I arranged to meet Paul at 11am on Kingfisher Lodge and by the time I arrived he had very kindly made a hole in the ice just big enough for two.
The very subtle differences in between our rigs made amazing differences in our catch rates with Paul initially catching about 5 fish to every one of mine, even though our floats were less than three feet apart. Once i added another section of pole and fished in slightly deeper water, with my hook bait an inch above the deck, I immediately started to up the numbers i was catching. Paul by this time was fishing a few inches over depth and found his bites starting to tail off.
Swapping between pinkies, punch and casters and experimenting with different presentations we caught steadily for a few hours until the cold had numbed my toes.
Our joint catch of fish was less impressive than it should have been as a hole in the keep net meant that we were fishing a form of catch and release.