How to create and use a C-MAP Genesis grass map to catch more and bigger fish

Gamefish ambush baitfish in both submerged vegetation and along deep weed lines, neither of which are visible to the naked eye in most weather and water conditions. But with a Genesis Edge map, you can easily find and fish both deep weed lines and isolated submerged grass. This article will teach you how.

With a Genesis Edge account (formerly Insight Genesis premium), you can create a custom grass map that will overlay on your blue-scaled contour map easy-to-see green patches that show the size and shape of the areas of submerged grass/vegetation you mapped.* Continue reading

Pro tip: Map all the spots you graph in tournament practice

When you graph potential hot spots in practice for a fishing tournament, you should also map them and waypoint every fish you catch and/or shake-off. Overlaying your waypoints on the Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation layers will help clue you in on a productive pattern and allow you to run that pattern faster and more precisely.

 

Insight Genesis is GoFree’s innovative software service that anglers use to make custom one-foot contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and to find fish-holding bottom structure not charted on off-the shelf maps, including reefs and shoals, sunken islands and holes, humps and hard-bottom areas, drains and ditches. GoFree, Navico’s newest brand, offers digital marine maps, including Insight Genesis, Lake Insight HD, Lake Insight Pro and others. Continue reading

How to see bottom-hardness and vegetation layers at the same time on Insight Genesis maps

shot001What if I told you that you could see one-foot contours, bottom-hardness transition zones and submerged vegetation locations on a map on your Lowrance HDS or Simrad sonar/GPS unit* all at the same time? If you answered “That would be a pretty amazing tool to pattern fish with,” you’d be right. And you’d want to start right away mapping your favorite fishing waters with a Premium Insight Genesis account.

The 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 map. It overlays onto your contour lines a color-coded representation of the size, shape and location of areas of different bottom hardness: dark orange areas show 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 Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map layers HERE.

With a Premium Insight Genesis account, you can also create a custom grass/vegetation map that will overlay on your blue-scaled contour map easy-to-see green patches that show the size and shape of the areas of submerged grass/vegetation you mapped.*** Gamefish ambush baitfish in both submerged vegetation and along deep weed lines, neither of which are visible to the naked eye in most weather and water conditions. The Insight Genesis grass/vegetation layer enables you to easily find and fish both deep weed lines and isolated submerged grass. Learn more Insight Genesis grass/vegetation map layers HERE.

Cross Lake Hard-Bottom Screen ShotWhile some other fishing maps might provide one-foot contours, and at least one other outfit offers some sort of bottom-composition map, no other fishing-finding system offers all the patterning information that Insight Genesis does and enables it to work for you on the water in the same way. By loading both a bottom-hardness map and a grass/vegetation map onto your Lowrance or Simrad unit at the same time, you can fish the bottom as confidently as you do the bank, targeting offshore cover and structure that other anglers miss.

But, of course, to use these game-changing map layers, you must first load them into your Lowrance or Simrad unit. The process to load an SD card with both the bottom-hardness layer AND the submerged-vegetation layers involves a few more steps than the process to load a card with just one or the other enhanced layers. This article will teach you how. Continue reading

Insight Genesis bottom-hardness, vegetation, map layers help Skeet, Edwin, find fish fast

Skeet-Cross-CollageIn the videos below, Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers show off the game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers. These innovative fish-finding tools, Skeeet says, are “totally different than anything we’ve seen before.”

With its bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers, Insight Genesis is “giving us a lot more tools to break down a lake” faster, Skeet says. “It’s pretty cool,” he says. “Insight Genesis is allowing us to be a lot more efficient on the water.”

Edwin agrees.

“It’s going to be so helpful today, to be able to break this lake down in a hurry,” he says. “It’s going to be a big, big, huge help. I think it’s going to be a big factor today. … It will really help me formulate a game plan.”

Skeet and Edwin’s observations came prior to launching on Louisiana’s Cross Lake in the second sudden-death round of Major League Fishing’s 2015 Shell Rotella Challenge Cup. All boats in MLF competition are outfitted with Lowrance HDS Gen2 GPS/sonar units loaded with Insight Genesis or Lake Insight HD contour maps. Lake Insight and Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units.

