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Richworth Baits founder Bob Baker dies

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Bob Baker, the founder of UK-based Richworth Baits, died last week after a long illness.

Bob Baker, a pioneer of carp bait manufacture in the UK, died last week after a long illness.

Baker founded Richworth Baits, the first company in the world to produce ready-made freezer boilies in 1983, a development that triggered the installation of freezers in tackle shops around the country.

Some of the most successful boilies to come from the company’s plant in West Molesey, Surrey included the Tutti-Frutti, Crab and Mussel, Salmon Supreme, Pineapple Hawaiian and Multi-Plex, plus later recent classics like K-G-1 and S-CORE.

Baker was a notable carp angler and a regular visitor to Redmire, Savay and Colne Valley waters. He used his own baits to catch carp to 40lb in the UK and an 85lb 8oz mirror from Graviers in France.

Bob and his wife, Eileen, owned Richworth for 34 years and ran the company with sons Colin, Steve and Alan. He retired and sold the business to Mistral Baits in 2016.

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