This is quite a common occurrence: upon casting into the shallower water, tight to the brambles, the ’tip goes round and I hook into my first F1. The block-end feeder seems to have dropped out of fashion, but we all know that F1s and carp love maggots, so it may be time to get back onto it. It can be a killer method in very windy conditions, especially when targeting features just beyond pole range. It is common for these fish to be in little ‘pockets’ that need searching out. A small block-end feeder is the perfect way of building a swim. It’s also able to stir fish quickly in a new swim when bites start to tail off. Even with the line clipped up, I can cast to the left or to the right of the island margin, or even along the nearside margins.