have always been confused about the best time to fish according to to moon….Ive heard when moon is full bad caise fish see a night and eat more

I have fished for over 50 years.. local and tuna trips in summer…have always been confused about the best time to fish according to to moon….Ive heard when moon is full bad caise fish see a night and eat more….Thanks

I believe what you are reffering to are the Solunar Tables (SOlar LUNAR), compiled in 1926 by John Alden Knight. They take into account 33 seperate factors to determine the optimum time for fishing. You can find copies of Solunar Tables in almost any fishing and hunting publication. It musually consists of a Major Peak Time, and a Minor Peak Time. These are the time blocks with the most optimum conditions for fish to feed. Solunar Tables are supposed to be able to predict the best times to fish daily, monthly and yearly. Knight published these tables in 1936, after a 10-year development period. Do they really work? Weeelllll……SOme pro fishermen swear by them. Others have nothing but disdain for them. Then, there are some, like myself, that regard them as simply one more tool to use in the pursuit of your favorite piscatorial prey. Sometimes, the tables are pretty close. At other times, not worth the paper they are printed on. This has been my personal experience. A little common sense goes a long way. For instance: If there are no game fish present, I don’t care what the tables say…you’re coming home empty. Likewise, if you are trying to catch crappie in a trout stream, the tables are not going to help you. It has been my experience that it is more important to know the exact time of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset. At each of these events, there is a 90 minute period of increased feeding activity of all fish, freshwater, saltwater, or your living room aquarium. The other big factor is the moon phase. Fish peak during a 5-day window at each of these events; new moon, and full moon. Again, it even works with aquarium fish. If you want to use the tables, then by all means…indulge yourself. But in my mind, knowledge is power. Research the conditions and make your own tables. Happy fishing!

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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