Moon phases bft

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  1. saltpheen

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    was trying to plan my summer around a handful of bluefin trips and was wondering what's the preferred moon phases for these elusive bastards
     
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    just like seabass...........but they can and do bite well at anytime.
     
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    Full moon bite for the last two months. I will be catching them on the next one. :skullbone :Zombie_Ro
     
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    We are just a 3 days ahead of the full.........should be just about right.
     
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    Thank you I'll be on the Pac queen Wednesday hopefully they hungry
     
  6. FishAcquisition

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    Just read an article here: https://www.redrooster3.com/LarryBrownmoomphase.htm anyway, they interviewed all the San Diego Greats about moon phase. LoPreste, Buzz, Tommy Rothery, Tim Ekstrom, Andy Cates, Kevin Osborn, names like that. All the Captains said that bottom line the Is Current rules (which is unpredictable). They said because there were so many factors that moon phase was not a significant factor. Then they went back and charted moon phase vs BFT Fish counts. They checked and for example and great moon phase with no current or dirty water or sharks or bad water temps. Didn’t equal BFT. I found that peaceful because trying to match schedules with Moons is tough even maddening.
     
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    Nope. Doesn't matter. I quit looking at the moon charts a long time ago. Slaughtered the fish too many times when the moon phase said I wouldn't catch fish. It's just people over thinking things. It's fishing. Right place at the right time. I've busted that myth over and over. Spend your time going over your gear and making sure you're ready when it happens and quit trying to chase all the variables. And more time on the water increases your chances of catching fish.
     
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    You won't hear many captains or guides saying moon phases are very important. They need clients all month long. Not just on certain prime moon phases.

    How it affects Bft I can't say. But it seemed to me in April the bite was stronger during the daytime at new and full moon and was slower and more of an evening bite near the quarter moons

    Striper fishing in the CA Delta
    or Halibut fishing in the Cook Inlet AK it's absolutely critical because of tidal flow.
     
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    Inshore stuff is all about current, hence new/full.

    Think about even Calico fishing that water looks still, dead, a little dingy, not
    Much going on. Water pulling, bait breaking, birds up, it gets snapping.

    We all know, current gets everything stirred up and moving, eating.
     
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    Well let's keep track for a while on this thread

    Today 5/25 is the 3/4 moon
    Tomahawk had 12 bft for 22 anglers this morning
    Shogun had 15 for 31 anglers.
     
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    Those trips are all sold out:hali_parkutuli::-)
     
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    I think it is an all things considered type of fact. I think Andy Cates said you could look back and see it but not forward due to the many other things. I agree with inshore being tide driven. We are fisherman so we are natural optimists, if painting our thumbs green we’re the next thing we would do it:-). I truly wonder about flat falls? Would other YoYos do just as well? I will never know because I have 7 rigged up that will be my first option. May never know unless I get 2 on the boat if my Glow PL68 is just as good. Some guy did a great video about Floro also that debunked it as far as abrasion. Time on the Water. Each day is different, it is actually different hour by hour.
     
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    Only reason I can think of at night when moon is full and bright the fish can see contour better at the surface. I think the proximity from the earth to the moon might have more to do with it wrather than if it's full or not. I to have cought plenty with or without a full moon. So I don't pay attention to the moon phase, I just go fishing.
     
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    I have found that bft only eat when they are hungry on a blue moon
     
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    5/27 1 day after 3/4 moon

    The Condor returned this AM from a 3 day trip with 4 Bluefin (1 at 150lbs) and 10 Yellowtail up to 15lbs.

    The Pacific Queen returned this AM from a 3 day trip with 18 Bluefin (40-80lbs.) and 2 Yellowtail at 15lbs.

    The Tomahawk returned this AM from a 2.5 day trip with 1 Bluefin and 5 Yellowtail.

    The Islander returned this AM from a 2.5 day trip with 3 Bluefin, 5 Yellowfin, and 2 Yellowtail.
     
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    I saw these reports as well. Sometimes you're the windshield, and sometimes you're the bug.
    When there were more tuna anglers who smoked on board and I saw reports like this I always thought of all the cigs that got burnt... Better days ahead.
     
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    I bet they hooked a lot more.
     
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    Glad I was on this one
    Pacific Voyager 2.5 26 Bluefin, 2 Yellowfin, 10 Yellowtail (Not rats).
     
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    I'm going out next week on the PV for a 3 day trip during a new moon I'll post a report. I will say last Sept during a full moon I was on a 3 day trip on the PQ we caught 19 cows, about 10 of them were caught at night on flat falls during the day the kite was on fire. It's fishing so you never know...
     
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