January Morning Frosty Pic...
I had this great shot sent over in the week from midlands specialist angler Russ Guise with a short mobile tex accompanying the pic.....
``minus five and proving their worth ten mins after I took this bagged a 29 mirror from under the ice...!``
Great message Russ and great photo from a January frosty morning, we want to see the 29lber you snared! send it over! :)
This was a nice aswel as an unexpected email from Ritchie Mills giving me the low down on his experiences using the mk1 compacts, I was impressed he made the effort to email in to me, that I decided to put it up in its entirety as I had received the original email. Added to the nice letter was some photos of some lovely ancient leneys he`d caught using the buzzers....
I have been using a set of mk1 compacts since they first became available, and i would just like to say how impressed i am with them ! In this day and age of modern carping where we have the likes of camera floats to tell us where the carp are etc it is so refreshing to find a product that does what it says , easy to use , and comes with that personal touch . I am out on the bank every week through wind , rain all the elements and your alarms have taken the lot , no longer am i up at 3 am because a leaf blowing into my line has given me a screaming take ! When the mk1 bleeps i know its for a reason , i've not even had to change the batteries that come supplied yet ( 6 months of weekly use
Congratulations mate on an amazing product and i wish u every success in future projects ( if u need them tested give me a shout lol )
Below are a couple of my recent captures caught while using the mk1's
Pete Halls Winter Cracker!
The ever consistent Pete Hall has been relentlessly targeting his beds syndicate all winter, and slowly with all his efforts the big carp have been falling to his rods. he started off using my ecu super xl optonics , then he switched to the mk1 compacts and his results have continued getting better and better.
Here`s what Pete had to say...
``I plumbed a new swim and found a spot i thought would do a bite.
It was a lovely flat smooth area on a bar in 28ft of water falling away to 34ft around it.
I used two markers leaving one on the spot and casting the other in front and plumbing back towards me as the bar ran towards me making sure there was nothing to hold my line up in the water coming off that bar a good 30 yards from where I had chosen to place my baits.
All was good so i baited accurate with 15mm hall,um baits P3 2kg.
wraping the rod to the spot got it right 3rd cast. A small tricky spot that I found to be smooth with weed and rocks round it. I wanted the line sunk and pinned well down so i got rod high in the air with tips up. After setting everything carefully 5mins had passed and I was just catching my breath when my ecu buzzer let out its old faithful tone and I had my christmas cracker! an absolute one toner on the buzzer that's sounds like no other buzzer out there! After a spirited battle up came from the winter depths my prize and what a prize...
The scales bounced round to 37lb on the button well happy, bait, tackle swim choice and careful rig placement all playing their part on the day.
as you can see from the weather the carp are still falling to my rods even with the frosts freezing me in like an igloo! but the mk1 compacts carried on performing and I didn't get roller freeze, absolute well built bullet proof alarms!``.....
Check out the temperature on Pete's on the bank thermometer -5 degrees! Pete mentioned to me it was nippy from the facebook message I got! Nippy! lol doesn't get any more dedicated than that well done Pete great angling got you the result.
The monkey climber mag is out now full of big old Carp from all over Europe. Some of the photos... well actually most of the photos in the mag are stunning. proper Old Skool feel to the mag with stunning wild expanse backdrops and big European Carp that are from the land of the giants.....
Nice winter shot.....
I got this cartoon sketch off Ray Best of uk carp angler / uk match angler website. Rays had a set of mk1 compacts off me to review and do some coverage on for his websites. Ray didn't say he was sending me the photo I just saw it attached to his email! so I thought i`ll have that and stick it up on the ecu web pages for lads to have a chuckle at. now I finally know what's happening in my swim! lol
The Rod Risers are now available for anglers that fish with their tips skywards then these are the kiddies. I've kept the price as low as possible, but unfortunately I cant give them away as originally planned as some lads wanted 20 pairs off me a time! Only available to purchase through the website.
Craigs seeing Red!
Craig Middleton recently sent me in a few pics of his successes and his new mk1 compacts sitting on his set up. I must admit the all red sets do look good alongside those daiwa Cast’izm 25 QDA reels. just a nice all round set up. And by judging by Craig's photos he can certainly get amongst the biggies aswel. Craig originally wanted `all purples` off me, but a little chat and discovering he had red tip whippings on his rods and then he mentioned he had these reels with red spool lips it just had to be the `all reds` going out to him!
Pete Halls inspiring winter shot!
