Poll: Lunar cycles - I've caught more / biger fish when the moon is in what cycle?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by AllenM, Jun 4, 2006.

I've caught more / biiger fish when....

  1. The moon is full.

  2. The moon is half full.

  3. The moon is dark.

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  1. AllenM

    AllenM Guest

    I've read a number of threads on barometric preasure and lunar cycles that got pretty confusing. I'd like to get a simple vote from everyone as when they catch the most, or the biggest cats while night fishing with more or less moon lit up. This poll will not take clouds and weather into effect, JUSt the cycles of the moon, regardless if it's hidden or not.
     
  2. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    i catch the most fish during a "new moon" period, but bigger ones during a full moon.
     

  3. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    I fish a tidal river so I quess the moon has an effect on the fish there indirectly in their feeding habits every 6 hours. But i'm not sold on the moon phase thing and Jupiter When it's in line with mercury or whatever. When i'm hungry I tend to eat something and i'm sure the fish do to.
     
  4. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Hey Dink!
    Maybe when the moon is full it makes you a better fisherman! LOL:big_smile::big_smile:
     
  5. borntocatfish

    borntocatfish New Member

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    I had to sit and think about that one if I recall its usually pretty dark
     
  6. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    My experience is at night the full moon causes fish to suspend and feed on the surface even in deep water resevoirs that I fish.So I would say new moon is better for me at night.
     
  7. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    I like fishing ona new moon phase with a slight wind
     
  8. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Like I have said before, I have caught large numbers of cats and large cats during ever lunar cycle there is. Statistically the week after a full moon is better for me, but that could only be because I fish during the day most of the time.

    Weather has a much bigger impact on fish bite than the moon.
     
  9. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Darker the better:big_smile: I have the best luck with a new moon.
     
  10. Mountain Cur

    Mountain Cur New Member

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    A quick look at past records indicate time of year affects when fish feed best on which moon cycle. I fish, day, night. evenings, whenever the urge strikes and the moon cycle has very little to do with our success or failure.........weather and lake/river condition seems to be the determining factor. If you have good luck on a certain lunar cycle, far be it from me to discourage you from fishing that cycle. Hey! If it works for ya, it doesn't matter much does it?????:big_smile: :wink:
     
  11. timbo

    timbo New Member

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    Hi Full Moon for Me Thanks TIMBO
     
  12. Skrod

    Skrod New Member

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    I think my experience mostly duplicates Copycat's -- that is, I'm doing most of my "big fishing" on a strongly tidal river in VA and that the fact that the whole river switches direction 4 times a day (every 6 hours) has the largest effect.


    "Slack tide" when the current slows down and then stops when the tide is going from "coming in" to "going out" (or vice versa) and twilight when the sun has just set seem to be the most productive periods, regardless of moon phase as far as I've been able to see.


    In still waters like lakes -- huh, I just couldn't say -- it always just seems hit-or-miss one day after the next (1 fish one day, 6 fish the next ... who knows).


    Just my experience,


    Kevin (Skrod)
     
  13. AllenM

    AllenM Guest

    Thanks, everyone who posted and voted. I greatly appriciate the input. Now a lot of you mentioned weather conditions having a more dramatic effect on the bite. Anyone care to elaborate? I've heard that the cats generally bite better right after a rain storm. Is this your experience, or do you think otherwise? Please give as much detail as possible on what conditions you find them to be most active... Temperature range (air/water), barometric preasure (going up, dropping, steady?), rain (before / during / after?), and so on and so forth please.

    Thanks again. This could become an extremely informative thread. :big_smile:
     
  14. uptoolate

    uptoolate New Member

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    I seem to do best when there is plenty of moon up there but clouds cover it up.
     
  15. tnkatman

    tnkatman New Member

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    I Catch More Catfish During The "new Moon" Phase.
     
  16. samh

    samh New Member

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    I'll go whenever I get the chance regardless of which phase. Now my PawPaw was an old trotliner and if planing a trip to fish he wanted to go the three days after the last quarter of the moon, he alway did well. Don't know how much of it was the moon or how much it was he'd fished his whole life and just knew what he was doing, but he believed it with all his heart and when we went fishing it was the three days after the last quarter.
     
  17. Cattoo

    Cattoo New Member

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    i use to really keep up with the moon cycles and try and fish them as much as possible. i even had one of those little moon cycle wheel things in my tackle box. it just seems to me that everytime the moon would be in cycle, there would be a cold front or the river would be dropping or some other thing to mess up the situation. jackass and i use to really get into all the specifics like keeping a fishing journal and all that. i don't do it anymore. i figured that i am a fisherman, not a scientist.i don't have time or the motivation to be writing all this crap down. i just fish. i don't worry about the moon phases anymore. i just fish. as hectic as my schedule is anymore i go fishing whenever i get a chance to do so.
     
  18. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    I'll Have To Check The Sky The Next Time I Pull In A Big Flathead.lol
     
  19. Diego

    Diego New Member

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    3 days before and after the new moon are best. The world record channel was caught three days before a new moon. However, I caught my biggest channel ever during a bright moon.

    Other factors we should consider when evaluating the "moon bite" are water clarity and moon rise/set times.

    Murky water lessens light penetration through water which may nullify some of the full moons effects on fish.

    If the full moon rises when the sun rises, there won't be a moon out at night. Does this situation fish the same way fishing under a new moon does? Don't know.
     
  20. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    I agree Diego:wink: It seems like the bite gets better too when the moon ans sun is starting to rise and set. Even the moon setting heats up the bite. At least that is it appears:confused2: