Solar/Lunar Tables - Do They Work?
Controversy over two things,
fish attractants and solunar timetables, are similar in that we
cannot conclusively say they work...nor can we disprove them
either! Two things we know for sure are that studies have proven
that: 1) fish have noses, and 2) the sun and moon have biological
effects on living things.
Yes, I do use scent. Yes, I do like to
plan my trip so that I am fishing prime water that is holding
bait during the hours of the daily solunar peaks. Yes, I do like
it when the sun, the moon, all the planets and all the tables
align to put me right in the middle of all the major mojo
- In late afternoon during the coldest seasons
- Between the midday hours of 10 and 2 during cool, mild
- At dusk and dawn in moderately hot summer weather
- At the "psycho hours" between 1 and 3 a.m. during
the hottest summer dog days
So what can I say? Those are the best
hours to be out at those times of the season anyway. The fact
that the planets are aligning then too, and that you are sitting
in a good spot with a good bait supply can only add to the aura
of it all! Just spray your bait down with your favorite fish
attracting concoction about five minutes before the peak period
for the day and get ready!
Sometimes it seems that scent and solunar
tables work, but I cannot be sure. Sometimes it seems my
horoscope for the day is uncannily right on target too! Haven't
you ever noticed that? I'm a bull and a rooster (Taurus and
Chinese Year of the Chicken), how about you?
One thing I do know, scents and solunar
timetables probably don't hurt (I hope). Be on the water fishing
good cover where there is bait and other signs of life on the
water or moving around on shore. It could be bait, panfish,
ducks, turtles, red wing blackbirds, squirrels or any life
whatsoever. All life favors essentially the same environmental
factors. If anything else is moving around actively feeding,
chances are good that bass are doing the same thing. If there's
just a flock of sitting ducks with their heads under their wings,
it is not a good sign for your fishing success.
There are lots of names and many
modifications of schemes for the basic solar/lunar tables. I've
looked into a few with fancy names and charts. As far as I can
tell, the only major difference betweeen most of them is in the
fancy name and hype. They all seem to essentially track very
closely to the plain, unadulterated tables that I provide you
with at my web site at www.state-fishing.com.
In fact, many of the fancy schemes with propietary names are
geographically too broad (like for the entire country or region)
whereas the ones I give you are custom-calculated for the
geographic mid-center of each state. If you really want to get
picky, you can determine how far east or west you are from your
state's mid-center, then add (east) or subtract (west) one minute
for each twelve miles of distance. That will give you the exact
moment to fish under the influence of the sun and moon.
There's nothing wrong with totally disregarding
solunar timetables either. In fact, even if they do have
some effect, the sun and moon are so far away. Much more local
and immediate conditions will probably always matter more. Wind
direction and force, cloud cover, the passage of weather fronts,
barometric trend and other atmospheric conditions can be more
immediate and weigh more heavily. Come together with a school of
bait at the precise time that the bass do, and what you throw at
them under what conditions just may not matter at that moment!
Learn how to excel in your presentation...how to find fish...and
fish when you can.
Just keep in mind the general guidelines for times of day and
seasons that I listed above, and if you want to know the precise
hours to be there according to the solar/lunar tables, please
click here to visit my web site at www.state-fishing.com.
It gives you daily minor and major feeding peakssun rise, sun
set, moon phases, moon rise, moon set, moon up, moon down for
each day in 2000...all accurate for wherever you are in all 50
states. Also you will find local tide tables, water conditions
and local weather for each state there.
Hope it helps stir up some controversy.
Here is some more information about the solunar time tables at
Theory. The theory is that there
are four periods (2 major and 2 minor) each day when the
gravitational forces created by the alignment of the sun and moon
become strong enough to have an influence on the activities of
fish and wildlife.
Actual times.The actual times we
publish are when each major or minor period begins. Major periods
will last from 1 to 2 hours while Minor periods last for 1 hour
Good days. In our tables, we use
the symbol ">" to flag the days preceding and
following a NEW or FULL moon since research has shown that fish
and wildlife activity is greatest during these periods of each
Best days. When the solunar times
fall within one hour of SUNRISE or SUNSET (which everyone knows
are good times of daily fish and wildlife activity).
Absolute best days. Doesn't occur
very often during any given month - but when the solunar times
fall within one hour of sunrise or sunset and the solunar times
are within one hour of MOONRISE or MOONSET - you have an "absolute best day"!
Accuracy. The solunar times are
calibrated for the center of all 50 states. The times will change
1 minute for each 12 miles E (-) or W (+) of the location. By
adding or deducting 1 minute for each 12 miles from the base
point you can achieve 1 minute accuracy for any location. The
distance N or S does not effect the solunar times.