Buena Vida Charters

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Buena Vida Charters is offering daily nearshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico. Join Captain Champ as he takes you out on the water to catch a variety of fish. If you’re looking for a safe and fun ride, come along with us.

Whether you’re looking for a short time out or want to spend the better part of the day doing some fine angling, Captain Champ has something for you.

Trips aboard Buena Vida Charters are quick and easy at 5 and 8 hour options, with pick-up and drop-off available in Port Aransas.
Captain Champ will welcome you on his 31’ Bertram flybridge boat. Powered by two 315 HP Yanmar Turbo Diesel engines, it is capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 knots. The vessel can accommodate up to six anglers, taking you around Texas state waters up to nine miles out.

The boat has a toilet, bed, flybridge and the necessary safety equipment for a comfortable and safe ride. Equipped with outriggers, it uses GPS and fishfinder to put you on the right track.

You will be fishing the wrecks and platforms for Snapper, Grouper and Sharks while drifting baits for Kingfish, Cobia, and Mahi Mahi. 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 (polarized so you can see things in the water.)
Add an ice chest full of your favorite snacks and drinks, and you are good to go. Meals and snacks can also be provided upon request. So grab your outdoor gear and come along to have a trip to remember!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    up to 4 persons
    + $75
    each additional person
    With our eight hour trip we can travel a little further off the beaten path and improve our chances of catching more and larger fish. Pick-up and drop-off can be done at either Woody's or Fishermen's Warf. The gear, live bait and lures are provided onboard, bring snacks and drinks, and come along.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    up to 5 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    With this trip, you will have the privacy you and your family or friends may desire while enjoying the great outdoors. You can get in some rare fishing adventures and still be back at the dock by noon with plenty of time to enjoy other activities. You can 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. We supply your tackle, rigging and bait, as well as large ice chest for keeping your catch fresh.
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About the Captain

Champ Earwood
Aransas Pass, Texas, United States
Angler's Choice
87 Reports
56 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 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 Sails.

About this listing

Targeted Species

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

Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel

Boat Specs

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

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Outriggers
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.80
out of 5 stars from 56 reviews
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Experience
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Son with 2nd fish of the day
GRANDFATHER WITH FIRST OF THE DAY.
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Shannon R.
Friendswood, Texas
 5.00
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8 Hour Trip

VERIFIED   July 12, 2019
I brought some friends down to Port A to introduce them to the salt life.  We booked an 8 hour trip with Buena Vida to...
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Ryan T.
Houston, Texas
 5.00
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Good first charter trip

VERIFIED   August 2, 2019
Champ and Tyler worked hard to keep our hooks baited and keep us on fish. They told us ahead of time that trolling had been...
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Kevin B.
Austin, TX
 4.67
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Half Day Trip with Captian Champ

VERIFIED   NEW  September 6, 2019
Our trip was good, but the fish were not biting. We didn’t see any boat with fish. I’m not sure Texas is the place...
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Michael S.
Odessa, TX
 5.00
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My daughters first fish

VERIFIED   July 23, 2019
We had a blast!  Champ and Tyler were awesome.  My daughter had never fished before and it had been 15 years for...
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Brian D.
Fort Worth, TX
 4.00
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8hr trip w Champ

VERIFIED   June 8, 2019
I brought my non fishing wife and 2 sons age 10+11. Overall it was successful, we would have limited out on Kingfish if not...
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Fishing Reports

Good King Mackeral

August 23, 2019

It was a little slower than we like but I'm not complaining. Good string of king fish and a red snapper to boot. Read Full Report →


The reds were cooperating

August 03, 2019

Again, we put in a lot of effort for kings but just couldn't get them to hit anything. Good thing the snapper were active in our state waters. Read Full Report →


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