Moon Phases Effects on Fishing
Solunar fishing, or fishing by moon phase, is not a new concept. However, it is one that, if used correctly, can provide you with the perfect day or night of fishing.
It has long been known by fisherman around the world that moon phase effects the outcome of a fishing trip. It wasn't until 1926, however, that it was given a name. The "Solunar Theory" was originally created in Florida by John Alden Knight who after hearing many of the local stories about moon phase and fishing, decided to refine these ideas into a solid theory.
Best Time of Day
The solunar theory concluded that the most important times of day to pay attention to when planning a fishing trip are when both the sun and moon rise and set. This is down to the minute. Any point within 30 minutes of sunrise or sunset are the best times of day to wet a line. If the moonrise or moonset happen to fall within this 30 minute period, you can expect the fishing to be even more productive.
The best days to fish are centered around a New or Full moon. The intensity of the lunar gravity may play some part in this.
The best month to fish by the solunar theory would have to be the month of June which has more solar and lunar interaction daily than any other month of the year. Though there are so many variables in relation to solar and lunar phase, weather etc. that no two days or months will ever be the same; however, June is your best bet.
When determining the best time to fish it is always in your best interest to pay attention to the weather as well. A steady standing barometer or a rising barometer indicate that a phase will be more productive, so always keep an eye on the weather when planning an outing.
Justin K. Otto is a freelance writer & editor from Pensacola, Florida. He has been writing for 9 years and professionally for just over 2 for several publications such as The Pensacola News Journal, a Gannett Publication, the PJC Corsair and Kayak Angler Magazine. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in journalism.