WHAT ARE BITE ALARMS?
A Bite Alarm is a small device that can be attached onto a rod rest while your rod will sit on top with the fishing line going through the device. If there is any vibration or movement in your line then the Bite Alarm will detect it. It will then give off a sound and / or show visible LED lights.
HOW DO FISHING BITE ALARMS WORK?
There are two main ways a Bite Alarm will detect line movement. One way is the use of a magnetic wheel and the other is a Piezo vibration sensor. More expensive Bite alarms such as the Delkim Plus use the Piezo vibration sensor due to the greater range of sensitivity.
Magnetic wheel: When line is pulled through the Alarm and over the wheel, the magnetic wheel will pass over a sensor causing the Bite Alarm to activate.
Piezo Vibration Sensor: Similar to the magnetic wheel, when line is pulled through the Y shaped guide the vibration sensor will activate the alarm causing it to make a noise and / or show LED lights.
BITE ALARM FEATURES
Tone / Sound: The tone or sound on bite alarms are mainly down to personal preference. They can also be useful if you're fishing with a friend and set different tones to recognise who has a bite.
Volume: The volume is another adjustable feature based on personal preference. Although it's recommended to not have them set to full volume if you're on a lake with others as it can annoy other anglers.
Lights: The lights on bite alarms are extremely helpful during night but still beneficial during the daylight. As well as sound, the lights can help the angler recognize that they have a bite and on which rod.
Sensitivity: The sensitivity can be adjusted for different situations. If it's a windy day then it would be a good idea to turn the sensitivity down so the alarm doesn't keep beeping from small movements.
Batteries: The most commonly used batteries for bite alarms are AAA. Sometimes the bite alarm will come with these or you'll have to buy them separately. Some alarms also use rechargeable batteries. Access to the batteries will be from the back of the device either by using a small screwdriver or some will have a sliding cover which is more convenient. .
Material: Most bite alarms are made from plastic, making them water resistant and relatively durable.
Bite indicators: Indicators don't usually come with a bite alarm unless it's part of a set. The indicator will keep the line tight which helps with the sensitivity. However its main purpose is visual indication, If the indicator drops then it shows the fish is swimming towards you. And if the indicator rises it will show that fish is heading away from you.
Receiver: A receiver is a small device that will connect to the bite alarms and make a sound and show a light indication when one of the alarms has been triggered. This is great for night fishing and if you're away from your rods.
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