MOONS & TIDES

In saltwater fly fishing circles — these are hot topics. In Ascension Bay circles, it is less relevant makes for good contemplation over margaritas.

TIDES: For the hard-core Bonefisherman, this will be hard to swallow… we have almost no tide. Well very little actually. We get one HIGH and one LOW in every 24 hour period. It seems that we are in between two distinct tidal regions and it has the bay confused for sure. Because of the one high one low, you will actually see it high all week long or long all week long. The height of these tides only fluctuates from 6 to 8 inches.

That being said, the water movement and heights in the bay is most effected by wind speed and direction. Water moves in a circular motion that can be seen looking at the erosion patterns visual in the satellite images.

MOON: This is a very sensitive topic for many anglers. The long-time visitors to Ascension Bay could care less. It is all about the weather. If it is settled and good – the fishing is great. If the wind is tracking in circles or the rains are being tropical — the fishing is okay. Plenty of big Permit are caught on the full moon.


                       2012 Phases of the Moon
                            Universal Time

        New Moon   First Quarter       Full Moon    Last Quarter    

         d  h  m         d  h  m         d  h  m         d  h  m

                    Jan  1  6 15    Jan  9  7 30    Jan 16  9 08
    Jan 23  7 39    Jan 31  4 10    Feb  7 21 54    Feb 14 17 04
    Feb 21 22 35    Mar  1  1 21    Mar  8  9 39    Mar 15  1 25
    Mar 22 14 37    Mar 30 19 41    Apr  6 19 19    Apr 13 10 50
    Apr 21  7 18    Apr 29  9 57    May  6  3 35    May 12 21 47
    May 20 23 47    May 28 20 16    Jun  4 11 12    Jun 11 10 41
    Jun 19 15 02    Jun 27  3 30    Jul  3 18 52    Jul 11  1 48
    Jul 19  4 24    Jul 26  8 56    Aug  2  3 27    Aug  9 18 55
    Aug 17 15 54    Aug 24 13 54    Aug 31 13 58    Sep  8 13 15
    Sep 16  2 11    Sep 22 19 41    Sep 30  3 19    Oct  8  7 33
    Oct 15 12 02    Oct 22  3 32    Oct 29 19 49    Nov  7  0 36
    Nov 13 22 08    Nov 20 14 31    Nov 28 14 46    Dec  6 15 31
    Dec 13  8 42    Dec 20  5 19    Dec 28 10 21                
 






                       2013 Phases of the Moon
                            Universal Time

        New Moon   First Quarter       Full Moon    Last Quarter    

         d  h  m         d  h  m         d  h  m         d  h  m

                                                    Jan  5  3 58
    Jan 11 19 44    Jan 18 23 45    Jan 27  4 38    Feb  3 13 56
    Feb 10  7 20    Feb 17 20 31    Feb 25 20 26    Mar  4 21 53
    Mar 11 19 51    Mar 19 17 27    Mar 27  9 27    Apr  3  4 36
    Apr 10  9 35    Apr 18 12 31    Apr 25 19 57    May  2 11 14
    May 10  0 28    May 18  4 34    May 25  4 25    May 31 18 58
    Jun  8 15 56    Jun 16 17 24    Jun 23 11 32    Jun 30  4 53
    Jul  8  7 14    Jul 16  3 18    Jul 22 18 15    Jul 29 17 43
    Aug  6 21 51    Aug 14 10 56    Aug 21  1 45    Aug 28  9 35
    Sep  5 11 36    Sep 12 17 08    Sep 19 11 13    Sep 27  3 55
    Oct  5  0 34    Oct 11 23 02    Oct 18 23 38    Oct 26 23 40
    Nov  3 12 50    Nov 10  5 57    Nov 17 15 16    Nov 25 19 28
    Dec  3  0 22    Dec  9 15 12    Dec 17  9 28    Dec 25 13 48