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 →
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. Continue reading →
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 →
By winning the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament May 30th on Georgia’s Lake Hartwell, Clemson University’s Isaac Nesbitt (right) and Ross Burns earned $2,000 for their team. (Photo courtesy Isaac Nesbitt)
Not all brush piles are created equal, says FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament champion Isaac Nesbitt. Neither are the humps and points they’re sunk on. By mapping those areas with Insight Genesis, he discovered subtle sweet spots that produced the winning fish for him and his Clemson University teammate Ross Burns May 30th on Georgia’s Lake Hartwell.
“One of those places we mapped in practice with Insight Genesis put three extra fish in the boat — one of them our biggest of the day,” says Nesbitt, whose win on Hartwell earned him and his teammate the first Map & Win! contingency prize awarded in Lowrance’s Insight Genesis College Cup program. Continue reading →
In the videos below, Skeet Reese and Edwin Evers show off the game-changing Insight Genesis bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers. These innovative fish-finding tools, Skeeet says, are “totally different than anything we’ve seen before.”
With its bottom-hardness and vegetation map layers, Insight Genesis is “giving us a lot more tools to break down a lake” faster, Skeet says. “It’s pretty cool,” he says. “Insight Genesis is allowing us to be a lot more efficient on the water.”
“It’s going to be so helpful today, to be able to break this lake down in a hurry,” he says. “It’s going to be a big, big, huge help. I think it’s going to be a big factor today. … It will really help me formulate a game plan.”
Skeet and Edwin’s observations came prior to launching on Louisiana’s Cross Lake in the second sudden-death round of Major League Fishing’s 2015 Shell Rotella Challenge Cup. All boats in MLF competition are outfitted with Lowrance HDS Gen2 GPS/sonar units loaded with Insight Genesis or Lake Insight HD contour maps. Lake Insight and Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G sonar/GPS units.
Insight Genesis maps are making it “so much easier” to find fish-holding bottom structure, says Lowrance pro Mike McClelland, a contender in the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro. And that makes it easier to catch more and bigger fish.
Insight Genesis maps are also great at showing the kind of bottom “irregularities” that attract bass, McClelland says.
When he launched this morning on the final day of the Bassmaster Classic, McClelland was in 15th place — 5 pounds and 5 ounces behind the leader, fellow Lowrance pro Takahiro Omori. Of the top 10 anglers after two of three days of competition, eight are Lowrance pros. All Lowrance pros competing in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic were provided an SD card loaded with an Insight Genesis contour map of Lake Hartwell.
Not all bottom structure is “created equal,” says 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace. Schools of bass feed where they do for a reason. So one key to winning big tournaments is eliminating dead water and making every cast count fishing on the right structure.
“Typically, anything that’s different on the bottom has got potential,” says Pace, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion. “Unique features” on bottom structure, he says, “are really what people consider to be the sweet spots.”
2013 Classic Champ Cliff Pace has an innovative tool in his arsenal to find sweet spots in the 2015 Classic – Insight Genesis. (Photo courtesy Bassmaster media)
Pace has an innovative tool in his arsenal to find such sweet spots – Insight Genesis mapping. An innovative, GoFree Cloud-powered service, Insight Genesis enables anglers to create custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water, improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and precisely dissect spot-on-the-spot areas on fish-holding bottom structure. Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chartplotters.
All Lowrance Pro Team anglers competing in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic were provided an SD card loaded with an Insight Genesis contour map of Lake Hartwell, where Pace finished runner-up in the 2008 Classic. The winner of that Classic, Alton Jones, explained in TV coverage of the event that he caught some of his best fish on a “very specific” sweet spot where “clay turns to sand … right down the center of [a] ditch.”
The ability to locate a sweet spot like that is what makes Insight Genesis so valuable to tournament fishermen and recreational anglers alike.
Listen to Cliff Pace preview the 2015 Bassmaster Classic in this “Fantasy Fishing Insider” podcast: