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Meet the crew

Captain Joe Macfarlane Capt. Joe Macfarlane


Captain Joe Macfarlane has been fishing the Gulf of Mexico since he was old enough to hold a rod. When he was 5 years old his parents moved to Florida. His father was a well known local captain who taught little Joe how to fish. As he grew up the bug caught on and he began to enjoy the offshore fishing. At 16 he earned a job working as a fishing charter mate and gained a vast knowledge of fishing in the Gulf. At 18 he received his Deck Officer's license and began On A Claim Charters. After fishing on a 29 foot Phoenix for three years, he purchased the new Sabalo in November of 2005. Since the conception of the Pura Vida, charters have been able to run past the competitor and fish farther and with more comfort. Recently, he purchased the 22' Aquasport "Pura Vida II." With this addition he created a mini fleet and allowed Capt. Greg to take the role of captain on the Pura Vida in the spring of 2008. Book your trip today and experience a young captain that is full of life!


A message from Captain Joe


Thanks for taking the time to learn more about my family and me as your guides to the Gulf of Mexico's offshore fishing. I personally guarantee that your trip will be a memorable experience. I take pride in every group I take into the Gulf and am always open to suggestions and comments to make your trip the most successful. My goal is to teach you about offshore fishing and have FUN doing it.

May your lines always be tight,
My personal Guarantee


Captain Greg Macfarlane First Mate Greg Macfarlane


Capt. Greg Macfarlane grew up next to his older brother Capt. Joe and father Capt. Joe Sr. Since the conception of On A Claim Charters, Greg has worked side by side as Capt. Joe's most knowledgeable mate. Greg has a vast knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico and the inshore waters of the inter coastal. He has practiced the know-how of a charter fishing mate for the last three years working with Capt. Joe. Capt. Greg took on the Pura Vida as the primary captain for fishing and commercial operations in the spring of 2008. Since his promotion, Capt. Greg has proven his ability to find fish amazingly well.

"I fish hard to catch the hog! "



Captain Joe Macfarlane Sr.

Capt. Joe Macfarlane

Capt. Joe Sr. has an active role in Pura Vida Charters as the general manager of operations. With over 50 years of fishing experience, Capt. Joe advises and maintains the general operations at Pura Vida Charters. When you can't reach the boys he books charters and supplies trip information over the phone. He is the backbone of Pura Vida Charters helping the boys at every opportunity to grow and maintain the business.


Tournament Accomplishments

  • The Fishing Challenge, 1st Place Offshore among 32 charter captains in the Tampa Bay area. View the movie from this tournament in the movie gallery.
  • St. Anthony's Foundation Tournament, 15th Place Kingfish
  • Madeira Beach Marina Tournament, 2nd Place Amberjack & 4th Place Kingfish
  • Boater's World Challenge, 12th Place Kingfish among over 400 boats
  • Bay Pines Marina, 2nd & 4th Place Grouper

Pura Vida Charters
5000 92nd St. N Slip #1
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

We guarantee fish or the trip is on us.
Clearwater deep sea fishing charters are fun for everyone in the Tampa Bay area.

Our new 32' Sabalo will take you on a trip of a lifetime