Genesis Edge is a premium upgrade to the free marine-mapping service C-MAP Genesis (formerly known as Insight Genesis). While the free version includes downloads of community-sourced digital Social Map charts, the ability to add personally mapped areas to Social Map, and custom-color depth shading, Genesis Edge offers even more. Its key features include sonar reply, an option to keep personally mapped areas private and creation of bottom-hardness and submerged-vegetation map layers. For recreational and tournament anglers alike, that’s a game-changer.
This article includes step-by-step instructions for subscribing to Genesis Edge, as well as more information about how you can use Genesis Edge features to catch more and bigger fish.
“A real critical factor in fishing today is your map,” says Alabama bass pro Jordan Lee, who won the 2017 Bassmaster Classic this spring on Lake Conroe in Texas. “And C-MAP Genesis has come out with this bottom-hardness feature that’s really cool. I’ve used it on several different lakes and it’s helped me catch more fish.”
Because making better maps makes for better fishing, C-MAP is committed to innovating new features for Genesis Edge subscribers. A partnership between C-MAP and Fishbrain, the world’s largest angler-focused app and social network, made one such new Genesis Edge feature available in beta mode in July – subscribers can see public Fishbrain catch waypoints on their online display of C-MAP Genesis charts. Integrating Fishbrain catch locations into C-MAP Genesis charts will help anglers not only identify why fish were caught where they were, but also use that intel to catch more and bigger fish in those locations and others like them.
When you can see dozens, to hundreds, of catch-location waypoints overlaid on a C-MAP Genesis chart’s one-foot contours, it’s easy to identify what depths, structure and cover fish prefer and then apply that pattern to catch more fish throughout the rest of the body of water. This feature is now in beta mode, with Fishbrain public catches logged in Florida displaying. Catches logged globally will display in the near future.
C-MAP’s partnership with FishBrain also allows the app’s Premium subscribers to see on their smarphones their waypoints and GPS position overlaid atop C-MAP Genesis contour maps.
To get started catching more and bigger fish, subscribe to the new Genesis Edge service at genesismaps.com, then record sonar data from a compatible* fish-finder/GPS unit while “graphing” your favorite waterbody. Upload your data to C-MAP Genesis, then download your custom map to use on the compatible* sonar unit(s) on your boat.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Signing Up for Genesis Edge
- Visit the URL http://www.genesismaps.com
- If you’re already a subscriber to the free C-MAP Genesis service, log in to the C-MAP Genesis dashboard with your existing email address and password. If you are new to C-MAP Genesis, click the blue “Sign Up Free” button at the top, right-hand corner of the http://www.genesismaps.com homepage and then follow the prompts for entering your email address and creating a password.
- After logging in, click the “Account” button at the top, right-hand corner of your dashboard
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the header “Current Plan” and click “Upgrade” (as shown in image below)
- Choose an annual or monthly Genesis Edge subscription by clicking the appropriate circle
- Fill in your credit card information
- If you have a discount coupon code, enter it in the box entry field labeled “Coupon Code” and then click the “Apply Coupon” button.
- Click “Subscribe”
Bottom Hardness Layer
Fish love hard bottoms. They feed on ‘em, breed on ‘em, follow their edges like roads. With a Genesis Edge bottom-hardness map, you can easily target the most-productive, hard-bottom portions of classic spot-on-the-spot areas of offshore structure like ledges, sunken islands, saddles and more.
Genesis Edge makes such areas stick out like “Fish Here!” signs on your map. It overlays onto your contour lines a color-coded representation of the size, shape and location of areas of different bottom hardness: dark orange areas show the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next-hardest bottom; tan is the next-hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom areas.
New Jersey bass pro Michael Iaconelli placed 6th in the 2017 Classic, having put himself in a position to win with a game-plan that included using the bottom-hardness layer of a Genesis Edge map. He caught key fish from offshore spots that anglers not using the map were driving over and past.
“These are spots that are small, little hard spots that are staging spots,” he explains. “They’re places where fish stop when they’re going in to spawn, but even more, they’re places they stop going out. C-MAP Genesis is really cool stuff. And the thing I love about it – which is so key in the post-spawn – is the hard-bottom layer.”
To catch more and bigger fish, target transition edges on break-lines between harder and softer bottoms and the harder sections of points, humps, inside turns and more.
Submerged Vegetation Layer
It’s no secret that big fish ambush baitfish in submerged vegetation. What’s not always known however, is where the good green stuff is, and what areas within it likely hold the most fish. In most weather and water conditions, submerged vegetation is not visible to the naked eye, so you have to go searching for it. And even when you see a patch on your sonar screen, you won’t know its full size, shape or thickness.
Genesis Edge’s vegetation layer, however, shows fish-holding holes in vast grass flats, depicts fish-populated points and inside-turns on deep weedlines, and more. Atop your blue-scaled contour map, it places bright-green overlays the size and shape of areas of submerged vegetation, making it as easy to see the best places to cast as when you’re throwing to visible cover like docks and laydowns.
“Because I map all the deep weedlines in my area lakes, when my clients are trolling I can see exactly where all the inside and outside turns are on the weed edge,” says in-demand Minnesota walleye guide Scott Merwin. “That allows me to keep my clients’ baits always in the strike zone and free from hangs ups. That’s a big part of why they catch more and bigger fish out of my boat.”
About C-MAP Genesis
C-MAP Genesis is a mapping program that empowers anglers to create custom, high-definition fishing maps from sonar data recorded with a compatible* sonar/GPS unit on their own boat. www.genesismaps.com
Founded in 1985, C-MAP offers the world’s largest digital database of detailed and accurate cartography of coastal and inland waters around the globe. Serving a range of worldwide markets, including recreational, commercial, business, government and military, C-MAP’s offerings range from electronic navigational charts to fleet management and vessel and voyage optimization. Committed to leading the development of digital marine services through innovation, C-MAP is charting a new course into the future.
The company mariners trust most, C-MAP has a unique ability to integrate and share information between multiple product ranges and leverage its unparalleled understanding of the modern maritime market. Possessing broad capabilities to manage data, keep it current, and ensure that every customer gets what they need when they need it, C-MAP delivers a safer, easier and more enjoyable experience one water and off. www.c-map.com
* C-MAP Genesis maps can be created with and displayed on most modern Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units. Functionality with other marine-electronics manufacturers’ products is coming soon.