Ramps say a lot about conditions
We have highlighted before how to tell if the weekend is going to be windy — just check the calendar for any fishing comps.
Well, a very similar activity can say a lot about a quality day out as well.
Last Sunday, at least 250 four-wheel-drives with trailers hitched up were parked up at Hampton Harbour Yacht Club and the public boat ramp in Dampier.
With so many windy weekends so far this winter, there was clearly no way Pilbarians were going to miss a glass-off.
Indeed, the towns themselves were pretty quiet with everyone out on the water. Warm weather, calm waters and no wind.
Don’t bother checking weather apps in the Pilbara — just go to the boat ramps.
During the Western Derby last weekend, we took a walk around the streets of Nickol and can happily report there was not one moment when we could not hear the game blaring out from the backyard TV of someone’s house.
There seemed to be more cheering than misery, suggesting perhaps most Karratha locals are Eagles supporters.
Just days earlier when Queensland wrapped up the State of Origin decider — again — the same could be said. TVs turned up full blast and plenty of celebrating heard all over town.
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