Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing in St. Petersburg, Florida

Guided by Greg Macfarlane

Deep Sea Nearshore

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Captain Greg grew up in a local charter fishing family. As a 3rd-generation charter captain, and with help from his father Capt. Joe Sr. and older brother Capt. Joe, Captain Greg built one of the most outstanding charter charter services in St. Petersburg. Captain Greg has a vast, intimate knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico, with a particular specialty in the western Gulf’s offshore waters. He knows where and how to put clients on fish. Book a trip with him to see what offshore fishing in St. Pete is all about!

Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing Trips

Go aboard Captain Greg's beautiful 32' Sabalo and see what fishing in St. Peter's is all about! You'll be able to get a taste of everything on this trip, including nearshore reef fishing, offshore trolling, and everything in between. There are so many species available on this trip that we're barely able to list them all! The Gulf of Mexico is know as the Grouper capital of the world, and in the reefs, wrecks, and ledges you'll fish there are Black, Red, Scamp, Gag, and Goliath Grouper. Aside from bottomfish, there are also tons of Gray Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, Amberjack, and Triggerfish that can be caught on the same reefs! These fish are all absolutely delicious table fare, and Captain Greg is happy to clean your keepers at the end of the trip. For surface trolling, there's an abundance of King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, Barracuda, and even Sharks! These species are a blast to catch and provide a challenge for every level of angler. You'll be fishing from a 32′ Sabalo sportfisher, built in the "Down East Cruiser" style. She has 15 feet of fishing deck space, with 11 rod holders and an open deck all the way around the stern. The 315-HP Cummins diesel engine makes her an extremely reliable fishing machine. With over 200 gallons of fuel capacity, she can take you out 100 miles and back with fuel to spare! In addition, she boasts 1800 lbs. of ice capacity; far more than a charter could ever need. This means there’s room for all your food, drinks, fish, and plenty of fresh ice. The creature comforts of this charter boat are more than worthy. Her central engine box has a cushion that’s 24 square feet and 6” thick for comfortable seating for six. There’s also a fish box with another 4 inch thick cushion that seats two. There’s also plenty of room to rest in the oversized v-berth below. Whether you want to relax on a fifty mile ride offshore or sit down and reel in a fish, there’s room for you AND five of your friends. Captain Greg will provide everything you need for a blue-ribbon day, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunscreen, proper clothing, sunglasses, and a smile! Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in St. Petersburg

St. Pete Offshore Experience

100% (13)
32 ft 1 - 6 People From $117 / person

Recent Reviews of Pura Vida Charters Offshore Fishing


Verified Review Fishing

Fantastic experience. Son and I caught 7-8 big Amber jacks!! Then on the way in saw a mako shark!! Caught lots of small fish that tasted awesome blackened in tacos!!!


Verified Review Fishing

We had an absolutely awesome experience with Captain Greg and Deckhand Ali. We knew ahead of time that the water was going to be a bit choppy and that there would be higher than usual winds, but that didn’t deter the Captain from finding perfect fishing spots for us on our half day charter. Both fellas are super knowledgeable and shared lots of gulf marine life info with us; even stopping to check crab traps and showing us how the eco system is balance. An added bonus is the restaurant located at the marina where the fishing vessel docks; Greg filleted our fish haul from the day and the super friendly staff cooked up our catch and served up tacos for a late lunch. If in the area again, we’d definitely book Captain Greg and his friendly Deckhand Ali for our fishing excursion. They are an awesome team.


Verified Review Fishing

We all had a great time during the fishing trip. We caught quite a few fish that we got to keep. The deck hand was on top of his game and took good care of us as we were catching fish. The Captain had a cooler of water, a bathroom on board and cleaned all of our fish for us. My daughter and I got a little sea sick but we all had a great time regardless.

Scott W.


Fantastic day on the water with Capt Greg and Logan. Caught plenty of fish and very little downtime. Fish were all cleaned and packaged for us.

Paul T.


Both of us had fish on the first drop down and was non-stop action packed after that! Caught a TON of fish. Excellent time on the water! Would give these guys 6 out of 5 stars!!!

Jack M.


I’d definitely recommend this charter. We had a lot of fun. The captain was great w my kids and we caught fish almost the whole time. The whole family (even the wife) really enjoyed it and we would definitely do again if back in the area.

Pierre L.


Did everything we wanted. Amberjack, mackerel, grouper and snapper. From 30 lbs hook and release to nice fish for supper. Thanks to first mate Jordan than made our day with all your help. Anybody that wants a great day on the ocean and a captain that knows his stuff, look no further . Thanks


Verified Review Fishing

Great Captain and first mate! Captain Greg put us on some big fish, Barracuda, and Goliath Grouper! Logan kept us informed and helped every step of the way! We had a blast!


Verified Review Fishing

Great Captain and first mate! Logan took care of us while Captain Greg put us on fish! Caught a ton, was able to keep 26! Great day!

Janet O.


Imagine cousins from the Midwest catching and releasing a hammerhead and blacktip shark. Brought home enough other fish for a couple meals. Captain Greg took good care of everybody.

Jonathan M.


I brought my parents who are both over 60yrs old, 12 year old daughter, 9 year old son and my wife 6 total including myself. We had a blast! Greg was on the fish from te moment we put our bait in the water. We caught way more fish than we could eat on our trip. They pointed us to a local restaurant who cooked our fish for us the same day. What a great memory for my whole family. Do yourself a favor go light on Christmas and plan a trip to Florida and go fishing with Greg and his deck hand Logan you won’t be disappointed.

Jan V.


We had high wind warnings, so Captain Greg recommended that we stay closer to shore. We still had a fun day with lots of action catching Spanish mackerels (17 in a half day). Unfortunately we didn’t catch any big guys, but all in all it was a great day. Logan, our deck hand/first mate was awesome and worked very hard to make the experience fun. Would go again in a heartbeat.

Weanderly V.


Amazing trip and great memories! Booked a 6 hr trip. Our Family 2 Boys (9-12), wife, brother-in-law, and I caught plenty of fish, snapper, grouper, porgies, and a few other species. We had a blast, the boat’s shade covering was key to keep us cool and out of the August heat. Captain Greg kept putting on some great spots to catch different types of fish. Logan (deckhand) was awesome in keeping us baited and maximizing our fishing time. The boys had so much fun they wanted to go out the next day. Thanks, Captain Greg will see you again when we are back in the area!


Amberjack, Barracuda, Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, Goliath Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Scamp Grouper, Wahoo


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea, Nearshore

Start Location

5000 92nd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33708, United States | Bodies of water fished: Tampa Bay, St. Pete Beach

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