How To Catch Tons Of Trout On A Tough Day (Without Live Bait)

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Have you ever had one of those days where you go to your favorite fishing spot, just to find someone already there?

Then you go to your next spot, and the fish just aren’t biting?

This podcast video trip was one of those days at first, but we changed strategies and turned a slow day into a lot of fish catching…

Even when using an underwater camera to film the strikes.

So what did we do?

We shifted out game plan over to a “max quantity” focus vs. the “max quality” that we had originally planned.

And we quickly turned a day with a slow bite into catching tons of speckled trout and ladyfish, plus ran into some other unexpected guests.

Best of all, Luke had an underwater camera on his line and got some amazing footage.

underwater lure footage

In this live podcast episode, you’ll learn:

  • What to do when all of your spots are taken
  • An easy way to get lots of action (great for taking friends and family out)
  • The truth about fluoro vs mono
  • How to work your lures (and which lures to use) to catch tons of trout
  • And much more!

I definitely recommend watching the video version of this podcast below, but you can also listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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Conclusion

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What an awesome trip!

For a day that started with us getting shut out from all of our spots, I’d say it ended up pretty good!

To see some of the underwater footage from this trip (including the shark!), check out this post here.

Have any questions about catching trout on grass flats?

Let me know in the comments below!

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alan trahern
alan trahern
3 months ago

More discourse on actual fishing and less so on dingleberries ,please.

Jerry Dexter
Jerry Dexter
3 months ago

I wish you would tell us, what length of rod or brand, also what line your using, leader

Thanks

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Jerry Dexter

I was using a 7’6″ St. Croix Pursuit rod with a 4000 Shimano Stradic Ci4 spooled with 20 lb braid and a 20 lb mono leader.

And Joe was using a 7’6″ TFO Pro with a 3000 Daiwa Fuego LT reel spooled with 10 lb braid and 20 lb mono leader.

Russ Dettman
Russ Dettman
3 months ago

Love this format!!
You mentioned resuming your line test experiments. So…
I’d like to know what happens to my line strength after I’m forced to break off a lure on a rock.
Should I cut off 10′ of the remaining line before re-rigging? 20′? Or just what is visibly frayed?
I’ve got to believe that all of the strands in the braid are stretched and some weakening is possible.
Thx!

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Russ Dettman

Thanks for posting the nice comment Russ!

As for the line question, I’m not aware of any issues that arise when a line gets a heavy tension load. The only line I cut away after a forced breakoff is anything that got frayed by rubbing up against the structure.

Robert Bigelow
Robert Bigelow
3 months ago

Dude that was so cool. The underwater footage is awesome! I also like these types of podcast way better with more of a fishing oriented approach more than the ones that are interviewing someone in the fishing industry. But… Really they’re all great and I commend you guys on all your hard work in putting out all the great content. Thanks guys!

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Robert Bigelow

Thanks so much for making time to leave the nice comment Robert!

Jerry Dexter
Jerry Dexter
3 months ago

I really like the live podcast, Thanks Guys

Jerry

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Jerry Dexter

Thanks Jerry!

David Dysart
David Dysart
3 months ago

Those hybrid sunshine bass in the bypass canal are cross between the striper and white bass and they are a BLAST to catch (AND EAT)… they get as big as the stripers and fight like them too… lots of fun for sure… I take my twin troller out and chase them around off the boat launch on the 301.. can’t remember the name of the boat ramp but it is public.. it’s where the regatta barn is… 5hp limit on the boats here.. anyway great video guys…

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  David Dysart

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment David!

Joe Whiteside
Joe Whiteside
3 months ago

Gotta say the Mono VS Fluorocarbon is interesting stuff. When I get into the Spanish this time of year I make the switch to Mono. Like Joe fishing “tailess”, a feeding frenzy is going to happen regardless! Thanks for the distraction…

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Whiteside

Thanks so much for making time to leave the nice comment Joe!

Roman Dudus
Roman Dudus
3 months ago

Those cameras are awesome. I have two of them. One I used for bottom fishing and the other is mounted to my hat. You can learn alot from them. First, fluke and sea bass hate them and try to eat it. Second, if you put too big of a piece of bait on the hook, they will nibble it off.

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Roman Dudus

So cool that you’re filming the underwater action too… it sure is getting addicting for me.

Randy Burr
Randy Burr
3 months ago

What brand under water camera do you use?

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Randy Burr

It’s the Water Wolf camera

Chris Stanard
Chris Stanard
3 months ago

Thanks for the underwater vids, so cool!

Do you use the Slam Shady 2.0 exclusively? It would be interesting to compare 1.0 vs. 2.0, scented vs. unscented.

