I've had some pretty good success roughly following solunar charts in the past a few species. Enough so that it's always something that I'm at least aware of when I go fishing as far as what the moon is doing. But I've never really known if my success was percieved or a real thing, or if maybe I was just fishing more confidently because the moon said I would catch more, or even simply going fishing more around full/new moons because I had reason to suspect it would be good. I hadn't really done any direct testing...
Here's the one I use: http://www.solunarforecast.com/solunarcalendar.aspx It lets you input your zip code so it's supposedly location specific.
So anyway, this past holiday weekend provided a unique oportunity to do a little testing on the theory. I went out to one of my go-to perch spots on both Friday and Monday.
Friday was the day after the new moon, and the solunar chart gave it four stars and called the day "Best++". Basically about as good as it gets on that calendar.
Monday (four days after the new moon) on the other hand was rated one star and merely labeled "Average". Basically as bad as it gets.
I drilled my holes in the exact same spot as near as I could tell on both days, used the exact same jigs and bait, and fished the same time of day. The only difference I could think of was that the barametric pressure was a little higher on Monday, but it was still partly cloudy.
So for the results:
Friday was just stupid fishing (see pics). I filled my bucket and brought home about 80 perch (no limit, recent illegal perch introduction into this particular lake so anglers encouraged to harvest, plus they're perch so they can handle/need some harvest anyway) and that was after letting the little ones go. It took longer to drop my jigs the 45 feet to the bottom than it did to get a bite, reel the next one in and unhook it. For several hours.
Monday on the other hand, was quite slow. I ended up with about a dozen perch landed. I still saw a decent number of fish on the Marcum, though not as many as Friday, but I had a lot of lookers and not many biters. And yes I'm confident that I wasn't just missing light bites. I use good spring bobbers for that very reason. Just wasn't very good fishing.
So for the results, besides a sore back from standing there filleting my perch pile for several hours, I do think I found evidence that the lunar phase chart is a useful tool, at least for perch anyway, but I'm sure it affects other species as well.
I have few enough oportunities to get out that I'll still take what I can get, but if given the option to choose, I'll definitely fish on a good forecasted day over a poor one every time.
Any of you guys/gals have similar experiences? I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.