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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:

IMG_8122For tournament anglers, C-MAP Genesis is a game-changer. No other DIY-mapping program is better at helping you find and fish “spot on the spot” areas like shell beds, hard-to-soft-bottom transitions areas, and off-shore humps and ledges that don’t appear on other maps. So when you’re graphing in practice, you should always be mapping with Genesis also. All fishing maps enhanced with sonar recordings collected in College Cup competition are available to download for FREE via C-MAP Genesis Social Map.

“In every lake, river and reservoir there are humps and holes, ditches and drop-offs, and other fish-holding bottom structure that have long remained secret because they don’t show up on anglers’ maps – even the most expensive of the digital chip maps might miss potential hot spots,” explains College Cup coordinator Candler McCollum, who fished for Auburn University in the 2015 FLW College National Championship. “But when you make custom contour maps with C-MAP Genesis, you can unlock all the secrets of your favorite lake.”

The 2017 C-MAP Genesis College Cup competition launched on March 1, 2017. It will conclude on Oct. 31, 2017. To qualify towards an angler’s College Cup acreage total, sonar recordings must be uploaded to C-MAP Genesis in the Lowrance-exclusive .slg, .sl2 or .sl3 formats and must not be marked “Private.” Sonar data files cannot be submitted more than once – multiple, duplicate entries can be grounds for dismissal from the competition. Taxes on prizes are the responsibility of the winners. To compete in College Cup, anglers must first register for a free C-MAP Genesis account via the C-MAP Genesis College Cup website.

11390147_10204173957860155_6240423860569237285_nMaking highly detailed contour maps with C-MAP Genesis is as easy as recording sonar data with a Lowrance Elite or HDS fish-finder and then uploading the recorded files to the C-MAP Genesis website. Making custom maps with C-MAP Genesis is not only easy, it’s in the best interest of individual anglers and the fishing community at large. If 12 anglers upload just an hour’s worth of sonar data, a 1,000-acre lake can be mapped in practically no time. If 100 people contribute, all 100 of them will have access to 10,000 acres. Just think what will happen when 10,000 people are contributing an hour’s worth or more of sonar data!

To record sonar data from which C-MAP’s cloud-based software creates a highly detailed Genesis custom fishing map, you need only a compatible Lowrance unit (HDS Gen2, HDS Gen3, HDS Carbon Elite, Elite Ti) and an blank SD card. Most any type SD card will work – no prohibitively expensive special card is required. Recording a sonar-data file  – which requires a mere three keystrokes – happens in the background on your sonar unit, requires no additional hardware or accessories, and won’t slow down your Lowrance unit or affect its performance in any noticeable way.

Monthly College Cup winners will be announced on the Facebook pages for C-MAP, GoFree and Lowrance.

For more information about College Cup, watch the video at this link: Have questions? Email Candler McCollum at

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