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
 

Hard Hook Baits (Mike's view)

There are often times throughout the season when I find myself having to use hard hook baits. There’s nothing worse than reeling in after you’ve seen a frenzied amount of fishing activity over your baited area, only to find that your hook baits have been nibbled away by nuisance fish! Some venues are obviously more prone to nuisance fish activity than others, but it’s not just nuisance fish that can be a problem. Diving birds or even pick ups from swans will often result in ‘missing hook baits’!

Hard hook baits will alleviate this problem, in fact, I actually think it’s advantageous when a diving bird picks up my hard hook bait. It gives me confidence that my presentation is good, and as the bird drops the rig, I actually believe it straightens everything out and gives me a better presentation that I can achieve via casting. I can remember fishing at Frampton some years ago, when the only time I could seemingly get a bite, was after a coot had picked up and dropped my hard hook bait!
 

Top Tip

After you’ve made a batch of hard hookers, leave them out on a towel to air dry for at least ten days, preferably in a warm dry place. Once they have sufficiently dried out, put them in a polythene bag and add a small amount of ‘Boilie Glug’ or ‘Liquid Food’ and shake well. For extra convenience transfer them to an empty pop-up jar or similar before placing them in the fridge or the freezer until needed. If keeping in the fridge, make sure you give them a good shake every few days and top up the liquid if and as required.