Sunday, January 1, 2012

Solunar Tables Explained

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In this article I'm going to explain the theory behind Solunar Tables.

Fishermen normally invest a lot of time studying the feeding behavior of their targeted fish species. One of the most frequently asked question is: When is the best time to go fishing?

Solunar Tables provide a commonly accepted answer to this question. The tables are based on the Solunar Theory, originally formulated by John Alden Knight.

It is a well established and proven theory that can predict those times when fish are most active. The two key factors of the Solunar Theory are the Sun (sol) and the Moon (lun). John Alden Knight spent most of his life studying fish feeding behavior in relation to these cosmic forces.

In 1957, he was elected to the Fishing Hall of Fame for his contribution through the development of the Solunar Tables, sportsmanship and fishing ability.

He based his initial idea for the theory on an old-time comercial hunter's knowledge and with careful observation and research extended this idea into a theory about animal feeding schedules. The secret he learned from the old hunter from South Georgia was that the best time to go fishing or hunting is when the moon is directly overhead or underfoot.

In his book "Moon Up ~ Moon Down" he summarizes the basic claim of his theory in the following way:

Other conditions not being unfavorable, fish will feed, animals will move about, birds will sing and fly from place to place, in fact, all living things will become more active, more alive, during Solunar periods than at other times of apparent equal value.

The times of day when fish and other animals will most likely be active are called "Solunar Periods". They occur normally 4 times per day. As a general rule of thumb, they coincide with Moon Rise, Moon Set, Moon Up and Moon Down times.

More accurately they are calculated from the combined gravitational force of moon and sun in relation to an observers location. Usually the duration of the major periods lasts for about two hours while minor periods last slightly shorter.

Everyone knows that dawn and dusk are good times to go fishing and many saltwater fisherman believe that fishing is at its best during tidal changes. However not everyone knows that perhaps the most effective time to be out on the water is during major or minor Solunar periods.

What happens if we combine the Solunar Periods with our knowledge about dusk, dawn and tides? It's simple - if any of the Solunar Periods occur within an hour of sun rise, sun set, low or high tide then we can expect even greater action.

Now that we know about the best times to go fishing on a particular day, wouldn't it be good to also know which days in a month will be best?

Again the Solunar Theory provides an answer for us. It states that the influence of moon and sun will be stronger the closer they are to earth. And this happens during New Moon and Full Moon Phases. That's why periods during New and Full Moon will provide the best fishing each month has to offer.

To plan our fishing trips around the ultimate best time we have to look out for days shortly after New Moon or Full Moon with Major or Minor Solunar Periods near sun rise, sun set, low or high tide. Assuming that all other factors such as weather, season, water condition, food availability, etc are right, this could lead to some incredible action.

To find out more about Solunar Fishing Tables and to receive automatic email reminders about best fishing times, please visit Fishing Reminder

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