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The Sun, The Moon & The Fish: How Moon Phases Affect Fishing

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The word “fascinating” is not enough to describe the greatness of our beloved Universe, in fact, we dare say there are no words to describe it.

Our Universe works in such harmony and coordination that the more we know about it, the more fascinated we become, and although there are many things that are yet unknown, what we do know is that planets, moons, and stars have a great influence in nature’s behavior (including us, of course.)

In this occasion we are going to talk about how the Moon affects one of our favorite activities in the whole wide world: Fishing!

Did you know the phases of the Moon have a powerful influence on fishing?

As crazy as it may sound, the position of the Moon in regards of the Earth and the Sun affects fishing here and everywhere around the world; together they create a gravitational force that influences bodies of water, resulting in tides, and tides affect fish behavior.

Now, let’s face it, one of the best feelings one could have in Sport Fishing is catching the biggest fish around, but what most of us don’t know is that to catch a huge fish, there are several aspects we have to take into consideration, and Moon phases are a huge thing to consider.


Moon Phases

The cycle of the Moon comprehends eight stages, each of which affects not only tides but life in the oceans as well:


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1. New Moon: The moon is not visible because it’s un-illuminated side is facing the Earth

2. Waxing Crescent: When less than one-half of the Moon is illuminated by the sunlight.

3. First Quarter: When half of the Moon is illuminated by sunlight

4. Waxing Gibbous: When the Moon appears to be near but not fully illuminated.

5. Full Moon: When the fully illuminated side of the Moon is facing the Earth

6. Waning Gibbous: When the Moon’s disk illuminated side is decreasing.

7. Last Quarter: One quarter of the Moon’s illuminated side is decreasing

8. Waning Crescent: Less than one-half of the Moon is illuminated, but the illuminated fraction is decreasing.


Although each Moon phase has a particular influence on bodies of water, it’s during New and Full Moon where the influence is more dramatic.

What happens during these stages is that gravitational forces act on bodies of water causing the  highest of tides and the lowest of tides as well. During these two moons, bodies of water move more rapidly stirring the seafloor considerably, causing small fish to be more active trying to feed from small organisms that flow in the water, and as a consequence bigger fish come closer to feed from small fish and so on, and that is exactly the time when you have to go out in the water and fish because:


1. Hungry fish bite

2. Bigger fish are around


And that’s how a healthy food chain starts.

Moon phases are important if you want to make a good catch, but there are many other things to take into consideration like season, weather, water temperature, currents and the way you combed your hair in the morning (haha jk).

If you find this information interesting, and you want to go out on the ocean and learn directly from the experts then just call Captain Justin Hopper! His many years of experience and knowledge make him the best angler in Key Largo!

So, hurry up and plan your Sport Fishing charter trip with Fantastic Charters because one thing is for sure, you won’t catch fish just sitting in front of your computer! Call us today!