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris Stanard

Thanks Chris. I have been testing out various lures, but I always have a 2.0 on to use as a control for the testing. I’ll be doing some scent tests in the near future.

David MacElree
David MacElree
3 months ago

Wow! I can’t believe you guys mentioned Stripers on this pod cast. It’s that time of the year for me to leave Florida and head back to PA. I love Striper fishing on the Chesapeake bay. I have a Striper trip scheduled on 5/11/20 for the trophy fish. I’ll let you know how it goes. I look forward to John Skinners Striper course I Hope he includes info on fishing from a kayak. This summer I plan on kayak fishing a deep lake in the Poconos. This lake is supposed to hold Stripers, I’m not sure how to go about it. I hope to credit the Slam Shady with another species. Enough of my rambling. You guys do an awesome job, keep it up.

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  David MacElree

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment David! Hope you catch some great stripers next month.

Ron Vahey
Ron Vahey
3 months ago

Another great live video on then water! Thanks guys. Nice to see how well the slam shady works, regardless of its physical condition. Keep up the excellent videos and information.

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Ron Vahey

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Ron!

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 months ago

Saw the line testing you did last year. Very thorough and was impressed by mono’s performance. Made a believer out of me. I really appreciate how in depth all of the tests and reviews are. Thanks

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Our pleasure!

William Eastburn
William Eastburn
3 months ago

I was looking at the sonar map in smart fishing tides app and I was wondering is there a way to drop a pin on the GPS coordinates for a particular spot in the sonar Maps?

William Eastburn
William Eastburn
3 months ago

I was looking at the sonar maps in smart fishing tides
Is there a way to drop a pin or find the gps coordinate for a particular spot on the sonar maps?

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago

There is not currently a way to get GPS coordinates from the sonar map. It’s on our list of things to add to it for the next upgrade.

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly
3 months ago

Luke: Will the slam shady baits be back in stock soon, along with the jig heads? Thanks!
Dan

That guy
That guy
3 months ago

Anywhere with no grass flats and heavy current you could demo? SE NC winter and spring have kicked my butt so far. Just can’t seem to get it together no matter what. We don’t have clear water and underwater grass flats and slow tides. Muddy water, oyster bars, hard grass banks and fast current. It’s frustrating the crap out of me

Luke Simonds
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  That guy

Have you seen the recent NC Insider Reports from Wyatt? He has been making some very detailed lessons showing exactly what types of spots to look for and when to fish them. Here’s the latest one from a couple days ago: https://www.saltstrong.com/insiders/targeting-coastal-marshes-at-different-tide-levels/

Wyatt Parcel
Admin
Wyatt Parcel
3 months ago
Reply to  That guy

Hey Jesse,

As Luke mentioned above I regularly make reports along the Carolina Coast, specifically in the southeast area (as I live in Wilmington, NC). I have made reports as far south as Murrell’s Inlet SC though!

To answer your question specifically, we do have flats here in NC, but they look a little differently. We may have no grass, but the structure of our muddy, oyster-filled marsh can actually be pretty easy to fish. Check out some of these reports below from the past few weeks where I cover some current in-depth tips for fishing our coastal Carolina waters:

https://community.saltstrong.com/post/27049/How-to-Target-Marshes-at-Different-Tide-Levels-Insider-Report (Luke linked this one from a few days ago)

https://www.saltstrong.com/insiders/early-spring-exploration-slam/

https://www.saltstrong.com/insiders/spring-slam-case-study/

https://www.saltstrong.com/insiders/low-tide-tactics-for-redfish-and-flounder-insider-report/

Great White
Great White
3 months ago

Strippers , You say ?
The closest , all over, 10# and up,
Lake Tannottasassa .
They were stocked over 40 years ago.
They don’t make babies in Fresh water,
but the stocking program put tons in, and the ones that haven’t been caught are, Humongous Pigs.

The big Bass love, Crawfish imitations, rubber worms, and all the rest. Specks on RedWigglers, cricket, + artificial’s.

I am the 2 pound test Guy. Longest fight was 5 hours plus, Permit of BIG BEN FLATS

Charles Phillippi
Charles Phillippi
3 months ago

Love these “reel life” podcasts keep up the great work! Look forward to many more

STOP WASTING TIME ON THE WATER!

Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

  • Weekly fishing reports and TRENDS revealing exactly where you should fish ever trip
  • Weekly “spot dissection” videos that walk you through all the best spots in your area
  • Exclusive fishing tips from the PROS you can’t find anywhere else
  • Everything you need to start catching fish more consistently (regardless if you fish out of a boat, kayak, or land).
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