Captain
Champ Earwood

Member since June 2017 Aransas Pass, United States
Background
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.

Hey, I'm Captain Champ Earwood

Aransas Pass, United States
Background
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.
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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 →


Big state water Cobia

August 03, 2019

Nice mix of fish for the day. This trip was August the third. Our guys caught a 54 inch Cobia that weighed just a hair under 50 pounds. Read Full Report →


Red Snapper day

August 02, 2019

We tried real hard to put some King Mackeral in the box but had to settle for these snapper instead. Read Full Report →


State water snapper

July 27, 2019

Headed out Saturday morning with three generations of the same family. Conditions were really calm Sun was shining and the fish were giving us a really hard time. time. We spent half the day trolling and drifting around shrimp… Read Full Report →


First timers

July 24, 2019

Headed out on July 23rd with a family of four. Conditions were a little rough one of the youngsters. This was a first-time fishing experience for the kids so we wanted to do our best to put them on… Read Full Report →


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 →


Kids at play

June 29, 2019

We headed out Saturday morning with a family of four for an 8 hour trip. It was a long day of slow fishing but these guys were some real Troopers. They managed to bring in three nice Kingfish and… Read Full Report →


First Timer

June 18, 2019

This youngster realed in a nice King Mackeral with a little help from Grandp. Read Full Report →


Red Snapper and big King

June 14, 2019

Caught a limit of Snapper and one 3 pound King Mackeral. Read Full Report →


Kids day

June 12, 2019

The kids had a great time reeling in these fish. Read Full Report →


Big Fish

June 10, 2019

June 10th out of Port Aransas yeilded several good Kingfish. Read Full Report →


Kings Rule

June 09, 2019

June 9th, we covered a lot of water looking fr Cobia and Snapperbut only found King Mackeral. Read Full Report →


Shark attack!

June 08, 2019

Lots of Kingfish available on the 8th ofJune but the sharks sure were hassling us. They bit two nice kings in half. Read Full Report →


Kingfish Bonanza

June 07, 2019

June 7th 2019, lots of Kingfish swimming the waters these days. Read Full Report →


Lots of shark

June 01, 2019

Variety of fish today. Lots of 3 and 4 foot Spinner sharks. Read Full Report →


Big Jacks

May 31, 2019

June 1st 209, Lots of Jacks around these days. Kings and snapper were slow. Read Full Report →


Calmer waters served us well

May 04, 2019

We headed out early Saturday morning with our first group, a family of four with two young sons. The low pressure system had finally moved through and we were able to get out on a fairly calm gulf. We… Read Full Report →


Local boys had a great time

April 20, 2019

Left Port Aransas at seven in the morning with a group of six local boys. Conditions were clear and calm which allowed us to run 20 knots most of the time. The calm conditions allowed us to try several… Read Full Report →


Great Day for Northern Guests

April 19, 2019

Left our dock in Aransas Pass at a quarter to seven this past Friday with a party of two. These folks were traveling from the northern reach edge of the country and were interested in "catch and release" fishing.… Read Full Report →


Trolling for Kings and Jacks paid off

April 13, 2019

Left the dock at seven on a clear Saturday morning with a dad and his two sons for a half day fishing trip. Conditions were great and we arrived at some platforms six miles out from the jetties by… Read Full Report →


Great trip after a slow, foggy start

February 27, 2019

We left our slip in Aransas Pass with two couples from west Texas. The weather this Wednesday morning was nice, with calm winds and temps in the upper 60’s. The fog was pretty thick, so we weren't able to… Read Full Report →


Huge Snapper made for a fun Saturday

November 03, 2018

Left the dock at about 7:30 Saturday morning with a couple of clients from Seattle. These guys knew a little about fishing as they have gone after a variety of fish in the Pacific, including salmon. They both now… Read Full Report →


