Best Bite Indicators? A Buyer’s Guide to the Best Indicators in Carp Fishing

This week we’re going to check out the best bite indicators on the market, designed with the carp angler in mind.

Why are indicators useful?

Well it says it in its name, it indicates bites. It helps aid your bite alarms, giving you the sensitivity you need from different weather or fishing conditions.

If setup correctly, any time you hear your alarm beep it could be a real bite and not false indication.

Below is our guide to the best indicators on the market that will suit every type of angler and every angling situation.

Let’s get started!

FOX Black Label Slik Bobbin

  • Dual purpose adjustable Slik Clip for improved bobbin sensitivity
  • Supplied with a 3ins Black Ball Chain, a Slim Head and a Hockey Stick
  • Fully interchangeable parts, which allows you to create different types of indicator for every situation on the bank
  • Comes in 7 different colours: Gun Smoke, Red, Orange, Purple, White, Green and Blue
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Korda Black and Whites Bobbin

  • Supplied with two different weights, light chains with unique magnetic bayonet style hockey stick.
  • Fully adjustable line clip, where line flows through the clip and is not gripped.
  • The new style hockey stick is fully compatible with the existing Korda ‘Stow’ range
  • Comes in two different colours… black and white
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Delkim NiteLite Pro Illuminating Hanger

  • Illuminating hanger with no need for a isotope
  • Compatible with any Delkim Plus Alarm
  • Magnetic line clip
  • Extremely strong and solid design
  • Fully interchangeable weights sold separately
  • Available in six different colours: Pink, Red, White, Blue, Green and Orange

You can find them here

Delkim SlimLite Indications

  • Slim lightweight illuminated hanger
  • Compatible with any Delkim Plus Alarm
  • Including 3 different interchangeable weights
  • Line clip and free running functionality
  • Ideal for slack and tight lines

You can find them here

Gardner Bug Indicators

  • Dual position precision line clip moulded in reinforced nylon will not damage your line
  • Supplied with New 15cm Anti-Rust Ball Chain
  • Extended antennae will grip line, allowing to fish slack lines & avoid wind bleeps
  • Quick & easy to convert, just screw the parts together in seconds
  • Comes in 6 different colours: Orange, White, Red, Purple, Green, Carbon
  • Comes in various shapes, sizes and weights

You can find them here

ESP Barrel Bobbins

  • Barrel Bobbin with interchangeable ball clips
  • Interchangeable grip clips
  • 3g stainless add-on weight
  • Stainless hockey stick
  • Include different weight and chain sizes
  • Comes in 7 different colours: White, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Blue, Red and Green

You can find them here

Korum Bite Indicators

  • 4″ mega-strong chain included
  • 12″ lightweight cord included
  • 5g interchangeable weight included
  • Four interchangeable bobbin heads including a glow in the dark head which comes with the set
  • Isotope compatible (takes 6mm x 2mm isotope)

You can find them here

JAG Safe Liner Indicators

  • Ideal for short range and slack lines
  • Solid stainless steel design and comes in two different coloured bodies: steel and black
  • Coloured inserts are available separately, giving you a unique looking indicator
  • Dacron cord indicator chain
  • Hockey sticks are purchased separately and not included with the indicator
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Wychwood Slug Bobbins

  • Includes a two-point pivot system giving you a unique form of indication, allowing you to pivot the head in anyway you want
  • Ideal for both slack lines and tight lines
  • It includes one multi-functional head, one spare white body, one 3 inch and 8 inch chain, one 12 inch dacron cord and 3 interchangeable weights
  • Comes in a variety of colours including: White, Acid Pink, Groovy Orange and Lean Green
  • Interchangeable weights are available separately

You can find them here

Korda Stow Indicators

  • Designed to make small adjustments easy, without removing the alarm etc
  • Line clip style indication
  • Interchangeable chain lengths and weights are available separately
  • Comes in a variety of colours including: Black, Orange, Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Purple and Green
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Avid Carp Bobbins

  • A fully interchangeable set including: 4 inch chain, 15 inch chain, hockey stick, 2 sizes of heads, 2.5g and 5g weight and two styles of line clip: free running clip and line clip style ideal for slack lines
  • Comes in six different colours: Yellow, Clear, Purple, Green, Blue and Orange
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

The Verdict

In our opinion the FOX Black Label Slik Bobbin have to be our best overall choice that we would highly recommend to every carp angler.

