Clearwater’s Best Charter Fishing Guide

Since 1997 Skinny Water Charters has been the areas premier flats fishing guide

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

Skinny Water Charters / 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!

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

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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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My self and capt paul hajash got quite a few #redfish over slot and one legit Bull Red #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #bettsfishingcenter #minnkotaipilot #clearwaterbeach #finsbraid #finsfishing #pennspinnfisherV #lowrance #BC201 ... See MoreSee Less

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When you flat out put the snack down on the #redfish 6 triple headers 22 redfish total. Mary had the biggest at 34 lots of fish in the 28 to 31 in class on the first stop. Every stop we made was loaded with redfish we have not had any problem with catching redfish and snook up in the Clearwater Palm Harbor area even during the red tide but people will say oh look with the closure how many fish there are. Absolutely nothing to do with it. We've had awesome red fishing we just work extremely hard and don't give up are spots or network. Trout is another story. #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #bettsfishingcenter #minnkotaipilot #clearwaterbeach #finsbraid #finsfishing #pennspinnfisherV #lowrance #BC201 ... See MoreSee Less

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Experience may not make you the best, but it's it's certainly at the base of all great fishing captains If you ask most captains they would say they are the best at their craft. Myself? I’ve been in the fishing business for 38 years of those, 23 as a full-time guide....

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