Fish­ing events the best barom­e­ter

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Tom Zaun­mayr

Force ma­jeure

Fore­cast­ers and weather ex­perts across the world have ac­cess to highly ad­vanced equip­ment to ply their trade.

But for the mil­lions of dol­lars spent on this gear, it still can­not read the weather as ac­cu­rately as one very sim­ple Pil­bara barom­e­ter.

The eas­i­est way to tell if the weather is go­ing to turn sour is to check the cal­en­dar for any lo­cal fish­ing comps.

If there is a com­pe­ti­tion, you can be sure the winds and seas will pick up for the du­ra­tion of the event.

The big­ger the comp, the worse the weather.

Just ask ev­ery one of our an­gling clubs. GAMEX, King Brey Open and Bill­fish Shootout are all far from glassy con­di­tions.

With this in mind, we can safely as­sume the next pe­riod of poor weather will co­in­cide with the Dampier Clas­sic.

Slither on

That ain’t a snake. This (pic­tured) is a snake.

This Pil­bara rock olive python was found me­an­der­ing across Mof Road last Tues­day night. The road into Dampier port can be quite busy at night, which could have spelled trou­ble for the en­dan­gered specie.

Luck­ily for this python, lo­cal lad Matthew Bager took it upon him­self to watch over it un­til it got off the road safely. Clearly it was tak­ing its time as Bager man­aged to get up close for a happy snap to put in per­spec­tive just how big it was. Bager said he first thought it was just a big bit of rope. “It looked like the size of a moor­ing line, then I re­alised ‘wow, that’s a huge snake’,” he said.

“Just so peo­ple would un­der­stand the size, we got in close, then got it off the road.”

Ngar­luma man Clin­ton Walker said the olive python was known as barl­gun­yji in Ngar­luma lan­guage, and had a Dream­time story con­nected to snappy gum trees.

Pic­ture: Matthew Bager

The Pil­bara rock olive python.

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