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"Best fishing days" calenders

by , Posted to on 01/22/2014 10:11 AM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
I am sitting here in my office and looking at my wall calender. It has on it one of those pictogram coded "guide to best fishing days" for every day of the month.
2 questions: 1) Is there any validity to this and 2) how on earth do they come up with it?
Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
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by on 01/22/2014 10:16 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/30/2009
Location: ND
 My guess - moon phase mostly.  
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by on 01/22/2014 10:25 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2004
Location: ND
Based on moon phase and moon positions as well as the relationship to sunrise/sunset.  Full moon period with moon overhead, and especially moon underfoot, is going to me called a "major".  When you have these events close to a sunrise or sunset it's even better.  "Minors" are more with moon rise and set.  As far as muskies go, there is certainly a relationship between these "majors" and "minors" and seeing/catching fish.
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by on 01/22/2014 10:28 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
MuskyManiac Said:
Based on moon phase and moon positions as well as the relationship to sunrise/sunset.  Full moon period with moon overhead, and especially moon underfoot, is going to me called a "major".  When you have these events close to a sunrise or sunset it's even better.  "Minors" are more with moon rise and set.  As far as muskies go, there is certainly a relationship between these "majors" and "minors" and seeing/catching fish.

No shit? I would have bet it was a gimmick. Well, that solves that then. Thanks.
Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
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by on 01/22/2014 10:32 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/27/2013
Location: ND
I agree with them as well.  On Devils Lake if you look at the best bites they tend to be the week leading up to the full moon and the new moon.  Daily weather can change things but the tendancy is those are the best days.  The days following them are usually really slow.  There might be a fair bite on those days but nowhere near the consistency of the best days.
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by on 01/22/2014 10:33 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2007
Location: ND
I find the "best hours" to be generally good and correlate - but it could easily be all in my head too. Unless a guy gets uber-scientific about recording experiences (not FUN) then it's very hard to prove one way or the other

Johnny Candle is very disciplined and logs every day on the water. I'm sure it pays off - but I wonder how he later "mines" or makes sense of all that data?

"Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can?" 
Lee Wulff, The Atlantic Salmon

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by on 01/22/2014 10:54 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/14/2010
Location: ND
 Ain't nobody got time for dat! I go fishing when I can


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by on 01/22/2014 11:03 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2004
Location: ND
 
guywhofishes Said:

Johnny Candle is very disciplined and logs every day on the water. I'm sure it pays off - but I wonder how he later "mines" or makes sense of all that data?

You can put stuff in a spread sheet and look at data that way.  Otherwise looking over your logs just gives you a general pattern after a while.  It really doesn't take long to do.

Wags86 Said:

 Ain't nobody got time for dat! I go fishing when I can

Me too, but when your on the water for 14 hours at least it gives you something to look forward to and up your concentration when you have a major/minor coming.
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by on 01/22/2014 11:05 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2007
Location: ND
MuskyManiac Said:
 
guywhofishes Said:

Johnny Candle is very disciplined and logs every day on the water. I'm sure it pays off - but I wonder how he later "mines" or makes sense of all that data?

You can put stuff in a spread sheet and look at data that way.  Otherwise looking over your logs just gives you a general pattern after a while.  It really doesn't take long to do.

sorry but just looking over your several thousand logs isn't possible

some sort of data reduction is necessary unless you have a photographic memory and an UBER-IQ



"Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can?" 
Lee Wulff, The Atlantic Salmon

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by on 01/22/2014 11:07 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2004
Location: ND
 
Meelosh Said:
MuskyManiac Said:
 As far as muskies go, there is certainly a relationship between these "majors" and "minors" and seeing/catching fish.

No shit? I would have bet it was a gimmick. Well, that solves that then. Thanks.



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by on 01/22/2014 11:12 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
Ummm....not sure what you mean but I was actually thanking you for the explanation and proof that there is some valid science that actually does help some anglers catch fish. Wasn't taking a shot at your muskies.
Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
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by on 01/22/2014 12:00 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2004
Location: ND
Well then, I'm sorry and you're welcome.

Like I said, more than anything it gives us something to look forward to during a long day. There are usually two majors and two minors per day. 

There are some good apps for this out there. The problem with my Lowrance is that it doesn't show moon overhead or underfoot, just rise and set times. 
Meelosh Said:
Ummm....not sure what you mean but I was actually thanking you for the explanation and proof that there is some valid science that actually does help some anglers catch fish. Wasn't taking a shot at your muskies.


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by on 01/22/2014 12:02 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2004
Location: ND
That's why I mentioned putting info in a spreadsheet.

May seem like a lot of work but you know the saying "the harder I work the luckier I get"!

 
guywhofishes Said:
MuskyManiac Said:
 
guywhofishes Said:

Johnny Candle is very disciplined and logs every day on the water. I'm sure it pays off - but I wonder how he later "mines" or makes sense of all that data?

You can put stuff in a spread sheet and look at data that way.  Otherwise looking over your logs just gives you a general pattern after a while.  It really doesn't take long to do.

sorry but just looking over your several thousand logs isn't possible

some sort of data reduction is necessary unless you have a photographic memory and an UBER-IQ





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by on 01/22/2014 12:13 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND

I believe moon phases can and do have an affect on the bite.  I think the time of year and seasonal fish patterns are much more helpfull to find fish.  If you can't find fish it doesn't matter what mood they are in.  In addition, I can only really go when I have time to fish but many factors may affect where I go.

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by on 01/22/2014 12:22 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2007
Location: ND
I usually look it up the day AFTER a good or bad outing, and sure enough it almost always went dead or got good when the charts said they would.

I have iSolunar app. I always forget to use BEFORE I go!

"Why does a salmon rise? Why does a small boy cross the street just to kick a tin can?" 
Lee Wulff, The Atlantic Salmon

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by on 01/22/2014 12:38 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/07/2004
Location: ND
 
Captain Ahab Said:

  In addition, I can only really go when I have time to fish but many factors may affect where I go.

HaHa, good one Ahab. When DON'T you have time to fish?
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by on 01/22/2014 12:50 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/05/2008
Location: ND
Anything that builds confidence is a good thing IMO.  Confidence usually results in increased patience and time on the water.  Both lend themselves to increased success.
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by on 01/22/2014 12:52 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/27/2013
Location: ND
Here's what Joe Bucher says.....

http://www.anglerguide.com/articles/522.html
Genuine conservatism promotes cautious and prudent change, respect for tradition, stewardship, humility, responsibility and fact-based decision making. It is concerned with both individual and societal well-being. With regard to government, conservatism favors a government that is lean, efficient and effective -- not impotent.
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by on 01/22/2014 2:15 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2008
Location: ND
MuskyManiac Said:
 
Captain Ahab Said:

  In addition, I can only really go when I have time to fish but many factors may affect where I go.

HaHa, good one Ahab. When DON'T you have time to fish?

I usually try to build 1-2 days of fishing into my week so I don't go insane.  So I guess, the other 5 days or so.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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by on 01/22/2014 7:13 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/12/2008
Location: ND
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