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!

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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.”
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**

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.

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We offer competitive rates for our flats boat charter fishing service.
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FAQs

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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

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Testimonials

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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Tuf start to the morning. First controller goes out for the ipilot fortunately Zach at Wet lines bait & tackle had his in his boat bait was horrible. But managed to catch some nice redfish with Kurt also a 50 lb Southern sting Ray and lost an 8 foot bull shark. #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #BC201 #penn #lowrance #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Claire Baskett and husband cody R Baskett caught plenty of nice reds. Claire caught the biggest at 35" #BC201 #penn #minnkotaipilot #lowrance ... See MoreSee Less

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Chris and Austin got #11redfish and #4snook great morning dodging storms. #BC201 #clearwaterfl #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Not very often do you get a picture of a big snook jumping #clearwaterfl #mercurymarine #BC201 #penn #minnkotaipilot ... See MoreSee Less

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Skinny Water Charters & Captain Craig Lahr

Targeting Redfish, Trout and Snook on the Clearwater flats & shallows in the New 2020 Decade

Targeting Redfish, Trout and Snook on the Clearwater flats & shallows in the New 2020 Decade

Redfish Where to find em' Redfish action has been steady lately around the Clearwater Flats back bay waters as well as the mangrove shorelines, oyster bars, residential docks and canals. How to hook em' These fish love to feed on the smaller pinfish, grass grunts...

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Clearwater Inshore fishing has been steady with an extremely warm December

Clearwater Inshore fishing has been steady with an extremely warm December

Skinny Water Charter's Capt' Craig Lahr breaks down the what, where and how to get on the fish this December and January on Clearwater's inshore. Trout: Trout fishing has been hit or miss. Speckled Trout have not made a big push to our area. Until we start cooling...

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Cool water Kingfish will test your tackle

Cool water Kingfish will test your tackle

Fishing is starting to get more diverse with the cold fronts bringing in cooler water. Among the species are Kingfish, Redfish and Speckled Trout. Kingfish Kingfish are here in big numbers right off the beach and will test your light tackle. If you want to get out and...

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Fishing Rises as Clearwater Finally Cools Down

Fishing Rises as Clearwater Finally Cools Down

After recent hurricanes moved up the east coast with extensive Northeast winds our local water temps have dropped from 86 to 80 degrees and the fish are now on the move and the chew! There are many different species to target right now off the Clearwater beaches and...

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