Fishing By Moon Phase: Increase Your Catch
Every fisherman dreams
of a bigger catch! Is it possible to know beforehand when you should plan a trip
to enjoy some fishing, catch more than usual, and come home feeling 100%
satisfied? Based on my own personal research around the best fishing times, I
think it is.
When I first started
fishing, the best fishing time for me was whatever time happened to suit me. I
tried different lures, baits and techniques until I'd spent a small fortune in
my quest to improve my fishing catch. When I finally heard about the "Solunar
Theory"--or fishing by moon phase--like most anglers, I was skeptical.
What I'd read sounded
too complicated. All sorts of factors needed to be checked and the determined
angler needed to be at the water's edge at exactly the right time, TO THE
MINUTE, in order to improve on his average catch. Was I really willing to take
my hobby that seriously? Let's just say that curiosity got the better of me.
To help me determine
whether there was any truth in the moon's effect on the best fishing times, I
kept a record of every trip I made over a period of 18 months. All information
related to the moon's phases, the weather conditions and the catches I made were
carefully logged. What I discovered convinced me that moon phase fishing works.
BUT, I also found that it isn't anywhere near as complicated as many would have
How Does Fishing By
Moon Phase Work?
Every fisherman knows
that the best fishing times are when the fish are feeding. This tends to be
during dawn and dusk, but what often goes unnoticed are the two periods
elsewhere in the day--moonrise and moonset. Because the moon has an effect on a
variety of factors surrounding the fish--including the live fodder they
hunt--these periods, combined with the moon's phase, are what trigger feeding.
By understanding this,
and choosing times when sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset coincide with new or
full moon phases, you'll increase you chance of a good fishing catch. Assuming
there are fish in the area, of course.
Choosing The Best
There really is nothing
complicated about this at all; it's just a matter of knowing ahead of time
exactly when the sun and moon will rise and set. Fish are most active during
90-minute windows surrounding each of these four daily events; that's 45 minutes
before and after these four daily points.
Fishing during these
four periods will help increase your fishing catch, but if you plan wisely so as
to ensure you're at the water's edge on the days of new or full moon, you can
use these 'windows' to reel in a catch like you've never done before. If you
have to choose between sunrise/set and moonrise/set, always go with the moon, as
the moon is the stronger influence.
Hunters have always
known that fish and game are most active at dawn and dusk--sunrise and
sunset--but their activity surrounding moonrise and moonset is less noticeable
because these events are likely to occur without effecting any change in the
perceived light. The rise and set of a new moon is invisible anyway, and
overcast weather often hides the moon. Without prior knowledge of setting and
rising times, two of the best fishing times will be missed every day!
When planning your
fishing by moon phase, there are certain other factors that should also be
Weather - Severe weather
changes have an impact on the way fish feed. When a storm's brewing, or just
after one has passed, is a good time. If this happens while you're in place,
you'll be in for a treat! However, if there's a cold front approaching, the fish
are likely to move deeper into the water and become inactive.
Season - Most fish are
more likely to bite willingly during seasonal transitions with the transition
from winter to spring and summer to fall being the two best fishing times.
Now that you know that
moon phase fishing really works, there's no reason why you shouldn't utilize
this knowledge to increase your own fishing catch by being at the ready with
your rod during the best fishing times available. It's easy and it works!
David Rose is an
outdoor enthusiast and the creator of Quick Phase Pro, a popular
moon phase software program. Visit
http://www.calculatorcat.com/moon_phases to discover
the fun and easy way to view the phases of the
moon and increase your fishing catch.