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    Lunar addenda
from Ralph Manns  
9/27/2012 6:38:26 PM


  Some of you have read my report of 19.5 years of black bass catch data relative to the lunar cycle in the In-Fisherman. If not, it is available at :
Since analyzing the data and writing the report two years ago, I've continued fishing and collecting data. I want to point out findings that might have been missed by some due to the abundance of data in the article. Given the key finding that lunar majors and minor mid-times tend to precede the best bites rather than straddle the lunar times as predicted by most lunar charts and tables, there are a couple of times when a strong bite for larger bass appears to occur.

When the lunar major or minor mid-time (the time the moon is overhead or underfoot) falls in the late afternoon and the preceding major or minor falls near noon and the morning lunar bite precedes sun-up, the evening bite is particularly strong and rewarding.

Although the study data revealed bass in reservoirs were less likely to feed relative to the solunar tables than pond bass due to shad behaviors, I've noted that even in the limited reservoir area I now fish with my mini bass boat, the larger bass respond to the late afternoon majors and minors that are not preceded by a strong morning bite. This situation exists primarily when days are shortening in the fall.

Keep in mind the fact that for bass, the lunar bites tend to follow lunar mid-times rather than precede them, So a scheduled major or minor between 10 a.m. and noon is often a weak, brightly sunlit bite. The evening bite that my data revealed usually exceeds even the dawn bite, is particularly good under these special lunar conditions.

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   So, I went back to the original article . . . from 31Airborne  9/29/2012 2:23:37 PM
 . . . and am now in the 'how-the-rotation-of moon-and-earth-influence-fishing' mode. Have always understood there was something there but this kinda helped me get a little closer to appreciating it.

My real questions is: Have you compiled all of this stuff into a book? I'm kinda in and out here so if I've missed something that everyone else knows plz forgive me. If there is a book plz direct me to the place where I can get a copy.

   31a from Ralph Manns  9/29/2012 8:27:59 PM
 There is no book --- just my two articles and the scientific publication of the report that is eventually, I hope, to be published be the American Fisheries Society. The scientific report gives details about how the data were collected, but I think all of the definite findings are identified int he article.

What is key is that my data and studies are apparently the only scientific attempts to identify the influence of the lunar cycle on bass fishing catches with an adequate data base.

   gravitational pull on earth from 1sg  10/1/2012 4:45:24 PM

as shown on the bulge created on the earth. the bulge represents the amount of gravitational forces.

   more 31A from Ralph Manns  10/7/2012 6:06:49 PM
 1 sgt's post suggests that I may have misinterpreted your request. I know of no scientific books giving a detailed analysis of the impact of the lunar cycle on bass fishing or anthing else. However, there have been many articles in magazines and the documents that accompany most lunar cycle fishing charts give much more detailed explanations of the theory. My first article on this subject gave greater detail of the theory.

I no longer have the documents on hand, but a Google search for "solunar fishing theory" leads to several sources and explanations, including the original John Alden Knight explanation.

   Nope, you didn't miss it, Ralph from 31Airborne  10/9/2012 1:43:27 PM
 Top added the picture because he knows grunts like me learn better w/ pictures vc words. I actually (scary thought coming) understood the technical/scientific elements of your article. The challenge will be putting it to use on the water.

Thanks for the come-back.

You really need to think about compiling all of your stuff into one volume, dood.

   I knew you would get the jab brian from 1sg  10/12/2012 9:30:13 AM
 I love the words on a claymore FRONT TOWARD ENEMY.Always a grunt, Brother.

   Top, whut wud our world be . . . from 31Airborne  10/21/2012 8:21:49 AM
 . . . without smart azzes like you, dood? LMAO



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