FEBRUARY MAORI CHART

The best times to hunt and fish.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

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.

FEBRUARY Date Phase Day Prediction Moon Up Moon Down Moonrise Moonset Sunrise Sunset 1 NM Sat Good 12:33pm 12:58am 07:34am 05:36pm 07:09 5:19 2   Sun Very good 01:22pm 01:45am 08:11am 06:40pm 07:08 5:20 3   Mon Good 02:08pm 02:29am 08:41am 07:42pm 07:07 5:21 4   Tue Good early 02:50pm 03:11am 09:07am 08:42pm 07:06 5:22 5   Wed Only fair 03:32pm 03:52am 09:30am 09:42pm 07:05 5:23 6   Thu Mostly poor 04:12pm 04:32am 09:52am 10:41pm 07:04 5:25 7   Fri Bad to fair 04:52pm 05:13am 10:15am 11:39pm 07:03 5:26 8   Sat Fair 05:34pm 05:13am 10:39am 12:37am 07:01 5:27 9 FQ Sun Fair to good 06:18pm 05:56am 11:08am 12:37am 07:00 5:28 10   Mon Evening fair 07:05pm 06:41am 11:41am 01:36am 06:59 < 07:04 5:25 7   Fri Bad to fair 04:52pm 05:13am 10:15am 11:39pm 07:03 5:26 8   Sat Fair 05:34pm 05:13am 10:39am 12:37am 07:01 5:27 9 FQ Sun Fair to good 06:18pm 05:56am 11:08am 12:37am 07:00 5:28 10   Mon Evening fair 07:05pm 06:41am 11:41am 01:36am 06:59 <