Clearwater’s Best Charter Fishing Guide

Since 1997 Skinny Water Charters has been the top-rated inshore and flats fishing charter for Clearwater & Indian Rocks Beach as well as throughout the Tampa Bay area as one of the top flats fishing charter guides.

Located at 198 Seminole St. Clearwater 33755

Flats Fishing Charter Guide in 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!

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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. Fishing season is always upon us and inshore charters, deep waters or bottom fishing, you have to book a trip in Clearwater with Captain Craig.”

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**

Time to book. Experience Clearwater FL

With summer vacation just around the corner and Tarpon have just started to shown up in good numbers in the nearshore Indian Rocks Beach to the clearwater beach larea. They can be found just out side the swim boys of all  Panellas county beaches And backwaters of...

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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 Fishing Charter

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. Looking for a deep sea fishing outing? Let’s talk. 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 – Top fishing charters in Clearwater FL.
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We know these flats better than any other charter fishing 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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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. Including fishing in Palm Harbor and along the entire coast for sport fishing & top targeted species of fish. Even a shark fishing trip!

Recent Skinny Water Charter Guest Catches in Clearwater, FL

Check out some of our most recent charter boat customers and their catches: rarpon fishing, red snapper, mangrove snapper, snook redfish, goliath grouper and more. 


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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Skinny Water Charters & Captain Craig Lahr

Early starts can pay big

From Indian Rocks to Clearwater, August and September can be challenging months to fish. Snook spread out in the the backwaters, passes, and spill ways. The early morning and late afternoon have produced fish from 5 to 12lb but there is always that chance of a 40in....

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The Inshore Charter Fishing Trifecta is upon us – Redfish, Snook and Tarpon are all in full swing.

The Inshore Charter Fishing Trifecta is upon us – Redfish, Snook and Tarpon are all in full swing.

Summer is here and with it the main three targets of anglers coming to this area are all here.  Tarpon, Redfish, and Snook are all actively feeding in the region.  Now is the time to catch all of these trophies. The Tarpon have shown up as is the norm for this time of...

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Variety, Variety, Variety.

With the massive amounts of bait that has recently shown up, fishing is in high gear. Spanish Mackerel are everywhere. Big Kingfish and sharks have made their way into the nearshore wrecks, as well as ledges just off Clearwater beach. The flats have finally gotten...

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Cooler Weather Brings the King, Reds & More | Late Oct Fishing Report

Cooler Weather Brings the King, Reds & More | Late Oct Fishing Report

The water has cooled down with the recent front. Bait has been plentiful, but on the small side with scaled sardines, threadfin, shad, ladyfish in abundance. With the cooler water, the nearshore has exploded with Spanish Mackerel, and we are seeing the start of their...

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