Early on, the point of the island offers a perfect target to ambush patrolling carp. There’s no need to go tight in, as the water is only about 18 in. deep under the brambles. Despite the cold morning, there are signs of fish moving, and I expect to get bites by dropping 24 in. short of the island. The early fish are small roach, but once the carp find the maggots that I’m feeding, they will bully them out of the swim. Keeping the feeder going in every couple of minutes is important to draw the bigger fish. I will only slow down the casting rate once the fishing is very hard in winter. My 6 lb main line is clipped up at the correct distance, but I can vary where I drop the feeder, by lifting the rod when the line tightens to the line clip after casting.