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full moon + high tide = lousy day? | Category: Fishing Talk

desertglow 1 year ago


Not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but I always thought fishing on a day/night ewith a full moon was the best you could hope for but FR clainms today - the 9th - is a poor day for the sport in Darwin. Is that beacuse of wind, muddy water?

PS caught a catfish last night and surprise surprose baked in alfoil with garlic, ginger, shallots, lemon grass, palm sugar and soya sauce it was mighty tasty.

Anyone got advice for fishing around east point with lures this time of year be it day or night?

Mark Totzke 1 year ago

Hi desertglow,

On FR we have the best day ratings during new moon periods.
Personally I hardly ever experience really good fishing during full moon. It's seems better a few days before the full moon.

My theory is that on full moon nights most predators can see enough to be feeding throughout the night and then you get less chances of a bite during the day. In other words the feeding periods are stretched out longer than on new moon days.

You'll still catch fish on poor days. The major and minor times are more important than the day rating.
It also depends of course a lot on the weather patterns. But our day ratings are mainly based on the Solunar Theory and the old Maori fishing calendar. I'm thinking of including weather patterns into the day ratings as well but haven't gotten around doing that yet.


a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
desertglow 1 year ago

Thanks, Mark. Yeah, I read yr other post about new moon and the point about the new moon and gravitational pull and visibility etc all makes pretty good sense. Clearly the high tide on a full moon washes higher up the shore and so frees up more titbits for larger marine life.
I’ll be keeping an eye on the moon phases and see if your comment about Better bites just before and after a full moon proves true. All I know right now is that I got bites galore at almost exactly the same time at the same spot two nights running- just after the sun dips below the horizon and the sky flares with those brilliant darwin colours.