In this article, Greg Myerson,who is considered one of the best Striper fisherman in the world, discusses how the phases of the moon, tidal conditions, time of day, and current speed all come together as important factors, a few times a year to create the ideal conditions to land huge Stripers.
Greg's techniques, which he calls Rattling, targets big fish through sound. First and foremost, sound is the main sense that fish use to hone in on their prey. The ocean is a very noisy place. Just like when the wind is blowing hard on land. It makes it much harder to hear sounds--the same applies under water. When the current is ripping around, it makes it very difficult for fish to zero in on specific targets. Greg says that he looks for the current drifting no faster than 1.4 knots at the most.
The worst time to fish is during a Full Moon or New Moon.
The tide is moving really fast during these times, and makes for very noisy conditions below. Plus, large stripers and other large fish are lazy. They don’t want to expend a lot of energy to catch their food. Since large Stripers, 50 lbs. and up, consume at least 10 lbs. of food a day; that makes for a lot of hunting. Greg Myerson's world record Striper (81.88 lbs.) could hold 10 to 12 lbs of food in its system. This would most likely include several juvenile lobster, according to the marine biologist of which Greg had examine the fish.
Myerson has caught 3 of his world record Stripers on the first Quarter Moon of the Month at sunset during the slack tide.
Currents are moving their slowest on the first Quarter Moon and this creates a longer feeding window. At sunset, when the tide is changing, the 1st 1/4 Moon is high in the sky. Lobster and other crustaceans find this an ideal time to feed because their food is slowly moving by making it easier for them to catch it with their claws. The moon also helps silhouette prey fish and bait to the fish below. These conditions basically translate to a feeding frenzy around rocks and reefs. Greg Myerson's RattleSinker products are ideally made for these situations. Monster fish hear the Rattle that is tuned into the best frequency and decibel range to mimic lobsters feeding on the ocean floor. The sound, from the Greg Myerson RattleSinker, travels in a 360 degree circle attracting large predatory game fish from their ambush points behind rocks, reefs, and other structures.
Stripers know that this is the ideal time for them to catch their favorite food: lobsters.
With the slow moving currents, the low amount of noise, and a bright moon above they find it much easier to hear and zero in on these lobsters and most importantly the RattleSinker or Rattle Bucktail. Once they key in on the noise and spot an eel or Bunker on the hook, they immediately pounce on the easy meal.
The First Quarter moon and a slack tide at sunset only come together a few times a season.
Greg recommends using a couple of modern day apps on your phone to figure out the ideal days to fish. The first is called the “Tide App” to find the best tide changes in your favorite fishing area. The second is called “I moon you” to find out the First Quarter Moon of the month.
Good Luck and Tight Lines.