Marked Maps Series™ Live Information – 2000 through 2010

One of the really cool parts about writing this blog is being able to document the history of Xtreme Bass Tackle™ product development.  This time around we will take a look at how and why the Marked Maps were started, how they became a staple product and about advancements in the “live” coverage of Marked Map spots.  Through a Marked Maps Live! subscription anglers can dial in on what’s happening around the fishery.  The “live” part of the Marked Map Series™ information is internet based and posted as it happens now, but it wasn’t always that way.

The laminated Marked Maps™ became a reality after the first year (1999) of the Lake St. Clair Combat Bass Fishing Weekly Newsletter™.  At the time it was obvious that the next season of newsletters would need to focus on new information so something needed to be done to connect subscribers with the wealth of information from the previous season.   Looking forward it was also clear that the process would be ongoing so maps with numbered spots and descriptions became an established method to bridge that gap.

It started with a set of 12 laminated maps which have segments of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River in map format on the front side with proven spots marked by number.  On the back a description of each spot and where necessary, a GPS coordinate is given to give the angler the best way to approach the spot. The first “live” references to the number system on the maps came in the 2000 Combat Bass Fishing Newsletters.

Four maps are listed with the numbered spots.  Each number represents a spot where bass were caught that week.

The next step was made in 2001 where more data was added to the chart through the use of either bold type, normal type or circles around the numbers.  The bold type INDICATES where tournament quality bass were caught.  Normal type (the size of the numbers) shows that bass were caught but they were not tournament quality and a circled number means we zeroed (didn’t catch anything).  This upgrade in information technology is shown below:

This method was used up until 2007 when a new internet based static chart was used which incorporated color (below):

This was the beginnings of what is in place today with the Marked Maps Live!™ service.  Now data can be fed in as it happens so the angler can pull up current information about spots that can be from any of the 27 Marked Maps™ (Series 1 – 15 maps and Series 2 – 12 maps).  This subscription service is only available to customers who own the maps.  Throughout the season my staff and I report in about map spots as we fish then anglers can see where the action is or even more importantly in some cases, where it isn’t.  The advantage of the new system is that it is dynamic.  You can select only the maps on the chart that you want to see, you can click on the notes in the left column when they are available and go back to previous years to see what the trends were.  All of this adds up to a powerful tool to use along with your printed map set.

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(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

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