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How to download a FREE C-MAP Genesis Social Map chart for fishing, cruising or sailing
One of the most popular features of Insight 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.
How to use multiple C-MAP Genesis charts on your sonar/GPS unit
Did you know you can use multiple C-MAP Genesis charts on the same SD card or mini-SD card? This functionality is available for charts downloaded for free from Social Map and for custom maps that Genesis Edge subscribers create with sonar recordings made with their own Lowrance depthfinders.
“We/ve made C-MAP Genesis maps as easy to use as possible,” says C-MAP’s Greg Konig. “We know keeping track of multiple SD cards can be difficult, as they are easily misplaced and lost. This advancement allows anglers, cruisers and sailors to keep their C-MAP Genesis custom maps conveniently stored on the same card, for easy use on the water.”
Previously, only one C-MAP Genesis map could be saved on an SD card for use on the water. Note, however, that multiple maps won’t all display at the same time on your GPS/sonar unit, but they will be easily accessible via the “Chart Options” window in your sonar units’ Chart page. This is a feature for HDS Gen2, Gen3 and Carbon units only, at this time.
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.
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.