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GoFREE launches Map& Win! program at FLW College Championship

FLW-College-Natl-Champ-Registration-COLLAGEThursday, April 15, 2015 – If the team that wins the FLW College Fishing National Championship this week maps its winning spot with Insight Genesis, it will walk off the weigh-in stage with more hardware than just the tournament trophy – it will also win a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen-2 Touch sonar/GPS fish-finder.

That’s the prize in GoFREE’s new Map & Win! contingency-award program for contestants in the Insight Genesis College Cup. GoFREE is the newest brand from Navico, parent company of Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Insight Genesis is GoFree’s revolutionary custom mapping program exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units. College Cup is a year-long contest in which FLW and B.A.S.S. collegiate anglers can win thousands of dollars’ worth of Lowrance HDS Gen-2 Touch units by logging sonar data used to create custom fishing charts with one-foot contours, a vegetation-map layer and a bottom-hardness map. To claim the prize, a College Cup-registered angler must win an FLW or B.A.S.S. college fishing tournament after mapping 100 acres or more of the tournament waters with Insight Genesis.

“Mapping your spots while graphing them in practice already pays off for College Cup anglers, in terms of locating humps and holes, ditches and drains, submerged vegetation and hard-bottom sweet spots that other fishing maps just don’t show,” says GoFREE’s Greg Huff, a custom-mapping expert. “The Map & Win! contingency program creates yet another pay-off for mapping your own success – an HDS-12 Gen2 Touch unit!” Continue reading

Fish open water this fall to catch winter fish through the ice

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“Insight Genesis offers several fish-finding tools that are simply not available with any other flasher/depth finder system on the market,” says Lowrance Pro-Staffer Reid Miller.

A tool designed for open-water fishing will help you pull more fish through the ice this winter – Insight Genesis, Lowrance’ custom lake-mapping service.

“Insight Genesis offers several fish-finding tools that are simply not available with any other flasher/depth finder system on the market,” says Lowrance Pro-Staffer Reid Miller. “It’s an extraordinary tool, which I’m using extensively in the open-water season to improve my ice-fishing success this winter.”

Insight Genesis is the innovative, online service that empowers anglers to create custom lake maps from sonar data recorded with the Lowrance sonar unit on their own boats. If you record sonar logs while fishing from the boat in the late fall, the maps you create will help you find fish through the ice in the winter. Continue reading

Did South Dakota angler find burial mounds on lake bottom?

Stark-Hump-of-Week-COLLAGEWhen South Dakota angler Paul Stark reviewed a custom fishing map he made with Insight Genesis, he discovered on the lake bottom what he believes could be Native American burial mounds.

“We have them by other lakes in this area of South Dakota,” Paul says.

Indeed, ten burial mounds in the Oakwood Lakes area in nearby Brookings, SD, are “typical of numerous such mounds in eastern South Dakota,” according to the text on a state historical marker there. Those mounds, dated about A.D. 300 to A.D. 1400, according to the historical marker, are probably the remnants of late Woodland or Middle Missouri Cultures.

“All of the mounds are strikingly similar about 3-6 feet high and about 100-150 feet in diameter,” the historical marker reads. “The so-called ‘Mound Builders’ made pottery, stone hammers and projectile points which may still be found in the area. … It is believed that the mounds were built by individuals who carried baskets of earth on their heads and then dumped the dirt to form mounds.”

Shown at one-foot contours at the bottom of a 424-acre lake near Madison, SD, the humps Stark discovered have such steep sides that they appear “almost 3D” on his Insight Genesis map, he says.  “Now that is detail on the humps! Man, I love mapping lakes and seeing stuff like this!”

Paul’s screenshot of these unique lake-bottom structures is this week’s Insight Genesis Hump Day “Hump of the Week.” Have you used Insight Genesis to locate bottom structure not shown previously on any other lake map? Post a screen shot on the Insight Genesis Facebook page and we might feature YOU in our next Hunp of the Week spotlight.  (Click “Continue Reading” to see larger screen shots and learn more)

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