When fishing a lake for the first time, a highly detailed contour map is an angler’s primary tool for determining where fish will bite.
That’s why C-MAP charts and Lowrance electronics are so valuable to Major League Fishing anglers in Cup and Select events, in which they get no practice time before competing on lakes they’ve often never been to – or even seen.
Unlike Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour tournaments, Major League Fishing Cup and Select competitions do not allow two-and-a-half days of on-the-water practice. Rather, Cup and Select contestants are given only 15 minutes to drive around the lake before their competition day begins.
(Blog post continues after video player below. Note: C-MAP Genesis charts were formerly known as “Insight Genesis” charts)
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.” Continue reading “Major League mapping!”→