How to Use Drop Off Bite Indicators

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How to Use Drop Off Bite Indicators
Bite indicators alert fishermen to even the gentlest of strikes. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Attached to the fishing line at the pole, bite indicators are designed to help fishermen detect the lightest of hits. Drop-off style bite indicators are used primarily when predatory fish, such as pike, are feeling finicky. As the name suggests, drop-off bite indicators "drop-off" the fishing line when a fish takes the bait. As the indicator falls from the line it triggers an electronic alarm with an audible tone, alerting the fisherman of a strike.

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Things you need

  • Fishing rod
  • Rod rest
  • Bite alarm

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  1. 1

    Place a rod rest near the shoreline or place a clamp-on rod rest on the side of your boat. Cast the bait and set the fishing rod in the rod rest.

  2. 2

    Set the bite alarm in a convenient spot adjacent to the base of the rod rest or handle of the fishing rod.

  3. 3

    Attach the clip on the drop-off bite indicator to the fishing line at the point where the line leaves the reel.

  4. 4

    Attach the tag end of the drop-off indicator to the alarm, as per the alarm's instructions.

  5. 5

    Do not set the alarm so close to the water that it can fall in when the bite indicator falls from the line.

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