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Features to look for when purchasing bite alarms

Features to look for when purchasing bite alarms

Carp anglers understand the significant impact the right fishing gear can have on their overall angling experience. Among the essential tools in a carp angler's arsenal, a reliable bite alarm stands out as a crucial component. But what makes a bite alarm so indispensable?

The Benefits of Using a Bite Alarm in Carp Angling

Here are some of the main reasons why bite alarms are such an integral part of carp angling:

Increased Efficiency

Bite alarms are designed to detect even the slightest bites, increasing your chances of successfully hooking and landing a carp. This improved efficiency allows you to make the most of your time on the water and maximise your catch rate.

Convenience and Comfort

Bite alarms allow you to relax, step away from your rods, and focus on other aspects of your fishing experience while still being alerted to any bites. This convenience not only makes your angling sessions more enjoyable but can also help reduce fatigue during long fishing trips.

Enhanced Angling Skills

Using a bite alarm can help you better understand the behaviour of carp and improve your overall angling techniques. By detecting subtle bites that you might otherwise miss, a bite alarm provides valuable insights into how carp interact with your bait, allowing you to refine your tactics and become a more skilled angler.

Night Fishing Capability

Bite alarms with visual indicators, such as bright LED lights or wireless receivers that can be set up in your bivvy, make it easier to detect bites during night fishing sessions. This added functionality allows you to fish effectively around the clock, increasing your chances of catching carp during their most active feeding times.

Multi-Rod Monitoring

Many bite alarms offer wireless connectivity to a receiver, enabling you to monitor multiple rods simultaneously.

Reduced Disturbance

By using a bite alarm, you can maintain a greater distance from your fishing spot, reducing the likelihood of disturbing the carp with your presence. This minimises the chance of spooking fish and ultimately improves your catch rate.

Improved Safety

Bite alarms with anti-theft features provide added security for your fishing gear. In addition, using a bite alarm allows you to remain alert and responsive to your surroundings while still monitoring your fishing setup, which can be particularly important when fishing in unfamiliar or potentially hazardous environments.

Bite Alarm Specifications and Features

With numerous options available on the market, choosing the perfect bite alarm for your needs can be challenging. To get the most from your investment, you'll want to pay particular attention to the following:

Sensitivity and Range

A good bite alarm should have adjustable sensitivity settings to accommodate different fishing conditions, line tension, and carp sizes. Look for a bite alarm that offers a broad range of detection and has multiple sensitivity levels to ensure you don't miss any subtle bites.

Waterproof and Weather Resistance

Carp anglers often fish in various weather conditions, from rain to strong winds. Choose a bite alarm that is waterproof, weather-resistant, and designed to withstand harsh weather conditions to ensure durability and longevity.

Wireless Connectivity

Some bite alarms offer wireless connectivity to a receiver, allowing you to monitor multiple rods simultaneously from a distance. This feature can be excellent for anglers who need to stay mobile around the fishing area.

Battery Life and Power Source

A bite alarm with a long battery life is essential for extended fishing sessions. Look for alarms with low-battery indicators and energy-saving features to prevent any surprises during your angling adventure. Also, consider the type of batteries the alarm uses, such as AA, AAA, or CR2, and whether they are rechargeable or replaceable.

Audio and Visual Indicators

A good bite alarm should have audio and visual indicators to ensure you can detect bites in any condition, whether during the day, at night, or in noisy environments. Look for alarms with adjustable volume and tone controls, as well as bright LED lights that are easily visible from various angles.

Build Quality and Design

The overall build quality and design of the bite alarm should be robust and reliable. Opt for alarms made from high-quality materials such as stainless steel or durable plastics to ensure they can withstand regular use and wear.

False Alarm Reduction

A good bite alarm should be designed to minimise false alarms caused by factors such as wind, water movement, or small fish. Look for alarms with advanced sensor technology or line filters that help reduce the likelihood of false alarms.

Ease of Use and Setup

The bite alarm should be user-friendly and easy to set up, even for beginners. Opt for alarms with straightforward controls and features, such as quick-release systems and simple attachment mechanisms.

Top Bite Alarms from Nash at CPS Tackle

Now that you understand the importance of bite alarms and the features to look for let's dive into some of the best fishing bite alarms available at CPS Tackle.

Nash Siren S5 Digital Bite Alarm


  • Super sensitive bite indication
  • High output volume
  • Run LED, and latching LED
  • Built-in line guard
  • Long battery life


The Nash Siren S5 Digital Bite Alarm is a budget-friendly option that offers a range of essential features. Its adjustable sensitivity ensures that you don't miss any bites, while its long battery life makes it suitable for extended fishing sessions. The compact design is perfect for anglers who prefer a lightweight, portable setup.


This alarm lacks some of the more advanced features found in higher-priced models, such as wireless connectivity or customisable LED displays.

Nash R4


  • Wireless connectivity
  • Customisable LED display
  • Extended battery life
  • Advanced sensor technology
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • Speed-Sensing roller wheel
  • Drop Back alert


The Nash R4 is a high-end bite alarm that offers advanced features tailored to professional anglers. Its wireless connectivity enables you to monitor multiple rods simultaneously, while the customisable LED display allows for personalised settings. The extended battery life and advanced sensor technology ensure reliability and performance, and the built-in anti-theft alarm system provides added security.


The premium features of the Nash R4 come at a higher price point, which may not suit all budgets.

Nash R2


  • Six sensitivity settings ranging from 10mm-85mm
  • Four volume settings with five tone settings
  • Durable construction
  • Fitted with a direct screw thread connection for Nash Bobbins and Slap Heads
  • Variable colour-changing LEDs


The Nash R2 provides excellent value for money, offering a simple yet effective design that meets the needs of most carp anglers. Its adjustable sensitivity and weather-resistant design make it suitable for various fishing conditions, while its variable colour-changing LEDs make it easy to detect bites.


The Nash R2 may not offer the same level of advanced features or wireless connectivity as some of the more expensive models.

Nash Siren R3 Bite Alarm


  • Intelligent sensing technology
  • Adjustable sensitivity
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Long battery life
  • High-visibility LED lights


The Nash Siren R3 combines advanced features and affordability, making it a popular choice among carp anglers. Its intelligent sensing technology helps reduce false alarms, while adjustable sensitivity and wireless connectivity ensure a seamless fishing experience.


Some anglers may find the setup process slightly more complicated than more basic models due to its advanced features.

Nash Siren S5R Bite Alarm


  • Super sensitive bite indication
  • Adjustable volume
  • Advanced communication technology
  • Run LED, and latching LED
  • Built-in line guard
  • Extended battery life


The Nash Siren S5R is an exceptional bite alarm that offers features beyond its price range while maintaining the bulletproof build quality common to all Siren series alarms. This model uses advanced communication technology and high-quality components to deliver accurate and reliable remote performance in various conditions. Its sleek design, wireless connectivity, and customisable LED display provide added convenience, making it an attractive choice for carp anglers looking for a reliable and feature-rich bite alarm.


Offers fewer bells and whistles than its more expensive Nash counterparts, such as the Nash R4. However, despite this, the Nash Siren S5R remains a highly reliable and cost-effective option for carp anglers.


Investing in a suitable bite alarm is crucial for any carp angler, as it can significantly improve your angling success and enhance your overall enjoyment while on the water.

By carefully assessing the various options available, you can confidently select a bite alarm that aligns with your angling preferences, techniques, and budget.

Contact us today to learn more about the bite alarms we stock and for expert advice on finding the ideal one for you.

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