Ready to compete agains other anglers in real-time, live-leaderboard fishing tournament? Download the free GoFree Hooked fishing app and search for a competition on a waterbody near you. This article will provide step-by-step directions to do just that.
“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.”
Competition categories include:
- Biggest Fish
- Best Five-Fish* Limit (*Limit number is customizable)
- Combined Weight of All Fish Caught
- Combined Length of All Fish Caught
The easiest way to learn about and enroll in a GoFree Hooked app live-leaderboard tournament is to receive an email or text message from a fishing buddy who is hosting a tournament (To learn how to host your own tournament, click HERE). If you get a competition invite, simply click the included link from your iOS or Android smartphone. If you don’t land immediately on the competition’s home page, you’ll need to first download the GoFree Hooked app (it’s free) and then register for a free GoFree account, by entering your email address and choosing a password and screen name.
The GoFree Hooked app’s sign-in/sign-up screen will look like the image below. Note: If you already have a free or Premium Insight Genesis account, you should sign in with the same email and password you use to sign in to Insight Genesis.
For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the GoFree Hooked app sign-up process, read this article. Once you’ve signed up and signed in, re-open on your smartphone the tournament-invitation text or email and click the link. Now, follow the steps below to find and enroll in a live-leaderboard fishing competition on a waterbody near you:
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App to Map: See Your Catch-Location Waypoints in Insight Genesis maps
Not only can you compete against other anglers with the GoFree Hooked fishing app, 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.
The 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.
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 of the GoFree Hooked app includes:
- Automatic 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