Moon phase is nice to watch but feed times are important too.
On DSHQ trip 12-29 the moon was only a sliver but the flying fish were
in the dark 2 miles away from the floater, And these were schools of hundreds. With very few around the floaters, Go figure...
There is a new large lit-up semi submersible drill rig parked a few miles from
Boomvang right now to compete with the moon.
Decent weather has proven to be better factor for catching fish at the floaters for me than the moon. Better drift speed and better site casting.
If you don't go then you don't know.
Years ago when asked. When is the best time to fish offshore?
Capt Bud Grammer replied, "Every day, all day..."
I'd go when I was avliable and the weather was right.
Looking back my Feb and March trips produced less than Oct - Jan trips
But thats the Tx gulf where Venice is working at that time.
Either way those proffesinal Capt's know more about finding fish then me.