Lures vs. Live Bait: Inshore Slam Tournament Results

By: Luke Simonds on March 16, 2020
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It’s Tournament Time!

Tony and I recently fished the Warrior Shootout, which was an inshore slam (redfish, seatrout, & snook) tournament benefitting Reeling Freedom.

On this tournament day, we faced very tough conditions with very cold weather, super low tides, and lots of wind.

And we decided to go with artificials only to see how our results would compare to the other anglers who were mostly using live bait.

Best of all, we captured the entire trip on film in order to document the key decision points throughout the day as well as the fun fish catching footage.

In this video, you’ll see:

  • What our secret gameplan was that got us on the leaderboard
  • The types of lures we were using (and how to retrieve them)
  • Which types of spots we were fishing in
  • And much more!

To see how to catch an inshore slam during a tough day in a tournament, check out the video below.


Live Bait vs. Lures: Tournament Experiment

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What a fun day!

There were some great anglers in that tournament, including a few guides, and I’m pumped we were able to finish second.

As far as catching fish goes, here’s what worked:

Having a proven gameplan.

Since it was cold we knew that fish would be holding tight to structure in deeper water (especially docks), so we picked out a handful of spots that fit those parameters.

We also knew that the cold would make fish lethargic, so we slowed down our retrieve and bumped our lures along the bottom.

And using artificial lures let us cover a ton of ground.

We knew that the lures we were using catch fish, so all we had to do was focus on finding the feeding zones.

Thankfully, we found them pretty quickly and it allowed us to have a great day on the water.

Here’s How You Can Steal Our Gameplan

At any given time, 90% of the fish are in 10% of the water.

The trick is knowing which 10% they’re in.

They’re always moving based on factors like the weather, tide, and wind, and unless you’re on the water every day, it can be tough to keep it dialed in.

That’s why we created our weekend gameplans.

Every Friday in ten minutes or less we show you what the fish are doing, what to look for in a spot, which lures to use, how to retrieve them, and much more.

All we did during this tournament was follow our weekend gameplan and I’d say it worked out well for us!

And not only us, but one of our Insider members competed in the same tournament and won the kayak division!

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Our official length of 77 1/4″ was good enough for a tie of first place, but since I took my sweet time getting to the weigh-in, and the other team weighed in before us, we had to settle for second.

It was still a blast and goes to prove that having a proven game plan is the best way to catch a lot of fish and have a great day on the water.

Have any questions about fishing tournaments or catching inshore slams?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Jsans01rt Sans

Do you remember what the air and water temperatures were?

Alex Frey

What an awesome day Luke! You guys crushed it and it was awesome seeing the footage as well as hear what was going through your mind. Thanks for putting out this content and keep up the good work!

John Mitchell

Congrats guys that looked like an awesome day thanks for sharing 🎣

Luke Simonds

Thanks John!

Gary Brady

Great video, you guys killed it. Great plan

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Gary!

Lee Chaney

Congrats fellows! That ole bass game works well for this format.

Luke Simonds

Thanks Lee! Yes, the many years of bass fishing for us both paid off:)

Cody Selph

Luke and Tony strong 💪🏼 congrats fellas!!!!

Luke Simonds

Thanks Cody!

Michael Collins

Awesome job! Delightful to see you practice what you preach and have such great success.

Luke Simonds

Thanks Michael! Yes, we don’t recommend anything that we don’t do or use ourselves:)

Art Heiter

Fun to see you two ‘Top Guns’ team up and knock it out of the park!

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Art!

Capt. Ray Markham
Capt. Ray Markham

Great job, guys!

Luke Simonds

Thanks Capt. Ray!


Congratulations! Watching the video I kept cheering you guys on! Great job!

Luke Simonds

Thanks! I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this tournament video.

Thomas Manley

You and Tony did Great!! thanks for posting this and working the plan the way you are teaching us to do. This shows that it works and works well!!! thanks. Tom

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Tom!

Jason Stewart

With Tony and Luke fishing together, you know there’s going to be some big fish caught…that’s one pretty tough team to beat

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Jason!

Bill Zimmer

Congratulations Luke and Tony. What a thrill to watch and learn from your tournament, that’s why I joined SaltStrong.

Luke Simonds

Thanks Bill! Glad to see that you enjoyed this video. It was definitely a fun one to film.

Joseph Pyles

I think you did great ! 💪👍

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Joseph!