5 Luxury Xmas Gift Ideas for Carp Anglers 2017

That’s right it’s coming up to that magical festive season and finding a quality gift for a carp angler can be tricky.

Whether you’re treating yourself or a loved one this christmas then this guide should have you covered.

Our 2017 gift guide includes every type of gift, from luxury to stocking filler items.

In our first part of our gift guide we take you through five of the best luxury gift ideas for any carp angler.

All items are linked and have some short handy descriptions included so you don’t waste any time researching your gift ideas.


If your looking for an impressive but super useful luxury gift then a bivvy is a great option. There are so many bivvies to choose from but the Aqua M3 and Trakker Tempest do stand out from the crowd.

Both boasting top quality throughout with lots of handy features, making them the most popular bivvies of the year. If you need more information on what a bivvy is and what features to look out for then check out our 2017 guide to the best bivvies for carp anglers.

Find the Aqua M3 Bivvy here: http://amzn.to/2Bv7TVo

Find the Trakker Tempest here: http://amzn.to/2BHCeRF

Bait Boat

Why not bait up in style with pinpoint accuracy with a bait boat. It may look like a toy but some very large carp were caught this year using a bait boat allowing an angler to place a rig and loose baits around the rig within a small confined area.

A bait boat as a gift will make any carp angler a very happy bunny this Christmas.

The most popular bait boat for a number of years now has to be the Angling Technics MICROCAT which boasts quality components throughout, including long battery life and large distance radio signals.

Find the Angling Technics MICROCAT here: http://amzn.to/2BBaoGp

Bite Alarms


There have been a few new bite alarm releases this year but nothing has beaten the ever popular and reliable Delkim Bite Alarm.

A top quality gift idea and has a huge amount of accessories available for the Delkim Bite Alarms. Any carp angler would be very happy with a set of Delkim Alarms this Christmas.

Find Delkim Bite Alarms here: http://amzn.to/2BDXkQx

Vass Waders

To non-anglers waders as a gift can seem a little silly but waders to carp anglers can be super useful in certain situations involving casting, baiting up and landing fish.

Vass waders continue to be the most popular and an iconic look whilst on the bank making them a top gift for any angler this Christmas.

Find Vass waders here: http://amzn.to/2noxr4m

Ridgemonkey Vault Powerpack

Never worry about a device battery life dying whilst on the bank again. The Ridgemonkey Vault Powerpack charges every usb rechargeable device on the market including mobiles and laptops. The powerpack can charge two devices at the same time.

The powerpack is ideal for long fishing sessions and a handy gadget for fishing trips abroad. A great gift are any carp angler this Christmas.

Find the Ridgemonkey Vault Powerpack here: http://amzn.to/2Aol2SD


Thanks for reading part one of our 2017 gift guide. If you have any questions on anything we mentioned in this post then please let us know in the comments section below.

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Best Bite Alarm? The Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm review

IMG_20171006_192924_530 This week we take a look at the ever popular Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm.

This review includes a rundown of all the features you will find with the alarm.

As well as some super useful bite alarm tricks and tips and our honest opinions on the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm.

As usual if you have any comments/questions on this review, please leave them in the comments below.

Let’s get started…

The review

The main feature in our opinion that sets a Delkim Bite Alarm apart from the rest is that Delkim use a vibration sensing technology instead of the commonly used roller wheel system. The vibration sensing technology is exclusive to Delkim and offers you more accurate sensitivity options which could result in more fish on the bank in theory.

One of our favourite features of these alarms are the sensitivity settings which gives you 20 sensitivity options. If you’re fishing in hard winds at distance simply switch your sensitivity to Minus 6, this should eliminate false bleeps caused by the wind. If your fishing close in and need any indications that fish are touching your rig/line then switch your sensitivity to Plus 10 then adjust it if needed.

The alarm is well designed with solid, well-built buttons and dials, no use of stickers or cheap flimsy buttons.

Delkim Bite Alarm and Illuminated Hangers

Incredibly bright LED’s are used throughout which you can set at the brightness you wish. The alarm includes a super useful night light mode, ideal for fishing in the dark. The night mode also works well paired with illuminated hangers.

In terms of tones you can set, the Delkim tones in our opinion are the best sounding and you can create unique tones and also set classic distinctive Delkim tones, although not an essential feature it’s a nice addition to a premium bite alarm.

The Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm includes a protective hard case which protects your alarms from any damage when packed away.

The maximum volume is incredibly loud, but if you wish you can also set no volume and have the signal go through a receiver.

Delkim Micro Transmitter

If you want to use a receiver with the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm you will need to purchase separately the Delkim Receiver and a Delkim Micro Transmitter which fits to the bottom of the alarm.

Attx Receiver

Alternatively you can purchase an Attx Receiver and an Attx Dongle Transmitter (3.5mm) which plugs into the bottom right port of the alarm which can be a little cheaper and works very well.

One thing I do like about these Delkim alarms is that there are so many accessories sold separately that fit perfectly with all the Delkim alarms which will give you the setup you require.

Delkim sell snag ears, various illuminated hangers, 2 different bite alarm receivers, various hard cases and a super handy quick release system for removing your alarms from bank sticks.


It wouldn’t be a CTR review without expressing any negative feedback so here’s the negatives.

Surprisingly there’s only one drawback to these alarm which is price. Don’t get me wrong if you buy a Delkim alarm you’re getting your money’s worth with all the included features but it can be an investment.

I’ve been fishing for over 10 years and I’ve only just got my hands on Delkim alarms. One thing I can say is over those 10 years I’ve used so many bite alarms and wish I just saved up until I could afford to buy Delkim alarms but I guess life just gets in the way sometimes.

How much and where can I find them?

You can find the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarms for around £69.99 each. I purchased my alarms from amazon with free postage.

I also bought the Delkim Slimlite Illuminated Hangers which create an awesome looking, functionable set up and you can find those for around £34.99 each.


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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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