Fishing events the best barometer
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.
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.
The Pilbara rock olive python.