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Master Bait & Tackle reopens in East Haven

post #1 of 9
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Just wanted to let everyone here know that Master Bait & Tackle has reopened at it's old location in East Haven. I stopped in there this past Friday to check it out. It looks like they are in the middle of getting themselves situated, but are definitely open. They had bait (including eels), general saltwater tackle (looks like freshwater very soon) and well... the items you would expect to find in a tackle store.
post #2 of 9
Wow that is surprising. I Think it was owned by Frank Imperato until he died when he got hit by a car- Place has been empty for a long time. They had some real old plugs that they used to dig out of boxes and put up on the wall every so often. Was an interesting shop. Wonder who the new owners are.
post #3 of 9
My buddy's sister and her husband.

Gonna be a hit - I mean, where else can you get a bag of bunker and a Cappicola grinder under one roof?

The bait-shop/deli - its an idea who's time has come
post #4 of 9
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I picked up a couple Mambo Minnows there the other day. Color patterns I had never seen before and the packaging had a sticker at the bottom w/ a Hula Girl on it. Have never seen that packaging before either on a Mambo Minnow. Also saw what appeared to be some custom made rods that may have been left behind when the shop closed.
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Originally Posted by EBHarvey View Post
My buddy's sister and her husband.

Gonna be a hit - I mean, where else can you get a bag of bunker and a Cappicola grinder under one roof?

The bait-shop/deli - its an idea who's time has come


Really?


I use to miss when old Frank would put my change in the bag with the bunker... Smile- and "say have a nice day". Was never sure if he was messing with me or not. Use to like the one old guy there - Pete? He was cool to talk to.
post #6 of 9
Great news!! 5 minutes from my house
post #7 of 9
I miss Frank. Hell of a ball buster, but a heart of gold. He was paying more attention to the pizza he was carrying than to the traffic, old lady tagged him good. That guy's wake was PACKED! Frank was also president of the East Haven Chamber of Commerce at one time, knew everybody.
post #8 of 9
I once gave Frank a spool to fill with mono. He gave it back to me and to me it looked only 3/4 full. I said excuse me but shouldn't I have have more line on my spool. Then he asked me what I did for a living and I say I write up wills. He says I don't tell you how to do your business- don't tell me how to do mine. He was tough.
post #9 of 9
We'd always bust each other's chops when I went there, kind of tradition. I'd then buy a bunch of stuff, he'd throw it in a bag and blurt out a price for me. It was always a few bucks lower than the sticker prices.

When buying lures, I'd always pull the ones from waaaay in back of the hooks, because he'd never rotate his stock. I bought many plugs with prices from several years ago.
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