About Us

A solid family based business with customer care second to none!

Due to being in the bait industry for well over thirty years, my family has built up many solid friendships with customers and will always try to help out and give advice wherever possible. We pride ourselves on customer care and if you are looking for an efficient, enthusiastic and friendly group of people to work with, you've certainly come to the right place.

Unlike so many other companies nowadays, we have absolutely 100% total control over the quality of our products. This due to the fact that we store all of our own raw materials on site and our recipes and formulations are manufactured using a vast array of these ingredients to formulate the end product. In other words, we DO NOT purchase our baits from elsewhere and sell them under a different guise! Ring any bells?

The engine room of the business is operated by myself (when not fishing!) and my wife Debbie, who operates the phone lines and who many of you will know from regular 'phone chats'. Our son, Lee, is the bait production manager and apart from being a keen angler himself for well over twenty years, his enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail when it comes to making boilies is legendary! I can personally guarantee that EVERY single batch of bait is identical to the last and he would never have it any other way!

Our daughter Kelly is also an important and integral part of the Essential team and ensures that all your goods are carefully measured, wrapped and dispatched in a professional and efficient manor. Debbie's sister, Kim, is another important figure within the business and apart from assisting Lee in the manufacturing department, she is also in charge of deliveries, accounts and phone duties.

We are all here, as we have been for well over 30 years, to try and make your purchases as seamless as possible and to provide you with the best quality products available. We look forward to speaking with you in due course.

Mike Willmott

 

Mike with the iconic Black Mirror.

Lee catches plenty when not making bait!

Debbie, Kelly and Kim - girl power!

 

Why Choose Essential?

This is one of the key questions we get asked time and time again, but to be honest, there isn't one simple answer. It would be a combination of different facets ranging from a huge amount of experience right the way through to the quality and longevity of our products coupled with the customer care that you would expect from a long standing family-based business. Respect is an often over used word these days, but you don't last 33-years in this trade without it.

Essential Baits have stood the test of time when so many bait companies have come and gone. Over the years we have worked tirelessly to produce what we believe to be the most effective range of baits available and we will never stop striving to achieve a level of excellence that our customers deserve. The brand name is synonymous with quality and we will never compromise this for quantity. We are Essential, we are innovators not imitators, we are passionate and we will always do our best for you, that's our promise... 

 


Boilie Paste

Mark Stubbles with yet another fine cold water carp. Mark is an extremely succesful and consistent angler and instinctively knows the rewards little edges can bring.

Many anglers tend to overlook the advantages that paste’s can give. Throughout the colder months I nearly always wrap a thin layer of paste around my hook bait. This not only gives the bait a better ‘leak off’ in terms of attraction as the paste slowly dissipates, but also gives the hook bait a completely different texture.

Paste is also an essential requirement if you prefer to make your own cork ball pop-ups or balanced baits. A 10mm cork ball with approx 3mm of paste wrapped around it will give you a nice balanced 16mm hook bait. To make pop-ups however, you will need to wrap a thinner layer of paste around the cork. I find that a 12mm cork ball with approx 1.5mm of paste wrapped around the outside creates pop-ups buoyant enough for most presentations.
 

Top Tip

We make the paste soft enough for most applications, but if you find the paste starting to dry out a little, just dampen it down with a ‘Bait Glug’ or a ‘Liquid Food’ and re-mould together. (Rinse hands in warm water first)

If you need to leave the paste standing for any length of time, make sure you wrap it up in cling film otherwise it can quickly dry up. It will be fine to wrap up in cling film and leave in the fridge for 24 hours if needed.