Three generational fun fishing

October 26, 2018

After a long spell of less than favorable conditions, we finally got back out on the water this past Friday. September was particularly frustrating because we were forced to cancel several trips due to a couple of minor but… Read Full Report →


Great fishing on a hot day

August 26, 2018

Headed out with a party of five locals on Sunday. Weather was clear, winds were calm and conditions were hot and muggy. Fishing started off slow with no takers for the trolled baits. We moved to the reef and… Read Full Report →


Great days of fishing with repeat custom

August 25, 2018

We fished all day Friday and Saturday with a party of four and had a great time. We threw everything in the book at them and brought in nearly 120 pounds of Snapper and Kingfish. We really wanted to… Read Full Report →


Good day with the Kings

August 18, 2018

After a week of down time due to mechanical issues, we were finally able to get back out on the gulf and do some fishing. We loaded up out of Port Aransas at 7AM with a group of six… Read Full Report →


Lot of fun on a tough day of fishing

July 28, 2018

We arrived at Woody's Sports Center in Port Aransas a little early, but there were so many boats out this past Saturday that we had to wait for a turn at the dock. We managed to grab the last… Read Full Report →


Cobia made for an exciting day

July 24, 2018

Took a family of five out for a half day of fishing. Water temp was down and the fishing was tough -- we could not get any strikes on the surface ! We did poorly on the reef with… Read Full Report →


Snappers and a shark -- good day

July 23, 2018

Took a family of six with a four-year old out for a half day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, the bite was off and we could not get any action while trolling. We saw baitballs everywhere,… Read Full Report →


Ended the day with a Cobia !!

July 22, 2018

Took a family of four out for a half day of fishing. Fishing has been a little off lately and today was a little tough. We trolled with little success, then fished the reef and managed to pick up… Read Full Report →


Shark-tastic day for these guys

July 21, 2018

Hit the gulf with a group of five guys for an eight hour trip. Seas were fairly calm, with an occasional big wave surprise. We started our day by hitting a platform five miles out and picked up a… Read Full Report →


Fun day with friends and finicky fish

July 20, 2018

Headed out with a family of three and their two friends for a half day of fishing. Seas were great and the water was nice this fine morning. We had hopes of catching our limit on Snappers, but those… Read Full Report →


Determined fishing family succeeds despi

July 19, 2018

We were a bit nervous about the fishing today, but we headed out anyway for a half day of fishing with a family of six on a really rough day at sea. But these folks were determined to give… Read Full Report →


Fantastatic Family Fishing

July 17, 2018

Hit the water at 7AM with two families from Laredo. We were pleasantly surprised at how the seas had calmed down. We hit the reef by 8AM and had our first Kingfish in the boat by 8:30. For the… Read Full Report →


Grandpa's family fun--great fishing day

July 14, 2018

Had a full boat today for a full day of fishing with Grandpa -- son and the grandkids. And all grown, I might add. As they were the day before, the seas were wind chopped and a little aggravating… Read Full Report →


Fun day but Snappers weren't playing for

July 13, 2018

We had a family of five out for a half day of fishing on a beautiful Friday morning. Unfortunately, it was less than fun getting to the fishing hole. The wind picked up through the night so there was… Read Full Report →


Great day with Ling, Snappers and Kings

July 11, 2018

We left the dock with a father and son and headed for the nearest reef. After about an hour of trolling, we had one Kingfish in the box. Dropping anchor at the reef, we decided to go after the… Read Full Report →


Spanish and King Mackerels, but Snappers

July 10, 2018

Departed Woody's Sports Center at just after seven with a party of five. Our group wanted some Kingfish and Snapper, so we headed east to an old shrimp boat wreck. The kings were cooperating, along with some Spanish mackerel,… Read Full Report →


Snappers didn't disappoint these kids

July 08, 2018

Headed out early with a group of five for the Mustang Island Reef. It was a beautiful day, seas were calm and the water was clear. Two of our guests were a bit smaller than the others, aged 8… Read Full Report →


Great time fishing for Snappers and King

July 07, 2018

Headed out on a beautiful day with a couple from Laredo on a nice Saturday morning. We headed out to the JJ wreck and proceeded to troll for whatever might have been present in the clear blue water. Trolling… Read Full Report →


Tough day of fishing, but everyone score

July 06, 2018

Headed out with a party of six to the JJ Wreck to do some trolling and snapper fishing. The trolling was a little slow, but we managed to put a couple Kingfish in the box. The reef fishing was… Read Full Report →


Full day filled with fun fishing in the

July 05, 2018

Left the dock in Port Aransas with a party of six for a full day of fishing. We started out trolling and picked up a few Kingfish, and then moved on to try our hand at bottom fishing. We… Read Full Report →


Snappers were the only things hungry

July 02, 2018

Left the dock at 7:15 in the morning for a half day of trolling and reef fishing. We started at the platforms 6 miles out of the jetties, but found no takers. We then moved out over some sunken… Read Full Report →


Snapper fun, plus Sharks and Kings

July 01, 2018

Left Woody's Sports Center at seven in the morning with a party of four and arrived at the Mustang Island Reef an hour later. We started off trolling over the reef and caught a couple Kingfish, but we lost… Read Full Report →


Mahi-Mahi, Snappers & Kings--fun day!!

June 28, 2018

Took a family of five and their mechanic out for a half day of fishing. Winds had been blowing, so conditions going out were less than favorable. Once at the fishing grounds, things began to improve. We caught a… Read Full Report →


Kings & Snappers were waiting for us

June 27, 2018

After several days of being confined to the docks due to the weather, we were finally able to get out this nice Wednesday morning with a party of four. Conditions were a little rough going out, but we were… Read Full Report →


Kings were biting while Cobia swam on by

June 14, 2018

We headed out at a quarter after seven from Woody's Sports Center in Port Aransas under partly cloudy skies and 4 foot swells. With a party of three and a desire to put a few snapper in the box… Read Full Report →


Family fun with Lings and Kings

June 10, 2018

We left Woody's Sport's Center at seven on this fine Sunday morning with a family of three. The wind blew all night, so we knew the seas would not be favorable for a southerly trip to the reef. Our… Read Full Report →


Good day of top water & reef fishing

June 09, 2018

Picked up a party of five on Saturday morning for a full day of fishing. Though the winds had come down somewhat, the seas where still rolling a bit. Our clients wanted a mixed bag of top water and… Read Full Report →


Snapper, Mahi Mahi & Bonito--fun times!!

June 02, 2018

Today we took a private trip with friends and family out to the federal waters to see if we could fill everyone's freezer with snapper fillets. This was day two of the federal snapper season. Conditions were rough with… Read Full Report →


Good mix--snapper, ling, kings, shark &

May 28, 2018

Picked up a group of five and ran the 12 miles to the reef in 45 minutes. We proceeded to troll around the marker, and although things were slow, the Kings did not disappoint. We put three in the… Read Full Report →


Fun day with the sharks, snappers and ja

May 27, 2018

We left the dock with a group of five, one of whom is still active in the US Air Force. Conditions on the way out were just choppy enough to be annoying, but once we reached our destination, things… Read Full Report →


Fishing ran deep but productive

May 26, 2018

Left the dock with a party of five and headed for the favored fishing grounds. Conditions going out were a little rough, so we took it slow and easy. We did some trolling around the reef marker, but just… Read Full Report →


Jacks and Kings beat out the Snappers

May 18, 2018

We thought it was going to be a nice day, but the seas were pretty tough on the way out. After leaving Woody's at just past seven with a group of five, we ran for an hour to reach… Read Full Report →


Lone Ranger Takes the Kingfish Ride

May 16, 2018

We left the dock in Port Aransas with a party of one. Conditions were a little rough on the way out, but our fisherman was raring to go. So we plowed head-on into those seas. It was a nice… Read Full Report →


Windy but Fantastic Day of Fishing

May 12, 2018

Winds were blowing pretty hard most of Friday, and Saturday morning they didn’t want to slack off below 15 mph. But that didn’t deter this family of four who were determined to do some fishing that morning. We took… Read Full Report →


Hard hitting Kings & Jacks for a great t

May 09, 2018

Today's trip was originally scheduled for the previous Wednesday, but the wind was blowing up to 40 MPH then, so we rescheduled for today. As luck would have it, we picked up a little sea breeze that held through… Read Full Report →


Shark-worthy day of fishing

May 05, 2018

Left the dock at 7:50 with a party of four on a nice Saturday morning. Seas were not bad and the water had a lot of blue in it once we reached the reef. Anchoring over a promising looking… Read Full Report →


Bachelor Bash Bonanza !!!

April 28, 2018

Met up with a party of four from Nebraska at Woody's Sports Center at 7:00 Saturday morning for what promised to be a beautiful day. Seas were great, allowing us to run 25 knots from the harbor to the… Read Full Report →


Great day of smooth fishing the day afte

April 15, 2018

Well, after nearly a month of less than favorable conditions, we were able to take a party of four out for a half day of fishing. Fantastic news when you consider that a north wind was blowing over 50… Read Full Report →


Great father & son fishing trip

March 17, 2018

Picked up a father and son duo at 7:30 in the morning at Woody's in Port Aransas and headed out into the Gulf of Mexico. Seas were fair and the current was non-existent. We started out fishing over the… Read Full Report →


Hot fishing with kids on a cool March mo

March 13, 2018

We were scheduled to go fishing with a party of six on Monday the 12th, but the weather just wasn't cooperating. Fortunately, this family from West Texas had some flexibility and were able to reschedule for the next day.… Read Full Report →


Kid's smile says 'Great Fishing Trip!!'

February 18, 2018

Scheduling an offshore trip in February along the Texas middle coast can be difficult, to say the least. We get high winds ahead of fronts, and when things do settle down, there is a good chance fog will be… Read Full Report →


Cold start to 2018 with big Snapper

February 09, 2018

We left the dock with a party of four at 8:00 am under overcast skies. These stalwart fishermen were ready, starting their trip with brisk 59 degree temps and a light mist. Sea conditions were calm as we lucked… Read Full Report →


Snapper haul to end 2017

December 30, 2017

After a month of zero fishing trips, six adventurous souls took up the challenge of a December 30th fishing trip into the gulf. These folks planned their trip a month in advance, but weather conditions for this trip was… Read Full Report →


Snapper limit with Dolphin sightings

November 25, 2017

We met our clients at the dock at 7:00 am for a full day of fishing. On board was a nice couple from Fort Worth who, like any avid fishermen, wanted to catch everything we could find that day.… Read Full Report →


Gulf shopping/fishing on Black Friday

November 24, 2017

Bypassing the after-Thanksgiving Black Friday madness, we left our dock in Port Aransas at 7:30 in the morning for a full day of fishing with a party of three. Conditions were chilly but the seas were more than kind.… Read Full Report →


Grandson's memory-making trip

November 21, 2017

We left the dock in Aransas Pass at 8:00 am on a beautiful Tuesday morning, just ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays. This was a private trip with family, including the nine-year-old grandson of Capt. Champ. With brothers that are… Read Full Report →


Storms Stirred-up Sensational Snappers

October 29, 2017

We left the dock at twenty minutes past eleven on a cool Sunday morning, heading out to see how the fishing was after the cold front that had just blown through. This was a private trip for the deck… Read Full Report →


Birthday Boy ends with a King

October 14, 2017

After 7 weeks of downtime due to Hurricane Harvey, we were finally able to run a charter this past Saturday. Though we only had minor damage to the boat, we were delayed by damage to infrastructure in and around… Read Full Report →


Snappers galore

August 20, 2017

Left Woody's with a full boat of fishermen ready to have a great time on the water. Fortunately this gang knew what they were doing when it came time to start fishing. I don't think there is a fish… Read Full Report →


Cobia and Snapper--great day

August 19, 2017

Picked up a family of five Saturday morning and headed out into some friendly seas. The sky was clear blue and the water was fairly blue as well. Good news for our fishing trip! As usual, the snapper were… Read Full Report →


Snappers limit out in windy conditions

August 13, 2017

Picked up a party of three at Woody's Sunday morning for a half day of fishing. Conditions were still a bit rough, but our boys were some real troopers with lots of offshore experience. I'll start with the bad… Read Full Report →


Father & Sons haul in Snappers

August 12, 2017

Left the dock in Aransas Pass with a father and his three sons a little before seven on this clear Saturday morning. We stopped off at Woody's and took on a little fuel and bait before heading out to… Read Full Report →


Spanish & King mackerel college send-off

August 09, 2017

We left the dock at 7:10 on this fine Wednesday morning. The father and son team were looking for some quality fishing time before sending the young man off to college. Snapper season is closed on the weekdays, so… Read Full Report →


Snappers limited out but kings weren't p

August 05, 2017

Picked up a couple of fishing buddies this morning at a little before seven, then headed out toward Mustang Island Reef for a half day fishing trip. We thought we would target snapper first and then chase after kings,… Read Full Report →


Keeper snappers fishing with Grandpa

August 04, 2017

We picked up a family of five at 7:05 in the morning and headed for the nearest reef for some snapper pulling time. This was a half day trip and the seas were fairly calm, making for a really… Read Full Report →


Monster kingfish caught

July 30, 2017

Sunday's outing was a private trip for family members. We left our dock in Aransas Pass at 7:52 AM, and after a quick stop to pick up bait in Port Aransas, we headed for the Aransas Liberty Ship Reef.… Read Full Report →


Rough waters but great catches!

July 29, 2017

Left the dock at 7:00 AM and headed to the reef for some snapper fishing. Conditions were a little rough on the way out, causing us to throttle back a little bit to keep things fairly comfortable on the… Read Full Report →


Kingfish and snapper!!

July 28, 2017

Had a family of four meet us at Woody's in Port Aransas just before 7:00 am on a clear Friday morning. We departed from Woody's a little after seven and headed for the Mustang Island Reef. Conditions were a… Read Full Report →


Kids had a great time, as did Grandma

July 21, 2017

Got a late start, heading out of Woody's at 9:00 AM with a party of 5 -- a nice couple, their 9 and 11 yr old boys, and grandma as well. The plan was to hit the reefs and… Read Full Report →


Kings there but slow

July 20, 2017

Left Woody's in Port Aransas at just after seven with a party of four for a five hour trip. We ran straight to the eight mile platform and made several passes with no takers. We made a swing by… Read Full Report →


Private run

July 15, 2017

Made a short trip with family on a calm day. Ran straight to the Liberty Ship reef 20 miles offshore and caught a limit of Red Snapper for all on board plus a nice Gray Snapper. Read Full Report →


Found some big ones!

July 09, 2017

With a party of four, we left the Aransas Pass dock at 10 minutes past 7:00 and arrived at the Mustang Island reef in one hour. A little rougher on the way out but things began settling down once… Read Full Report →


Bagged 20 Red Snapper in 8 hour trip

July 08, 2017

We left out of our Aransas Dock at just after 7:15 in the morning with a family of six and couldn't ask for a more beautiful day. Clear skies and mellow breeze, seas running 2 to 3 feet on… Read Full Report →

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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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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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Temple, TX
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Half day trip with Captain Champ

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A beautiful day on the gulf.  We had a great time.  Great day for fishing, not so great for catching.  But Captain...
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Odessa, TX
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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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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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