Here’s some insight into what Casey Ashely is fishing in the Bassmaster Classic

Here’s a closer look at the spot Casey Ashley was fishing this morning. On the upper right is the highly detailed, free Insight Genesis Social Map chart of the spot.

In the bottom left, is the Insight Genesis Bottom-Hardness layer map of the spot — the dark orange/brown areas show the hardest-bottom areas in the spot, as the other colors lighten, they show areas of decreasing bottom hardness. Savvy bass anglers use Insight Genesis maps to target bass that group up on the transitions between harder- and softer-bottom areas.
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Insight Genesis maps giving Lowrance pros a competitive edge in 2015 Bassmaster Classic

When the 2015 Bassmaster Classic launched on Lake Hartwell on Friday, Lowrance Pro Team anglers had a competitive edge – Insight Genesis contour maps.

“You may be surprised at how much detail you may be missing out on” if you’re not using Insight Genesis maps, says 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell.

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2014 and 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champions Randy Howell (left) and Skeet Reese.

2009 Bassmaster Classic Champ Skeet Reese agrees.

“The mapping that you know and use today, really isn’t that accurate,” he says. “Insight Genesis allows you to really, truly see those sweet spots, within a sweet spot, within a sweet spot.”

Heading into championship Sunday of the Bassmaster Classic, Howell was in 4th place, behind fellow Lowrance pros Takahiro Omori, Dean Rojas and Mike Iaconelli, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Skeet was sitting at 10th place in the 55-angler field. Of the top 10 anglers after two of three days of competition, eight are Lowrance pros who have Insight Genesis maps of Lake Hartwell.

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 map of Lake Hartwell.

Whether your favorite fishery is a 300-acre pond or a 30,000-acre reservoir, Insight Genesis mapping is a game-changer. No other maps are better at helping you find and fish the “sweet spots” that don’t appear on many other chart chips and map apps – spots like shell beds, hard-to-soft-bottom transitions, and off-shore humps and ledges. “Insight Genesis mapping is helping us find those locations and record those locations and allow you to be a lot more efficient on the water,” Skeet explains.

The one-foot contour lines on Insight Genesis maps are much more accurate than the estimated contour lines on many chart chips and map apps, which can obscure fish-holding bottom structure of interest to anglers.

“Looking at the contour lines, the detail, right away lets me know that I’m going to look for certain things that may work,” Howell explains.

That makes Insight Genesis a huge time-saver for anglers — be they Bassmaster Classic Champs like Howell and Skeet, or weekend warriors who fish for fun and braggin’ rights. (Article continues below video player)


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Finding the right points and pockets will be key in Bassmaster Classic on Hartwell, Pace says

Pace-Hartwell-Genesis-COLLAGENot 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.”

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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:

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