Better map, better fishing? No doubt about it!
A C-MAP Genesis Edge chart helped two-time Bassmaster Classic winner Jordan Lee win the inaugural Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour tournament, the championship round of which was held on Florida’s Lake Garcia.
“I had the C-MAP card for Lake Garcia,” Lee explained in a Lowrance Instgram video. “This gave me super-detailed input on what I was seeing out there. … Having a great map … definitely helped me get the win today.”
Lee’s winning area – located on the north end of the lake – featured clear water, hydrilla and, most important, hard bottom suitable for spawning. He found and targeted those hard-bottom areas by turning on a unique bottom-hardness layer in a C-MAP Genesis Edge contour chart of Lake Garcia displayed on his Lowrance HDS Live sonar/GPS unit.
“I had a C-MAP card for Lake Garcia that shows a lot of the areas with the harder bottom,” Lee explained to BassFan.com Editor Todd Ceisner. “Those are always great places to start. At Garcia, once you’re back in the [thick vegetation], you could tell it started running out of the hard bottom and those areas wouldn’t be as productive.”
Previously, bottom-hardness map layers like the one Lee used were available only for waterbodies that C-MAP Genesis Edge subscribers mapped personally. But now, Genesis Edge subscribers can get bottom-hardness map layers for multiple select contour charts available for free download from C-MAP’s Social Map.
C-MAP’s color-coded bottom-hardness layer shows anglers the size shape of hard-bottom spawning and feeding areas overlayed atop 1-foot contour lines. Dark orange/pink 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.
“As you can see here,” Lee said in the Lowrance Instagram video, pointing to a dark orange/pink area on his C-MAP chart of Lake Garcia, “that’s the area I concentrated the most in. It was definitely a harder bottom. The fish were going in there to spawn. …
“The hard-bottom [layer] was definitely key on the place I ended up eventually ended up winning on,” Lee added in the Lowrance Instagram video. “Fish were moving in to spawn, so there were bigger fish in there,” he told MLF reporter Joel Shangle.
“Today was just one of those dream days,” Lee said onstage in MLF’s Post Game Show.
In the third period, Lee’s winning area yielded a steady stream of 2- and 3-pound bass that added 32 pounds to his total weight.
“That was just an unbelievable period,” Lee said in the “MLF Now!” webcast, shortly after the final second ticked off the clock. “That’s like what you dream of, as a fisherman – to pull into an area, fish your way through an area, and just get bite after bite after bite after bite, and catch good ones and just a lot of fish. That’s what it’s about, man.”
Lee’s biggest bass weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces. His average weight was 2 pounds, 2 ounces.