Fishing Bite Indicators

Indicators For Angling

Let’s be honest – where would any angler at any level be without a small arsenal of gear? After all, it takes more than just plenty of cunning and ample skills to outsmart your target fish – it also takes the right tackle and the patience to get the most out of every last piece.

As far as pivotal pieces of kit go for fishing at all levels, quality indicators rank pretty highly to say the least. These days, the range of bite indicators on offer is more extensive and complex than ever before. Our stock stretches from the simplest of designs unchanged for generations to state-of-the-art twenty-first century incarnations of a wholly difference calibre. There’s of course no right or wrong choice to make – it all comes down to your own preferences and chosen fishing style. If you’re after something a little more high tech to complement your new bite indicator, you can also browse our incredible range of bite alarms – the perfect tool for the modern technologically minded angler.

When you’re looking for an indicator, much of the choice is down to personal preference based on colour and style. However, in technical terms, there’s only one real distinction: bobbin or swinger (the latter is sometimes referred to as a hanger). The bobbin design is fixed to the line itself, meaning that when the bobbin lets off its indication (whether that be by rising or lighting up) you know it’s because something is playing with the end of your line. Swingers or hangers hang below the line, s the name suggests. The benefit of this is that they provide much more sensitivity to slight movements. The downside of these types of indicators is that they can often give false readings, as they can be affected by the weather – you don’t want to disturb your rod only to realise you’re trying to reel in the wind! The discerning angler knows how to sit of their hands, though, and much of the skill of a pro-angler comes from their patience.

For more information on which type of indicator to buy, you can check out our blog. The blog not only offers regular product reviews, but our Carp Buyers Guide also features a specific section on bite indicators. This spotlights our favourite indicators at each price level, and offers a goldmine of expert information.

Here at Angling Direct, we’ve assembled a large collection of indicators featuring dozens of products and accessories from a wide variety of brands – all hand-selected with quality and performance in mind. We only ever retail to products we actually use ourselves, too, so any of our expert team are more than happy to give their personal preference. We’re available in any of our stores or over the phone – all the information you need to get in contact can be found on our customer services page.

You’ll find every leading brand in our stock list, including Delkim, Korda, Fox, Taska, and so many more besides. Whether you’re looking to invest in your first ever set of fishing gear or maybe you’re out to take your already high-level skills to new heights, we’ve got exactly the product to suit your needs. What’s more, we scour the market on a daily basis in order to ensure that our prices are kept as low as possible.

Angling Direct: Serious about your fishing....

Fishing can be a very challenging but also rewarding experience. One of the most important aspects of carp and coarse fishing is being able to detect when the fish are biting. A predecessor to the bite alarm, bite indicators are exceptionally useful tools and should have a place in the tackle bag of even the most laid-back angler. 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. 

What Do I Need From a Fishing Bite Indicator?

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 indicators, whether they are a bobbin or swinger. A swinger (sometimes referred to as a hanger) hand below the line. A bobbin bite indicator is fixed directly to the line itself. Read more about Bite Alarms in our dedicated guide.

At Angling Direct, we stock bite indicators from Delkim, Korda, and Fox. Depending on your bobbin type and the features the indicators possess, you are looking at anything from £3 to £40. For some inspiration on which bite indicator to go 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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