Buena Vida Charters

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Head out for a fishing adventure in the Gulf of Mexico’s nearshore waters with Buena Vida Charters! Join Captain Champ Earwood as he takes you out on in search of a variety of Texas’ finest fish. If you’re looking for a safe and fun ride, hop aboard!

Capt. Champ welcomes you aboard his 31’ Bertram flybridge boat, ideal for up to 6 anglers. Powered by twin 315 HP Yanmar Turbo Diesel engines and she’s capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots.

What’s more, the vessel also features a toilet, bed, flybridge, and all the necessary safety equipment for a comfortable and safe ride. Equipped with outriggers for trolling and a GPS and Fishfinder, you’re sure to stay on track!

You’ll fish the wrecks and platforms for Snapper, Grouper, and Sharks while also drifting bait for Kingfish, Cobia, and Mahi Mahi. You have the opportunity to try your hand at bottom fishing and trolling as well as jigging.

The captain and his first mate will supply you with rods, reels and tackle as well as live bait and lures. If you’re successful, you will keep your catch and earn yourself a tasty meal!

Just wear comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Add an ice chest full of your favorite snacks and drinks, and you’re good to go. Meals and snacks can also be provided upon request.

Grab your outdoor gear and come along for a trip to remember with Buena Vida Charters!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    On the 8-hour trip, you can travel a little further off the beaten path and improve your chances of catching more and larger fish. Pick-up and drop-off can be done at either Woody's or Fishermen's Warf. All of your gear, live bait, and lures are provided. Bring snacks and drinks and hop aboard!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 5 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Enjoy 5 hours on the water with family and friends on your fishing adventure! You'll get out on the ocean and have some say in what species you would like to target and whether or not you want to keep your catch or release it. Capt. Champ supplies your tackle, rigging, and bait, as well as a large ice chest for keeping your catch fresh.
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About the Captain

Champ Earwood
Aransas Pass, Texas, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
96 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
78 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since Junio 2017
I enjoy fishing the Gulf of Mexico for the wild and exotic sense of the open water. I started guiding as a favor to a friend of mine, Robert White. Robert had a very nice Bertram 31' Flybridge sitting idle for way too many days of the week. And as any boat owner knows, idle time is bad news for a boat. So we agreed that I would operate and maintain her and we would both benefit. Me for my love of the ocean and fishing, and he for a boat that is sound and ready to go at any time. While the Red Snapper is the most prolific, I prefer the Tunas, Wahoo, and Sailfish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

Bertram (Flybridge) originally built in 1975, and restored in 2007. Powered by 2 315HP Yanmar Turbo Diesel engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

31 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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out of 5 stars from 78 reviews
Half day with Captain Champ Earwood
Half day trip with Capt. Champ and Tyler
Buena Vida!!
Angler Rating
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
Friendly captain
Recommend this charter
Appropriate for children
Satisfied with the boat
Catch intended fish
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Curtis S.
Austin, Texas

Where’s the buoy???

VERIFIED   NEW  Junio 25, 2020
Captain Champ and Tyler were great. Got us on some King fish pretty quick, despite the unusually strong current.  We had...
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Mark L.
San Antonio, Texas

Full day off shore family trip

VERIFIED   Marzo 12, 2020
Champ is a friendly and kind Captain and has a great deck hand Casey who was attentive, kind, patient, and friendly. Both guys...
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Terry E.
Austin, TX

Half day trip with Capt. Champ and Tyler

VERIFIED   NEW  Julio 11, 2020
Seas were a little more than expected as we had an 87 yr old in the group. Capt. Champ was very cognizant about making it as...
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Lindsey B.
Houston, Texas

Buena Vida!!

VERIFIED   NEW  Julio 5, 2020
Def will book again when we go back to port a!! Great trip!! Even though it was super windy and the waves were about 8 Ft it...
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Kristi K.
Lewisville, Texas

Half Day Trip with Captain Champ

VERIFIED   Junio 2, 2020
I would definitely book this trip again.  If you are looking for a private charter for you and your family, Captain Champ...
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Fishing Reports

Spinner Sharks by the dozens.

June 13, 2020

Took a group of four out Saturday to some platforms up the coast. Right off the bat we were getting strike adter strike from Jack Crevale and king fish. Each time we stopped to real in the fish we… Read Full Report →