Fishing By Moon Phase: Increase Your Catch


Every fisherman dreams of a bigger catch! Is it possible to know beforehand when you should plan a trip to enjoy some fishing, catch more than usual, and come home feeling 100% satisfied? Based on my own personal research around the best fishing times, I think it is.

When I first started fishing, the best fishing time for me was whatever time happened to suit me. I tried different lures, baits and techniques until I’d spent a small fortune in my quest to improve my fishing catch. When I finally heard about the “Solunar Theory”–or fishing by moon phase–like most anglers, I was skeptical.

What I’d read sounded too complicated. All sorts of factors needed to be checked and the determined angler needed to be at the water’s edge at exactly the right time, TO THE MINUTE, in order to improve on his average catch. Was I really willing to take my hobby that seriously? Let’s just say that curiosity got the better of me.

To help me determine whether there was any truth in the moon’s effect on the best fishing times, I kept a record of every trip I made over a period of 18 months. All information related to the moon’s phases, the weather conditions and the catches I made were carefully logged. What I discovered convinced me that moon phase fishing works. BUT, I also found that it isn’t anywhere near as complicated as many would have us believe.

How Does Fishing By Moon Phase Work?

Every fisherman knows that the best fishing times are when the fish are feeding. This tends to be during dawn and dusk, but what often goes unnoticed are the two periods elsewhere in the day–moonrise and moonset. Because the moon has an effect on a variety of factors surrounding the fish–including the live fodder they hunt–these periods, combined with the moon’s phase, are what trigger feeding.

By understanding this, and choosing times when sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset coincide with new or full moon phases, you’ll increase you chance of a good fishing catch. Assuming there are fish in the area, of course.

Choosing The Best Fishing Times

There really is nothing complicated about this at all; it’s just a matter of knowing ahead of time exactly when the sun and moon will rise and set. Fish are most active during 90-minute windows surrounding each of these four daily events; that’s 45 minutes before and after these four daily points.

Fishing during these four periods will help increase your fishing catch, but if you plan wisely so as to ensure you’re at the water’s edge on the days of new or full moon, you can use these ‘windows’ to reel in a catch like you’ve never done before. If you have to choose between sunrise/set and moonrise/set, always go with the moon as the moon is the stronger influence.

Hunters have always known that fish and game are most active at dawn and dusk–sunrise and sunset–but their activity surrounding moonrise and moonset is less noticeable because these events are likely to occur without e­ffecting any change in the perceived light. The rise and set of a new moon is invisible anyway, and overcast weather often hides the moon. Without prior knowledge of setting and rising times, two of the best fishing times will be missed every day!

Other Considerations

When planning your fishing by moon phase, there are certain other factors that should also be considered.

Weather – Severe weather changes have an impact on the way fish feed. When a storm’s brewing, or just after one has passed, is a good time. If this happens while you’re in place, you’ll be in for a treat! However, if there’s a cold front approaching, the fish are likely to move deeper into the water and become inactive.

Season – Most fish are more likely to bite willingly during seasonal transitions with the transition from winter to spring and summer to fall being the two best fishing times.

Now that you know that moon phase fishing really works, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t utilize this knowledge to increase your own fishing catch by being at the ready with your rod during the best fishing times available. It’s easy and it works!

Good luck!


Winter Carp Fishing Baits Boosted By Irresistible Homemade Korda Goo Dips!


There are many gimmicks in carp fishing and certainly Korda Goo is such a product which appeals more to angler senses than to fish. I could easily make such product using fluorascien drain cleaner and a cheap flavour. But if you feel you must use such gimmicks you at least deserve to be given the opportunity to improve this visual and smell orientated product so read on now for far better results in winter and summer!

You might think that carp see colours as we humans do but there are many differences which really mean we can exploit carp eyesight in surprising ways but not exactly in way you might expect! Carp vision extends into the infrared and ultraviolet ranges and this means they may well detect heat differences and tone and contrasts in very different ways to humans. I say they may well do because when it comes to carp vision not that many rigorously scientific tests regarding bait tones and colours have been carried out.

Certainly one thing is clear that carp do detect contrast of tones, and under certain light conditions rig materials which appear green in white light appear black and so are not camouflaged at all. White hook baits containing high levels of titanium oxide dye may well work better in darkness or in turbid light conditions due to unknown factors science has yet to determine and not merely factors such as contrast and tone.

Highlighting hook baits using dye can work to make them contrast and stand out more from the visual background clutter. This is in principle similar to exploiting high levels of flavours to help hook baits stand out from background dissolved clutter in the water around carp, such as dissolved minerals, ammonium and so on. So highlighting visually and chemically can help achieve more bites and more fish in various conditions, but no in all.

I say not in all conditions because sometimes it is preferable not to be using particular forms of flavours at all, and certainly on a highly pressured lake such as Rainbow Lake you would be best to use natural flavours and avoid any flavours based on familiar solvent bases which fish may well identify and feed far more warily in the presence of. Certain taste sensitive individual fish may actually avoid such baits completely!

Personally I am not a fan of high levels of dyes in baits for purposes of highlighting them as through many tests involving very potent chemosensory approaches the colour of a bait was proven to be totally irrelevant to results as fish were already acutely sensitised instantly to bait substances in solution and so found baits extremely easily from ranges far outside of visual range.

I am a fan of pigments however and for example if you list the number of beneficial pigments found in spirulina for instance then I think you will be a fan of algae, particularly in winter and spring baits forever more! Used correctly spirulina clouds water so beneficially in the presence of feeding fish that this in itself can be enough to obscure rig materials from visual sensitivities when fish get really close to hooks and hook links etc which tend to reflect at least some light back into the eye, even ambient light at night in shallower water!

So how can you improve a visual flavoured product such as Korda Goo? Well without getting technically into the water reactivity, chemosensory and internal bioactivity sides of things etc, adding CC Moore Feedstim XP liquid and powder will dramatically boost the potency of Korda Goo. However you can improve visual impacts too by for example adding liquid Robin Red, or additional titanium oxide dye.

You might add spirulina, or even hemp protein powder and both of these add dramatically to chemosensory nutritional stimulation and very effectively cloud the water obscuring your hook and rig so you get more hooked fish!