Catching an inshore slam is always a treat for anglers, and this is a great time of year to do it. While anglers often simply luck into catching the three fish that make up the inshore slam – redfish, trout, and flounder – you can increase your chances of boating this medley of fish if you hit the water with a plan in mind. These step can help you complete the task.
Step number one is to start early. If you get on the water as soon as there is just enough light to make boating safe, you’ll make it a lot easier on yourself to boat the inshore slam. All three of these fish will feed heavily first thing in the morning, so just being there at the right time increases your shot at boating them all.
The second step assumes you’ve followed the first step. Fish on top. The topwater bite has been insane lately, and as long as you’re fishing a point that has oyster shell beds, you’re in the right spot. If you find a man-made sea wall with shell beds around it, you can have a field day. You’re going for the trout, but don’t be surprised if a redfish comes up and takes your lure. Walk-the-dog lures, popping lures, and buzzbaits are all good bets here.
Step number three is to fish on the bottom, or very close to it. You can stay around the same areas you hit in step two, or you can look for smaller creeks emptying into bigger ones. Lures like the LIVETARGET soft plastic shrimp, Z-Man Swimming Trout Trick, or D.O.A. Bait Buster are good bets here. Don’t drag the lure on the bottom though; you’re bound to get hung up on oyster shells if you do. Bouncing your lure along, or swimming it so that you just barely feel it scratching the bottom is a good strategy.
You’re likely to catch any of the three here, but assuming you caught a trout on top, this is a good way to target redfish, which will put you 2/3 of the way to reaching the inshore slam.
Step number four is most helpful for bagging your flounder. With their sideways mouth, they can be a challenge to catch, and that’s why it’s time to tie on a Betts Flounder Fanatic. This lure sits on the bottom with the hook laying sideways. That makes it easier for the fish to eat, and ensures a better hookset for the angler. A curly tail jig works great on these lures, and paddle tail jigs are just as effective. It’s also possible to use live bait with the Fanatic.
The Flounder Fanatic is great for fishing around docks, and casting them around rocks and jetties are also good strategies. Just don't throw them into the rocks. Flounder love to hang out on the bottom right where the ocean floor meets the rocks, so dragging these lures along right where the sand or mud meets them will have you right where you need to be. Click here for more information about the Flounder Fanatic.