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

Insight Genesis custom contour maps now available in 181 countries

County-Expansion-Genesis-CollageInsight Genesis is now available in 24 new countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East and East Asia. The recent expansion brings to 181 the total number of countries in which GoFree’s innovative custom-mapping service is available.

“We believe everyone should have access to the best charts for their own local waterways,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of GoFree, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. “With GoFree and Insight Genesis, we give boaters the ability to record, upload and use their own maps, plus the ability to share them with others at no charge.”

Insight Genesis is now available in the following countries: Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Continue reading

Map to WIN! in Canada

Canada-Challenge-logo-screengrabBe a mapping pioneer in Canada to WIN! Lowrance, GoFree and The Fishin’ Hole retail stores of Canada are partnering to sponsor the 2015 Insight Genesis Canada Challenge. The Grand Prize is a Lowrance HDS-7 Gen3 sonar/GPS unit.

Each month, June through September, the Canadian angler who records and uploads to Insight Genesis the most acres of sonar logs will win a $200 Fishin’ Hole gift card. All monthly acres uploaded will count towards the  grand prize.

Existing lake maps in Canada are for the most part terrible or non-existent, so by competing in the Canada Challenge, anglers will truly be pioneers, building a database of high-definition maps that will help them find and catch more and bigger fish.   Continue reading

Lowrance mapping a path to victory for Bassmaster College Series National Championship

DuBay-Collage-for-BlogTo help anglers catch more and bigger fish in the 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, Lowrance has used its Insight Genesis custom lake-mapping service to create the most detailed map ever seen of the tournament venue, Wisconsin’s Lake Du Bay.

Insight Genesis is the innovative mapping tool that helps anglers find fish faster in several ways: offering them free downloads of community-sourced contour charts from Insight Genesis Social Map; enabling them to create their own custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water; and helping them discover and dissect potential tournament-winning “sweet spots” that don’t show up on other marine maps. Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chart plotters. Continue reading

Almost 300 register for College Cup at FLW Kentucky Lake Open

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On registration day for the March 20-21 FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake, an angler signs up to compete in the Insight Genesis College Cup. (Photo courtesy FLW Outdoors)

GILBERTSVILLE, KY – A whopping 296 anglers registered for the Insight Genesis College Cup this weekend at the FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake.

A record-setting 194 teams showed up for the FLW College Fishing Open, reported Tournament Director Kevin Hunt, making it the largest collegiate-fishing event ever. “Teams from every corner of the country are represented here, with squads from as far away as Eastern Washington University,” FLW said in a press release.

A vast majority of the anglers on those teams are now registered to compete in the Insight Genesis College Cup. Insight Genesis is GoFree’s revolutionary mapping program for Lowrance sonar/GPS units. College Cup is a year-long contest in which FLW and B.A.S.S. collegiate anglers compete to win thousands of dollars’ worth of Lowrance HDS sonar/GPS units. Continue reading

Insight Genesis maps almost make it too easy to find fish-holding bottom structure, McClelland says

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.

McClelland-Facebook-CollageWhen 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.

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Want to win a Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch sonar/GPS unit? Go fishing on Murray!

Murray Mapping party collageWant to win a free Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Touch sonar/GPS unit? Go fishing on Lake Murray!

And be sure to record sonar logs when you do. The angler that uploads the most acres of Lake Murray sonar data to Insight Genesis between Feb. 14 and March 14 will win the grand prize in the Insight Genesis Lake Murray Challenge – a $2,499-value Lowrance HDS-9 Gen 2 Touch unit with transducer and a $229-value Wifi-1 accessory.

HDS-7-wifi-1-COLLAGEThe grand prize will be awarded on March 14 after a day-long Insight Genesis Lake Murray Mapping Party & Big Fish Bash, sponsored by Lowrance and GoFree. The angler who catches the biggest fish during the event will win an HDS-7 Gen 2 Touch with transducer and a WiFi-1. To be eligible to win the grand prize, upload your Lake Murray sonar data to Insight Genesis before March 13 and participate in the March 14 Mapping Party.

Insight Genesis, GoFree’s innovative mapping tool, helps anglers catch more and bigger fish in several ways: providing them free downloads of community-sourced contour charts from Insight Genesis Social Map; enabling them to create their own custom contour maps of un-mapped bodies of water; and helping them discover and dissect tournament-winning spot-on-the-spot areas that often don’t show up on other chart chips and/or map apps. Insight Genesis maps are exclusive to Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chartplotters. Learn more about uploading sonar data and creating your own contour maps HERE.

“Insight Genesis is a game-changer,” says Lowrance’s Candler McCollum, a former Auburn fishing team standout. “No other mapping is better at helping you find ‘the juice’ – sweet spots like shell beds, hard-to-soft-bottom transitions areas, and off-shore humps and ledges that don’t appear on any off-the-shelf map. For serious tournament anglers, just graphing spots in practice isn’t enough any more – you need to be mapping your spots with Insight Genesis.” Continue reading