After hearing anglers everywhere — including 2016 Bassmaster Classic Champion Edwin Evers — talking about how much easier it is to find and catch fish using C-MAP Genesis custom contour maps, you’re likely asking yourself “How do I get in on this?”
The first step to creating your own custom C-MAP Genesis (formerly known as “Insight Genesis”) contour maps* is to register for a free C-MAP Genesis account. This article provides easy-to-follow directions to do so.
Our innovative DIY-mapping service, C-MAP Genesis empowers anglers to easily create more accurate fishing maps – complete with one-foot contours — of their favorite fishing waters. Custom C-MAP Genesis maps are created via cloud computing from sonar data recorded with the compatible sonar/GPS unit on your own boat.*
For tournament anglers especially, C-MAP Genesis is a game-changer. No other mapping program is better at helping you find and fish “the juice,” the spot on the spot, like shell beds, hard-to-soft-bottom transitions areas, and off-shore humps and ledges that don’t appear on other maps, be they digital or paper. So when you’re graphing areas to find schools of fish and/or bait, you should be mapping with C-MAP Genesis also. Mapping those areas will make it much easier to determine where bait and gamefish will move to when/if conditions change between when you are scouting/graphing and when you are fishing — which they almost always do!
Follow these steps to register for a free C-MAP Genesis account:
- Click on this link: http://www.genesismaps.com
- Click the “Sign Up Free” tab in the upper, right-hand corner of the page
- In the page that opens, type the requested information in each blank field
- Click the “Sign Up” button at the bottom of the page
Making highly detailed contour maps with C-MAP Genesis is as easy as recording sonar data with your compatible sonar/GPS unit (AKA “chartplotter” “plotter” or “MFD”) and then uploading your sonar-log files to the C-MAP Genesis website. A few steps remain to get you up and running to do that. The next step is to register the Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter you use on your boat. You may register as many as four units for C-MAP Genesis map use. For step-by-step instructions on how to register your sonar/GPS unit(s), read this article.
The next step is setting up your computer to upload sonar log files. If you are using a PC computer, follow the directions in this article. If you are using a Mac computer, you will not need to set up your computer in advance (however, when you are ready to upload files, you will follow the directions in this article.) The next step is recording sonar logs while on the water. For step-by-step instructions on how to record and upload sonar data, read this article.
Over time, you can use C-MAP Genesis to merge sonar data collected in multiple fishing trips and form a master map, full of detailed, one-foot contour lines that identify fish-holding structure that off-the-shelf maps often don’t show.
One of the most popular Genesis offerings is Social Map, an online database of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world. Community-sourced C-MAP Genesis sonar data is improving maps for the betterment of anglers and boaters around the world. Available in both free and premium Genesis Edge subscriptions, Social Map charts are accessible, searchable and available for free download.
The first step to downloading free C-MAP Genesis Social Map charts is registering for a free C-MAP Genesis account, which you can do HERE. To learn how to download and use an C-MAP Genesis Social Map chart on your sonar/GPS unit, read the blog article HERE.
* To use custom C-MAP Genesis maps on the water, you’ll need a compatible Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter.