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Month: April 2017

College anglers can win Lowrance HDS units in C-MAP College Cup competition

College Cup March 2017 WinnersBASS- and FLW-registered college anglers are again eligible to win Lowrance HDS Gen3 units for contributing sonar recordings to the C-MAP Genesis Social Map and using custom Genesis maps to win tournaments. Both the 2017 C-MAP Genesis College Cup competition and the related Map & Win! contingency program launched on March 1.

C-MAP Genesis is a game-changing custom mapping program that empowers anglers to create custom fishing maps from sonar data recorded with a compatible Lowrance sonar unit* on their own boats. C-MAP Genesis custom contour maps help you find fish-holding structure that other anglers miss.

College Cup contestants who upload the most acres of qualifying sonar recordings to C-MAP Genesis each month will win an HDS-12 and HDS-9 Gen3 unit, respectively, for 1st and 2nd place. KP Prince, an University of Arkansas–Pine Bluff angler, won the March competition. Faulkner State Community College’s Lucas Stewart was runner-up. The College Cup angler who uploads the most acres of qualifying sonar data for the year will win a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3 unit.

College Cup contestants are eligible also to win an HDS-12 Gen 3 in the C-MAP Genesis Map & Win! contingency-prize program. To qualify, a College Cup-registered team must win an FLW or B.A.S.S. college fishing tournament after mapping 100 acres or more of the tournament waters with Insight Genesis. Sign up for College Cup competition here:

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


At a glance, Genesis Edge subscribers can 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 feature that allows Genesis Edge subscribers to select and set custom color palettes to highlight multiple depth ranges on the C-MAP 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.

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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 C-MAP 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.


C-MAP Genesis (formerly know as Insight Genesis) is an 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. 

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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 (formerly known as Insight Genesis) bottom-hardness map layer, 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, side-looking sonar 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 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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