Fishing With Pura Vida Charters

Captain Greg Macfarlane & Pura Vida Charters offer one of a kind deep sea fishing adventures in the Gulf of Mexico. You will fish in a safe, comfortable and well provisioned  32′ Sabalo, operating out of Bay Pines Marina in St. Petersburg, FL. You, and up to 5 of your friends/family, will be fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, King Mackerel as well as the full array of available Gulf species. This is your fishing trip to design.


Fishing: Gulf Of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is well known for being the grouper capital of the world. In the reefs, wrecks, and ledges we fish there are black grouper, red grouper, gag grouper, scamp grouper, and goliath grouper.  Aside from those bottom fish there are gray snapper, mangrove snapper, red snapper, and trigger fish that are caught on the same type of reef.  For surface trolling we have an abundance of king mackerel, spanish mackerel, barracuda, and always sharks.  There are countless opportunities in our Gulf for different target species. Let us put together the fishing trip you’ve always wanted. Pura Vida deep sea fishing is fun for the whole family and we accommodate any angler, no matter the experience or skill level.


Home Port: Bay Pines Marina

We fish out of Bay Pines Marina located on Boca Ciega Bay in the heart of the tri-county Tampa Bay area. The marina is a short 2 1/2 miles to John’s Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. The barrier islands of Clearwater beach, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, the Redington beaches, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island Beach and St. Pete Beach are all within close proximity to the marina and can be cruised inside the intercoastal waterway or along the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. It is located in the midst of a boaters paradise with waterfront restaurants, pristine white sand beaches and city, county, and state recreational parks.

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The Boat: 32′ Sabalo

Our 32′ Sabalo sportfishing boat is the core of Pura Vida Charters. She has 15 feet of fishing deck space with 11 rod holders and an open deck all the way around the stern. “This boat rocks!”

The 315 HP Cummins diesel 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! The “Pura Vida” boasts 1800lbs. 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 basic but worthy. The Pura Vida’s central engine box has a cushion that’s 24 square feet and 6 ” thick for comfortable seating for six. There’s 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.

Your safety is our first priority. The Sabalo safety equipment includes an EPIRB, life raft, satellite phone, SOLAS flare kit, first aid kit, spare GPS, spare VHF, and many other safety items. With these tools every trip is a success. Our safety record is 100% with no injuries and we intend to keep it this way.

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The Local Area: Resources



The beach communities that surround Pura Vida Charters are home to some of the best places to rest your head, anywhere.

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Do you like to eat and drink? Our local eateries and nightlife are legendary! If you can think of it, there is a restaurant in the area that will delight.

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Things To Do

When you are done fishing, eating and sleeping there are hundreds of interesting things to do, all within easy reach. Adventures await.

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