Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing

Pura Vida Charters invites you aboard for some of Florida’s most exciting fishing! Choose from a variety of offshore fishing excursions on the Gulf of Mexico and reel in your own big catch. Captain Greg Macfarlane has been fishing these waters all his life, so he’ll put you on the fish in no time.

Step aboard his 32’ Sabalo Downeast boat, powered by a 370 HP Cummins engine. This craft comes equipped with a Furuno FCV-585 Fishfinder, GPS, VHF radio, radar, and sonar.

But it isn’t just prepared for fishing, it’s also designed for your comfort! Up to 6 anglers can enjoy a 15’ fishing deck with comfortable seating, a private toilet, and a bed. A large icebox with plenty of ice is ready for your food, drinks, and fish.

Capt. Greg specializes in live bait fishing, he runs a variety of offshore fishing trips. Join him and fish for species such as Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, King Mackerel, and Tuna, depending on the season and conditions on the day.

Pura Vida Charters supplies rods, reels and tackle, live bait, fishing licenses, and full insurance. Capt. Greg prefers to release any game fish that are not very tasty, such as Shark, but any edible fish can be kept by the client. He is happy to clean and fillet your catch, and highly recommends taking it to a local restaurant after your trip, where it can be prepared for you!

Capt. Greg takes pride in giving all his clients a great experience offshore. Whether you’re a family looking to have a good time on the water, or a group that is trying to fill their freezers, there’s a trip for you. You are guaranteed to catch some great specimens on every trip!

Join Pura Vida Charters and come have an amazing offshore fishing adventure in the Gulf of Mexico!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    This trip is for clients just trying to go out and catch a couple Groupers and Snappers, while having a great time on the water! You will catch plenty of fish for a meal for six hungry people. During spring and fall, you'll have a great chance to catch Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks, and giant Goliath Groupers.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    This trip is for clients looking to get a little bit further offshore and catch more fish, especially the ones that are good for eating, like Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack! You will be traveling between 20-30 miles offshore. Upon request Capt. Greg can always help you target giant fish like Goliath Grouper and Sharks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    This is the trip for clients looking to catch some fish for the freezer. Fish between 25 and 40 miles offshore, targeting Grouper, Snapper, and Amberjack. You can also catch Kingfish and Tuna during their seasonal runs. As always, if you want to catch a giant Goliath Grouper or Shark, don't be afraid to ask!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Extended
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,400
    This trip is ideal for clients who want to get their fill of Red Snapper when the short season is open! You will travel beyond 40 miles offshore to target larger Red Snapper, also catching large Groupers in these depths. Out here, the bycatch is always great, too, from Mahi Mahi and Tuna to Wahoo! Even when the Red Snapper's out of season, you're sure to come away from this trip with a great catch!
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About the Captain

Greg Macfarlane
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
170 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since February 2016
I am a third-generation Captain, and have been working the Gulf my entire life. Whether it's driving 100 miles offshore to supply the fish house with fresh Grouper and Snapper for local restaurants, to pulling Stone Crab traps off the coast, or taking a family out to catch the biggest fish of their lives – we do it all! Being able to share our adventures out in the Gulf with charter clients is something I really enjoy, and take pride in giving them a great experience.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Black Grouper
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper

Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Shark (Hammerhead) Hammerhead Shark

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Tripletail Tripletail
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Sabalo (Downeast) originally built in 2006. Powered by a 370HP 5.9L Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
32 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Completely private
GPS
Fishfinder
585 The best machine ever made for fishing the Gulf
Bed
For a nap on the way
Live Bait Well
Toilet
Completely private
GPS
Fishfinder
585 The best machine ever made for fishing the Gulf
Bed
For a nap on the way
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 170 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Fishing with Greg
Half day
Fun day on the water
+201
Angler Rating
163
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
99%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Ken M.
Lakeland, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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6 hour trip with Captain Greg

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on November 13, 2021
This was my first trip, though my friends had been on trips before. I went with 6 hours because I wanted to go out a little...
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Weanderly V.
Trumbull, CT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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3/4 Day Trip with Captain Greg

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on August 19, 2021
Amazing trip and great memories! Booked a 6 hr trip. Our Family 2 Boys (9-12), wife, brother-in-law, and I caught plenty of...
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Jan V.
Tampa, Florida
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fun day on the water

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on March 30, 2022
We had high wind warnings, so Captain Greg recommended that we stay closer to shore. We still had a fun day with lots of action...
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Mitch G.
Somerset, WI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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3/4 day

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on May 16, 2022
We caught a 8ft nurse shark and 4ft Reef shark. All 6 of us where very happy. With lots of grouper, amberjack, and snapper....
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Kathy K.
Altoona, IA
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Greg

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on December 23, 2021
My sons and I were scheduled for the 23rd of December, but due to weather Captain Greg called and recommended we go on the...
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FAQs about Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing

Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $700 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,400 per group - Full Day Trip – Extended (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Completely private)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder (585 The best machine ever made for fishing the Gulf)
  • Bed (For a nap on the way )
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Jigging
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tripletail
  • Tuna (Blackfin)