Fishing Bite Alarms, Indicators, Receivers & Accessories

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A bite alarm is much more than just an electronic accessory – it’s your trusted partner on the bank! When you’re ready to bed down for the night, your alarm keeps faithful watch over your rig, ready to cry out when a fish decides it fancies your midnight snack. We also stock a full range of bite indicators, for those anglers who like to use the old-fashioned system in conjunction with those tools that are more technologically advanced. The right bite alarm and receiver has the potential to increase your catch rates exponentially as nothing is worse than realising you’ve just missed out on the catch of a lifetime. A great catch is a reason we all head out to the water, and so Angling Direct stocks a range of fishing alarms so that being let down simply isn’t an option.

Things have really come a long way since the first electronic bite alarms hit the angling market in the 1950s. Designed by Richard ‘Dick’ Walker, the Heron bite alarm was popularly considered the height of angling technology for almost three decades. Since the first Delkim’s were released in the early 1990s, bite alarm technology has come on leaps and bounds – with plenty of other manufacturers also trying their hands at creating their own versions.

Modern Bite Alarms

All modern bite alarms work by slotting your line through a sensor between the ears of the alarm. When the line gets disturbed, from the slightest jostle to an aggressive take, the bite alarm will light up and emit a beeping sound. The method used to identify a run can be customised by pitch and volume between models of bite alarms, nonetheless, the basic principle of the longer the beep, the more movement your line is experiencing is the same. Most of the bite alarms we stock will come with different colour LED options, the different colours were created to enable you to differentiate between rods when you get a low light level call from your bite alarm. Many bite alarms will also offer a variety of tonal setups, allowing you to change each bite alarm’s tone independently. These have the same purpose as the different colour options and allow you to quickly pick out your active rod.

For helping to determine the intensity of a take from whether it is a solid bite, it is wise to use bite indicators – bobbins or hangers that clip on your line between your reel and your bite alarm. Bobbins enable your alarm to alert you drop-backs as well as runs away from you. You can also purchase bite alarm receivers. These allow you to set your alarm to mute (where possible) and will alert you by vibrating, lighting up, or emitting a beep themselves, great for when your peg is near to other anglers or the day is drawing to a peaceful end and is often employed if you’re using your receiver in conjunction with your alarm setup. Receivers really have revolutionised the bite alarm industry and have become a firm favourite among carp anglers.

If you’re using your bite alarms when carp fishing then chances are you’ll want to purchase a set of three (or more). We have options available for purchasing three and four-part kits, either with or without a receiver, as well as individual bite alarms.

Delkim bite alarms are widely considered to be the top of the range, a single Delkim bite alarm can set you back upwards of £80. On the cheaper end of the spectrum, you can purchase a Fox bite alarm for a little over £20. This might not give you as many tones, volume, and sensitivity options as the Delkim but it’ll still let you know when a fish is running away with your line. Other brands to look out for include Gardner, Nash, Steve Neville, and Sundridge – which is the brand that now produces the famous Optonic range of bite alarms. These all offer a range of prices.

We also stock a range of bite alarm accessories – including hard cases for storage, replacement batteries, and bolts for buzz-bar attachments. If you need a little assistance choosing the perfect alarm and receiver for you, we have a comprehensive Bite Alarm and Receivers Buying Guide on our AD blog to really whet your appetite.