One of the most frequently asked questions of fishermen around the world is:
"When is the best time to go fishing?"
Fishing Reminder not only aims to provide an answer to this question but even more importantly a practical solution.
In this article I'm going to explain the theory behind the Best Fishing Times and Best Fishing Days and how Fishing Reminder calculates them.
I will show you how you can use Fishing Reminder to take advantage of this theory and how it can help you to improve your catch rate and the size of fish you will catch.
Fishing Reminder is based on John Alden Knight's Solunar Theory. Sol stands for Solar and Lun for Lunar.
This Theory describes how Sun and Moon will affect animal feeding behaviour, especially Salt and Freshwater Fish.
Fishing Reminder calculates the best fishing times according to this theory, accounting for the Geographic Location of your Fishing Spot, your Time Zone and adjusted Daylight Savings Time.
So all you really need to worry about is picking your favorite fishing spot on the map and then let Fishing Reminder take care of the rest.
Firstly to find the Best Fishing Times for a day, Fishing Reminder calculates the Moon Up and Moon Down Times for that day.
The Times are calculated from Moon Rise and Moon Set, which are specific to your longitude, latitude and current timezone.
Secondly Fishing Reminder calculates the current Moon Phase and Moon Age.
And thirdly it calculates Sunrise and Sunset times.
This data is now analysed in the following way:
Major Times = Moon Up and Moon Down Times
Minor Times = Moon Rise and Moon Set Times
Extra Time Ratings = if the Major or Minor Times occur withing one hour of Sunrise or Sunset those times get an extra rating added, because this means better feeding action.
Peak Days are those days when Sun and Moon are closest to earth.
Those days occur during New Moon and Full Moon and get a day rating of 3 stars.
Other day ratings are taken from the Maori Fishing Calendar which has a specific rating for each day in a moon cycle.
Finally The Ultimate Best Fishing Times are those Major or Minor Periods that are close to Sunrise or Sunset during a New Moon or a Full Moon.
If that is going to happen you most certainly want to be reminded, to not miss those great action days.
Another important factor in determining the bite behaviour is the Local Weather.
Especially Barometric Changes will affect the way fish are biting.
Generally speaking, if the Barometer goes down fishing will become less successful.
The old Maori Fisherman knew that if his "seaweed barometer" was dry when he left home, his catch would be better then if it was limp.
The idea of fishing reminder is to automatically remind fishermen of best fishing days.
To really take advantage of Fishing Reminder, you should create an account and let Fishing Reminder take care of finding those best days and times for your spot.
It will then send you automatic email reminder just before best fishing days, so that you don't miss out on those opportunities.
Fishing Reminder was created with the goal in mind to make it as easy to use as possible.
That means no one should go through long drop down lists to select timezones, locations, weather stations and so forth.
Instead Fishing Reminder aims to do this all automatically for you and all you have to do is click on the map to select your favorite fishing spot.
If you are visiting Fishing Reminder for the first time, it will try to automatically detect your location from your IP Address.
Of course you can then change it to wherever you want.
If you select a different location on the map Fishing Reminder will adjust all times and dates to this new location.
It will also try to find nearby tide prediction stations and the closest live weather station.
It is always a good idea to check Fishing Reminder before setting out on a fishing trip, to see at a glance at what time you should be on the water to expect best action.
Also it is possible to view a monthly forecast of Solunar Times.
And very soon you will be able to print the forecast, so you can take it with you, in case you don't have Internet access - or you are on a holiday.
Fishing Reminder is an Web 2.0 Application or Rich Internet Application, created with Adobe Flex.
It is running in your Web Browser and only requires Adobe's Flash Player to run.