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Old 08-19-2017, 01:07 PM   #1
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Eclipse fishing

In the name of science, I'm hoping to sneak out of work at noon on Monday and put the boat in for some bass fishing. The solunar tables correspond with the peak of the eclipse, the weather looks great, and being a weekday, all signs point to the potential for some great fishing.

Anybody ever fish during a major astronomical event?
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Old 08-19-2017, 03:35 PM   #2
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Just the end of the Mayan calendar. The hatch concluded abruptly

Good luck and do report back.
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Old 08-19-2017, 03:56 PM   #3
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Wear a tin hat.
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:47 PM   #4
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Please let us know how you did. I've read that the moon has an impact on the bite so maybe an eclipse will really get them fired up.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:17 PM   #5
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So the results are in: inconclusive.

We did in fact have a small flury of activity right around the peak resulting in the best fish of the outing, but we had to work for them, so I'm not sure if it was the eclipse or we finally hit the right spot. I guess the only thing to do is try again in 2024.
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Cool. I stillwater fished for a couple of hours after work as well but only managed to catch a bluegill on a black seal bugger stripped long and fast. There was a huge midge hatch going on though. I've never seen so many midges in the evening. Maybe they thought it was mid morning because the eclipse screwed up their internal clocks?
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:36 PM   #7
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Interesting and thanks for the report. The solunar calendars predicted an excellent day, peaking during the eclipse...I've had them be spot on at times, and completely wrong on others. In the end I've found that weather conditions are usually the ultimate factor in the bite....
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:22 AM   #8
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We need both a total eclipse and a bigger sample size. Mark your calendars for 2024 and we'll all go fishing!
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Couldn't fish yesterday but did fish during the same solunar activity peak in the afternoon on Sunday...it was lights out. Caught 20 brook trout in 1.25 hours.
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Old 08-22-2017, 11:56 AM   #10
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I fished a Lake Ontario trib for panfish from about 1:00 to 5:00. First couple of hours was a great bite with a few really good bluegills & pumpkinseeds. Late afternoon was slow even tho I thought the holes I was fishing looked promising. Lots of fun on a 3 wt fiberglass rod.
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Old 08-22-2017, 09:40 PM   #11
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I fished from 12:30 to 4:00 in cranberry pond in Rochester with only 1 bullhead to show for it. But it was a beautiful day
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Old 08-22-2017, 10:24 PM   #12
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We need both a total eclipse and a bigger sample size. Mark your calendars for 2024 and we'll all go fishing!
Even with early ice out, April 8th can be a slow bite - full eclipse isn't likely to help bring the water temps up.
Maybe get those snow shoes ready, just sayin'
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Even with early ice out, April 8th can be a slow bite - full eclipse isn't likely to help bring the water temps up.
Maybe get those snow shoes ready, just sayin'
Good point. We may need to bring mass quantities of single malt scotch to pour into the pond. This will speed the melt and also improve the brookies' attitudes.

Note to self: remember to bring sufficient whiskey to improve my attitude.
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