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What is an Inshore Grand Slam?

Achieving an inshore grand slam in recreational fishing is a monumental feat that requires skill, strategy, and a deep understanding of the coastal ecosystems. This guide will walk you through the process of accomplishing this angler's dream, including where to fish, the regions where it's possible, tactics for catching some species involved, and a timeline for a successful day on the water.

A redfish, or one-third of an inshore grand slam, being released. Courtesy of Nueces Angling.

A redfish, or one-third of an inshore grand slam, being released. Courtesy of Nueces Angling.

This article covers:

  • Defining the Inshore Grand Slam
  • Where to Fish for an Inshore Grand Slam
  • Fishing Tactics for Inshore Grand Slam Species
  • Inshore Grand Slam Day Timeline
  • Inshore Grand Slam Competitions and Clubs
  • Inshore Grand Slam FAQ

Defining the Inshore Grand Slam

An inshore grand slam typically refers to a specific achievement in recreational fishing, particularly in saltwater fishing. It involves catching three specific species of fish in a single day in the waters near the shore, typically within coastal areas or estuaries. The three species typically included in an inshore grand slam vary depending on the region, but they often consist of popular game fish such as tarponsnookredfishspotted sea trout, or permit.

Achieving an inshore grand slam requires skill, knowledge of fishing techniques, and often a bit of luck. Anglers often pursue such milestones as a personal challenge or as part of organized fishing tournaments. It's considered a significant accomplishment within the sport fishing community and is a testament to an angler's proficiency in navigating and catching fish in diverse coastal environments.

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Healthy snook caught in the waters of Islamorada, Florida. Courtesy of Moon Cast Anglers.

Where to Fish for an Inshore Grand Slam

Inshore grand slams are typically pursued in coastal areas, including bays, estuaries, flats, and mangrove-lined shorelines. These regions offer diverse habitats where various species thrive, providing anglers with the opportunity to target multiple fish in one outing. Here we’ll go over the the most popular destinations providing the best chance to achieve an inshore slam:


The Sunshine State boasts some of the best inshore fishing opportunities in the world. Key locations include the EvergladesTampa BayMosquito Lagoon, and the Florida Keys.

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Behemoth tarpon caught in the waters of Sarasota, Florida. Courtesy of Grande Charter Fishing.


The Texas Gulf Coast offers prime habitat for inshore species such as redfishspeckled trout, and flounder. Areas like Galveston Bay and the Laguna Madre are renowned for their fishing opportunities.


Known for its extensive marshes and bayous, Louisiana offers fertile grounds for targeting redfishspeckled trout, and black drum.

North and South Carolina

Both North and South Carolina provide excellent inshore fishing opportunities, with popular spots including the Outer Banks, Charleston Harbor, and the Cape Fear River.

Fishing Tactics for Inshore Grand Slam Species

While not a comprehensive overview, here we’ll provide you with some tips we’ve found that work best when targeting some of the species you’ll be up against when going for an inshore slam. If you’re interested in learning more about each species, check out our ultimate guides on tarponspotted sea troutpermitredfishsnook, and more


  • Focus on areas with strong tidal flows such as inlets, channels, or flats adjacent to deep water.
  • Use live baitfish like mullet, pilchards, or crabs, either free-lined or under a float to keep them at the desired depth.
  • Employ artificial lures such as large swimbaits, jerkbaits, or plugs, mimicking the frantic movements of injured baitfish.
  • Consider fly fishing with large, flashy streamer patterns, presenting them accurately to cruising or rolling tarpon.
  • Remember, tarpon are known for their acrobatic jumps when hooked, so be prepared for an exhilarating fight and ensure your tackle is up to the challenge.


  • Target areas with sandy bottoms adjacent to grass flats, wrecks, or channels where they feed on crabs and shrimp.
  • Use live bait such as small crabs, shrimp, or baitfish presented on a light fluorocarbon leader to increase stealth.
  • Opt for artificial lures like small crab or shrimp imitations, presented with subtle twitches to entice wary permit.
  • Consider sight fishing for permit in clear, shallow waters, using polarized sunglasses to spot them and making accurate casts to avoid spooking the fish.
  • Be patient and persistent when targeting permit, as they can be notoriously picky eaters, requiring precise presentations to entice a strike.
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Captain Honson Lau with a massive permit caught in Biscayne Bay, Florida. Courtesy of Captain Honson Lau.


  • Target shallow flats, grass beds, and oyster bars.
  • Use live or cut bait, such as shrimp or mullet, presented on a jig head or Carolina rig.
  • Opt for artificial lures like soft plastic swimbaits or spoons, mimicking the movement of baitfish.

Speckled Trout

  • Focus on grassy flats, sandy bottoms, and deeper channels.
  • Use live bait such as shrimp or mullet under a popping cork or free-lined.
  • Experiment with artificial lures like soft plastic jerkbaits, topwater plugs, or jig heads tipped with soft plastics.


  • Look for snook around mangrove shorelines, bridges, and docks, especially during tidal changes.
  • Target them with live bait such as pilchards, mullet, or pinfish.
  • Employ artificial lures like swimbaits, topwater plugs, or jerkbaits, casting them close to structure and retrieving them with erratic movements.

Inshore Grand Slam Day Timeline

In the realm of inshore fishing, mastering the nuances of each phase of day can spell the difference between a successful outing and a day of missed opportunities. In this section, we’ll provide a prospective timeline to use when going for an inshore slam. While timelines have a way of changing when fishing, when going for an inshore slam it's important to capitalize on every second you have.

  • Early Morning (Dawn): Start by targeting snook around mangrove shorelines or docks using live bait or artificial lures.
  • Mid-Morning: Transition to shallow flats or grass beds to pursue redfish. Experiment with different bait presentations and lure retrieves.
  • Afternoon: Shift focus to speckled trout in deeper channels or grassy flats. Adjust bait depth and presentation to match their feeding behavior.Late Afternoon (Dusk): Return to snook fishing as they become more active during twilight hours. Use live bait or topwater lures for an exciting end to the day.

Inshore Grand Slam Competitions and Clubs

For anglers seeking not only personal achievement but also a sense of camaraderie and competition, inshore grand slam competitions and clubs offer an avenue to showcase skills and connect with fellow anglers. These tournaments often take place in renowned fishing destinations and attract participants from around the globe. While the rules and regulations may vary between tournaments, the essence remains the same: skillfully target and land the designated species within the competition timeframe.

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is renowned for promoting ethical angling practices and recognizing outstanding achievements in sport fishing. Their Grand Slam Clubs celebrate anglers who achieve grand slams in various categories, including inshore species. Membership in these clubs not only honors anglers' accomplishments but also supports IGFA's conservation initiatives.

Mastering the inshore grand slam requires patience, persistence, and adaptability. By targeting specific species in diverse coastal habitats and employing the right tactics, anglers can turn their fishing dreams into reality. Whether you're exploring the flats of Florida or the marshes of Louisiana, the thrill of achieving an inshore grand slam awaits those willing to embark on this exhilarating angling adventure. When starting on your inshore grand slam adventure, ensure the highest chance of success possibly by booking with a veteran AnyCreek guide today!

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