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!

Step aboard a 32’ Sabalo boat, powered by a 370 HP 5.9L Cummins engine. This craft comes equipped with a Furuno FCV-585 Fishfinder, GPS, VHF radio, radar, and sonar. On board you will also find downriggers, eleven rod holders, and a live bait tank.

But this specimen isn’t just prepared for fishing, it’s also designed for your comfort! Bring aboard as many as six anglers who can enjoy a 15’ fishing deck with comfortable cushioned seating, a completely private toilet, and a bed where you can nap on your way in or out to sea. A large icebox with a plenty of ice is at the ready for all of your food, drinks, and fish.

Meet your captain and owner of this operation, 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 half day, three-quarter day, and full day 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 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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  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip - Fish Guaranteed
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,200
    up to 6 persons
    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 - Fish Guaranteed
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $950
    up to 6 persons
    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 - Fish Guaranteed
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    up to 6 persons
    This trip is for clients looking to get a little bit further offshore and catch more fish, especially the one who 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 - Fish Guaranteed
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 6 persons
    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

Capt. Greg Macfarlane
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
84 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.

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Targeted Species

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

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

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)
Tripletail
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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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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4.84
out of 5 stars from 84 reviews
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4hr fishing with Captain Greg and Brian
4hr fishing with Captain Greg and Brian
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
97%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Logan J.
United States
 5.00
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Capt. Greg and Brian

VERIFIED   May 21, 2019
We caught plenty of fish. They make sure you have water, ice, and bait. All you have to do is reel them in. Brian...
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Huan L.
Largo, FL
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4hr fishing with Captain Greg and Brian

VERIFIED   August 22, 2019
Captain Greg and Brian both made our experience very enjoyable. Brian was very helpful with our actual fishing and also teaching...
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Kelly B.
Wascott, WI
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Full day charter with Pura Vida

VERIFIED   February 17, 2019
What a trip!  We had a blast with Capt. Greg and First Mate Brian…  We wanted some action on Amberjack and...
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Cheryl B.
Kansas City, Missouri
 5.00
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Awesome Day!

VERIFIED   November 24, 2018
Captain Greg & Crewman Brian were fantastic!  Kids caught a ton of fish with a shark & a king mackerel as highlights. ...
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Terry B.
Ruskin, Florida
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All Day Trip

VERIFIED   April 23, 2019
Was an excellent trip captain and crew did a great job finding fish and helping everyone in our party land their fish!!! We...
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