C-MAP Genesis Edge bottom-hardness, vegetation, map layers help Skeet Reese find fish fast

Skeet-Cross-CollageIn the video below, Lowrance Pro Skeet Reese shows off C-MAP’s game-changing Genesis Edge bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers. These innovative fish-finding tools, he says, are “totally different than anything we’ve seen before.”

With its bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers, C-MAP Genesis (formerly called “Insight Genesis”) is “giving us a lot more tools to break down a lake” faster, says Skeet, a former Bassmaster Classic Champion and current Major League Fishing competitor. “It’s pretty cool. [It’s] allowing us to be a lot more efficient on the water.”

Skeet’s observations came prior to launching on Louisiana’s Cross Lake in a sudden-death round of a Major League Fishing Challenge Cup competition. All boats in MLF Challenge Cup events are outfitted with Lowrance GPS/sonar units loaded with C-MAP contour charts. Select C-MAP charts are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units.

Cross Lake Hard-Bottom Screen Shot
This image shows a zoomed-in view of an Insight Genesis bottom-hardness map of Cross Lake. The dark orange/brown areas show the hardest-bottom areas. As the other colors lighten, they show areas of decreasing bottom hardness.

The image on the right shows a zoomed-in view of an C-MAP Genesis Edge bottom-hardness map of Cross Lake, on which Skeet compete in a sudden-death round of an MLF Challenge Cup. The dark orange/brown areas show the hardest-bottom areas. As the other colors lighten, they show areas of decreasing bottom hardness. Savvy anglers use Genesis Edge bottom-hardness maps to target bass that group up on transitions between harder- and softer-bottom areas. The map in the image above also shows the size and location of some patches of submerged vegetation growing on hard-bottom areas surrounding a point — talk about a spot-on-a-spot!

Gamefish like bass are most often found on and around cover, structure and bottom-hardness transition areas — and combinations thereof. Anglers can easily locate most cover with the naked eye — such things as fallen trees, shoreline brush, reeds, lily pads, boulders, rock piles, partially submerged logs, standing timber and docks. And structure — bottom features like humps, drop-offs, points, channel ledges, ridges, flats or submerged road beds – can be found by carefully “graphing” an area with Lowrance StructureScan. But locating submerged vegetation and bottom-hardness transition zones — those areas where a hard bottom gives way to a softer bottom — has always required much trial and error, rather than a single tool. Genesis Edge, however, makes it easy to locate such spots.

hard-bottom-soft-bottom-color-line
Before C-MAP Genesis, the best way to find hard spots and transition zones between them and softer-bottom areas was to keep an eye on your sonar screen, watching for a thick, yellow band (indicator of a hard bottom) giving way to a thinner yellow band with more red and blue below it. (Image source: http://doctorsonar.com/blogs/educational-articles/12381609-adjusting-lowrance-colorline)

Before the advent of C-MAP’s Genesis technology, the best way to find hard spots and transition zones between them and softer-bottom areas was to keep an eye on your sonar screen, watching for a thick, yellow band (indicator of a hard bottom) giving way to a thinner yellow band with more red and blue below it (as shown in the image to the right). And while that method provides a snapshot of the area under and around your boat boat, it gives few clues to the transition zone’s size or shape.

But with a Genesis Edge subscription, you can create a map layer that shows you the exact size, shape and locations of hard-bottom and soft-bottom areas – dark orange areas are the hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; pale yellow is a soft bottom. Not only do C-MAP Genesis maps show you where such areas are located – so you can speed directly to them, rather than slowly idling around searching for them – they also show your boat’s position on the map in relation to them, so you can make repeated, pinpoint casts into the strike zone, that sweet spot most likely to hold fish. Bottom-hardness map layers can be overlaid with one-foot contour lines and waypoints. This makes it much easier to find and catch fish off of bottom-hardness transition areas.

Watch Major League Fishing on the Outdoor Channel, or online

Watch Major League Fishing Challenge Cup and Bass Pro Tour competitions on the Outdoor Channel or online at majorleaguefishing.com.

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