Master Baiter's Sportfishing & Tours

Master Baiter's Sportfishing & Tours

Master Baiter's Sportfishing & Tours
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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About
Master Baiter´s is the oldest fishing company in Puerto Vallarta and world renowned for it´s service and fishing history. Master Baiter´s, the company, is a two time WBC Billfishing Series Champion in both 2000 and 2001 nobody else in Marina Vallarta can come close to those credentials. Capt Tory of Guanatuna just this last November won the Tuna Catagory for Yellowfin Tuna, another tournament winner in our fleet! We specialize in World Class fishing targeting Black Marlin, Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Dorado, Rooster Fish, Milk Fish, Cubera Snapper, Wahoo and the list goes on. Owner, Stan Gabruk, is well known for his fishing articles published in local area (Puerto Vallarta) publications and web sites. Stan is also quoted weekly in Western Outdoor News and has a body of articles available on his blog or web site.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
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2024

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Tony M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Captain Pedro and Mario worked hard at getting us on the fish despite weather and time of year making fishing more difficult. They are both very experienced, know what they are doing and were tireless in all their efforts. We fished (2) 12 hour days and can't wait to go out with them again. The homemade guacamole and cerviche were delicious and an unexpected treat. Benjamin and Stan were very truthful about what to expect while booking the charter while other places we looked at seemed to overpromise in an effort to just get our money. So glad we went with Master Baiter's Sportfishing... highly recommend them!
Written July 26, 2021
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Thanks Tony ... One thing you deserve as clients are crews working hard to get you fish. These guys work and they're "old school" which means their pride is on the line. Results don't come by accident and the harder we / they work, the better the results, normally. And Mario makes a kick-ass Guacamole ... Thanks for your business and we look forward to seeing you in PV again in the near future... Saludos
Written December 24, 2021
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Matthew G
New Orleans, Louisiana, Usa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My family and friends have booked through Stan and Masterbaiters the last several times we've gone fishing in PV. Stan is always honest about the fishing conditions which aren't always optimal. He also has booked us with great capitains.

We fished last week with Capt. Freddy for the fourth time and we had a blast. He and his crew worked the entire time to find the fish and after 7 hours of slow fishing they put us on the a bunch of Dorado. We caught 6 in about 30 minutes. What a great time!
Written September 27, 2021
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I remember that day, the afternoon bite was actually the strong bite of the day .. Fredy is a world class, multi tournament winner on a super boat, professionally equiped. All that makes a difference. Patience is a virtue they say and you were very patient. But a positive attitude always pays off and it did in this case in large Dorado! Thanks for the positive review and Fredy likes the idea it helps keep him working, ja ha.. Looking forward to seeing you and your group again in the near future... Saludos
Written December 24, 2021
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alamedanm
Albuquerque, NM23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had a fantastic trip 1/6/22 out on the 35' Cabo 'Sofia' with captain Freddy and crewman Diego for an 8 hour trip. We went out several miles past Marietas before fishing. We saw probably 20 whales, 30 sea turtles, and 1000 dolphins.

Oh, and we also caught some great fish. We had no action for several hours, until we saw a bunch of surface activity in the distance. Once we got near, we realized it was a giant pod of dolphins, probably over 1000 total. I believe they were spinner dolphins. It was crazy and beautiful, with the dolphins jumping, twisting, flipping everywhere and cruising along with our boat.

Freddy saw some yellowfin tuna hanging just outside the pod so we started targeting them with the trolling rigs and also tossing out some live bait. We spent a couple hours with that dolphin pod, boating 3 yellowfin (perhaps 20-45 lbs) and 1 great dorado (~40 lbs). We also lost 2 sailfish and had something on that would've stripped the reel if we hadn't chased it, but it finally went directly under the boat and broke off. It was something big.

I had really wanted us to catch some tuna, and knew it wasn't super likely, so that was great that Freddy found some for us! On the way back Diego made us some delish tuna sashimi that was amazing. Then that evening we had our hotel chef prepare dinner with tuna and dorado, so frickin good!

Freddy and Diego were on top of everything. Diego is dialed in to the conditions and the fish and is a great guy.

