How To Catch An Inshore Slam Under Pressure
By: Joe Simonds on May 31, 2019
“If I were a fish, where would I want to be sitting?”
That’s the question that Derek Engle asks himself as he scouts an area before every fishing trip.
Quick story about Derek…
A few months ago Luke and I were fishing in the Reeling Freedom tournament in Tarpon Springs.
It was a slam tournament and our total length was about 71 inches.
On our way back to the ramp we were feeling pretty good about ourselves, thinking we were about to get a top 5 finish.
We weren’t too far off, finishing 7th, but considering it was just the two of us using only artificials, competing against boats of up to four people using live bait, we were feeling pretty good!
That was until we heard about Derek.
This guy was fishing by himself…
In a kayak…
Using only artificials…
And outfished us!
And this wasn’t a fluke.
This guy routinely wins tournaments all over the state so we had to bring him on the podcast.
Listen to the episode below where he shares:
- How he prepares for inshore tournaments
- Why he prefers artificials over live bait
- His favorite types of fishing spots (he actually prefers not to fish mangrove shorelines!)
- How to identify snook, redfish and trout spots for slam tournaments
- His favorite technique to catch fish (sight fishers need to hear this!)
- Why networking is so important to catching fish
- The secret strategy that doesn’t like to tell his competitors
How To Catch A Slam Under Pressure [PODCAST]
If you’re wondering how he did in the tournament, well…
You can keep up with Derek on:
Derek said that one of the biggest factors to his success is his network.
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