How to download and use a custom C-MAP Genesis map in your sonar/GPS unit

DuBay-Offshore-Genesis-4-panel-CollageThe key feature of C-MAP Genesis service is the ability to make your own contour charts of any waterbody on which you fish, cruise or sail, and use it on the sonar/GPS unit on your boat. For anglers, especially, the benefits are revolutionary — not only can you create custom fishing maps with one-foot contours of waterbodies for which there’s no other map in existence, but you can also improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and discover and dissect spot-on-the-spot areas overlooked by other anglers.

But before you start catching more and bigger fish with custom C-MAP Genesis maps, you’ve got to get those maps onto the compatible* sonar/GPS unit on your boat. This article will cover the step-by-step process to download to an SD card and load into your sonar/GPS unit the custom maps you’ve made with sonar data you’ve recorded yourself. If you’re not ready yet to record sonar data and create your own custom maps — and would rather download free Social Map charts community-sourced by other anglers in the C-MAP Genesis community, read this article. 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

How to create custom-colored depth ranges on C-MAP Genesis maps

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At a glance, C-MAP Genesis subscribers can now more quickly identify dangerously shallow areas, more efficiently troll the most productive portions of the water column, and more easily find fish-holding high spots surrounded by deeper water.

All that and more is now possible thanks to a new feature that allows C-MAP Genesis subscribers to select and set custom color palettes to highlight multiple depth ranges on the Insight Genesis maps they use on their compatible sonar/GPS units.*

It’s said that at any given time, 90% of the fish are in 10% of the lake — with this new feature, you’ll be able to easily highlight that fish-holding 10% on your map and catch more and bigger fish.

How to install the Insight Genesis Upload Tool on a PC

After hearing anglers everywhere — including 2017 Bassmaster Classic Champion Jordan Lee — talking about how much easier it is to find and catch fish using C-MAP Genesis custom contour maps, you’re likely asking yourself “How do I get in on this?”

Log Upload OptionsThe first step to creating your own custom C-MAP Genesis contour maps* is to record sonar logs created from the soundings from the transducer on your own boat (Click HERE to learn how to do that). The second step is to register for a free C-MAP Genesis account (Click HERE to do that). The third step is to upload your recorded sonar logs to the C-MAP Genesis cloud for review in your C-MAP Genesis dashboard. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that on a PC computer. Mac people will use the Web Upload tool — to learn how, click HERE.

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How to record C-MAP Genesis sonar logs with your sonar/GPS unit

Record Sonar CollageAfter hearing anglers everywhere — including 2017 Bassmaster Classic Champion Jordan Lee — talking about how much easier it is to find and catch fish using C-MAP Genesis custom contour maps, you’re likely asking yourself “How do I get in on this?”

The first step to creating your own custom C-MAP Genesis contour maps is to record sonar logs created with sonar signals (soundings) from the transducer on your own boat. This article provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to do that with compatible* Lowrance sonar/GPS units.

Repeat the process detailed below every hour to 90 minutes on the water. Genesis servers can more quickly process 6 one-hour files than one 6-hour file. Continue reading

How to download a FREE C-MAP Genesis map from the “Promo Uploads” tab

Promo Uploads ImageFrom time to time, C-MAP makes available for download FREE highly detailed, custom C-MAP Genesis contour charts. This article will teach you how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.

C-MAP Genesis helps anglers find fish fast by offering them free downloads of community-sourced contour charts from C-MAP 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 off-the-shelf marine maps.

The game-changing C-MAP Genesis bottom-hardness layer shows anglers the location, size and shape of fish-holding hard-bottom to soft-bottom transition areas – dark orange areas are the hardest bottom; a lighter orange indicates the next hardest bottom; tan is the next hardest bottom; and pale yellow shows the softest-bottom spots. The vegetation layer maps out exactly where the lake’s submerged vegetation is growing, making it easy to locate deep weedlines and grass on flats and humps.

To learn how to download a FREE C-MAP Genesis contour chart from the “Promo Uploads” tab on the C-MAP Genesis dashboard, click “Read More” below.

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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