Now I know Shaun through his writings for many years gone by. I grew up reading about the fabled mangrove and birch grove waters. and his exploits achieving a record brace from the Mangrove. First Mangrove brace over 70lb at the time! Most of you wont know about these feats Shaun accomplished but a few will if you carp fished from the 80s / 90s onwards you grew up reading about the historic Mangrove mere. But back in the day this was big news. He knows his baits, and he's an all rounded successful carp angler. catching on his own terms. and very much highly regarded in big fish circles.
Shauns been on the ecu buzzers both the original mk1 compacts and the new r-plus compacts since late summer 2017. and I was interested to hear how he's been getting on and certainly in no time at all he goes and breaks his uk pb with this almighty home grown British common!!!
Here's what Shaun has to say on the ecu edwards buzzers.......
``This year I found I needed to change my alarms as I was finding myself in angling situations where my old tried and trusted of many years were beginning to let me down. Well, not so much let me down, but more to the point, they weren’t really coping with what I was asking of them.
I was fishing at very close ranges in very shallow water with ultra-lightweight indicators and quite simply the speed of the takes were smacking the indicators into the rods before I was signalling any sound from my alarms and due to the shallow water I simply couldn’t afford for the carp to get too much of a head start on me.
I started to look around at what was available, searching the internet simply doing my homework and the alarms that I kept going back to were the ECU’s. The Edward’s Custom Up-Grades.
I have been around a lot of years, this being my 40th year actually catching carp and I found the looks of the ECU’s quite pleasing to my old lived in eyes. I liked the fact that they weren’t covered with that modern rubberised material that seems all the rage these days but ends up sticky and horrible after a bit of use. I guess deep down they reminded me of my alarms of old but with much more modern inners. Almost retro looking which is something I like, particularly so the original models.
After much deliberating I took the plunge and welcomed into my choice of tackle a set of the originals and the new all singing, all dancing models.
Why two sets?
There you are I have beaten you to it and going to answer that one now.
I fish a lot and fish a lot of different waters and a pet hate of mine is swapping gear around.
Out of choice I prefer single bank sticks or a two rod bar and a single stick set up for 3 rods. However, many of the waters I fish, I have to use a rod pod due to the concrete nature (not wanting to spook fish crunching sticks in) or wooden platforms of some swims. So, I like to have both options and I thought that being a virgin to the ECU range it made sense to try both systems. Besides I couldn’t get rid of the fondness of the looks of the original, but also wanted to try the all singing all dancing.
Well, here I am and I’m pleased to say many takes later and my ECU’s have never missed a beat. Lots of bleeps now before I hear the smack of the indicator smacking against the rod and hardly ever a false bleep either.
I’m rough with my gear, my tackle I simply use as the tools they are supposed to be. Not for me having to mollycoddle bits of gear. If it works then great, if it doesn’t, it gets pushed aside. I’m not sentimental with things like many appear to be.
So here I am several months on and finally feeling like I have lived with them through a decent enough period of time to be confident that I will be continuing to use them for a lot longer.
Attached is a rather nice 40 lb plus true British common that made my Shaun the Sheep indicator really sound like it was bleating at me, courtesy of my ECU’s. I do love those low tones, they don’t make me jump as much as the real high tones that are also available in the setting up options.
A big thumbs up from me.``
Great info Shaun and well done on outwitting that big old English Common! / Scott Edwards / E.C.U