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

4.94 out of 5 stars from 26 reviews

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Went fishing on Friday, October 13, 2017

Fished October 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 17, 2017

I booked this half day trip through Fishing Booker for a mid-August 2017trip.  I was able to reserve my date about 2 weeks out.  I called Capt Greg a few days prior to the trip and confirmed all the details.  My group of 5 people arrived at 8AM, and we met Capt Greg per directions.  All was ready, and we immediately headed out. 

He has a 32’ Sabalo that is equipped with a small toilet in the under deck storage area.  The covering built-in to his boat was vital in providing shade on this hot August day.

Capt Greg boated out about 10-15 miles to his known fishing spots, and we were catching plenty of fish immediately!  The deckhand, Brian, was super helpful with reloading bait when needed and for unhooking the fish that we were catching.

We caught red snapper, gray snapper, a couple of groupers, and many other fish.  So many fish that the boat limited out on gray snappers.  We even got lucky and got a 20.5” grouper that we were able to keep.

Excellent time.  I will use Capt Greg again for this same trip!

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, August 14, 2017

BEST fishing trip ever! Captain Greg made sure we had plenty of action on our half day fishing trip, keeping 3 teenage girls entertained with fish after fish. His mate,Brian never had a moment of peace with all the fish we we caught . Brian made sure our hook did not stay out of water long so we can get back to fishing. Captain must of took us to dozen different fishing spots to make sure we had plenty of action during the trip. Two thumbs up to both captain Greg and Brian for their wonderful service .

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First time fishing offshore, had a grreat time, would highly recommed this charter.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, August 10, 2017

This was an awesome experience. My three boys loved this trip. They competed the whole time. And had a great time with the crew.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We had a great half day of fishing with Greg and Brian in early August 2017.  Took about an hour to get out to where we fished, approximately 15 miles off shore.  We caught our group’s limit of snapper within about 90 minutes then switched to fishing for grouper.  We caught quite a few groupers but all were too small to keep as expected.  Boat was a fine fit for our group of six, plenty of room for everyone to fish.  They provided everything we needed for the excursion and cleaned all the fish when we got back.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 20, 2017

It was awesome, these guys were extremely helpful and i would recommend them to anyone looking to have a good time on the water.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great trip…. Captain and mate work well together and made the trip worth it

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great charter. Captain Greg and Deckhand Brian were awesome and helpful. Caught some big Red Snapper and a large Red Grouper as well as many other fish. Took them to a local restaurant and had enough fish for 3 meals for 5 of us.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, July 10, 2017

It was an overall good experience. First mate Brian was very knowledgeable about all fish caught! They interacted so well with my young children!  And were very accommodating to staying out longer than originally planned. The best part of the whole trip was on the way back to the dock where we had a show with the dolphins right behind the boat I will do it again when we come back.

Fished July 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 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 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 Thursday, April 20, 2017

There are hundreds of fiahing charters to choose from and sometimes it’s hard to know where to book. I can tell you, no need to look further. First this trip is great if it’s all adults or a family. Captain Greg, and his deck hand Brian are great. They are prompt, knowledgeable, and you definitely catch fish. My kids loved it. When you arrive back, they will clean and filet the fish for you, and even recommend a couple of restaurants that will cook up the fish for you and your group.  I guarantee you will have a great time and a reasonably priced rate.

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Went fishing on Friday, April 21, 2017

Captain and deck hand very nice and sociable. Very knowledgeable and we all had a great time

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 15, 2017

These guys are great. I took my 2 boys ages 11 and 13 out for a 3/4 day fishing trip with my wife as well and we caught 29 fish that we could keep and at least that many that did not meet the size requirement or were out of season. In addition I caught a 30 pound sailfish that is very rare and took about 30 minutes to bring in. What an awesome experience!!! The kids also enjoyed the puffer fish that we caught as well as the octopus and squirrel and lizard fish. They also enjoyed watching the flying fish as well. I highly recommend these guys!!!!

Fished April 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 30, 2017

This fishing trip was the one thing our grandson wanted to do with his first visit to us in Florida. 
Not only him, but our daughter and son-in-law had a blast too.  We caught our limites and they cleaned the fish thoroughly and we ate it the minute we got back.  When you have family in from out of town, you want the trip to be perfect, and it was!  We recommend Pura Vida - you will not be disappointed.

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trip was great and Captain Greg and deck hand Brian were very helpful. Had a great experience and would do it again. Thanks for a smooth ride and all the help during the charter!! You guys are awesome!

Fished March 2017

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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 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, 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 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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