Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament: What We Did Right & Wrong
It’s inshore fishing tournament time again!
The other day we posted about how we prepared for an inshore slam fishing tournament, and today we’ll reveal how it went.
This was a slam tournament in an area that I’d previously only fished once several years ago, and in the video below I’ll break down what we did right and what we did wrong on tournament day.
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Inshore Slam Tournament Fishing [VIDEO]
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Equipment & Lures Used:
- Lures: Everything was caught on the 3/0 TwistLock weighted hooks from Owner
- 21″ trout and a couple of others with the 5″ soft plastic paddle tail from Southeastern Tackle
- Everything else hit the 5″ Gulp Jerk Shad in watermelon color
- Rods: TFO Pro 7’6″ Medium power
- Reels: Daiwa Fuego LT 3000
Note: I used Pro-Cure Super Gel on the paddle tail baits to add in some extra scent.
The Best Decision We Made
The best decision we made that morning was to not leave fish to find more fish.
Although we were only catching trout, we were in a good feeding zone and I was confident there were more than just trout in the area.
As it turned out, on our third pass through this area is when I caught the 31″ snook (see first image in this article).
Had we moved on from the area, we likely would not have caught such a good snook.
Our Biggest Mistake
The biggest mistake I made was not planning for the tides well enough.
I had correctly identified where the fish would be feeding (see the trout above), but I misjudged how low the tide would be simply because I had only been to this area once before, and it was at a totally different tide so I had nothing to compare it to.
The tide was too low to get my boat back there, and we missed out on some potentially good fishing.
Later, I learned that there was a small channel that led back there, but since we got there in the dark, and it was a new area for me, I could not see it.
Previously in tournaments with more money on the line, I would pre-fish the area on the same tides as tournament day to avoid this mistake.
Note: Here’s a link to see the short scouting trip that I had (with my dog Otis) the day before the tournament to find some pockets of fish to target for the big day: Scouting Trip Post.
If you’re boating in the dark, it often helps to have someone pull out a cell phone with an online map to see where you are.
Although it’s not foolproof, and you still need to be cautious, you can see some sandbars or structure on the map that you may want to avoid.
If you want to give yourself the best chance to do well in an inshore fishing tournament, make sure you follow these two tips:
- The best way to prepare for a tournament is by fishing the exact tides you’ll be fishing on tournament day, so you can find the feeding fish and no surprises come up.
- Don’t leave fish to find more fish. Doing this can often lead to missing out on fish, like the snook we caught.
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