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 in the App Store, downloading it for free, 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.
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. To learn how to log catches with the app, watch this video:
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