Stan was super helpful in setting up the trip and also after, talking about getting the fish home.

We'll definitely be back out with Master Baiters again next trip, probably in December.
Written January 11, 2022
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I remember talking with you about how you came across those large spinner Dolphin and shared your pictures. I remember trying to keep things on a more reserved basis when describing what was happening out there ... You had a great day and a superior captain is always the secret .. thanks for the review and we'll be looking for you again in PV soon ... Saludos... Stan
Written January 19, 2022
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Matt H
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Visited the shop that Master Baiters have down town in 2019 and was excited to book a trip. I was getting married in early January 2020 and this was my gift to my groomsmen and dad. After multiple emails back and forth with “Stan” we settled on what boat and crew we were going to fish with via his recommendation. Now I was reminded multiple times this in the only fishing charter that’s on trip advisor so I’m getting the very best in the area. I advised Stan multiple times I had no interest in trolling for marlin because I wanted more action so everyone could catch multiple fish, I requested sitting over a reef and jigging however I was shot down quickly because the guy thought there was too high of a risk for tangles. He did however say there’s a reef that we could fish and it’s a full 8 hour day which I had already booked so I was in. Asked for my final bill and wanted to pay it before I flew to Mexico but then he gave me every reason to not pay via credit card because it was saving me money. My opinion is it’s because people can’t ask for there money back if you hand them cash. So I agreed to bring cash and when we got to the dock I paid the owner as we agreed. He recommended a sandwich shop for the days meals which was actually not bad but they don’t give full value for the US dollar. I asked the owner if the crew was ready for us and all the fish we were going to catch and his response is your on a world class boat with a world class crew the best on the water! If they can’t catch you fish no one will. He did a good job selling him self and the guides but once we got on the boat I soon found out only 1 guy spoke even a little English, one of his world class crew was only a part time fisherman and is actually a teacher and all we did all day is exactly what I requested we don’t do. We trolled for marlin because the crew wasn’t told about the reef, I asked them 3 hours into the trip where this reef is at and the captain told me that wasn’t part of the plan and we would never make it there and back in the time we had left. We fished all day and not even a single strike. Frustrated I emailed Stan and said myself and the guys had a really long day and felt with being promised a few fish a person and to not hook up at all he owed me something in return. Nope Stan gave the same rehearsed line of that’s a world class boat and a world class crew and if I go on trip advisor it’s blackmail and I’m threatening him blah blah blah. All said and done I would have been better off paying with my credit card because I would have had leverage to make the owner actually stand behind his word. And if I would of read all of the reviews I would have known that there are better choices that cost less for the same result we had. If I had something good to say about the trip is that the crew were very friendly and the boat was very nice and clean. My advice only pay the captain 1/2 down till you return to the dock with what was promised. He’s not what he seems to be
Written January 23, 2020
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So sad to get reviews like this when you try and make customers happy in almost impossible situations. he discusses he wanted to sit over a reef, after he got on the boat. It's illegal to fish on the reefs here in PV, those are protected areas. So the client was asking the captain to do something illegal and he wouldn't do it for obvious reason. This person was also demanding everyone catch fish, there were like ten people on the boat and what he wanted would be possible if he didn't demand to head out where the fish were bigger, but much less abundant. For everyone to catch a fish was unrealistic and never suggested. As far as paying the bill, paypal charges a good percentage and with the tax system in Mexico, there are no deductions for boats that don't declare it as income. That's the reason for cash balances. I take the hit on deposits. So it was communicated from the beginning,.... this persons recommendation to give the captain half before or after is nonsense. I am surprised the group didn't catch fish, but following customer demands to fish areas that are illegal, the captain got as close as he could in an area where the fishing sucks, to be straight. So following the uninformed demands of the client, the client got exactly what he wanted. I tell people, the boat is theirs, the captain will do whatever they want as long as it doesn't jeoperdize the boat or peoples well being. It's hard to respond to irrational demands from excitable types. When this person came into my shop, I was warned by the captain the guy was very upset and was verbally aggressive ... he was correct and it's impossible to understand every thing about the trip until i could talk with the crew. After this client came in upset, i got the actual story, which is much different than his complaints... Then the client started throwing around "Trip Advisor" and he'd be ok if I "gave him a bunch of shirts" to make things right... You can make your own determinations ... but his only complaint was really he didn't catch fish after the crew did exactly what he wanted .... Enough said.
Written December 24, 2021
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Joe K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I highly recommend Master Baiters Fishing Charters. Benjamin was excellent in setting up my trip. Our Captain Scobby and first mate Mario were very helpful and knowledgeable. We caught a 110 inch Sailfish which was the highlight of the trip.
Written December 6, 2020
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Dale D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We came to PV again this year and decided to fish for a half day. Since the bay was muddy and the fish were farther out, Stan gave us 6 hours for the 4 hour price. Nacho and Pablo were friendly and knowledgeable, and they got us on the fish by 9:30. We caught our fill and even landed a 65# sailfish (on a 30# rig). We had a great time and will definitely be back again. Thanks again to Stan and his crew for making our PV fishing day excellent.
Written September 9, 2022
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thanks Dale, your comments are deeply appreciated... as a long term client I'm glad you finally had a chance to fish in a better month than May... Looking forward to seeing you again next year... Stan
Written September 21, 2022
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abandzoe
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My husband and I booked a 6-hour fishing trip with Stan at Master Baiters and were not disappointed.

