Stockists

Whilst the vast majority of our orders come through our website, we still supply a small number of stockist throughout the UK and Europe (See European Customers page for outside UK). We try to support our shops whenever possible, however, some shops do not stock the full range of Essential Baits and we offer a very efficient mail order service from this website if your nearest stockist is too far away or they do not have the products you require in stock.


Avon
Bristol Angling Centre 0117 9508723

Cleveland
Carp Crazy 01287 631110

Devon
Exeter Angling 01392 436404

Dorset
Bournemouth Fishing Lodge 01202 514345

Hants
Poingdestres (Southampton) 0238 0772958

Herts
Johnson Ross Tackle (Hoddesdon) 01992 462044

Kent
The Tackle Box 01322 292400

Manchester
Carp Fever (Droylsden) 0161 3700550

Midlands
Fosters of Birmingham 0121 3443333

Shropshire
Blakemere Leisure (Whitchurch) 07973 254626

Somerset
Somerset Angling (Bridgwater) 01278 431777

Surrey
Backhurst Bait Supplies (Guildford) 01483 811360

Wilts
The Tackle Company (Melksham) 01225 793463

Yorks
Wickersley Angling (Rotherham) 01709 540998
 

Shelf life boilie advantages

Our Essential resident 'Globetrotter' Merv Pennell with one of his many big carp caught on our range of Shelf life boilies. Merv, amongst so many other anglers, openly admits that our shelf life range offer a massive edge over 'standard' shelf life boilies and would not use anything else.  

Of course the big advantage about the use of shelf life boilies can be summed up in just one word – convenience! And this is the key word you need to bear in mind. Good quality freezer baits are fantastic for that long term baiting campaign, yet can be problematic for extended UK sessions and of course when fishing on the continent.

So would we recommend substituting freezer baits with shelf life boilies for long term bait application? In short, no we wouldn’t! Simply because this will not offer any advantages at all, however, we can honestly say that for those trips outside the UK or even those extended sessions within the UK where it would be difficult to keep freezer baits fresh, this highly successfull range of shelf life boilies tick all the boxes - and more!

So many anglers strongly believe these are the best quality shelf life boilie available ANYWHERE in the world! Confidence and convenience, such key words for success.

Top Tips

1) Avoid cheap and cheerful shelf life boilies like the plague. I can think of few things worse to ruin your chances of success than poor quality boilies that have been ‘over-flavoured’ to mask preservative odours!
2) If the manufacturer states there are no preservatives in them, ask him to tell the truth!

3) Beware of semi-soft shelf life boilies. These are likely to be overloaded with preservatives. We tend to rely on reduced moisture levels, which in turn creates a 'tougher' bait, but with far less preservative.