I use to make the yearly pilgramage to the STOMP on boxing day, always had good success, with some years being dynamite. It was a good start to the season and as our LM fish usually arrived in numbers in early January it filled the gap.
Too bad to hear the early run is down in numbers, but seems my friends who've been over this year have been finding some decent pods of early chrome, lets hope it's this way on the mainland as well.
The early LM fish have been showing well the last few seasons, lets hope that continues.
This is a bit of a hi jack, sorry, but I also miss our yearly trip to the Gold in febuary, this was before crowding started and we had some great days on that absolutely beautiful river. Is it really suffering as badly as some would claim, or is it more of a situation of having to work hard for fish, because I like challenging fishing.
Gonna have to hit the Island this season, it's been too long since my last visit and just looking at all the rivers as you drive along gets the blood flowing.