What Is an Inshore Grand Slam? Explanation and Species List

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An Inshore Grand Slam is achieved when an angler catches three of the following fish species in a single day:

  • Atlantic Bonefish
  • Pacific Bonefish
  • Atlantic Snook
  • Pacific Snook
  • Atlantic Cubera Snapper
  • Pacific Cubera Snapper
  • Tarpon
  • Permit
  • Snubnose Pompano
  • Giant Trevally
  • Roosterfish
  • Bluefin Trevally
  • Milkfish

As with all grand slams, the fish have to be logged and registered in line with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules for it to count.

While catching three fish species in a day is never easy, the Inshore Grand Slam is actually one of the more achievable grand slams.

That’s because there are 13 species within the allowable group, although not all co-exist in the same waters.

Because of the nature of the fish involved, an Inshore Grand Slam can also double as a Flats grand slam if the fish involved are bonefish, permit, and tarpon.

Inshore Grand Slams

There are more inshore grand slams registered in Florida than any other location, although Mexico, Belize, and elsewhere in Central America account for their fair share too.

In terms of species, the bonefish, tarpon, and permit combination is quite frequent, although often there is a snook thrown in in place of one of these Flats grand slam constituent fish.

Roosterfish and trevally species are rarer among grand slams but still present in some, as are Cubera Snapper.

IGFA Inshore Fly Grand Slams

There are numerous examples of fly tackle grand slams in the Inshore Grand Slam club. It’s not surprising as fly tackle is the predominant method of catching these species, particularly the flats species bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

Inshore Super Grand Slam Club

As with all of the official IGFA slams, the super slam is achieved by catching four of the target species within a single day.

Roughly 50 anglers have achieved a conventional tackle Inshore Super Grand Slam, and about the same number have achieved the same feat using fly tackle.

Locations for Inshore Grand Slams

Belize and Cuba, alongside Mexico and Florida, are the dominant destinations for catching an Inshore Grand Slam or an Inshore Super Slam.

The warm waters of the Atlantic side of the Americas make for great flats fishing, with most of the target species available in relative abundance.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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