Clearwater’s Best Charter Fishing Guide

Since 1997 Skinny Water Charters has been Clearwater, IRB (Indian Rocks Beach) & Tampa Bay’s top flats fishing charter guide.

Located at 200 Seminole 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!

Recent Reviews

Skinny Water Charters Inshore Fishing of Indian Rocks Beach (IRB) and Clearwater, FL

“I told Craig I wanted to go catching not fishing and that’s what we did! About 25 fish in 4 hours. Fantastic guide. He knows everything there is to know about fishing and the environment. Even saw porpoises, a bull shark, and a family of manatee. I wish I could go again tomorrow!”
– EB8470 (Google Nickname)
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“Had a great trip with Captain Craig of Skinny Water Charters.
A lot of great fish. Trout, Red Fish, Grass Grouper and a nice bonnet head for fun. Quality gear, plenty of live bait and an expert guide. Couldn’t ask for more.”
Mason Rupert, Google Local guide
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Clearwater to IRB (Indian Rocks Beach) Inshore & Flats Fishing Updates

By Skinny Water Charters boat captain and fishing report author, Captain’ Craig Lahr.

**Updated Weekly**

Late May 2021 Report & BIG Fishing Regulation News

Starting off with the BIG news: Finally redfish and trout will open at midnight on May 31st after a three and a half year closure so we finally get to harvest these delicious fish for ourselves and clients to enjoy. This opening signals a strong rebound in the health...

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Why Choose 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
Click here to learn more what makes Capt’ Craig & Skinny Water Charters the best in the biz.

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.


We offer competitive rates for our flats boat charter fishing service.
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From “how many fish can we take home” to “what size charter boat do you use”, our FAQs page has it all.

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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.

Recent Skinny Water Charter Guest Catches in Clearwater, FL

Check out some of our most recent charter boat customers and their catches.


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


Recent Skinny Water Charters Facebook Posts

Brendon and father Chris from mich both not Tarpon off their bucket list. Brendon's was 130 lb and Chris is was about 80 lb #BC201 #clearwaterbeach #finsbraid #mercurymarine #minnkotaipilot #lowrance #clearwaterfl #tarponfishingoutfitters ... See MoreSee Less
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Gerry from North Carolina knocked that's 42in 22 lb #snook off his bucket list also caught 7 more between 24 to 30in #9redfish Great day #BC201 #clearwaterbeach #mercurymarine #mercuryracing #minnkotaipilot #lowrance #penn #tarponoutfitters ... See MoreSee Less
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Big news finally redfish and trout will open at midnight on May 31st after a 3 and a half year closure so we finally get to harvest fish for our clients to enjoy . The Tarpon have shown up on the West Central Beaches from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. These fish are in good numbers. The best time to target these brawlers is from daybreak to around 10 AM as well as the minors and majors of the tides throughout the rest of the day. due to excessive boat traffic off the beaches I prefer the early start being as summer vacation starts in June lots of jet skis and boats are everywhere The Tarpon have been ranging from 80 to 150 Lbs and is just started this will get even better as we enter the full moon at the end of May and June is the high point as well as July for tarpon and the Clearwater West Central beaches of Pinellas CountyNow is the time to book your trip for the thrill that only the King can bring.Redfishing has been strong on the flats. These bulldogs are feeding on whitebait and cut threadfins and ladyfish. The average fish are ranging from 24 to 30 inches.Snook are up and down the beaches and in the passes. White bait has been the bait of choice to coax these weary fish into feeding. Fish ranging from 5 to 20 Lbs. has been the norm. ... See MoreSee Less
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#fishing first #tarpon of the season. Jonathan from North Carolina with his first tarpon. it'stime #BC201 #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #lowrance #minnkotaipilot #tarponoutfitters ... See MoreSee Less
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Great day with great clients yesterday. First trip with Spencer and son jack.. 2nd trip with Mike and son jake. Lots of redfish some nice snook and trout. #fishing #clearwaterbeach #BC201 #mercurymarine #penn #minnkotaipilot #wetlinesbaitandtackle #clearwaterfl #lowrance #trout #redfish #snook ... See MoreSee Less
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Skinny Water Charters & Captain Craig Lahr

Where to Hook Snook, Reds, Tarpon & Sharks in Clearwater Right Now

Where to Hook Snook, Reds, Tarpon & Sharks in Clearwater Right Now

Late August and September can be great months for Clearwater fishing fun! Here's a few tips for getting the most out of your time on the water right now. Snook finding tips Snook are in the passes mouths of creeks flits and the rivers in full force. Fish from 25" to...

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Escape into Clearwater fishing.   The August 2020 Report by Capt’ Craig

Escape into Clearwater fishing. The August 2020 Report by Capt’ Craig

Are you ready to get out on the Clearwater water-ways and away from all the chaos in the media and everywhere you look? As we kick off August 2020, fishing has been really good even though we are in the dog days of summer. Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Trout have thinned...

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