A bite indicator
is a mechanical or electronic device which indicates to an angler
that something is happening at the hook
end of the fishing line
There are many types of bite indicators. Which ones work best depends on the type of fishing.
- Fishing floats – are widely used as bite indicators.
- Quiver tips – fit onto the end of the fishing rod.
- Bite alarms – are electronic devices which bleep when a fish tugs a fishing line. The fishing line is wound on a running roller which makes a noise when the fishing line moves, thus alerting the angler that a fish might be hooked. They are attached to the fishing rod between the reel and the first eye on the rod, and give an audibly alert when there is a simple movement of the line. Bite alarms can range from simple devices with an on/off switch that do no more than indicate when the line moves over the roller, to more complicated devices with volume, tone and sensitivity controls. They are useful when fishing with more than one rod, and are commonly used when coarse fishing for carp. Whereas floats can be used as visual bite detectors, bite alarms are audible bite detectors. Although more expensive than visual devices, audible devices are popular as they do not require constant monitoring. They were invented by Richard Walker.