2012 Elite Series Ramada Championship Oneida Lake - Syracuse, NY, Aug 23 - 26, 2012

The best fishing hours

11:21 am EDT, Aug 24, 2012 | By Steve Wright

We were keeping track of the hourly BASSTrakk totals for awhile
yesterday, but the numbers seemed to lose significance as the morning
went on, so we left that line of thought.

 

Bad idea. Should have stuck with it. Thanks to Ryan Watkins, we've
been able to put together some numbers from all the information
gathered yesterday and so far today. Again, remember only the top 50
AOY points leaders have BASSTrakk these first two days, so there are
47 other anglers out there.

 

Thursday, the noon hour was pretty strong, and the best hour of the
day - both in numbers and total weight - was 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., which
barely edged 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

Here are the hourly totals from yesterday:

Time # Bass Lbs.-Oz.
7-8 a.m. 34 77-0
8-9 a.m. 43 94-7
9-10 a.m. 42 96-14
10-11 a.m. 26 53-13
11 a.m. - noon 33 78-11
noon- 1 p.m. 24 55-7
1- 2 p.m. 20 42-12
2-3 p.m. 44 98-7
3-4 p.m. 22 45-15

 

So far today:

Time # Bass Lbs. - Oz.
7-8 a.m. 22 52-0
8-9 a.m. 42 94-4
9-10 a.m. 28 66-3

 

When you see hourly variations like that, it's only natural to think
of Solunar charts for the Syracuse area. But we're essentially in that
half-moon phase now, when the Solunar tables aren't as meaningful as
they are nearer the full moon and new moon phases.

But here's what they show:
- Thursday there was a major period that barely extended into
tournament hours, from 5:44 a.m. until 7:46 a.m.
- Thursday's minor period during tourney time was 1:17 p.m. to 2:17 p.m.
- Friday's major period was 6:44 a.m. to 8:44 a.m.
- There's a minor period from 2:24 to 3:24 this afternoon.

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