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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.


Thanks for reading our guide to the best indicators in carp fishing. If you have any questions about bite indicators or any advice you would like to share with your fellow reader then please leave them in the comments below.

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  1. John Morton John Morton

    Thank you. Most helpful in a maze of indicators.

    • Mike Samways Mike Samways

      Yeah there so many out there, do you know which ones your going to get?

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