Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing

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5000 92nd Street North
St Petersburg FL, United States

Pura Vida Offshore Charters is owned and operated by Captain Greg Macfarlane, a third generation commercial fishermen who has been fishing the Gulf of Mexico his entire life. Specializing in live bait fishing, he runs offshore charters on the Gulf, and is based near Clearwater Beach, Florida: a short distance from the Gulf, and a quick drive from St. Petersburg and Tampa.

His 32’ Sabalo boat is powered by a 370HP 5.9L Cummins engine, and is equipped with Furuno FCV-585 Fishfinder, GPS, VHF radio, radar, and sonar. It can accommodate up to six anglers, and features 15’ of fishing deck space with comfortable cushioned seating, a completely private toilet, a bed where you can nap on your way in or out to sea, and a large icebox with a plenty of ice that can fit all of your food, drinks, and fish. It comes equipped with downriggers, eleven rod holders, and live bait tank.

Pura Vida Charters offer half day, three-quarter day, and full day trips, and fish for species such as Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, King Mackerel and Tuna, depending on the season and conditions on the day.

Trips include rods, reels and tackle, live bait, fishing licences, and full insurance. Capt. Greg prefers to release any game fish that are not very tasty, such as Shark, however 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, Pura Vida Charters has a trip for you!

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Boat Specs

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

32 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
completely private
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
585 the best machine ever made for fishing the gulf
Fly Fishing Equipment
you can take a nap on the way out and in on our sea
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
completely private
Life Jackets
585 the best machine ever made for fishing the gulf
you can take a nap on the way out and in on our sea
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Capt. Greg Macfarlane
St Petersburg, Florida, United States
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.
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 97%

Customer Reviews

4.97 out of 5 stars from 11 reviews

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Fishing was amazing, we caught over 100 fish and kept the limit

Jim Davenport  • Fished February 19, 2017
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Just wanted to let you know that my Charter experience with Captain Greg and mate Brian of the Pura Vida Charters was a great trip. The Boat was clean and comfortable. The fishing equipment was up to date and in great condition, and the crew were knowledgeable. Captain Greg had several spots that we fished at and all produced keeper fish. The captains mate Brian kepped himself busy baiting hooks and removing fish his service was awesome. I would recommend this Charter service to any fishermen new or seasoned that truly wants to have a great Charter expirence.

Timothy Brzvozka  • Fished February 3, 2017
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Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing was an amazing experience! Captain Greg and Firstmate Bryan were very kind, patient and professional. As we were passing through the bay we got a special surprise of dolphins playing in the wake of the boat. They were right there! Captain Greg made sure we were able to have a reasonable amount of time to capture the moment. We had two 10yr old boys with us and they enjoyed it very much. The boat was comfortable and spacious! Captain Greg made sure we were all catching fish and they both made sure the hooks were bated promptly so the kids wouldn’t lose interest. I apologize for not being able to remember the names of all the fish but we got lucky and caught a couple Hogs, lizard fish, squirrel fish, snappers, grouper and an octopus. I would highly recommend this charter. I know I’ll be booking with them again but the full day instead with all adults.  After it was all said and done they were so kind and filleted the fish for us!!! Yummy!  While at the dock they had their own audience of Florida birds that Michigan people don’t get to see. So Cool!!!

Sarah Hildebrand  • Fished January 4, 2017
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