Catch Reports

Best bait ever...

Posted in Catch Reports on 19th June 2011

Paul Radford started using the B5 last season and has recently declared "it's the best bait... Read more

B5 blitz in Norfolk!

Posted in Catch Reports on 19th June 2011

We've had another impressive report from a group of lads in Norfolk that have been catching very... Read more

Another lake record!!

Posted in Catch Reports on 09th June 2011

Marcus Howarth wanted to find out what all the hype was about and decided to put the new... Read more

PB common for Shaun

Posted in Catch Reports on 09th June 2011

Team Essential member Shaun Jarvis is no stranger to the big fish scene and also knows a thing or... Read more

Kingsmead success...

Posted in Catch Reports on 16th May 2011

Paul Court's latest long distance journey from Somerset to Berkshire's Kingsmead 1... Read more

Blondes have more fun!

Posted in Catch Reports on 15th May 2011

This month's 'Top Catch' competition winner and Carp-Talk cover star is the lovely Lianne Bullard... Read more

B5 or Black Snail? They're both running riot!!

Posted in Catch Reports on 14th May 2011

We're having so many reports of of outstanding captures on the B5 and the Black Snail... Read more

Stunning Linear!

Posted in Catch Reports on 12th May 2011

Long time Essential Bait user Jamie Robb has been making some long trips down from 'up north' to... Read more

Cracking common!

Posted in Catch Reports on 12th May 2011

Lee Carpenter is another angler who has been using the Black Snail to very good effect... Read more

Hat-trick of thirties!

Posted in Catch Reports on 14th April 2011

Having only been able to get the rods out twice in 5 months I'm trying to make the most of April... Read more


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.