Big Carp angler Pete Hall sent in this shot with a few pics of some great big Bedfordshire carp from his mega successful recent winter campaign. I thought this was an inspiring shot where those menacingly green goblin leds are waving their magic over his results...... photos of some of Pete`s Carp to follow this week.
I think a few lads will agree its a great photo. I could of put the title as ...`no carp sheep round here mate....!` but I decided to not be so controversial. lol excellent shot Pete ;) best wishes Scott Edwards / ecu / circa 1980. ;)
Dean Marshall of 1d bait developments has had a big old Kent common recently. just look at the colours of this old ancient carp. I bet this brute has seen every rig and bait that's out there. As Kent is one of those famous old counties that's been a melting pot of carp fishing progression and formulation spanning over many decades. a fine old county, producing some stunning old carp and many many prolific big carp hunters come through the ranks in this region of our old England. in fact its one of the draws that's got me doing my own fishing in this county and over the next couple of years I want to dabble more on a few waters that reside in this county. the only details I got off dean was that as soon as he`d taken a quick lucky snap of his set up on the day, one of the rods melted off resulting in this beauty!. well done Dean beautiful old Kent carp that we`d all like to catch i`m sure.
West Midlands specialist angler Bill Woodwards been having some great action between busy work shifts. Bills definitely mr consistent when it comes to getting action when its scratching time and nothings coming out. Bills been on the new bait from dna baits for a few months now and his catches have been outstanding. all I know its called `the switch` and I managed after a little arm twisting get myself a batch to try out for my own fishing.
I believe the bait is due out this march so keep alook out for it.
Sebastian Treinat sent me in a shot of a lovely old german carp a couple of weeks back that I thought it would be worth sharing. In fact I've got a lot of photos I will try to upload over this next week that due to work overload I've not managed to post up. seb takes some cracking angling photos and alongside his angling abilities hes a keen photographer also. when I receive photos from seb theres always some that he takes from some weird view point or angle that just make a nice shot. the info I got on the capture was that between sebs busy work schedule making bait for his german bait company (hz-bait) he managed to wrangle a few hours on a short day session on a small pool he knows. Well a few hours later Sebs holding in his arms a lovely old warrior that looks like a proper chunk. Excellent angling Seb job done! :)
I hope everyone gets a stonking big old carp this coming year, that makes your smiles and dreams for many years. everyday carp fishing is memories in the future we will all hold onto, wishing everyone health and good carpy fortune this coming year.
2016s going to be a year full of surprises for ecu and customers that look at my label with interest and what's around the corner.
everything is designed by myself and that does mean things can be slow in being released, but I want things to be perfect and top notch.
new ecu alarm hanger pouches will be out at the end of February, I think they'll be the best on the market. in design, stitching and materials, I've really nailed the look, but I`ll let you decide, not too long to wait for them.
of course in dpm cordura is my chosen material im making them up in.
The `Rod Risers` should be on the website this week. postage will be around £5.00 for a set of 3 or 4 pairs and they're for all existing customers who have the mk1 compacts. what's special about them...... well they enable you to fish your rods in a near vertical angle pointing skywards, and you maintain perfect line lay over the roller. great for river fishing and euro continental style fishing.
I've also been approached by a very well known uk rod builder to go into collaboration on some custom rod builds. so this is a new venture im undertaking. I've sat on some rod designs for a long time, now ill have the platform to get my ideas out there. 3 rods are planned, all are stunning and you really will find it hard to choose between the three. im excited to see the finished end products as they are stunners. very limited numbers as they're time consuming to build and very expensive components and carbons were using to produce top end rods to give anglers serious choice.
2016 will see me develop also more dpm luggage. this is something im interested in, as always it comes from wanting to have firstly certain tackle items for my own fishing, then I work on their development. its that simple. if I don't like a product or don't need a product I wont make it. everything I design is from experience and my own personal preferences and choices.
The alarms..... 1st June 2015 saw the release of the much awaited mk1 compacts, and they were a breath of fresh air for many many anglers waiting on these buzzers. in fact some lads had known of their development spanning back 3 yrs previous. so you can imagine that wait was tortuous! well you'll see another new alarm being released this summer 2016 to add to the line up and possibly a third alarm back end of the summer.
I wont give too much away, but rest assured the next alarm is another top end alarm with a lot of surprises on it. I hope it causes plenty of talk and controversy, I wouldn't have it any other way! happy angling, thanks to all the old skool anglers that relentlessly follow my label and wait eagerly for the next new products to be released.
lets have a good year ahead, I guarantee itl be interesting to say the least....;)