How to record Insight Genesis sonar logs with a Lowrance sonar/GPS unit

Record Sonar CollageAfter hearing anglers everywhere — including 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell — talking about how much easier it is to find and catch fish using Insight Genesis custom contour maps, you’re likely asking yourself “How do I get in on this?”

The first step to creating your own custom Insight Genesis contour maps is to record sonar logs created with the soundings from the transducer on your own boat. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that with compatible* Lowrance sonar/GPS units.

Repeat the process detailed below every hour to 90 minutes on the water. Genesis servers can more quickly process 6 one-hour files than one 6-hour file. Continue reading

How to download a FREE Insight Genesis map from the “Promo Uploads” tab

Promo Uploads ImageFrom time to time, GoFree and Lowrance make available for download FREE highly detailed, custom Insight Genesis contour charts. This article will teach you how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.

Insight Genesis helps anglers find fish fast by 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 off-the-shelf marine maps. GoFree is the newest brand under the Navico umbrella, joining Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, to which Insight Genesis maps are exclusive.

The game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness layer shows anglers the location, size and shape of fish-holding hard-bottom to soft-bottom transition areas – dark orange areas are the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom spots. The vegetation layer maps out exactly where the lake’s submerged vegetation is growing, making it easy to locate deep weedlines and grass on flats and humps.

To learn how to download a FREE Insight Genesis contour chart from the “Promo Uploads” tab on the Insight Genesis dashboard, click “Read More” below.

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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

Comment créer des ombrages de couleurs personalisés sur vos cartographies INSIGHT GENESIS 

Custom_Contours-COLLAGE-with-logosLe rêve de tous pêcheurs est de pouvoir identifier très facilement les zones dangereusement peu profondes et trouver rapidement les spots de pêches les plus intéressants.

Tout cela est maintenant possible grâce à une nouvelle fonctionnalité qui permet aux abonnés Premium d’Insight Genesis de personnaliser les palettes de couleurs afin de mettre en évidence plusieurs plages de profondeur sur les cartes Genesis Insight via les sondeurs Lowrance HDS, Elite TI, Simrad Go et NSS et B&G Zeus2 et Vulcan compatibles.*

On dit souvent que 90% des poissons se situent dans 10% du lac. Avec cette nouvelle fonctionnalité, vous serez en mesure d’identifier rapidement ces zones clés en les mettant en évidence sur votre cartographie. 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

To enjoy all Insight Genesis features, update your sonar/GPS unit’s software

Software-update-screenWhen was the last time you updated the software on your boat’s sonar/GPS unit(s)? If you don’t remember, it’s time to install an update!

To enjoy all the Insight Genesis and other GoFree features of which your sonar-GPS unit is capable, you must be running up-to-date software. A recent software upgrade, for example, enables Premium Insight Genesis subscribers to assign custom colors to highlight depth ranges that are of the most interest to them (stay tuned to this blog for for a soon-to-be published how-to article!). Additionally, if your sonar/GPS unit is not running up-to-date software, your Insight Genesis maps will not likely display properly — or not display at all, in some cases. Outdated software can also result in maps that are slow to load and/or slow to refresh as you drive across the water.

Click “Continue reading …” below for step-by-step instructions. Learn better by watching than reading? Watch THIS VIDEO.

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How to back up Lowrance HDS waypoints before upgrading software for new Insight Genesis features

06-saved-s-usrWhenever GoFree releases new a feature for Insight Genesis, anglers and boaters must almost always first download and install new software (often also called “firmware”) to enable their Lowrance HDS unit to run the latest and the greatest. A software upgrade this month, for example, allows Insight Genesis Premium account users to set custom color palettes to highlight the depth ranges that are of most interest to them.

But before you upgrade your software/firmware, we recommend you first back-up all of your waypoints, tracks and trails by saving them on an SD card. Continue reading