Clearwater’s Best Charter Fishing Guide

Since 1997 Skinny Water Charters has been Clearwater & Tampa Bay’s top flats fishing charter guide

Located at 200 Seminiole St. Clearwater 33755

Flats Fishing Charter Guide | Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs

Skinny Water Charters and Capt’ Craig Lahr have been leading the pack with some of the Clearwater areas absolute best flats fishing. Ready to have the fishing adventure of a lifetime? Look no further. From catching huge tarpon in the backwaters to reeling beautiful snook on the grass flats, Skinny Water Charters has you covered!

Spring 2020 Clearwater Inshore Flats Fishing Update

Spring is here in Clearwater Beach: waters will start to warm up and the fish are bitting!

Expect to start seeing a wide variety of species showing up from now up until the summer time. We will have Cobia, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, sharks, snook, trout and of course redfish with a few early-season tarpon towards the middle of April here in the inshore Clearwater flats.

We know these flats better than any other charter boat around so if your really want to get on the fish, and have the charter fishing adventure of a lifetime without breaking the bank to go offshore, book your charter today with Capt’ Craig Lahr & Skinny Water Charters.

Why Skinny Water Charters?

Flats Fishing Charter Pro

From the shallow grass flats fishing to the bays, our flats fishing charters are among the best in the area. Our flats charters include taking one to four persons to areas such as the grass flats, nearshore, backwaters and bays along Clearwater & Tarpon Springs and even into the Tampa Bay. Our flats fishing experiences include casting with artificial or live bait along with traditional & fly fishing. Expect to catch snook, redfish, tarpon, mackerel, shark, cobia, thredfin, shark & more.

A True Fishing Guide | Clearwater

What’s the difference between a clearwater fishing guide & a charter captain? Anyone can go out and pass a test to get a Captains license. However, not everyone is truly considered a ‘guide’. A is someone who truly knows how to fish the area. From having the right equipment, boat, waterway knowledge to knowing what is biting on a summers morn vs. a winters eve and what bait to use in each scenario. Captain Craig Lahr of Skinny Water Charters is a true, ‘Clearwater Fishing Guide’.

Best Guide/Charter Boat in Clearwater

“I’ve been in the fishing business for 38 years of those, 23 as a full-time guide. This experience, in my eyes makes me one of the best charter boat captains in the Clearwater / Tampa Bay area. From 1982 thru 1995 I worked with several different captains on many different vessels. Each of which were the best at their craft.” Capt’ Craig Lahr, Skinny Water Charters
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Skinny Water Charters

Clearwater & The Tampa Bay Area’s Premier Fishing Charter Boat

Skinny Water Charters has been putting smiles on their guests’ faces since 1997! Owned and operated by Captain Craig Lahr who loves fishing in the beautiful coastal town of Clearwater FL. This year-round destination offers WEST CENTRAL FL some of the most unique fishing including backcountry fishing, nearshore reef and wreck fishing and a large variety of fish species. Schedule Your Adventure Now

Recent Skinny Water Charter Guest Catches in Clearwater, FL

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What our recent charter boat fishing clients are saying

“Capt Craig will be my go to guy every time I visit the Tampa and Clearwater area. Knowledgeable and works hard to make sure you have a great trip.

Shared some of his 25 plus years tips and secrets. Showed us a few knots. Used a couple different techniques to make sure we all caught fish. Even cleaned the fish and recommended an inexpensive restaurant to cook them for us.”

Orrie Tucker

“Spent half day fishing with Captain Craig. He was great with my 8 yr old grandson. He was well prepared and knowledgeable. Made it for a great time.”

Rick Bibeau

Hey Captain Craig, thanks again for bringing us on that awesome charter on Thursday. It was the most tarpon action I’ve seen in one day. I hope we get to go on another charter with You and Justin next summer. Thanks Alot!”

Kyle R.

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed fishing with you and Justin… Thanks, again, for an incredible morning on the water.”

Jack Walsh

“Keep up the good work and thanks for putting us on the fish!”

Eric & John Anderson, SC

Thanks for a wonderful two days of fishing last week. The Tarpon was incredible. I know some folks up in KY that are excited about the fish! You should be hearing about another trip soon!”

Mark Woolum


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Bill and his wife from Michigan caught several redfish bill got 37in snook and pick of it jumping ... See MoreSee Less

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Went yesterday looking to se if some of my back water spot to check if the tarpon have moved in by vehicle. Started at 8.30am this morning and was hooked up by 10.15am. Still shot from video being never jumped and couldn't hide were I was. Notice how shallow the cork is about 24in from the bait. Went 0 for3 #tarponfever #BC201 #penn #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Got up way too early so figured I would launch at Anclote get a few Baits and fish befor all the scallopers and it paid off. Hooked up nice Tarpon in St Josephs sound #tarpon #thefever #BC201 #penn #lowrance #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Evan's 140+lb from yesterday. Sorry for the play button electronically challenged got rid of play button. #tarpon #fishon #skinnywatercharters ... See MoreSee Less

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