Boy am I liking these Backbiter alarms!
With bite detection being probably the most important priority when pike fishing, as none of us likes deep hooking our quarry, this bit of kit really does the business.
My fishing partner Gary bought one a couple of seasons ago and was very impressed with their operation during some of our winter excursions, and I was starting to notice the positive way which they alerted him to a run.
So the piggy bank was raided just before the start of last years predator season, and an order placed with Billy's Backbiters for a full set of alarms for myself, and a couple more for Gary.
We used them regularly during our pike sessions, and I can honestly say we never had a single deep hooked pike.
The alarm's set-up is simplicity in itself. Attaching the swing arm to your line via a line clip, the bail arm is then opened, and the alarm switched on.
Any movement of your line will now result in a clear signal. Not that it matters which way the fish takes the bait, if it's a straight run, the arm lifts, pulls the line out of the clip and sets off the alarm, or just as effectively, if there's a drop back, and the arm falls, the result is just as instantaneous.
The Backbiter's controls are minimal, with just an on/off switch, and a volume control. A latching light sits on top of the alarm for a visual alert, and with two clips on the rear of the alarm for fastening to your bankstick, that's just about it.
All you have to do is choose the colour of latching light you want, or indeed the outer casing, and if you fish into darkness, there's an option for ATTX compatibility.
They retail at around £60, and can be ordered online from Billy's Backbiters.