you use the app to log fish catches, you will automatically populate private, online Insight Genesis maps with waypoints marking the catch locations — whether you were fishing in your boat, a buddy’s boat, or from shore. What’s more, those pins can be exported later for use in a compatible sonar/GPS unit on the water.

Click on an app-logged waypoint online to review the photo of, and all the details about, the catch — species, weight, length, bait type and color, depth, cover and/or structure, weather conditions, etc. To re-visit those waypoints on the water, easily transfer them to a compatible Lowrance or Simrad sonar/GPS unit by simply clicking a button to convert them to a importable GPX file and saving them to an SD/mini-SD card.

“This feature makes GoFree Hooked stand out way beyond not only other fishing apps, but also beyond anything ever done before with marine electronics,” says Greg Huff, a Navico manager who represents GoFree at fishing tournaments and boat shows. “With its revolutionary integration of catch data from app to map on the boat, GoFree Hooked can turn a fish photo into more than just braggin-board fodder for social media, but a tool for learning why you caught a fish where you did and using that knowledge to catch more and bigger fish the next time you’re on the water.”

When you see your catch-location pins overlaid on a Genesis map’s one-foot contours, bottom-hardness layer and submerged-vegetation layer, it’s easy to see what fish are relating to and then apply that pattern to catch more fish throughout the rest of the lake. We’ll talk more about how to do that in an ensuing blog post.

App Fish Catch Layer-blue&veg&bottom-online-COLLAGEThe image above exhibits what app-logged catch-location waypoints look like in the private, online display of a custom Premium Insight Genesis map. The catch-location waypoints overlaid on the Insight Genesis above indicates that the most-active fish are holding on the steeper drop-offs around mid-lake humps in 14 to 17 feet of water (top image), near a deep submerged weed edge (middle image), and near a transition from a harder bottom to a softer bottom (bottom image). The image below shows what those same waypoints will look like when imported into a Lowrance HDS sonar/GPS unit.

App Fish Catch Layer-MFD-blue&veg&bottom-online-COLLAGE

It’s important to note that although your catch-location waypoints are visible to you on Social Map charts, they are NOT publicly visible to others — no one can see your pins but you. Because Insight Genesis and the Hooked app exist in the same GoFree cloud-based ecosystem, you enjoy the features of each by logging in with the same GoFree account username and password. So you can only see catch-location waypoints on a Genesis map when you’re logged into the same GoFree account you were logged into when you recorded your catches with the Hooked app.

Additional features

Additional features of the GoFree Hooked app includes:

  • GoFree_Hooked_app-imagesAutomatic camera integration – Easily take and save a photo of every fish caught and logged (camera automatically turns on after you tap the “record a catch” button)
  • Catch histories – Review catch details from previous fishing trips, to repeat success
  • Socially share your success – People don’t believe your fish stories? Upload photo evidence and size stats right through the app. Share images via text, email or social media platforms.
  • User Profile – Customize your profile so you can be uniquely identified within GoFree’s worldwide community of anglers



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