Carp Fishing Indicators
Bite indicators are exceptionally useful tools and should have a place in the tackle bag of even the most laid back angler. A predecessor to the bite alarm, bite indicators still have a vital place on our shelves. Where a bite alarm only lets you know when a fish is actually tugging on your hook, a bite indicator gives a much more subtle range of information about what is going on with your line under the surface of the water. For example, if your bite indicator rises up, this means your hooked carp is swimming away from you, whereas if it plummets to the floor then the carp is headed directly towards you. This kind of information is vital to know before you pick up your rod, and it’s only possible to know this with a bite indicator.
As with all the products we stock, we only go to the very best brands in the business. This is why you’ll see products from the likes of Delkim, Korda, and Fox gracing our shelves. With names like this, any bite alarm you choose is going to perform expertly on the bank, which is why for many anglers the choice between bite indicators comes down to aesthetics – in other words, how you want your set up to look on the bank.
However, technically there is only one major difference between the different types of bite indicator, whether they are a bobbin or swinger. A swinger (sometimes referred to as a hanger) hand below the line. The major advantage of this is also a disadvantage, as these types of bite indicators are very sensitive. On the one hand, this means that the slightest movement will disturb your indicator, painting a detailed picture of what is going on under the water. On the other hand, a swinger can be influenced by external factors, such s the wind, as can sometimes give false readings. A bobbin bite indicator is fixed directly to the line itself. This obviously gives very accurate reads, as the only time the bobbin lights up (or rises or drops, depending which sort you go for) will be when a carp is on the end of your line. For some inspiration on which to do for, why not check out our blog, which regularly reviews and spotlights our favourite new editions to the bite indicator world.
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