You’ve Got To See This Amazing Underwater Trout Attack Footage!


Have you ever seen what it looks like underwater when a trout tracks down and strikes a lure?

In one of my recent trips, I hooked up a camera in front of the Slam Shady and started covering grass flats.

I caught a ton of nice trout up to 24 inches on the camera rig, and the footage was amazing!

In this video, you’ll see how trout actually feed on lures so you can maximize your hook set ratio and catch more fish.

Check it out below!

How Trout Strike Lures [VIDEO]

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When trout are looking for food, they sit in the grass where the spots on their back let them wait in ambush unnoticed.

Then, when a fish passes above them, they’ll get behind and below it, trail it for a few feet, and then smack it.

And here are some points that make things interesting:

  1. It takes them less than 1/60th of a second to inhale their prey.
  2. They turn to the side right after they hit the lure.
  3. They all seem to hit the tail up with their nose.

So what does this mean?

For one, set the hook immediately because we know that they’re inhaling it quickly.

The quicker you set the hook, the less likely they are to swallow the lure and get gut hooked.

Also, setting the hook when they turn will help you increase your hookup ratio.

And two, if your lure tail is getting bitten off, it’s most likely pinfish or pufferfish, and not trout.

So if that’s happening to you, you might want to move spots.


underwater trout strike

Trout are some aggressive predators!

They hit hard and fast, so be sure to set the hook quickly so you don’t miss the strike or gut hook them.

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And if you haven’t gotten a pack yet, you can try them for free here.

Have any questions about how trout strike lures?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Jelani Thornton
1 year ago


Tom Cavanaugh
2 years ago

Do those lures work for fish in fresh water lakes?

2 years ago

Man this video is awesome. Not only showing them just sitting in wait, but each strike making that bump. I’ve always wondered why my hookup ratios went a lot higher using ewg chinlockz, trout eye and eye strike jig heads and also the bulletz. Used to have a lot of rail wraps and tails pinned on the hooks, most likely due to the overall length of the hooks making it not bend and turn in their mouth. I wonder if they would still do the tail bump on the slim swimz 2.5 for finesse fishing when they’re finicky as well.

Richard Proctor
2 years ago

Thank you Luke! Quick question- in those videos, it appeared that you were using a straight steady retrieve (as opposed to twitch-twitch-pause). Is that correct? Is that a retrieve you use a lot with paddle tails? Thanks

Richard Proctor
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke!

2 years ago

Great video

Kenneth Johnston
2 years ago

Just a great video to help us understand the strikes and how to hit the fish with the rod set.

Robert Huerbsch
2 years ago

That is awesome footage! Can you do similar targeting flounder?

2 years ago

Great to see, Luke. Please show a short video of the camera setup you used to get the footage.

John Dunkhase
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

You’re welcome. What about the camera setup?

Tom Baumeister
2 years ago

Great footage. i have used the slam shady many times in the past, it really works. Looking forward to seeing other footage of other fish. You all are wonderful and i am so glad i became a member. I can not thank you enough for improving my catch ratio to well over 100%. Thanks Tom

2 years ago

Awesome footage! I can use this information in a couple of weeks. I’ll be trying out my slam shadys that I got from you guys.


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