They range covers every type of fishing situation, the overall design is very stylish and they come at very affordable price. Simple to use and highly reliable.

If you’re a Delkim bite alarm user, the Delim Illuminated Hanger or SlimLite indicator would be well worth the higher price tag.

Both these indicators work extremely well in conjunction with any Delkim bite alarm, offering you plenty of bite sensitivity options and other functionality you won’t find with a conventional indicator and have been built to the high quality you would expect from Delkim.


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What’s the Best Bite Alarms? – Bite Alarm Shootout 2016

bestbitealarms2016This week we’re going to check out the best bite alarms on the market.

After doing some research into alarms for my own fishing this week, I thought I would share what I’ve learnt and which alarms are the best money can buy.

I have also written an informative guide on what to look out for when deciding on what alarms you should choose, which is ideal for anglers new to the sport.

The bite alarms included in this guide cover all different situations and suit all different types of angling style.

So what are you waiting for, find the alarm that suits your style best.

Here’s your guide to the best bite alarms on the market

Delkim TX-I Plus Bite Alarms

Quick summary:

  • One of the most popular alarms on the market
  • Unique vibration system
  • Adjustable sensitivity settings
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Illuminated indicators available
  • Functionable receiver available

You can find it here

Nash Siren R3 Alarms

Quick summary:

  • Custom speed sensitivity which eliminates false bleeps
  • Slick compact look
  • Built in removable snag ears
  • Illuminating roller wheel
  • Functionable receiver available

You can find it here

ATT S and ATT X Alarms

Quick summary:

  • Slick compact design
  • All weathers resistant (100% water resistant)
  • Silent alarms used in conjunction with the receiver
  • Customizable roller wheel and LEDs
  • Functionable receiver available

You can find it here

Fox MXR+ Alarms

Quick summary:

  • Sensitivity, volume and tone controls
  • Comes with alarm hardcase
  • Value for money
  • Presentation kit available (2/3/4 alarms plus the receiver)
  • Functionable receiver available

You can find it here

Steve Neville Alarms

Quick summary:

  • 500 meter range transmitter
  • Sensitivity and volume control
  • Classic design
  • Reliable and durable
  • Designed for the carp addict

You can find it here

Prologic SMX Alarms

Quick summary:

  • Presentation kit available (3/4 alarms plus the receiver)
  • Illuminating roller wheel
  • Built in adjustable snag ears
  • Run and drop back LED’s on the snag ears
  • Takes AAA Batteries
  • Night light setting
  • Memory bank (lets you know which rod was last active incase you missed it)

You can find it here

Wychwood Solace Alarms

Quick summary:

  • Small and compact
  • Standard custom tones and customisable LED lights
  • Rod grip inserted
  • Bite alarm protective sleeve included
  • Functionable receiver available

You can find it here

Budget Alarms

If you’re working on a budget or just getting into the sport, the list below are ideal budget alarms with top quality functionality.

A short guide on buying bite alarms

bitealarmguideWhen buying alarms you have to certainly think about what type of alarms you are looking for. Judge the alarms on your preferred look, functionality and price.

If you don’t need a lot of functionality then a simpler alarm is ideal for you as there is less to go wrong.

Before you buy your alarm I would advise finding out what batteries you will need as some batteries are harder to find.

Make sure a receiver is available for the alarm, if receiver compatibility is something you’re looking for. Some alarms on the market don’t have an receiver available for them such as some of the budget alarms featured in this guide.

Receivers are handy for situations such as fishing at night and if you need to walk away from your rods for a moment.

Take your time deciding the correct alarms for you, watch a few videos or ask other anglers what alarms they use.


I hope you enjoyed this guide to the best alarms on the market. I hope you have found the alarms you was looking for or at least have a better understanding of what to look out for.

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