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What defines an 'Excellent' day, as compared to an 'Average' day. | Category: Help

Anoop Jugurnath 3 months ago

Is it simply because there are more bite times on a particular that makes it an excellent day?
Or other factors, like tide, temperature, sunlight or cloudy, wind, moon, sunrise/ sunset... ?

If there's only one minor in a day, being a poor day; it isn't necessarily a poor day if there are lot of bites during that minor... or not ? Little confused on this.

I went out earlier today, during the minor, and had zero bite !!
A 'good' day was indicated though.. so how do I read good, average or excellent day, vs minor/ major.

Thank you.

Mark Totzke 3 months ago

Hi Anoop,

Good question.
The day ratings are simply based on the moon phase and the combined gravity between moon and sun.
For example during new moon, sun and moon rise at the same time and their combined gravity, coupled with dark nights creates excellent fishing conditions... if the weather plays along.
The local weather isn't included in that rating and must be taken into consideration separately.

Usually if there is no bite during a good fishing time it is rather an indication that there aren't any fish in this spot or that the bait is not right.
In that case it's best to move on and try other spots.

Hope that helps

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
itsaboat 3 months ago

There is a link at the bottom of each page How It Works.

It is a combination of sun, moon, tides etc.

At the end of the day, it comes down to the person. You have to be where the fish are. Using bait or lures that the fish want. You have to use the right method. I have often stated I could toss lures into a bath tub full of water all day on the best of best days and not catch a thing !!

If you go fishing in a major time on a 4 star day and don't catch anything. Then the first thing to do is look at what you are doing or not doing. For example, about 90% of people cast straight over the top of the fish they are trying to catch. I was fishing on a beach once where the fish were in a very narrow stretch about 3 meters (10 feet) wide. Sometimes it can literally come down to inches.

A good idea is to simply cast in different spots until you find the fish. What I do, is give my first cast about 10 minutes. If nothing happens, I reel in and cast again a few feet to either side. I keep doing that until I find the fish or have covered the whole area. If nothing is happening in the area then move to a new spot.

If you notice a big difference between major and minor, it could just mean that you were in the right spot at the right time...or in the wrong spot.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Anoop Jugurnath 3 months ago

Thanks Mark.

I was in my usual spot where there's a lot of fish. 2 weeks ago, during an excellent day, we caught about 30 fishes (walleye/ bass) and kept 7 walleyes of good sizes.. But on friday on the same spot, during a good day, i had no bites.. i believe though, from your inputs, that weather played against the odds.. as it was very windy and colder that morning... thanks, i will keep researching on this. cheers.

Anoop Jugurnath 3 months ago

Thank you itsaboat.

itsaboat 3 months ago

No worries mate

At a guess I would say the wind definitely had an impact. The fish were probably still there just moved into a more shelter spot. They might have even moved into deeper water.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Anoop Jugurnath 3 months ago

yeah, most probably, thx.

Jenry 3 months ago

The best days I had didn't happen on any major/minor bite time or an excellent rated day according to this site. Matter of fact, days was rated as poor.

Look for trends in your area and fish to it. I've been to areas where activity was good on moonrise and then died off completely as soon as the moonlight started to shine as the moon came over the hills. It was also dependant on what time of day the moonrise was. Moon over and moon under is usually dead where I fish.

The biggest fishes i've caught are mostly caught late night. Generally, I find the day before, the day of and the day after the 4 moon phase are terrible for fishing.

There is one area I fish that is generally horrible. Persons will go a week without catching anything meaningful. From the time sprats start to run the area, then it's excitement galore. Some monster fish are usually seen running fish crazy in the area and really close to shore.

Mark Totzke 3 months ago

LOL Jenry, it seems that wherever you fish the world is spinning the other way around ?
Well great that you figured out what works best for your area.
From what you say it seems that the fishing isn't that great there most of the time.

The places I fish are usually like clockwork when it comes to major and minor times.
But there are lots of fish around most of the year and they do feed when the tides are moving, currents are flowing, insects are hatching and hence during major and minor times.

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
itsaboat 3 months ago

Hi Jeny.

That is some good input...

The last time I fished salt water was about 2 years ago...You could say "Life Style" choices have kept me away from the coast...Like bush fires, COVID, floods and a mouse plague !! Anyway, I went to the beach one hour after the end of a minor time on a poor rated day. I know I posted photos, was it 3 or 4 good fish I got? I think it was 3...

Just because a day is rated one star or poor, does not mean it is a bad day. Just because a day is rated 4 stars and excellent does not mean it will be a good day...As you point out, you still need to take local conditions, weather etc into account....and of course what you are doing and how...hold me back, hold me back, no, no, I am not going to say it...I can't hold it back --- bathtub

I went back to that same spot when the rating was better. Of course I was expecting even better results...Then a pro fishing boat trawled the whole beach. I think I posted photos of that too !!

So at the end of the day, the solunar theory works and of course Fishing Reminder is the best place to get it. But you still have to take local conditions into account...including pro fishing trawlers and bathtubs

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !