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
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 1 day notice
    8 hour 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 hour 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 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

About the Captain

Champ Earwood
Aransas Pass, Texas, United States
Member since June 2017
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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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

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4.79
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Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Frank B.
Houston, TX
 5.00
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Half day trip with Champ Earwood

VERIFIED   NEW  July 10, 2019
First offshore fishing trip with my two kids and enjoyed the whole experience,Champ and his deckhand were very friendly and...
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Robert J.
Houston, Texas
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Great day!

VERIFIED   NEW  July 11, 2019
My family and I had a great fishing experience with Captain Champ and Tyler. Captain Champ runs a friendly boat and they both...
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Justin K.
Liberty Hill, TX
 5.00
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5 Hr trip

VERIFIED   July 23, 2018
Booked the half day trip for my sister in laws birthday. Our group of 6 had a great time and we all caught plenty of fish....
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Brian D.
Fort Worth, TX
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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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Douglas C.
Austin, TX
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Full Day Trip with Captain Champ!

VERIFIED   June 7, 2019
Awesome day with Captain Champ and Tyler, we got into some good Kingfish, and managed to catch several 50”-65” sharks....
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Fishing Reports

Calm seas after a week of high winds.

July 07, 2019

Spent 5 hours on the water with a family of five this fine Sunday. The seas had calmed after a week of high winds so getting out on the water was nice and easy. Unfortunetely the fish had gone… Read Full Report →


Family affair

July 02, 2019

Headed out on a nice morning July 1st the family of six for a 5-hour trip. Not a bad day with some nice king mackerel and snapper. Read Full Report →


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