Moon and Tide Calendar
This moon phase calendar tool or moon schedule is an easy way to find out the lunar phase for any given month. Simply select a month and year, and click “Go”, and it will show you what the moon will look like for any day that month. The internal phase calculator is very accurate, but the images are approximations. Moon calculations are based on your time zone as specified by your computer.
Moon and Tide Information
The moon and ocean tides play an enormous role in the everyday life of all fish, from bonefish feeding on the flats to the giant black marlin prowling the deep blue water. Understanding how the moon and tides impact our fishing is a critical step in getting more out of your next day on the water or next trip. Without question, the finest description I’ve ever read of moon phases and ocean tides and how these forces influence and affect bonefish, was written by Aaron Adams, the Director of Operations for the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. Aaron has kindly allowed us to re print his work and I highly recommend reading it, if you are planning a saltwater trip in the near future.
Getting out quickly each morning is all but guaranteed, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve learned something while sharing a drink with my guide at the end of the day as we dissect the days’ experiences.
Just about all mothership operations now have first rate video and entertainment centers on board, along with comfortable spacious areas to relax in, both indoors and out. With space at a premium on board, most guest cabins are well thought out, with an eye to maximizing what space there is. Being on the water generally means that there will be an emphasis on fresh seafood, for those that enjoy the fruits of the ocean. For those who don’t enjoy seafood, the chefs on board always prepare excellent alternative dishes.
There are generally two types of live aboard operations.
1. Fixed or moored barges like the Torguga in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina or Han Nee Na Lodge, on Canada’s west coast are stationary and generally don’t move during the season.
2. Moving yachts like the MY Dugong in the Seychelles, or the Odyssey on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, that are anchored and will, depending on the trip and time of year, move periodically during the course of the trip.
Both of these types of live aboards have their advantages and I can’t say that I prefer one over the other.
The reality of all live aboards, whether the operation is fixed or moving, because of the logistics associated with running these type of operations is such remote and isolated locations, they’re more expensive than the traditional land based lodges; there is just no getting around this. Having to ship out fresh food and fuel, along with having to feed and house, the guides and the ancillary crew supporting the operation adds to the overall cost of offering this type of adventure, however, when you consider the increased time you’ll get on the water fishing and the unique experience that these kind of trips offer, it is well worth the added cost.
When you do one live aboard trip, within about day 3 of the week you are often starting to think about when and where you can do the next one!