It was one of those days when everything went according to plan, said Chis Holleman, summing up the win that he and his tournament partner Lee Clements scored in the 10th Annual Clay Roberts Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament.

The tournament’s “slam” consists of speckled trout, flounder and redfish. Each team can weigh one of each, and the winner is based on total weight.

Holleman and Clements went after trout first, fishing Bomber Jointed Wake Minnows in an eddy beside a rip where Holleman had been catching some quality trout and where he believed a really big one might be lurking. They caught a couple of ladyfish right away and had a couple of blowups from fish that could have been trout. No good trout seemed to be home, though, and Holleman was about to suggest a move when something hit Clements’ lure.

“I thought it had to be a redfish by how hard it looked like it was pulling, but he said it was shaking its head like a trout,” Holleman said. Sure enough, it was a trout – a big one. In fact, Holleman and Clements were pretty confident they wouldn’t catch a bigger trout so they moved on to some nearby docks and pitched Bomber Drumbeater spinnerbaits under the docks for flounder.

Before long, that part of the plan worked, and they put a flounder in the boat. It wasn’t big, but it was legal, and they felt like a winning would require a large trout, some kind of flounder and a quality slot redfish, so they made a run to a different area where they hoped they could find the right redfish.

After reaching the redfish area, they caught a couple of small fish on YUM Break'N Shads before Clements hooked up with what would turn out to be the perfect tournament fish. It was barely within the slot and super fat.

It was still only midmorning, and they had a limit, with two of three fish near the top end of what they thought was realistic, so they moved to some more docks in the same area to try to upgrade their flounder.

Like everything else that morning, that part of the plan worked perfectly. Holleman was pitching a Drumbeater under a dock and yo-yoing it off the bottom – a technique that consistently produces well for him – when a flounder hit. That fish weighed about 4 pounds, and again was about at the top end of what they felt like they were apt to catch that time of year.

It was still super early, but Holleman and Clements didn’t feel like any upgrades remained to be made, so they headed back to the tournament site. They had to wait a couple of hours before they could weigh in, but when they did, they won comfortably.

Their winning weight of 17.69 pounds was more than three pounds heavier than the second place catch. The approximate weight breakdown was redfish, 7 ½ pounds; trout, 6 pounds; flounder, 4 pounds.