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Post  stevecrm on Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:12 pm

What are they?
what do they do?
how do they work?
are they worth it?
what type would you reccomend?

thanks for any info in advance Very Happy Cool
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Post  pikebob on Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:35 pm

Hi steve got apair of fox arm swingers yesterday from a mate but dont have a clue how they work either any help fromanyone would be great p.s im new to pike fishing /fishing but love it ty all

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Post  patch on Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:40 pm

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Post  pikebob on Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:40 pm

thanks patch has helped abit any more imfo from anyone would be great ty again

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Post  stevecrm on Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:56 pm

Cheers Patch, I have been reading that thread already but still not 100% how they work. I think I may just buy some and have a closer look Very Happy
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Post  deadbait on Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:47 pm

if the pike runs towards you its called a drop back the bobbin will fall. if the pike runs aways it should pull out of the clip i would not leger with out one they also let you fish with the bail arm open
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Post  essox_lucius1 on Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:27 pm

best drop offs are made by mr houghton from this site true genius
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Post  noodle on Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:09 am

there are a few types
the rigid arm with a line clip and a front mounted alarm
cam switch activated ones
mercury tilt switch ones
and far less popular but worth a look if you only deadbait in still water
cord arm tension alarms

the 1st with a front alarm is probably the most popular as its cheapest and easiest to master as all you need to do is clip the clip under the spool and pull the bankstick clip down until you have it right

my choice is the cam switch style (billys backbiters atre the dogs of these at the moment) i use original ET ones (not the ones from most shops now) these can be used with all methods from float pat to ledgered dead baits etc in fact as long as you are fishing a static bait i dont think these can be beaten

mercury tilt switch teh most common of these now are the fox and i would avoid them like the plague mostly for the reason they are fox and too many go wrong from the wire snapping to the tilt switch popping and a whole gamut of other problems, dont get me wrong some dont go wrong and they work well enough, i just prefer teh simplicity and reliability of a cam switch

now the least popular and one i love corded alarms that work on the line tension

these for deads on stillwaters are untouchable as any change in tension at the lead indicates at the alarm end its at tis simpleset with a sprung bit of metal that makes a contact when the tension is lowered (think drop back) if you get a run it the clip pops off anyway and the spring still sets the alarm off
however they are no use for livebaits as the bait changes the tension in the line all the time and in rivers the flow does the same
for more stuff on corded alarms
http://www.42inch.net/cordarm_alarms.htm

for cam switch stuff
http://billysbackbiters.blogspot.com/

there are others that fit the cam switch merc tilt etc
ghetto blasters, AVA systems are two that spring to mind

fox well they are everywhere so dont think you will need a link for those lol
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Post  stevecrm on Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:14 am

brilliant, cheers for the info Noodle. I am probably going to buy some this weekend Cool
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