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Fishing a Bad Moon

By January 9, 2009

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There are two times each month that I dread fishing. Today was one of them. You heard it right - I dreaded going today because I already knew what would happen. You see today and the next two days are the absolute full of the moon.

A cold front just went through yesterday and the sky was bluebird high behind the front. The wind was knocking along about 20 knots out of the northwest; the air temperature was about 40 degrees;and, the water temperature was about 50.

I should have stayed in bed!

The tidal current was so strong because of the full moon, that the crab trap floats looked like the movie Jaws where those barrels were being pulled under by the shark - water gushing around them and the current pulling them just under the surface. it was rippin'!

I did manage a few pictures for a future magazine article, and I did wring out a pesky live well problem I've been having. But, overall, it was a very cold boat ride. Good thing there were no paying customers! I believe the word would be, "skunked"!

Comments

January 15, 2009 at 7:11 am
(1) Chaplain Robert Payne. says:

Sir.
I was always informed fishing in and on the full moon was suppose to be the greatest fishing days of the month.

Please help me with this.. No wonder I got “slammed-down” on the surf the other night and lost 99% of my surf gear, and almost drowned in the process. PHEW!

January 15, 2009 at 7:35 am
(2) saltfishing says:

Most of what you read are my own personal observations based on over 50 years of saltwater fishing. I too, have read about full moon fishing – but I have never seen a good day. I fish the tides and currents, and full moon tides are killers around me. Not sure where you are, but in general, the farther north along the Atlantic coast you go, the bigger the tides are, and hence the heavier the current. Tides in the Gulf of Mexico are only 1 to 2 feet in some areas even on a full moon!

January 18, 2009 at 8:50 pm
(3) Jesse says:

I’ve never had a good day fishing under a full moon.

November 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(4) Chris says:

Fishing on a full moon can be great. I fish in the gulf all the time and find that full moon fishing is good. The catch is that you have to fish at night. When there is a full moon it creates a strong tide and the fish feed by the light of the moon all night. If you fish the following day the fish don’t bite well because they have stuffed themselves the night before.

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