Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing

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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
    Full Day Trip – Extended
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    price breakdown
    $1,200
    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!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    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
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    price breakdown
    $750
    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
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    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.
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About the Captain

Greg Macfarlane
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
97 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 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) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

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

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

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
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.86
out of 5 stars from 97 reviews
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Stop looking. Groups 6 and under. Best out there
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Richard J.
Kansas City, MO
 5.00
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Full day trip with Captain Greg and Brian

VERIFIED   NEW  July 28, 2020
Great experience. Very reasonably priced.  We had no problem catching our limit.  Both Captain Greg and Brian were...
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Jeremy H.
Cincinnati, OH
 5.00
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Extended full day with Greg and Bryan

VERIFIED   June 22, 2020
It was a day that started out slow, but with a few really nice grouper and snapper.  Greg and Bryan were diligent and...
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Anthony D.
Tampa, Florida
 5.00
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Full day with Captain Greg

VERIFIED   March 24, 2020
We had an awesome day out on the water there were five of us and we maxed out on grouper nice big red grouper and on the way...
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Robert L.
Bradenton, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  July 31, 2020
Tough day day of full moon and we tore it up!
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Kelly E.
Mansfield, TX
 5.00
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Fishing with Greg

VERIFIED   NEW  July 17, 2020
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