Will it Be a Good day Fishing and What Time
If you know me or follow my posts you may be aware that I believe the theory that the moon strongly affects fish and wildlife activity. I have followed it for years and use software to help make some predictions. It is science but not the last word. Of course factors such as the weather will be a major influence on any given day.
This is one Example for the day of the Full Moon which is usually rated well.
A Fishing Guide’s Discoveries Regarding Lunar and Solar Affect
A long time fishing guide and pro fisherman, Joe Bucher has recorded stats and activity for many years. He often pondered the validity of factors such as full moon, dark moon, and major and minor activity periods.
In 1976, when Joe decided to become a full time fishing guide, he began documenting daily fishing catches and solunar chart predictions. He was then able to use his data from catches that included hundreds of muskies, and thousands of bass and walleyes on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. He cross referenced his data to the predicted activity levels from some of these solunar tables and learned more about determining the best time to go fishing.
One conclusion immediately came to mind. His analysis convinced him that some of the traditional solar, lunar criteria proved all too often to have no validity. He came to the conclusion that most of the solunar tables published offered no real consistent correlation to fishing success and at that point he decided to put these theories on the back burner.
Over time he just couldn’t continue to ignore this popular theory. Why do you suppose it kept nagging at him? It was because he actually discovered that there was in fact a certain solar and lunar effect on fish activity. His discovery worked so well that it was hard to believe at first. His daily fishing logs had surely disputed the commonly accepted predictions, but they just as surely pointed to indisputable evidence that here did exist solar and lunar factors that were worthy of closer attention.
His ultimate conclusion is now that the rise and set of both the sun and moon has far more impact than any other daily sun or moon position. That is without exception the single most important daily triggering factor of both fish and game. Monthly peaks in both the full and new moon are a secondary factor definitely worth considering.
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