The species needed to achieve a Grand Slam or the Super Grand Slam for inshore fishing are Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook. The Grand Slam is achieved when the angler lands three of these species on the same day. Or, in the case of the even more difficult Super Slam, when the angler lands all 4 species in the same day. These angling milestones are unforgettable in the life of an angler. As complex and challenging as a 10 handicap in Polo, or a hole in one in golf, the Grand Slam and Super Slam will leave a huge impression on an angler, for life. The Slam has the capacity to completely transform a week of fishing into a truly unique and memorable experience. In protected areas, the Grand Slam becomes more of a possibility as the fish are less pressured and not as weary. Anglers have a much better chance of presenting the fly and the offerings being accepted when conservation and marine park regulations are strictly enforced.
The Permit is likely the most difficult flats species to target. It is instinctively nervous when it comes into shallow water to feed and when you combine this with its excellent eyesight and sense of smell; you have all the factors in place to produce an extremely challenging angling experience. Permit will move around the white sand flats, sharing their territory with bonefish, and then out to the outer reefs, which is why the fishing area is complicated and demands intimate knowledge of this vast and complex location. Only the experienced guides know their movements, which rely on the tides and climatic conditions, and they can help even an average angler have numerous chances at landing a permit, and achieve the final goal of a grand slam or super grand slam.
INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF GRAND SLAMS ACHIEVED DUE TO THE PROTECTION OF THE MARINE PARK
Thanks to the maintenance and protection on the marine park, the numbers of bonefish, permit and tarpon have dramatically increased. This has directly translated into more Grand Slams and Super Slams by our guests. The guides, with more than 15 seasons of experience have incredible skills and have developed their techniques used to fly fish for permit to a very high level. Through studying this wonderful fish, the guides have discovered their habits and tendencies. They know the best way to cast a line, locate the skiff, work with the flies in the water, the most appropriate boating speed, the most effective flies to use, and most importantly, the poise and patience that both the guide and angler will need in these situations. Presently, in some of our operations, we are recording over 2 grand slams per week. This is something very few destinations in the world can offer and this is due to the protection of the marine park and the constant improvements in the applied fishing techniques.
IGFA Grand Slam Club certificate
*you must download the application form from this website, as a download, or from the IGFA website at https://www.igfa.org/Fish/IGFA-Clubs.aspx
IGFA Catch Certificate (any species)
*you must download the application form from this website, as a download, or from the IGFA website at https://www.igfa.org/Fish/CATCH-CERTIFICATES.aspx