Stan is upfront with you about the conditions on the water and the kinds of fish you can anticipate catching.

He keeps it honest and provides you with what you need, without trying to upsell you on a longer or larger trip or boat.

We had a 28-foot panga for the two of us with Alonso and Diego and that was more than enough to catch 13 fish, including a mahi-mahi! The crew was very knowledgeable and knew where to go to catch our dinner!

We would have no hesitation in recommending Master Baiters to anyone looking to go fishing because Stan and Karen provided us with excellent, personable customer service.
Written February 19, 2024
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Thanks for the great review.... We do what we can and telling people stores never pays dividends... I'll tell Diego and Capt. Alonso about your review... Saludos... Stan
Written March 12, 2024
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Jay W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Stan was quick to respond to my request to take me and my son out fishing a couple days before we arrived to Puerto Vallarta and made the process very easy to book.

We fished with Nacho and Chico and they were awesome in the boat and with the fish. We caught lots mackerel and bonitos right outside the marina and then went a little ways out into the bay to catch mahi. We ended up landing 4 mahi on a 5-6 hour trip (had a few others on). It was a great day of fishing. We kept some of our catch and had a restaurant in the Marina cook it up for our party of 14 - ceviche, fried, baked - it was amazing and so fresh. We even saw a couple sea turtles on our trip.

We ran into Stan a couple times during our walks to the Marina and he was always helpful with local information. I'd definitely recommend fishing with Stan and his crew.
Written October 25, 2022
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Heather L
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Stan organized our 4-hour fishing excursion and was so wonderful from the moment we called on the phone to the moment he met us at the dock. We ended up with a nicer boat than we paid for. The boat captains were friendly and knowledgeable and helped us catch a beautiful dorado (mahi-mahi)! Our boat captain filleted our fish and we were able to bring it right over to a restaurant next to the dock - had the tastiest fish tacos for lunch! Great experience!
Written December 7, 2021
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Thank you Heather and thanks for the kind words ... You can't beat fresh, off the boat Doardo! You are now Honorary Master Baiter's ... Look forward to seeing your group again in the near future... Saludos
Written December 24, 2021
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Nicole R
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
My family booked 2 days of fishing with Stan and his MB team - a group of 7 one day, and 8 the other. I was worried because a few of my cousins are literally pros in the Pacific NW - this lived up to expectations! On both days they ensured EVERY member of the group caught at least 1 fish. We caught some big ones and ATE WELL for many nights on the amazing catch! Such an amazing family outing!
Written February 21, 2023
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WoW! This review is so good I'm sorry i didn't go with you ... ha ha... I remember you were a little nervous having family members that were at the professional level .... I'm glad you had a good experience Nicole... We hope to see you again in the near future amiga.... Stan
Written March 12, 2024
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