Bluetooth Bite Alarm Set | New Direction Tackle

RRP: £256.79 for a set of three alarms and receiver | Online:

My first job was to download the free smartphone app in order to use my iPhone or similar as the receiver. I’m a bit of a technophobe, but this whole process was dead simple. Everything you can do on the receiver you can do via the phone app, which is linked by Bluetooth. All you have to do is turn on the Bluetooth function on the receiver and sync it to the phone app, and you’re away. I must admit that now I’ve used the alarms for a couple of months, I haven’t actually used this function very often, once the novelty wore off. In fact, the sounder box is so trick that it did everything I needed. You can actually change all the settings on each alarm via the receiver’s function button, by scrolling through the menu and selecting the appropriate head by colour.

I fitted what New Direction call ‘Lighthouses’ to each alarm. These are basically longer ear parts of the alarm which double into snag bars due to their length, while offering lights on the top, and they look awesome at night. You’ll definitely see the alarms out in front. There is also a built-in night light around the front speaker of the alarm, giving a halo effect, and this can be turned on and off by the user, depending on preference. After a quick read of the user manual, the alarms were quickly and easily synced to the neat-looking receiver, which also features a digital screen. The digital screen gives the date and time, and when you receive a run, it tells you the colour of the alarm it’s on and the amount of line taken. There is also a dropback function which can be turned off if required, and it also gives the battery status, which is handy. A signal test can be done quickly and easily on the remote receiver by pressing the multifunction button and scrolling through the menu to find ‘Range Test’.

The alarms haven’t missed a beat in all the time I’ve been using them; they have performed faultlessly. If you consider that they sell for slightly over £250 for three heads and a receiver, then it becomes obvious that they are great value, and packed with state-of-the-art technology to make your life easier.

Mick Clifford