Catching Slams While Fishing New Areas [Double Slam on Lures]

What are some ways to catch inshore slams in new territory?

How can you locate areas where there will be different species of fish based on structure and shore formation?

You’ll see how effective knowing the latest feeding trends along with how to use free online maps to find the top feeding zones based on tides and the weather can be!

Check out this exploration trip to Sarasota Bay that I went on last week down below!!!

Sarasota Fishing Report [VIDEO]

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Exploration Tips

If you want to target new areas and fish new water, the best way to find spots to fish is to look at Google Maps or Google Earth and look for zones that may be holding fish.

You should look for areas that are similar to where you have fished previously and try to match structure and shore formation to set yourself up in spots that could have fish.

As with any exploration trip, this one is no different as it only includes all artificial lures!

When you get to your selected fishing spots, it is always important to have a look around and see if there are any birds or signs of life in the water.

If you are fishing with someone else, it is also a good idea to have one of you throw a subsurface paddletail and a topwater lure.

This way you can further key in on what the fish are going to strike.

Exploring new areas and successfully catching fish comes down to knowing the feeding trends and reading online maps.

You can go to new areas without live bait and get into some quick fishing action.

Remember when you are moving from spot to spot and moving over shallow flats, you should make sure that anyone else in the boat always moves to the front.

That will help lift the motor up and protect the seagrass.

Lure & Casting Tips

For catching inshore slams, it is recommended you use the “beefed up” tip on the end of your leader.

This is simply a heavier leader tied to a lighter leader which is joined to your braid.

One of the best lures to scan new areas and cover different water is the Slam Shady Bomber.

The natural action from the larger paddletail is a perfect presentation for targeting inshore slams.

Sometimes if a fish is hooked on someone else’s line, another fish may follow close behind.

If that is the case, make sure to get a cast in behind that fish that’s hooked.

Odds are you can induce a reaction strike and double up.

Be sure to fan cast and cover ground while also being alert to your surroundings for sight fishing opportunities.

If you come up on some crystal clear water, try a lure with quick darting action with more finesse.

The Alabama Leprechaun is an excellent choice for those types of conditions.

Topwater lures are better for early morning with dimmer lighting and after that, the paddletail will take over and do the rest!


You don’t need live bait to test new waters and you don’t even need more than a few lures to have a successful trip.

Exploration trip success comes down to knowing the current fishing trends and choosing spots via online maps that are similar to areas where you’ve caught fish before and are bound to hold fish.

Make sure to properly pre-plan your fishing trips to set yourself up for the best chances at catching inshore slams!

If you have any questions on fishing new areas, please let me know down in the comments!

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Shawn OMalley
2 years ago

Dont u have any women ever fish on your videos makes it much more intresting to get hot chicks onboard

Stan Mitchell
2 years ago

Great video Luke,Tony ! Cortez, Palma Sola and Sarasota bay holds a lot of snook, trout and redfish ya just have to run around until you find them. And then hang on 🎣💪

Joseph Gill
2 years ago

So good to know that there ARE redfish in Sarasota Bay!!

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Gill

There sure seem to be plenty of redfish in Sarasota Bay based on this trip. But I’ve heard so many stories about there not being many in that area so this perhaps was an anomaly… I’ll be sure to try there again in a different season to see how it compares to the Fall.

tom M.
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing with us Luke and Tony. which ramp did you use to put the boat in? I’m not familiar with that area. And, it was a great day to be on the water and great reading the maps!

Tyler Needham
2 years ago
Reply to  tom M.

By the looks at the end of the video it was the South Coquina Beach boat ramp. Right over the bridge from Longboat Pass

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Tyler Needham

Good eye Tyler!

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  tom M.

Thanks Tom! I launched from the South Coquina Key ramp on this trip. Make sure to check out the Insider report from this trip because it goes into detail on exactly why each spot was chosen and which approaches to the spots were done based on the tides and weather. Here’s a link in case you didn’t see it yet:

Rob Bordelon
2 years ago

That was a fun video to watch! Luke, I would be ecstatic if you’d record all the steps you take from researching the site to pulling the boat out of the water for a new spontaneous trip. Look forward to the next one! You and your team have given me back the love that was once lost for fishing. I just need more visual learning. Thanks again for what y’all are doing.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob Bordelon

Make sure to check out the Insider Post-Trip analysis lesson from this trip because it goes into detail on the pre-trip plan and why each spot was selected based on the tides & weather. Here’s a link for you convenience:

Nick Evertsen
2 years ago

Big smiles! This is great.

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Nick Evertsen

Thanks Nicholas!

David Wamsley
2 years ago

What knot are you using to tie the 30# to the 20# leader?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  David Wamsley

I use the blood knot for that connection… 5 turns with 20 lb line and 4 turns with 30 lb.


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