How to subscribe to Genesis Edge, C-MAP’s premium mapping service

While you can’t make your own luck, you can chart your own success. For those with drive, there’s better maps — Genesis maps. To catch more and bigger fish tomorrow, subscribe to Genesis Edge today.

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. Continue reading

How to create and use a C-MAP Genesis bottom-hardness map layer to catch more and bigger fish

Many fisherman “beat the bank” because they have more confidence targeting visible cover. But the fish in those areas get pounded, making them harder to catch. With an C-MAP Genesis bottom-hardness map, however, you can fish the bottom as confidently as you do the bank, targeting offshore structure like hard-to-soft-bottom transitions and the fish-holding sweet spots on humps, reefs, and shoals, etc. This article will teach you how.

Although it’s a great fish-finding tool, StructureScan alone can’t really show you the size and shape of hard-bottom areas like gravel patches, clay slicks and shellbeds. But the C-MAP Genesis (formerly Insight Genesis) bottom-hardness layer can, making 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.
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How to create and use a C-MAP Genesis grass map to catch more and bigger fish

Gamefish ambush baitfish in both submerged vegetation and along deep weed lines, neither of which are visible to the naked eye in most weather and water conditions. But with a Genesis Edge map, you can easily find and fish both deep weed lines and isolated submerged grass. This article will teach you how.

With a Genesis Edge account (formerly Insight Genesis premium), you can create a custom grass map that will overlay on your blue-scaled contour map easy-to-see green patches that show the size and shape of the areas of submerged grass/vegetation you mapped.* Continue reading

How to download a FREE C-MAP Genesis Social Map chart for fishing, cruising or sailing

Social-Map-CollageOne of the most popular features of C-MAP Genesis is Social Map, an online database of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world. This article will teach you how to find maps of the waterbodies you’re interested in and how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* sonar/GPS device.

If you’re new to C-MAP Genesis (formerly Insight Genesis), the first thing you might want to do is look to see if any of your favorite waterbodies have already been mapped and are available for download via Social Map. Continue reading

Pro tip: Map all the spots you graph in tournament practice

When you graph potential hot spots in practice for a fishing tournament, you should also map them and waypoint every fish you catch and/or shake-off. Overlaying your waypoints on the Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation layers will help clue you in on a productive pattern and allow you to run that pattern faster and more precisely.

 

Insight Genesis is GoFree’s innovative software service that anglers use to make custom one-foot contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and to find fish-holding bottom structure not charted on off-the shelf maps, including reefs and shoals, sunken islands and holes, humps and hard-bottom areas, drains and ditches. GoFree, Navico’s newest brand, offers digital marine maps, including Insight Genesis, Lake Insight HD, Lake Insight Pro and others. Continue reading

How to use multiple C-MAP Genesis maps on your sonar/GPS unit

2-maps-on-same-unit-2-panel-collageAnglers and boaters can use multiple C-MAP Genesis maps on the same SD card or mini-SD card. This functionality is available for charts downloaded for free from Social Map and for custom Genesis Edge maps that users create with sonar recordings made with their own Lowrance depthfinders.

“We want to make C-MAP Genesis maps as easy to use as possible,” says Genesis Product Manager Matt Johnson. “We know keeping track of multiple SD cards can be difficult, as they are easily misplaced and lost. This advancement allows anglers, cruisers and sailors to keep their Insight Genesis custom maps conveniently stored on the same card, for easy use on the water.”  

microsd-cardPreviously, only one C-MAP Genesis map could be saved on an SD card for use on the water. Note, however, that multiple maps won’t all display at the same time on your GPS/sonar unit, but they will be easily accessible via the “Chart Options” window in your sonar units’ Chart page. This is a feature for HDS Gen2 , Gen3 and Carbon units only, at this time. Continue reading

Insight Genesis maps now display in blue-scale on Lowrance Elite units too

Elite_blue-scale-CollageInsight Genesis custom contour maps now display on Lowrance Elite sonar/GPS units in the same dazzling blue-scale color palette previously available only on HDS Gen2 and Gen3 units and in online displays. This new GoFree feature will enhance the fish-finding experience for thousands of anglers in the Lowrance community.

No software download is necessary to enable the new blue-scale feature for Elite units. Any map files you download going forward will automatically display in blue-scale on your Elite unit.

“With our enhanced Insight Genesis offering, we are breaking the cartography mold,” says Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of Lowrance and GoFree. “We now offer unparalleled options for creating unmatched contour charts.” Continue reading