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**

Redfish, Snook & Trout OPEN!

Well, we have awesome news. Redfish, snook, and trout opened just a few days ago, October 12th for harvest so now we can keep the fish we're targeting. This means you can now enjoy some of the best eating inshore Clearwater Beach and Indian Rocks Beach (among others)...

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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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Find answers fast on our ‘frequently-asked-questions’ page.
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

#rigging #baits #techniques #aerea The water has cooled down with the recent front. Bait has been plentiful, but on the small side with scaled sardines, threadfin, shad, ladyfish and. This has started the nearshore to explode with Spanish Mackerel, and the start of their big brother, the King Mackerel. With these speedsters, you want to use a longshank aberdine style of hook, from a #1 to a #2 o/t with a 30 or 40 florocarbon. This is ideal for Clearwater, to increase your strikes. If you're getting bit off, use a 29 lb. 6" piece of wire, for these toothy fish.For the King Mackerel, use a 12" to 24" main wire with a 2-3 o/t front hook, then a treble hook as a stinger rig. You should use a rig with a 40 lb. trace wire to match the size of the bait. The stinger hook should be a #6 to #4. This is the rig that Kingfish pro's have used for years. There is no mackerel, lady fish, or mullet too big to catch that big smoker King.The back water from Indian Rocks Beach North to Dunedin the bite has been great. Redfish are getting to be in good numbers with the cooler water. For the artificial enthusiast, topwater bite will help you locate these bruisers, as well as Speckled Trout. These fish will often be together with the mullet schools. With the extreme lowtides, you can find the Reds tailing on scattered turtle grass or around pot holes. For these conditions, live shrimp, cutbait and soft plastics will be your ideal baits.With higher tides, concentrate on points, oysterbars and spoil islands. Make sure there are mullet in these areas, because the Redfish and Speckled Trout will be there also. The best bait to use now is whitebait, silver dollar size pinfish and cutbait. Your leader should be 2-3 ft. of 20 to 30lb florocarbon, with a 3-4 o/t light style circle hook. As for the fly enthusiast, all species can be caught. ... See MoreSee Less
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Trace and dad james. Trace with his first saltwater fish 29 in redfish also got a 27 in Snook both he and his dad had a combined #3snook #19redfish #clearwaterfl #BC201 #mercurymarine #minnkotaipilot #tarponoutfitters #bettsfishingcenter #Penn #lowrance ... See MoreSee Less
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#fishing colt with 1 of several #redfish he caught today with dad. #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #BC201 #penn #minnkotaipilot #lowrance #tarponoutfitters #bettsfishingcenter ... See MoreSee Less
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#fishing 12yr old Cole with a a 38in snook 10yr old brother kam 33in snook and a redfish. #6snook #9redfish #BC201 #penn #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #bettsfishingcenter #minnkotaipilot #clearwaterbeach #tarponoutfitters #redtidefree ... See MoreSee Less
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So what red tide in Clearwater? fishing Still Remains good from The Narrows of Indian Rocks Beach backwaters to the Anclote River even though we are under a catch-and-release only again for the next 2 months #BC201 #clearwaterfl #minnkotaipilot #tarponoutfitters #bettsfishingcenter #penn #lowrance ... 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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