How To Dial In On Trends The Day Before A Fishing Tournament

The key to my tournament success has been focusing all my attention to dial in on trends the day before a fishing tournament!

Trends are how to find inshore saltwater fish more than knowing certain spots.

Fish are often on the move so locking into specific patterns is a sure-fire way to spark a bite.

Here’s an example of a recent practice trip before a tournament down in Yankeetown, Florida!

Dial In On Trends The Day Before A Fishing Tournament [VIDEO]

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Equipment Used:

Setup #1

Setup #2

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I started this trip working on a trend I had picked up on the day before.

These fish were holding very tight to structure so I found an oyster bar and started to work the area around it.

This would be the plan for the rest of the trip.

I made sure to use a weighted weedless presentation in order to get as close as possible to structure.

As I moved from oyster to oyster, I did throw some casts out to the flats and similar areas but there were zero bites.

Later on, I came across a spoil island that lead to the major surprise of the trip!

All of the fish so far were caught on a 4-inch Z-Man Slam Shady Jerk Shad up until this point.

To work the spoil island a bit better, I tossed the Mulligan on a Z-Man Spinnerbait.

The water was a bit off-color and the wind was causing some choppy conditions.

I switched to the spinnerbait to give my presentation a bit more flash and appeal.

After pulling in a solid redfish, I figured why not cast in the exact same spot.

And off went my drag!!!

It was a SNOOK!

I don’t get too many chances at catching snook up in my neck of the woods so this was quite the thrill for me.

Finding The Fish Help

In order to help make sure that you are targeting the right areas based on the latest feeding trends and upcoming weather forecasts, make sure to use the following 3 resources because they will save you a ton of time.

1. Weekend Game Plans (updated weekly)

These regional game plans will show you exactly what types of spots to target in under 10 minutes… just click the video to start, and you’ll be informed on what to do on your next trip.

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2. Smart Fishing Spots Platform (updated every 15 minutes)

This exclusive software literally shows you where the most fish are likely to be feeding based on exactly when you’ll be fishing. It factors in the tides, wind, and weather to help you quickly see which areas to target throughout the day.

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3. Community Reports (live feed)

The Insider Community platform is what you can use to see what is biting near you, and you can get to know other members who fish in your area. Plus, you can use it to keep a log of your catches so you can use past trips to help predict future catches.

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Robert Taylor
3 months ago

That’s awesome Matt! Congratulations on the big snook. I will be camping there in about 10 days for a week. Can’t wait to use these tactics and get my big snook. Thanks for the information.

Stewart Headrick
4 months ago

I need all the helpful info I can get. Thanks.

Thomas Utley
4 months ago

Knowledge is a very strong and knowledgeable tool and when used correctly you can do exceptional things.. Once again Congratulations on your wins .. ! Definitely job well done …… !

Steven Free
4 months ago

Ha still using the spinnerbait I mentioned earlier great bait that’s for sure I have already been slaying the flounder and a few reds this year glad it works for you😉👍

Wayne hallock
4 months ago

Also where do I get insiders app? I joined club month or two ago. Thanks

Wayne hallock
4 months ago

Matt, great video. Is that a remote in your wrist? What mount do you use for phone? Thanks


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