Month: August 2014
Need More Out of Insight Genesis? Try BioBase
Insight Genesis is a fantastic tool for anglers to more precisely map areas they are most interested in fishing. However, professional resource managers like DNR invasive plant biologists are finding value also in this automated technology for aquatic habitat assessment and monitoring. You’ll be glad to hear we have a solution for professionals in the fisheries, aquatic plant, and water resource industries called BioBase. It’s like Insight Genesis but with outputs geared towards scientific research! BioBase was launched in August of 2011 and initially served the aquatic plant management industry in the US. It has since expanded to all aquatic-resource professionals across the globe.
Q: Why don’t some depths on my map match the depths displayed on my fish-finder?
By Greg Huff and
Ever been fishing and noticed that depths displayed on your digital map don’t match actual depths determined by your sonar unit? Ron Lutes has. That’s why he subscribed to Insight Genesis to make his own custom lake maps with real one-foot contours.
“I used my iPhone with a [digital map] on Eagle Lake in northwest Ontario … the map info was absolutely worthless!” reports Lutes. “There was not one spot I checked with the depth/fish-finder in the boat that was close to the actual depths. That was one of the reasons I wanted to use Insight Genesis – to improve or make my own charts. I don’t know where [that map company] came up with thousands of bogus contour lines.”
What Lutes called “bogus” contour lines could be the result of bad data. A variety of user-initiated anomalies can cause a bad sonar signal that results in bad data. They include:
You won't believe how detailed this Insight Genesis fishing map is!
“You can automatically see the difference!” He exclaimed. “Look at those one-foot contours!”
Having fished Lake Gaston for years, Mike Smedley said thought he knew the North Carolina reservoir “like the back of my hand.” Then he saw the Insight Genesis custom contour map he made with sonar signals recorded with the GPS/chartplotter on his own boat.
“Absolutely incredible!” Smedley exclaimed. “I thought I knew the lake, and I’m finding that I didn’t know it quite as well as I thought I did. And that’s exciting to me. It’s almost like I’m getting a new lake in my backyard.”