The moon cycle affects various things in relation to fishing. A full moon shines light on the water at night, which affects the feeding patterns of fish. The more important role of the phases of the moon is in that it affects the tides in the ocean due to gravitational force on the Earth. Normal people are affected by the moon phases because a) vision (light source at night time) b) tides to surf (not the biggest factor) c)The first phase is the New Moon, or the Dark Night of the Moon, when there is darkness. No lunar reflection is visible.Living organisms are left to their own devices with no magnetic field to guide them. The tides themselves really only affect fish in or near the surf zone. During maximal tidal movement, more "stuff" from the bottom rises, given the fish more to feed on. When tides are low (at full low or high tide), the bite's usually slower. Incoming tides are generally better than outgoing ones.