How To Catch An Inshore Slam (Right After A Cold Front)
By: Luke Simonds on February 12, 2020
Do you remember catching your first snook?
I recently had the opportunity to take out one of our Insider members, Dave Otte, who’s from Pensacola and has never caught a snook before (there aren’t any snook that far up north).
We were on a mission to catch an inshore slam but the odds were stacked against us.
We were in a spot that neither of us had ever been to, it was the middle of January, and a cold front had just passed through, so the water was cold and the fish were lethargic.
Want to see how we did?
Watch the video below.
How To Catch An Inshore Slam In Winter [VIDEO]
It was so fun to put Dave on his first snook and get the slam.
You can clearly hear how excited he was once he realized that the last fish was a redfish!
Even though we were in a new spot and conditions were pretty bad, we were able to each catch a slam because we knew what the trends were and how fish respond after cold fronts.
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First, I’ll share how we caught each species, then I’ll share the exact lures we were using.
The first stop we made was around some oyster bars in open water that had good water flow.
Current plus structure is typically a good formula for success and it allowed us to both catch some trout here, as well as a ton of ladyfish.
We weren’t catching any snook or redfish at our first spot and since we were on a mission to get the slam, we moved on.
We hit residential canals where the water is a little deeper, and therefore warmer.
Our strategy was to throw lures near the deeper dock pilings and pretty soon we each got a snook, including Dave’s first one.
As the day went on, the water was heated up by the sun and some fish were coming up from the deeper canals on the shallower flats.
That’s where Dave landed his redfish and secured the slam!
We mostly used two different types of lures:
- Gulp shrimp
The paddletails were most effective when we were fishing shallower water and covering a lot of ground.
We were using the Slam Shady paddletail, and you can get a free pack by clicking here.
The Gulp shrimp were most effective when we were fishing the deeper docks and canals.
We were tossing them near the dock pilings, letting them sink, and doing a twitch-twitch-pause retrieve.
Learn how to rig Gulp shrimp here.
What a fun trip!
I’m so glad Dave was able to get his first snook and we each caught a slam.
Awesome job, Dave!
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