Moon Phases

The moon's gravitational pull on the earth results in the tidal changes that affect the world's oceans. On a 'Full Moon' the tidal range will be greater, while on a 'New Moon' it will be least. Equally, some species of fish may tend to feed harder at night during a 'Full Moon', resulting in less activity during the day. Nothing is certain in this sport of ours and as with hunting the differing phases of the moon can have differing effects on various species. (It has even been linked to changes in human behaviour!) If you think this calender can help you predict 'best times' to go then we hope it will bring you success. If it does then we would love to know your experiences. Please let us know by dropping us an e-mail to [email protected].

Please remember that using the moon phases to predict a fishing trip is not an exact science and is only one factor in planning a fishing strategy.

Tip 1:  "Trout and albacore fishing is usually slower around the full moon because the fish feed at night."

Tip 2:  "Migratory fish often come into a river system in greater than average numbers on a higher tide, when weather conditions are favorable."

Tip 3:  "Tides are strongest on the full moon which usually makes for the best sturgeon and striper fishing."

Tip 4:  "Estuary fish will often feed strongest around a full moon as the increased tidal flow brings greater movement of the bait."

Tip 5:  "Saltwater flats will be deeper or shallower during Full Moons and New Moons respectively."