In fishing circles a subject that is talked about probably more than any other by both the land-based and boaties is the weather.
Let’s face it, without some idea of the conditions we should not be leaving home.
This goes for every style of fishing, especially boating and rock fishing which are statistically the most dangerous.
Reliable guide rarely gets the wind direction wrong
It wasn’t that long ago when keen fishers would get up early to hear the local waters forecasts on the ABC, and if my memory serves me correctly even some TV weather reports gave a rundown of the state local waters forecasts.
The problem with those forecasts is they cover such a huge area, and the more time you spend on the water the more you realise things can be different over a 20k area let alone a 300k bit of coast.
Luckily this has all changed with the advent of the internet with many fine sites that can make our lives not only easier but also safer.
Over recent years I personally have had a few favourites and have found some more reliable than others.
Really, they should only ever be thought of as a guide to what might be actually happening on the water.
But these days they very rarely get the wind direction wrong and I for one always use this before making any decision on which way I am heading to make sure that the wind is behind me on my trip home.
“We all know it is a lot more pleasant traveling with the wind than beating into it.”
We all know it is a lot more pleasant traveling with the wind than beating into it.
Wind can be a good five knots stronger beyond the islands
Also, how many of us look at a forecast using Albany as the base for a forecast?
If you think about it, if we are venturing out beyond the islands we should be using them as our forecast reference at the very least, as you will find nine times out of 10 the wind will be a good five knots stronger out there than in the CBD.
“Now where this is all heading is the website I have used for the last three years in all parts of the state.”
Now where this is all heading is the website I have used for the last three years in all parts of the state.
I first used it in Exmouth as you could never really know what is happening on the West side then inside the gulf.
It is amazing how much different it can be and this forecasting system seems to get it correct more times than not.
This site is www.windy.com.
When you get on there just type in “Albany Western Australia” and hit enter.
A map of the area will come up.
I then drill down using the plus and minus controls on the right had side of the page so I have the coast from say Cheynes to Denmark on the screen.
Snap shots of what the weather holds for us
Now the fun begins, you can click anywhere on the map and the wind speed will come up, you control what time of the day by the slide control directly under the map.
Directly under this is a six-day snap shot of what the weather holds for us.
“The best thing is to have a bit of a play with it and notice how the wind changes as you get further offshore or further east or west of town. “
The best thing is to have a bit of a play with it and notice how the wind changes as you get further offshore or further east or west of town.
I am sure you will find this website a very useful guide, but remember it is only a guide and if when you get on the water the weather is not 100 per cent what the prediction was, use your common sense and don’t put yourself or your passengers in danger and blame the forecast.
On the subject of safety on the water, I very pleased to let everyone know that Albany Sea Rescue is back doing 24/7 monitoring of the radio comms.
With the bad weather through most of winter I am sure it did not cause too many problems, but great to have you guys back on the other end of the radio.