Outdoorsmen both hunters and anglers, are always looking for a way to put the odds in their favor for either taking game or catching fish. But despite what some people think (who are not outdoorsmen) hunting and fishing is scientific. You don’t just get lucky when you take that buck or catch that bass of a lifetime. If you really look into it deeper, you’ll see that there is something in control that’s millions of miles away from planet earth. The moon! My wife’s grandfather loved horse races and had a method of selecting his horses for each race that involved everything from the horoscope to card reading to moon phases. Well, believe me when I say I thought he was off his rocker, but he did quite well at the track with his crazy method. People don’t realize the impact our moon has on wildlife and game activity. So, let’s look at the facts and how you can use the lunar charts to help you as a hunter or a fisherman.
As a tournament angler, I’m always trying to put the odds in my favor as much as possible. The one thing you can pretty much count on as an angler, is that there will almost always be an early morning bite and a late evening bite. Anything else is just a guessing game…or is it? One day on a guided fishing trip with my good friend and Lake Fork fishing guide Johnny Guice, we were on the lake and had caught a few fish at daylight, but then the bite slowed down dramatically.
We were casting over and over with no results when his alarm went off on his phone at 10:15 AM. Johnny looks at me and says, ”Ok, get ready!” and I said “Ready for what?” He started telling me how he uses the Isolunar Chart to help him catch fish. He said it has amazed him at the accuracy of this chart. But what amazed me was that five minutes after his alarm went off, we started catching bass. As amazing as this was for me, I was still a skeptic and would need more proof that this really worked. The next day, his alarm went off again at 11:10 AM and just like clockwork, the bass started feeding again. Now I’m starting to think that maybe there is something to this.
So, from that day on, I’ve been using the Isolunar Chart and have seen firsthand its accuracy the more I’ve used it. This chart is based on moon phases and where it is in the sky and is a great predictor of game activity. The chart will list for each day the best times “Peak “ and “Minor” feeding periods when fish or wild game will be active. But here’s the deal, now you have to understand the moon and how it affects fish and wildlife. When the moon is overhead or under foot, is the “peak” and “minor” feeding periods or game activity. Now how do you use this information to help you? For me, I try and make sure that through my scouting of different places on the lake, I will find areas that tend to hold better quality bass. So, if I have five areas holding fish, I try and make sure I’m in the better area of the five during the peak feeding period; an area that I feel gives me the best opportunity to catch not just fish, but good quality fish. If you’re a deer or squirrel hunter, it will tell you when the best time might be for you to be on your stand or in the woods.
While there are no guarantees in bass fishing or hunting, this Isolunar Chart is pretty darn close and will help you understand when fish and wildlife might be more active. I hope I’ve helped you understand that fishing and hunting are not all about getting lucky. That there really is a scientific approach that can be exploited if you understand how to use it to your advantage. So, the truth is, the moon can be your friend if you understand it. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook. Tune into the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show on AM 1130 The Tiger KWKH, every Wednesday at 11:00 and Saturday mornings at 6:00 for the latest outdoor news and we’ll give the “Best Times To Hunt or Fish” based off the Isolunar Chart.
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