Captain
Capt. Greg Macfarlane

Member since February 2016

St Petersburg, United States

Background
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.
Techniques
Primarily we bottom fish for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack. We prefer live bait fishing. During seasonal fish migrations we may troll live bait for King Mackerel and Tuna. Upon request we can always target larger fish such as Goliath Grouper or Sharks

Hey, I'm Captain Capt. Greg Macfarlane

St Petersburg, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Primarily we bottom fish for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack. We prefer live bait fishing. During seasonal fish migrations we may troll live bait for King Mackerel and Tuna. Upon request we can always target larger fish such as Goliath Grouper or Sharks
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St Petersburg
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US$ 550

Customer Reviews

4.97 out of 5 stars from 11 reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, February 19, 2017

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

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, February 3, 2017

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.

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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!!!

Fished January 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, November 7, 2016

Trip and crew were amazing..Helped me to surprise my brother for his birthday by hiding my husband and I in the bottom quarters. Made sure we had fish and very patient baiting hooks and in teaching.

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, August 21, 2016

captain and first mate were great, I have hired 10 captains in last three years he was most outstanding. Very professional and knew his stuff, was pleasant, would never go with anyone else except Captain Greg. Excellent

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, August 8, 2016

Capt Greg and Brian were very friendly and helpful!  They literally took care of everything from baiting the hooks to filleting our catch.  Awesome experience and an awesome crew!

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My wife and I had a great day. The crew was great. We caught alot of fish and had fun.

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 26, 2016

We had a great time on the water,caught plenty of fish and had a blast! Would definitely go again and would recommend this charter to everybody!! The captain and crew were fantastic!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Everyone enjoyed the day

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, April 1, 2016

Despite less than ideal weather conditions Captain Greg and deckhand Brian did everything at their disposal to get us on the fish.  The snapper were playing ball but not much else.  We did hook up with larger species but the fishing gods were not smiling on us.  If the bite was not quick in coming Captain Greg was soon moving us to try others marks.

The boat itself is well equipped and handled the choppy sea well which did help when moving between marks.  Gear supplied was good and there was always a variation in tackle available to cope with the variety of species that may appear from nowhere. 

Both Captain and crew were knowledgable and offered advice freely and even when the spot tails were stealing the bait the hooks were not bare for long as deckhand Brian had a ready supply of freshly prepared bait.

Once back at the dock the catch was expertly prepared for cooking by Captain Greg and there was the added bonus of watching the catfish fight the Pelicans for the left overs (might not mean much to most but for those of us from the UK it was a sight to see!)

Overall an excellent experience and I won’t hesitate in coming back to Pura Vida charters the next time the chance arises.  It certainly made a change from catching mackerel and tope in the Irish Sea!

5 stars all round.

Fished April 2016

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