Check out the Gardner TLB+ Bite alarms at this year’s Big One Show.
These evergreen bite alarms have been given a stylish makeover, as tackle editor Marc Coulson discovers…
Gardner TLB+ alarms
RRP: £99.99 per alarm | www.gardnertackle.co.uk
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the TLB alarm, and the company celebrated the landmark by releasing an all-new version which addressed the only thing that was missing with this cult classic.
TLBs have always been known as extremely reliable, rugged alarms that never let their countless users down, regardless of the weather conditions. They really are well-designed, well-engineered, no-nonsense bits of kit, and until recently were only missing one key feature in the minds of many, and that was a remote option.
The TLB+ has addressed that gap, and incorporates an internal transmitter which works with Gardner’s ATT Deluxe and V2 remote handsets.
The improvements don’t stop there either, as the TLB’s internal digital systems have also benefitted from an upgrade, making the head units even more reliable…if that were possible.
I don’t wish to keep banging on about this reliability, but it really is what the TLB and TLB+ are best known for and, in my opinion, it’s the single most important element in any bite alarm.
I’ve had alarms let me down in the past and it’s no laughing matter, especially if a fish ends up in trouble as a result.
The free-running rollerwheel design works brilliantly with all bobbins – regardless of their size, shape or weight – and gives a true indication, from single bleeps to full-blown screamers, while the three-way on/off/silent switch is easy to locate and moves with a positive click.
The head design remains true to the original TLB, and is a compact unit with classic lines. The carbon-effect alarm fronts look absolutely fabulous and, let’s face it, that’s important to all of us carp anglers these days.
All in all, the TLB+ has improved upon an already trusted alarm and has done so while maintaining a really realistic price. Top marks, Gardner.
High ears: No need for snag ears with the TLB+, as your rod won’t be pulled off these.
Sealed unit: The entire head is sealed and will not allow water ingress, even in a downpour or when submerged.
Three-way switch: The positive on-off switch also has a ‘silent’ position.