The History of Carp Fishing Bite Alarms

While the debate over whether using a bait boat is considered cheating in the carp fishing community continues, bite alarm sets have become widely accepted. These sets, also known as carp fishing alarms or smart fish bite alarms, have greatly transformed the sport. In this blog post, we will delve into the history of bite alarms in carp fishing, explore the controversies surrounding their use, and discuss how they ultimately gained widespread recognition.

Bite alarms have played a crucial role in transforming carp fishing. Historically, before their introduction, anglers had to vigilantly watch their rod tips for any signs of fish bites, often enduring long hours of waiting. The bite alarm set emerged as a solution to this challenge by alerting fishermen when a fish took the bait. It provided more efficient bite detection, allowing anglers to tend to multiple rods simultaneously.

The First Commercially Produced Bite Alarm

The Heron bite alarm, the first commercially produced model, adapted from the very first bite alarm invented in the UK by Dick Walke and his friend, was made of plastic with a universal thread for bank sticks. It had a detachable heron head for easy packing. Operated by GPO contacts on the head, it connected to a separate battery pack containing a buzzer and bulb. Sensitivity adjustment was possible through a small bolt. The only drawback was the need for an external battery box due to limited space.

Heron Bite Alarm

As with any new technology, bite alarms initially faced skepticism and controversy. Traditionalist anglers argued that relying on bite alarms diminished the skill and artistry involved in carp fishing. Over time, as the benefits of bite alarms became evident, the controversies surrounding them subsided. Anglers recognized the advantages these devices offered, including increased efficiency, reduced fatigue, and improved catch rates. Bite alarms allowed them to enjoy the sport while multitasking or engaging in other activities near their fishing spot.

With advancements in technology, bite alarms became more accurate, reliable, and customizable, further contributing to their widespread acceptance.

The Rise of Compact Alarms – AVA alarm

During the 1990s, there was a growing desire for more portable and compact bite alarms. One notable example is the AVA alarm, which was introduced around the same time as the Bi-Tech Viper. These small and compact carp fishing alarms allowed anglers to easily carry and set up their equipment without added bulk or inconvenience.

Increased Sensitivity: Delkim’s TXi Range

Around this period, Del Romang and his company, Delkim, launched the TXi range, setting a new benchmark for bite alarm sensitivity. The TXi range incorporated advanced vibration technology, enabling anglers to detect even the most subtle bites. This heightened level of sensitivity revolutionized fishing techniques and provided anglers with a significant advantage.

Extended Range Coverage: Fox TXR and Gardner TLB

Responding to anglers’ demand for extended range coverage, several companies released bite alarms capable of transmitting signals over longer distances. In the early 1990s, Fox introduced their remote system known as TXR, allowing anglers to receive alerts even from a distance. Additionally, in 1995, Gardner Tackle unveiled TLB, providing anglers with increased range capability. These advancements enabled anglers to stay connected to their alarms, even while inside tents or shelters.

Pushing the Boundary of Technology – Rippton BiteKeeper 

In recent years, there has been a growing demand for smart bite alarms in the angling community. Recognizing this, fishing brands have embraced technological advancements. One notable example is the Rippton bite alarm set released in 2023, offering a range of intelligent features, including Bluetooth connectivity, integration with smartphones, and customizable sensitivity settings. Anglers can now receive real-time bite alerts, monitor multiple rods simultaneously dedicated mobile apps.


The bite alarm set has undoubtedly revolutionized carp fishing by improving efficiency and facilitating a more enjoyable angling experience. Despite initial controversies, these devices have gained widespread acceptance due to their undeniable benefits. As technology continues to advance, we can expect further enhancements in bite alarm sets, ultimately leading to even more efficient and fulfilling carp fishing experiences.

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