Full Moon In The Upper Bay

Tampa Bay Kayak Shop

So last night we had what was called a ‘Hunters’ Moon”. This large Moon follows the “Harvest Moon” 

 Here’s what happens. On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. But when a full moon happens close to the autumnal equinox – either a Harvest or a Hunter’s Moon – the moon (at mid-temperate latitudes) rises only about 30 to 35 minutes later daily for several days before and after the full moon. The reason is that the ecliptic – or the moon’s orbital path – makes a narrow angle with the evening horizon around the time of the autumn equinox.

 The result is that there’s a shorter-than-usual lag time between successive moon rises around the full Hunter’s Moon.

 Lost yet?? O.k., I’ll get to the fishing then.

 Today I had the pleasure of guiding Phillip M., a young man visiting from Austria. He came a long way to fish the salt for the first time in his life but I bet he didn’t expect to work so hard! They say hard work pays and for him, it did.

 The first half of his trip was spent casting multiple times to fish suffering from lockjaw. Fish after fish, cast after cast, nada. It was time to switch gears.

I had Phillip position his kayak in a shallow edge along a trough that I knew would trap some fish on the low tide. As the water rises on the incoming, they would start to crawl out of the trough and eat everything in their way!

 And that’s exactly what happened. Phillip had shots at each fish he came across connecting with a few on the way. Mostly Snook with a lost Redfish at the boat and a few dink Trout. Ladyfish and Jack crevalle joined the party as well. 

So it actually ended up being a good day despite the conditions. Phillip was happy which made me happy and he will be returning next Fall to start school at USF and to chase more fish with me! 


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