1: Slide the metal clip over the bottom front of your rod holder, pipe or sand spike until it goes all the way back. Tighten the eye bolt snug.
2: Loosen the set screw and adjust the cylinder height so that your rod rests in the cradle. Gently tighten the set screw.
3: Adjust the tension control for your fishing conditions. Any additional tension from a strike will trigger the alarm.
The Fish Strike Difference
For us, the Fish Strike was born out of necessity. There were other bite alarms and strike indicators on the market, but none of them had the versatility to tackle all of the different kinds of fishing that we like to do.
Fishing bells have probably been around since the advent of the fishing rod. They work great in some situations and we have certainly used them in the past. You can't beat the performance for the price. However, they have some drawbacks well.
|Rod Mounted Alarm||There are a number of rod mounted alarm systems on the market now. Most are inexspensive by comparision to our alarms and they vary in complexity from a plastic clip with bells and a chemlite to units with motion detection of the line or rod tip.|
|Integrated Rod Holder Alarm|
|Tip Up Strike Indicator / Tip up alarm / Tip Up Flag|
Frequently Asked Questions:
What type of battery does it use?
The Fish Strike uses a L1028 12 volt battery. They are commonly available at hardware stores and home centers. Its most commonly found in auto key fobs and garage door opener remotes. We also sell them in the online store.
How long does the battery last?
The Fish Strike doesn't have an on/off switch and it only draws on the battery when the alarm is actually going off. Even with frequent use we typically get several seasons out of a battery.
Will it fit brand XYZ of rod holder?
The Fish Strike will fit most commercial and homebrew rod holders. As long as there is a flat surface at the bottom face of the rod holder then it will usually work. We have tested the unit with most models of Scotty, Fish On (Tempress), & Folbe rod holders. Units that clamshell fold or that have an opening at the bottom front of the rod holder may require some modification to work. The alarms will also work with pvc or aluminum pipe type bank rod holders or rocket tubes on boats.
I fish for (species of your choice)...will the alarm work for me?
More than likely, yes! We have people all over the world using our alarms for a wide variety of species. Here in our back yards we routinely use them for catfish, kokanee, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, trout and more! We fish from the bank, anchored in a boat, trolling and trolling with downriggers. The alarm sensitivity can be adjusted from mere ounces up to 20+ lbs. Our way of thinking goes like this...if you have a rod holder of some kind on your boat or at your favorite bank hole, then you probably intend to use it. If your rod isn't in your hands, then you can benefit from one of our alarms.
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Posted by Unknown on Jul 21st 2015
I give this product 4 stars simply b/c I don't know what else is out there to compare it to; having said that, it is a great product. I "live" to river bank catfish. I always camp out at the same spot and fish until I can't stay awake anymore (usually 1-2am). I then pull all my poles up (all spinning reels w/no alert), go to sleep, and throw them back out around 5:30 am. I have always wanted to keep a pole or two out at night while I sleep for increased odds. Now I can w/no problems. I tried the product the other night for the 1st time and landed a 41 lb flathead around 4am. I would have not had a chance to catch the fish w/out the bait alarm. Awesome product and now I can't wait until I hear that sweet sound again!
Posted by Mark Warf on Jul 17th 2015
I fish out of boat on the Columbia river, best ever product, this is my third one bought. They last about 2 seasons. I have 2 in shop that have quite working. Hope this one will last longer. Won't buy again if this one does't last longer.
Posted by Marc Davis on May 8th 2015
The Fish Strike bite detector really ups the number of fish coming to the boat!. Oregon allows two rods on most lakes. I'm always running the boat while trolling and one of my rods is behind me. Often those trout get a free pass because I don't see the original hit until they have stolen the bait. If they don't hook up on the first hit I don't know to change the boat speed to get them to come back. With this device they do not get a free meal. For salmon and steelhead I get a heads up on the "take". The best thing you can do when these larger fish hit is let 'em take it until they turn and run away from the boat. I use a clam shell type of rod holder that does not require me to pull the rod out of the front of the holder. For straight out the back of the boat there was no adjustment of the rod holder necessary. Just clamp on the strike detector. For off to the side I simply had to make a small indentation to assure the device would stay in place on these savage hits. I also installed a small lanyard to assure these much larger fish did not jar the rod holder sufficiently to dislodge it. The adjustable nature of the yoke touching the rod makes the device adaptable to trout, salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and even the lightest biters of other species. The sound alarm is impossible not to hear and will wake you up without a problem. The light is not necessary for my type of fishing but would be very useful to others. I'm giving this one a two thumbs up!
Posted by Bobby on Mar 17th 2015
I fish quite a bit. I do mostly drift fishing for catfish. In the past with two lines in the water I have missed a few fish from my back line. since I started using the Fish Strike fish alarm I have not missed a bite or a fish. This is one of the BEST alarms I have ever used. I bought two and will order another one. Would I recommend this product to friends? Yes I would. If you don't have one you are missing out on a lot of fun, and you may be missing fish.
Posted by David on Jul 28th 2014
This product worked great at night. It was loud and pretty bright. If you screw the tension screw to tight it doesn't work. I hope/wish they make some different colors and sounds.
Posted by Ray on Jul 8th 2014
I have been using the fish strike alarm for several years and love it. This is my second one as the first one succumed to the salt and wet. My rod holder is next to me at the tiller so the end of the rod is well behind my view without twisting my head around to see it, thus saving me a stiff neck at the end of the day.
Posted by L.firstname.lastname@example.org, Looie Disparte on Jun 30th 2014
I have had Fish Strikes before this and found them to be a useful tool. Specifically when I am alone and the boats are thick, such as Bouy 10.
However, I don't find them to be as waterproof as they should be. I have a couple that don't work.
Posted by Tom Parr on Apr 15th 2014
Well built and does everything as advertised. Allows me to read while fishing.
Excellent customer service.
Posted by eric on Apr 15th 2014
these devices allow you to read sleep or tie up new gear without keeping an eye on your rod. they definetly get your attention when your rod is taken down. properly adjusted there is no problems with false alarms. they do irritate anglers alongside of you but it could be a little professional jealousy.
Posted by Unknown on Jan 28th 2014
Great alarm, I suggest you tie it to your rod holder if you would like to keep it for several years.
Thanks for the feedback! This is a good reminder for anyone with a slippery rod holder (pvc pipe, rocket launcher etc). The eye bolt on the bottom of the alarm is there to make it super simple to tie an out of the way leash onto the alarm. A couple of pennies worth of fishing line can save the day!
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