UKCARP MAGAZINE 43 JANUARY 3RD 2012Bobbins set up as normal.Clip the Line Biter on to the line just in front of the rod tip.In winter I fish loads of commercial carp waters because I like to get a bit of action. Most of these waters are very similar - well stocked, small, and normally fairly heavily fished. This means that the carp can be very obliging, but they can also be riggy and often tricky to catch when the cold sets in.This all came to a head a couple of winters ago, when I was on a short afternoon session on a little venue close to my home. Tactics for the day were fairly standard. I'd flicked out two small PVA bags to the island margin about 30 yards in front of me. Over the next few hours I had a couple of strange indications that I put down to liners. The small light bobbin had shot up, held very briefly then dropped back a tiny bit.This got me thinking that these might actually be bites, mainly because the bobbin wasn't returning to the original position - in other words the lead had probably moved because the bait had been picked up. This obviously had me hovering over the rods like a gunslinger waiting for his moment of glory.Just on dark, after a couple of missed chances because I was just too slow, I finally managed to hook a single-figure common that just made the rod-tip bounce, and didn't even move the bobbin.SIMPLE SOLUTIONThat evening I was mulling over what had happened, and wondering about a positive solution. I remembered a trip to Rainbow in the south of France. This big-fish venue is extreme in how it's fished - ultra-tight lines, rods locked up and big heavy bobbins. This set-up doesn't give any indication apart from a take - that was until Martin Locke came up with the idea of a Line Biter. This little gadget is slid on the line just past the rod-tip, where it hangs just above the water's surface.As you can see from the main picture it creates a slight angle, and if a fish so much as brushes the line the Line Biter will rise and fall. It can be amazing when you get 20 minutes of the Line Biter bouncing all over the shop, telling you that there are fish out there, and finally you get a take. I wondered if this gadget would give me a better visual indication than the more standard alarm and bobbin combination. On the plus side I could still set up as normal, and everything would work perfectly in the event of a decent take, but hopefully the addition of a couple of Line Biters on the line just off the rod-tips would serve as an early warning system.I wasn't exactly sure how adding Line Biters would affect my standard set-up. I wasn't sure if the weight of the things would pull up my light bobbin and have a detrimental effect. There was only one way to find out, and that was to go and try.I soon found out that "It can be amazing when you get 20 minutes of the Line Biter bouncing all over the shop, telling you there are fi sh out there, and fi nally you get a take"
UKcarp magazine 44 JanUary 3rd 2012indicationI had to fish with tighter lines than normal, and so I used slightly heavier bobbins. With these two slight alterations my rigs were soon in place and my battered and dirty Line Biters were swinging gently in the breeze. It was almost hypnotic watching these little orange teardrops - that was until the left-hand one bounced a couple of times, then shot up and the line held tight. I struck and the rod hooped over - fish on!Now I don't know if this would have developed into a normal take, but the Line Biter had given me a massive visual indication, enough for me to strike. The bobbin and alarm hadn't given any sign of this pick-up. That trip was a success, and it was a guy pleasure fishing next to me who actually put everything into perspective. He'd come round for a chat after I'd banked a couple of fish, and had noticed straight away that I was doing something different. After I explained what I was up to, he laughed and said, "Oh, just like swingtipping."Thing is, he was exactly right. My Line Biter was acting just like that old-school bite indicator, the swingtip. I well "It was almost hypnotic watching these little orange teardrops - that was until the left-hand Line Biter shot up and the line held tight"During the fight the Line Biter slides down the line just like a backlead.A running rig can often help with bite indication in the cold.