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Alton Jones wins MLF round on hump found with Insight Genesis
Alton Jones won Elimination Round 3 of Major League Fishing’s 2015 Summit Cup by getting away from the crowd fishing visible cover and instead targeting offshore structure he found with an Insight Genesis contour map on a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch chartplotter.
“I saw a good-looking spot on my Lowrance contours, on the GPS mapping, and found a little hump that was absolutely loaded with fish – the kind of school you dream about finding,” Alton said in an interview at the end of the Outdoor Channel’s broadcast of his MLF Round 3 victory on Messalonskee Lake in Maine.
That’s a pretty neat feat for an angler who was using a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch unit for the first time.
“This is my first experience using this particular unit,” Alton confided in a pre-competition interview. “I’m really impressed with the contours I’m getting on the HDS 9.”
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Major League Fishing anglers finding fish fast with Lowrance electronics, Insight Genesis maps
That’s why Insight Genesis maps and Lowrance electronics are so valuable to Major League Fishing anglers, who get no practice time before competing on lakes they’ve never been to – or even seen.
Unlike Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments, Major League Fishing competitions do not allow two-and-a-half days of on-the-water practice. Rather, MLF anglers are given only 15 minutes to drive around the lake before their competition day begins.
Major League mapping!
When Major League Fishing left Maine, the anglers took memories of exciting, fish-catching action on beautiful natural lakes full of bass. They left sonar data to improve fishing maps for those lakes.
“There’s not even a Navionics [map] for this lake,” said Lowrance Pro Team angler Edwin Evers before an MLF elimination round on of the many picturesque bass fisheries in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes region, near Waterville. “I’m going to be sonar-logging, so there’s going to be lots of information for you to use.”
Evers was one of several MLF competitors who recorded sonar logs while competing in Maine in order to update existing Lowrance Insight maps with even greater detail via Insight Genesis. Savvy anglers use Lowrance’s free Insight Genesis service to make custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and to discover and dissect spot-on-the-spot areas on fish-holding structure.
“Folks, I’m telling you, get involved with Insight Genesis,” says Lowrance Pro Team angler Ish Monroe. “It’s going to make your fishing a whole lot better, because you can create your own maps and you’ll get a lot of information that you never had before on a lake that might not have any maps on it.”
Get on top of fish under the ice with Insight Genesis maps
“Insight Genesis is a great tool to help you locate and catch more fish during the hard-water season,” says leading walleye pro Scott Glorvigen. “We’ve got fish on the electronics here and we’ve been catching fish this morning.”
Scott and his twin brother, Marty, are filming a video segment for Wired2Fish on this day. Prior to putting fish on the ice, they spent some time scouting hot spots, driving around on a frozen northern Minnesota lake, studying a custom-made Insight Genesis fishing map on a Lowrance HDS Gen2 sonar/GPS unit mounted above the handlebars of an ATV.
“I’ve got my [Insight Genesis] mapping on that unit and go on the ice just like I would be on open water with my boat,” Scott explains.
Insight Genesis is GoFree’s innovative service that empowers anglers to make custom contour charts of un-mapped and poorly mapped bodies of water, as well as precisely determine, define, dial in, and dissect small spot-on-the-spot areas on well-mapped waters. The one-foot contours on custom Insight Genesis maps are much more detailed and accurate than the computer-estimated contour lines on many digital charts that come on off-the-shelf map chips.
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