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 Posted: Mon Dec 21st, 2009 05:30 am
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Chris Shelton
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Hi guys. Help please! I am very interested in conducting a survey similar to the one that John Knight conducted in the States whereby he discovered that there are certain 'hot' periods during the day and night when fish hunt more greedily than other times. After several experiments and data collection, based on his collective findings he came up with the "solunar theory"

Basically what the "solunar theory" subscribes to is the fact that there there are four solunar periods every 24 hours and 50 minutes. What Knight discovered is that the positions of the sun and the moon at certain times influenced the fish's feeding habits to lesser or greater degrees. He discovered that the less important periods usually last about 45 minutes while the more important ones last from one and a half to two hours. 

Knight's "solunar theory" boils down to his discovery that fish bite at their best when the moon is directly above the earth during the day and directly below the earth at night, regardless of the time of day or night or phase of the moon.

Perhaps there is something in it, but since Knights experiments were conducted in the States  it could be of little use to us in Africa or anywhere else around the globe unless we start putting to test the theory and conducting a survey of our own!

Anyway, I would be very keen to see if there is any merit in the theory and this is where your collective help will be invaluable! My suggestion is that more of us, (myself included) start submitting our catch returns on Sealine, but more importantly to record the exact time of our catches!  After a year or so, this could become an invaluable data base of info to put together into a spreadsheet of our own to either prove or dispell the theory and to see if the same positioning of the moon applies to South African waters over best feeding times.

Thanks in advance!

Last edited on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 05:31 am by Chris Shelton

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2010 08:19 am
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GarethRG
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For interest sake, how do know when the moon is directly below or above the earth in its different phases?

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2010 09:01 am
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Download this little program: http://www.wtides.com/introduction.htm#contents

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 Posted: Tue Jan 12th, 2010 11:15 am
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deisel
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i just try corolate moon rise and set with sun rise and set, or a moon rise at mid night or at midday, i find thats when i get most of my pulls , might b rubbish, but i think there is some substance behind the theroy

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 Posted: Wed Jan 13th, 2010 06:00 am
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lushwill
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interesting....i will do that Chris only problem is that i dont catch much fish (i do fish a lot though)

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 Posted: Sat Jan 30th, 2010 11:41 am
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Brian 65
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Hi chris

I was browsing and saw your request for assistance on the Solunar theory. I am sure that you have seen the Namibia tide time table, on google. I wonder if they use the same methodology.

Maybe we could get the guys going to Namibia to compare their actuals with the predictions.

You could start the ball rolling with your  Trip I will ask my friends to do the same. Good luck

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 Posted: Wed Feb 3rd, 2010 04:49 pm
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trishen ramouthar
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ekse my laanies, weather its moon, no moon,hot,cold,windy, raining,day or night im still on the beach and i still get pulls!LOL

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