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How the moon and tides affect fishing

May 22, 2020
How the moon and tides affect fishing

How the Moon and Tides affect bite times for fish like snapper, trevally and kingfish.

Links to Maori Fishing Calendar - Moon phases:

Fishing net www.fishing.net.nz/fishing-advice/bite-times/

Tides for fishing  www.tides4fishing.com  

Catch Fishing   www.tides4fishing.com  

The moon directly affects the tides which in turn affect fish feeding behaviour. Here's some basic info on moon phases and how you can use that information when planning your fishing trips.

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