Bank stick with bite alarm


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Bank stick and bite alarm specifications:

  • Collapsible polished aluminium poles
  • Adjustable height
  • Spiked end to easily push into earth
  • Supplied with one bite alarm
  • Bite alarm buzzer is adjustable for tone and volume
  • Flashing LED light on alarm
  • Batteries included

Delivery included in Australia

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Category: Accessories

Type: Accessories

Our crew has a pretty standard plan for fishing off Sydney, during winter. Watch the forecast until it predicts an early morning westerly which lightens up, by the middle of the day. Head for Brown’s Mountain, 22 miles east. Stopover for some kingfish jigging on the way there and back. When it all comes together - like it usually does - it looks like this:

Huge Kingfish caught off a Sydney reef

Big Blue Eye Cod caught at Browns Mountain, Australia

But it hasn’t looked like this much, in winter 2017. Strong winds and big swells have kept us inshore - or even, off the salt water - four times out of five trips over the past few months:

Storm rolling in on North Head

What’s a mad keen fisho gonna do, when this happens weekend after weekend? Look for alternatives, that’s what. Which brings us to carp:

Carp caught on the Downrigger Shop Light combo

Fishos either love them, or hate them. But as mentioned above, it's not always about our preferences. Family and friends requirements need consideration, too. The real story with carp is, most fishos are interested in knowing more. And there’s good reasons for that. Firstly, they are not weather or tide dependent. You can fish for them any time, including after dark. Next, they are accessible to almost everyone, in the southern part of the country. Here’s a little Sydney carp map I ran up:

Carp fishing spots in Sydney, Australia

Check this out. Seventeen seconds of gold, showing big carp in a stream within a few miles of Sydney city centre:

Most importantly, they fight so hard. If you’ve ever battled a big one on light gear, you’ll know what I mean: 

Reeling in a carp at Kangaroo Valley

Here's today's Sydney forecast. Seven straight days of fifteen knot westerlies. For saltwater fishos like me - and maybe, you - what are the options? One. Sit at home cursing the bad weather. Two. Battle your way offshore with the boat banging like a dodgem car through the swells and copping a face full of icy cold spray every so often. Three. Get on the fresh water  - maybe with the kids, or friends keen to try fishing - and do battle with some tanks. I know which way I'm going:

Sydney weather can be pretty bad for fisherman

You don’t need to go 20 miles offshore like you do when chasing tuna, or clamber down a cliff face like you do when after drummer. You can fish for carp on grassy riverbanks and in park lands, just a short drive from home. Which is why, this year, I’ve been taking friends and overseas visitors carping:

A carp caught straight off the bank at Kangaroo Valley

Another carp caught in Sydney

Not only did they have a ball catching carp, they got a big buzz from the local wildlife:


It’s worked out so well. When you’ve got people visiting, or family members you want to take fishing, it would be hard to come up with a better option than carp. No seasickness issues. No weather issues. No boat launching. Just go straight to your planned spot and get it happening. If you’re thinking of giving it a try, and you're in Sydney, Kangaroo Valley is hard to beat:

Kangaroo Valley Carp spot map

Carp will take many types of bait. Bread, worms, corn being three of the most popular. They are bottom filter feeders and can reject a bait in a split second-if any resistance is felt. In Europe - where carp are the number one target, even bigger than trout - they have developed a fantastic tool which increases the hook up rate by a huge percentage. It’s called the bite alarm:

Downrigger Shop light combo set up on bank sticks

An electronic bite detector with both lights and buzzer, triggered when a fish moves away with your bait. The big plus with bite alarms is that you fish with an open bail. The fish feels no resistance at all, as it picks up the bait and moves away. We have two types. Firstly, the bank stick:

Downrigger Shop bank sticks and bite alarms being used to catch carp

This is a collapsible polished aluminium pole which holds a bite alarm on top. You simply adjust the length to your preferred height and push the pointy end into the dirt. Cast out, open your bail arm, and rest the rod on the bite alarm stop when a fish picks up the bait and moves away, you’ll know:

A suggestion? Don’t do what I did, last month. That is, ignore the fact there’s so many rocks on the lake bank you can’t stick the spike into the dirt more than an inch.  Did it anyway, because I’m lazy. Here’s how that turned out. And yes, I did get the fish:

Bank sticks are just $30 each. That includes the extendable pole, the bite alarm with buzzer and LED flashing light, standard rod rest ears, and battery. Awesome.