Would You Fish This Weed Edge on the Ice?

Sometimes knowing where to drill a hole is key.  It’s simple, big fish troll the weed lines under the ice looking for a meal.    Knowing right where the weed edge is located is key.

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Check out this fantastic Downscan image of a weed edge with some potato chip sunfish hanging out.  This was mapped by an Insight Genesis user looking for weed lines in a local lake.  He found it!

A few pan fish hanging out on the weed line.  Looks like a good place for a bigger fish to fill its belly!

A few pan fish hanging out on the weed line. Looks like a good place for a bigger fish to fill its belly!

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Fast-Food McMaps won’t likely satisfy angler hunger for high-quality contour charts

Quick-v-Quality-Burger-CollageThere’s a reason fast food is not made from gourmet ingredients by culinary experts – quality can’t be rushed. It’s likewise for lake maps – you can trade quickness for quality, but the outcome might leave a bad taste in your mouth.

DSC00072Despite quick-draw, drive-through speed, McMaps will not likely satisfy anglers’ hunger for high-quality contour charts. That’s why GoFree’s Insight Genesis custom contour maps prioritize great quality over instant gratification. To that end, GoFree employs a highly trained Quality Control Team to ensure that Insight Genesis custom contour charts are highly accurate.

The truth is that contour charts can only be as good as the data from which they’re drawn – bad data creates bad maps. So quickly drawing contours based on bad data would do little more than create bad maps fast. (Article continues after image below)

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LOOSE TRANSDUCER: An Insight Genesis Quality Control professional would know by seeing imagery like this in your sonar log that your transducer was loose and wobbly. Thanks to the QC Team, bad data like this is not included in Insight Genesis maps.

 

MisalignedTransducerContour maps are made from sonar signals sent and received by a transducer. Bad sonar signals will create bad maps – or at least bad portions of maps, depending on where and when a sonar signal was compromised. To better understand why, remember that old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” This is as true for quickly drawing contour maps as it is for snapping photographs – if it’s too dark out, if your lens is smudged, or if you’re not in focus, you won’t get a good image. Likewise, if your transducer is mis-aligned (see sonar image at right), covered in weeds, or too close to heavy prop-wash, etc, you can’t draw a good map, quickly or otherwise.

Ever been frustrated on the water when depths displayed on your digital map don’t match actual depths determined by your sonar unit? A transducer anomaly like those mentioned above likely caused your map to be made with inaccurate contours. To prevent bad mapping of this sort, Insight Genesis utilizes a robust sonar-log data set – rather than just raw digital depth – to create a true representation of bottom contours.

DSC00079That’s why GoFree’s highly trained Insight Genesis Quality Control team reviews thousands of sonar logs every week, searching out and removing bad data that results from anomalies on the water. A trained professional on the GoFree QC team compares your custom map’s contour lines against a recording of the sonar signals from which it was made. That recording, called a sonar log, acts as a truth source, in that it shows the QC Team the same display you saw on your sonar screen on your boat while recording your map-making data. Upon seeing a telltale visual indicator of a transducer anomaly causing bad data, a QC Team pro can delete the incorrect portion of the dataset, ensuring that your map will not include incorrect contour lines in the area. While the culling of bad data can leave a small gap in your map, it’s easy to drive back over that spot the next time you’re on the water and fill in the blank. You can then merge the sonar data from your follow-up trip with data from your original trip, resulting in a more complete, more accurate fishing map.

DSC00083Without employing real, live, trained QC professionals to sit in your boat and watch your graph for bad data as you drive, a depth-mapping program can’t deliver quick returns with sacrificing quality. And fast food will never taste as fine as filet mignon.

 

 

 

 

How to download a FREE Insight Genesis Social Map chart for fishing, cruising or sailing

Social-Map-CollageOne of the most popular features of Insight Genesis is Insight Genesis Social Map, an online treasury of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world. This article will teach you how to find maps of the waterbodies you’re interested in and how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.

If you’re new to Insight Genesis, the first thing you might want to do is look to see if any of your favorite waterbodies have already been mapped and are available for download via Social Map. Continue reading

Insight Genesis custom contour maps now available in 181 countries

County-Expansion-Genesis-CollageInsight Genesis is now available in 24 new countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East and East Asia. The recent expansion brings to 181 the total number of countries in which GoFree’s innovative custom-mapping service is available.

“We believe everyone should have access to the best charts for their own local waterways,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of GoFree, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. “With GoFree and Insight Genesis, we give boaters the ability to record, upload and use their own maps, plus the ability to share them with others at no charge.”

Insight Genesis is now available in the following countries: Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Continue reading

Map to WIN! in Canada

Canada-Challenge-logo-screengrabBe a mapping pioneer in Canada to WIN! Lowrance, GoFree and The Fishin’ Hole retail stores of Canada are partnering to sponsor the 2015 Insight Genesis Canada Challenge. The Grand Prize is a Lowrance HDS-7 Gen3 sonar/GPS unit.

Each month, June through September, the Canadian angler who records and uploads to Insight Genesis the most acres of sonar logs will win a $200 Fishin’ Hole gift card. All monthly acres uploaded will count towards the  grand prize.

Existing lake maps in Canada are for the most part terrible or non-existent, so by competing in the Canada Challenge, anglers will truly be pioneers, building a database of high-definition maps that will help them find and catch more and bigger fish.   Continue reading

Lowrance mapping a path to victory for Bassmaster College Series National Championship

DuBay-Collage-for-BlogTo help anglers catch more and bigger fish in the 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, Lowrance has used its Insight Genesis custom lake-mapping service to create the most detailed map ever seen of the tournament venue, Wisconsin’s Lake Du Bay.

Insight Genesis is the innovative mapping tool that helps anglers find fish faster in several ways: 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 other marine maps. Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chart plotters. Continue reading

Almost 300 register for College Cup at FLW Kentucky Lake Open

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On registration day for the March 20-21 FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake, an angler signs up to compete in the Insight Genesis College Cup. (Photo courtesy FLW Outdoors)

GILBERTSVILLE, KY – A whopping 296 anglers registered for the Insight Genesis College Cup this weekend at the FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake.

A record-setting 194 teams showed up for the FLW College Fishing Open, reported Tournament Director Kevin Hunt, making it the largest collegiate-fishing event ever. “Teams from every corner of the country are represented here, with squads from as far away as Eastern Washington University,” FLW said in a press release.

A vast majority of the anglers on those teams are now registered to compete in the Insight Genesis College Cup. Insight Genesis is GoFree’s revolutionary mapping program for Lowrance sonar/GPS units. College Cup is a year-long contest in which FLW and B.A.S.S. collegiate anglers compete to win thousands of dollars’ worth of Lowrance HDS sonar/GPS units. Continue reading