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Fishing is one of the most popular participation sports in the UK, and also across the world. It’s both relaxing and invigorating and utilises a number of skills that you will find to be useful elsewhere in life. One of the most important factors in fishing – apart from having the right gear, which we shall come to later – is that of patience; rest assured, even if you are an experienced angler you will be used to spending many hours by the riverside or pond, waiting for that bit to come! It’s a game of cat and mouse in many ways, with the art being that of tempting the fish to take the bait!
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About that gear: you will have the essentials – your rod and line, reel, a good chair and other accessories, but there is one additional item we are going to talk about today that can make all the difference, and it’s one that is particularly interesting for those who have more than one line in the water at a time. It’s the bite alarm – something that, once you have tried it, you will wonder how you did without – and it’s an affordable and very useful piece of kit in many ways. Here is our choice of the best bite alarms.
Best Bite Alarms
This quality bite alarm is waterproof and complies with all the necessary requirements and quality standards, and is a very popular model among anglers so you know you are getting a top-level device. It comes as a pack of two, which is also a major bonus. This one comes with four separate sensitivity levels, so will notify you of even the lightest bite, and you can set the volume too.
It is very light in weight and surprisingly compact, so will not take up much space in your kit box, and it can be set to be used for evenings and more, with LED lights along with the sound to alert you in poor light. All in all, this is a very good choice; at around £10 for the pair it’s also good value, so well worth a look.
We like the fact that this one, and that above, comes as a bite alarm set, as the point of bite alarms is very much to enable the angler to have two or more rods on the go at once, in order to enhance the chances of a catch. This model is very similar to the one above in many ways, and like that one, comes with a jack plug addition that makes it suitable for evening use. Again, these are very compact devices that will sit nicely in your kit box, and they are easy to operate and simple to set up.
This is a versatile and reliable alarm that can be used in a number of ways and has a light indicator as well as sound. They fit nicely to the rod so sense the movement, are waterproof and fully protected, and come complete with all instructions and the relevant batteries. At around a tenner, they are also surprisingly affordable.
This is a bite alarm set that comes with two hangers and the relevant batteries, and is neatly packaged and ready to go. It’s a very popular set of alarms that does the job it is intended to with surprising efficiency, and offer you a combination of sound and light indicators so you are covered wherever you want to be. You get the two hangers you need so you can run two rods at once with ease and they are ready for use in all weathers as they are fully waterproof. Put simply, if you want affordable bite alarms with everything ready to go, this would do the job, and at under £20 they are good value for quality kit.
This is a notably high-quality model, as can be told simply by holding it. Nash has a reputation for excellent fishing gear, so you really can’t go wrong with their products. It’s made from stainless steel so will provide long life, and offers both a sound and light response. If there is one criticism, it’s that the light comes on only for a very short time.
Also, there’s only one in the pack. However, at under £20, this is a quality item that we can’t help but recommend. Well worth checking out.
If you are looking to bag big fish – bream, carp and tench especially – this one from Matt Hayes may be the bite alarm for you. It’s sturdy, well-made and offers excellent performance at a sensible price. It has eight sensitivity settings, is easy to use and comes ready to set to use out of the box.
You get two light indicators plus a powerful sound so you never miss a catch, and it is simple to set against the rod. It also has a swing-lock bite indicator, and is very simple to set up. At around a tenner it’s also good value, so well worth considering.
If you’re into hi-tech devices, this might be the one for you. Also, you get three bite alarms plus a separate Bluetooth enabled device that shows you remotely when you get a bite, and on which rod! It’s very clever, and indicates everything by both light and sound for dual purposes.
It also comes with a mobile app so you can keep tabs on your rods from afar from your phone, and it is designed as a low-energy device. It’s very usable, very clever and neatly designed, and if you want to keep more than two rods on the go, could be for you. Be warned, though; this is professional standard kit, at professional standard price – you pay almost £100!
Staying with the quality end of the market for this one – from top brand Michigan – and we get a beautifully presented set of four alarm plus a remote receiver, all packaged in a heavy duty case that makes it easy for you to move around. They are designed for very sensitive detection and will be great for keeping four rods on the go.
With the kit, you get all the gear you need to get fishing, and it is a very clever piece of kit; both light and sound alarms are included, and you also get all the batteries you need to get going straight away. If you run multiple rods this could be the choice for you, and at about £70 for the whole set-up, it works out quite sensible in price.
This is the twin alarm version of the 3+1 we reviewed earlier, so here is the info: If you’re into hi-tech devices, this might be the one for you. Also, you get two bite alarms plus a separate Bluetooth enabled device that shows you remotely when you get a bite, and on which rod! It’s very clever, and indicates everything by both light and sound for dual purposes.
It also comes with a mobile app so you can keep tabs on your rods from afar from your phone, and it is designed as a low-energy device. It’s very usable, very clever and neatly designed, and if you want to keep more than two rods on the go, could be for you. Be warned, though; this is professional standard kit, at professional standard price – you pay around £150, but if you want professional standard alarms, you won’t find cheaper.
With adjustable volume and many other useful features, this surprisingly impressive alarm from Fox is one that we can’t help but recommend. It is well-made and durable, and should give you a long life, and although you only get the one alarm with the kit, you are guaranteed a genuine quality item that will stand the test of time.
You get a sensible, adjustable audio alarm plus the usual light indicators, and you will find it easy to set up. It’s waterproof and can be used in all weathers, and comes from a maker with a strong reputation and many satisfied clients. All in all, it’s a good choice, but at £40 is more expensive than some that we feel do the job just as well.
Our final choice is from the big brand TF Gear, who offer us this set of three alarms with all the usual features, plus a receiver that indicates by sound and light what is happening on each individual rod. It’s a great set that comes highly recommended, and is very usable and will last a long time.
The wireless signal operates in all weathers and has a sensible range, so you will never miss a bite, and it’s easy to set up and very sensitive. A great set of alarms, then, and at around £60, not bad value at all.
How a Bite Alarm Works
The purpose of a bite alarm is to alert you to the bite, so you can be quick off the mark and get more fish than you normally expect. Fish are crafty, so don’t give them the benefit of the doubt! Bite alarms work in two ways: one is a buzzer type that simply makes a noise when you get a catch. This type of alarm senses the movement in the line, so can indicate a bite instantly, and also switches off automatically once you start reeling in the fish.
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This type of alarm is very popular and very affordable, but there is another type that you should also consider. The second type attaches to the rod holder and rest, and stops the rod from moving when a fish is hooked. These clever devices are compact and very effective, as well as surprisingly affordable. Let’s have a look at the top 10 bite alarms on the market right now, and see how we can get the right one for you.
Important Features to Consider
As you can see, the above bite alarms all have their own attributes, so here’s a brief look at what you need to look out for:
Sensitivity – many of these come with adjustable sensitivity settings, and we recommend you go this route.
Light and Sound – you need both indications when you get a bite, and most of these give you that
Multi-Pack – if you can, choose one of the multi-pack deals for the best effectiveness.
That’s a few things to consider, so all that remains now is to wrap things up!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
Fishing is an art, and you probably have your favourite gear supplier, but we can’t help recommending the final one on our list – from TF Gear – despite the fact that you need to buy your own batteries. That’s not to say the rest are not on the shortlist, as they are all very good, but this choice is down to price, effectiveness and quality. The choice is yours – get yourself the best bite alarm, and enjoy your fishing to the full!