Posted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:34 pm Post subject: Full Moons
Everybody wonders about moons. I personally think they do have some kind of affect on fishing, but conditions change even with a moon.
In my experiences fishing for stripers at night during a full moon I have caught a few good sized fish but by far I usually catch nothing. 10% good
During the day during a full moon I have caught fish nearly as good as any other time. I think it has not much effect on fishing success during the day of the full moon time of the month. In fact, many large fish are caught during the day of a full moon, especially largemouth bass. 70% good.
During smaller moons at night or during the day I would say 85%
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Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:53 pm Post subject:
I agree with Allan, that daytime fishing on a full moon can be good. Here's a bit on the subject from an article I wrote last year for Fishsniffer.com-
I am curious about moon phases. Do you follow these, and if you do how well do they work for you. I thank you.
Yes, I follow the moon phases, and I only like to fish on the full moon, new moon, half and quarter moon, or when it's waxing or waning between these phases. Can you see where I'm going with this? If you worry too much about a 'bad moon rising', you might go fishing less, and we can't have that now, can we? If you're asking if I've noticed anything about how the moon phase affects my fishing, the one trend I've found is that on a full or near full moon, early morning fishing can be slow, I believe because the fish feed by the light of the moon, then sleep in after all that late night partying. The good thing is that they then perk up and go on a good bite in the late morning or early afternoon. I just had this experience on Lake Tahoe last week, where the bite was slow at dawn, then improved greatly by noon, when I caught four mackinaw to seven pounds in less than an hour, topline trolling dodgers and minnows. So go fishing and forget the moon, unless it's full, in which case you may want to sleep in like the fish, then hit the water later in the morning. _________________
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