The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second week of January gives anglers a perfect Florida winter weather forecast and the second half of the new moon phase. All fishing factors considered, anglers will experience fish adjusting to two minor back to back cold front, a daily wind direction change, and plenty of atmospheric pressure change each day.

The new moon occurred last night, however the lunar orbit apogee (furthest point from earth) will occur Wednesday. This translates to a very weak lunar influence on fish feeding migrations, especially leading up to the day of the orbit apogee. So you can expect not much help from the new moon but it will yield slightly more than an average day on the water.

The weather this week will be what I consider a normal typical average Florida winter pattern; a ten-degree temperature change every three days, more than an average atmospheric pressure-change each day, and ideal wind speeds and sun-to-cloud ratios.

Since our last 28-degree temperature cold front a few weeks ago, the recent warmer weather pattern has produced ideal water temperatures. This in turn created a three-day feeding pattern, meaning every third day fish feed at above average rates.

Last Thursday pressure increased by over 0.13 In Hg between 8-11 a.m. and fishing was spectacular all throughout the heartland. Then Friday the pressure did not change, fish fed very little if at all, and yesterday feeding was sparse with only small bass occasionally feeding.

Today therefore, you can expect an above-average fishing result if you move deeper in the mornings and shallow during the high-temp period of the day. Atmospheric pressure has been peaking daily on the lunar overhead period and I expect that to continue today.

Best Fishing Days: Today through Wednesday fish will be adjusting to constant changing wind directions and plenty of pressure change—0.10 In Hg or more. It also could be true that Monday’s activity rating could be better than today rating due to weather pattern timing.

New moon periods produce three daily feeding periods, triggered by the harmonizing of the moon with the sunrise, solar noon (12:33 p.m.), and sunset periods.

Major Fishing Period: Today the moon is overhead thirty minutes after solar noon---1:04 p.m. A feed intensity rating of 4 will occur from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Daily expect this period to move later by about 50 minutes.

Minor Fishing Periods: Today there are two minor periods centered on the sunrise and sunset. Due to warmer water temperatures during the sunset period, the rating will be a half or full point better than the sunrise period. So during the hours of 5-8 a 3-rating will occur with perhaps a slightly better rating as the sun sets.

Prime Monthly Periods: January 6-8 new moon, 19-23 super full moon, February 2-6 new moon, 17-21 super full moon.

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