Moon landing: How to catch more fish

Full moon above sea

Get in tune with the moon.

With super moons, solar eclipses and all kinds of astrological events happening in the news lately, we’ve jumped on the moon bandwagon to explore how fishing by using the phases of the moon can help land you a bigger catch.

But is there any sense to it? We did a bit of digging and discovered, to our delight, there is a sound theory behind fishing by the moon! So have a read of our quick guide then grab your favourite fishing rod, a moon phase calendar and the determination to get out of bed when the rest of the UK is fast asleep. Just think of that potential catch…

Here’s the low down on how to make the most of the moon.

Feeding time

Large moon over the sea

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Fish during the feeding frenzy.

The best time to go fishing is when you feel like it or have the time off. Fair enough, it’s about personal enjoyment at the end of the day. But if you’re after actually catching fish, and not just pure relaxation, we all know the best time to catch fish is when they are feeding.

The sun, moon, tides and weather all influence when the fish actually feed, so it’s worth being clued up on moon cycles if you want to increase the quality and quantity of your catch.

Fish tend to feed around sunrise and sunset, but the moonrise and moonset are much better times to fish as the moon exerts a stronger influence. The position of the moon is really important as it directly affects the tides and also the behavior of the insects around the fishing spots. When the moon is in the correct position it will cause a chain of events which triggers feeding. This is the moment you fish.

You don’t need a stopwatch and it doesn’t have to be hard work, just give yourself a 45-minute window each side of the moonrise and moonset. Cast your line and then wait for when the moon rises or sets and the feeding will commence. Simple. Well, almost. There are some complications to consider.


Storm and lightening over sea

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Uh oh! What to do when it goes wrong.

The first complication is that the moon sometimes cannot be seen due to clouds and the rise and setting of a new moon is actually invisible. The moonrise and moonset is generally less noticeable as there won’t be much change in the amount of light in the sky.  So you’ll need a moon phase calendar, which provides you with the moon’s activity throughout the year otherwise you’ll miss the catch. With this you’ll be equipped to be in the right place at the right time.

Changes in weather can affect how fish feed. The time period when a storm’s about to break or has just passed is ideal and good for fishing. But if there’s a cold front moving in, then the fish will swim down into deeper water and not be responsive to baiting.

Armed with this knowledge and a moon phase calendar, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try and utilize some of the advice shared above. Just make sure that you’re set up and ready to go at the right time. Good luck and happy fishing.