Maori Chart--May 2002

Maori Chart--May 2002

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These charts were developed over the centuries by the ancient Polynesians, whose lives literally depended on their ability to catch fish. The Maori discovered that the biological clocks of all life forms resonate in predictable relationships with the sun, moon and Earth. Consulting these charts, the Maori were able to forecast the times of heightened activity for all forms of sea life wherever they were. Today, we can use them to predict the most productive times-and days-to fish anywhere in the U.S.

How to Use the Charts
If you will be fishing within the next week, look up the date on our Maori Forecast Box on the top of this page of when you will be fishing and make a note of the times indicated. Now locate your fishing spot on the map (below). Identify the applicable time zone, and using the chart times for that day, add or subtract the number of minutes shown on the nearest vertical map line.

Check the calendar below to find the date when you will be fishing and make a note of the times. Now locate your fishing spot on the map, identify the applicable time zone, and using the chart times for that day, add or subtract the number of minutes shown by the nearest vertical map line. For example, Lake McConaughy is located as shown on the map in the Mountain time zone. The time correction for the nearest map line is minus 10 minutes. Therefore the corrected moon and sun times for Lake McConaughy on Saturday, 11 May 2002 are calculated as shown below: Moon Up: 11:25 am - 10 mins = 11:15 am

Moon Down: 11:47 pm - 10 mins = 11:37 pm

Moonrise: **04:36 am - 10 mins = 04:26 am

** Moonset: 06:23 pm-10 mins = 06:13 am

Sunrise: **04:49 am - 10 mins = 04:39 am

** Sunset: 07:04 pm - 10 mins = 06:54 pm

Best Fishing Times: Major Peak Periods occur for approximately an hour to an hour and a half either side of the Moon Up and Moon Down times, while the Minor Peak Periods occur for about half an hour around Moonrise and Moonset. Note: Sunrise and Sunset times are calculated for 40 degrees north latitude and may differ in your area. Add 1 hour to all times if daylight saving applies. Also, all times are standard, so add one hour for daylight saving time. Sunrise and sunset times are calculated at 40 degrees north latitude.

**Major Peak Periods occur for up to1.5 hours either side of the Moon Up and Moon Down times. Minor Peak Periods occur for about half an hour either side of the Moonrise and Moonset times. The Peak Activity Periods and Moontimes are standard time. Add one hour for daylight saving.

MAY Date Phase Day Prediction Moon Up Moon Down Moonrise Moonset Sunrise Sunset 5/1/02   Wed Poor to bad 03:52am 04:20pm 11:59pm 08:39am 04:59 6:54 5/2/02   Thu Very bad 04:47am 05:14pm 11:59pm 09:36am 04:59 6:55 5/3/02   Fri Bad to fair 05:40am 06:05pm 12:48am 10:34am 04:57 6:56 5/4/02 LQ Sat Morning fair 06:29am 06:53pm 01:30am 11:33am 04:56 6:57 5/5/02   Sun Fair at night 07:15am 07:37pm 02:05am 12:31pm 04:55 6:58 5/6/02   Mon Good 07:59am 08:20pm 02:35am 01:29pm 04:54 6:59 5/7/02   Tue Good 08:40am 09:01pm 03:01am 02:27pm 04:53 7:00 5/8/02   Wed Good 09:21am 09:41pm 03:25am 03:25pm 04:52 7:01 5/9/02   Thu Fair 10:01am 10:22pm 03:48am 04:24pm 04:51 7:02 5/1/02   08:20pm 02:35am 01:29pm 04:54 6:59 5/7/02   Tue Good 08:40am 09:01pm 03:01am 02:27pm 04:53 7:00 5/8/02   Wed Good 09:21am 09:41pm 03:25am 03:25pm 04:52 7:01 5/9/02   Thu Fair 10:01am 10:22pm 03:48am 04:24pm 04:51 7:02 5/1/02