Skinny Water Charters

Skinny Water Charters has been putting smiles on their guests’ faces since 1997! They are owned and operated by Captain Craig Lahr who loves fishing in the beautiful coastal town of Clearwater. This year-round destination offers the county’s more exquisite fishing including Tarpon and backcountry fishing, and over 300 fish species. The town is also well known for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium that focuses on preserving the marine life and environment through education and rescue. 

Captain Craig can take you on a charter from 10 miles out, to the backcountry shallow water, and from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs and Tampa Bay. Your captain can happily accommodate 3 adults on a trip, or 2 adults and 2 children. You will target a variety of species including Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon, depending on where you decide to fish.

He will provide you with all the fishing gear including rods, reels, tackle, baits and a fishing license. You will have a first mate on board to help you with reeling in your catch, and at the end of the trip they will clean and fillet it for you.

Skinny Water Charter will take you fishing aboard a custom built Aquasports 222 tower bay boat, which is absolutely ideal for fishing in this area. The boat is fully equipped with all the safety and electronics you need for a successful trip, including a Lowrance fishfinder and GPS. The capacity varies on your group – up to 3 adults can come aboard, or 2 adults and 2 children.

They offer a wide variety of charters for families, beginners, and advanced anglers. Come enjoy a great day of fishing in Clearwater!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (MAX 3 ADULTS)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    + $30
    each additional person
    On this 8 hour trip, you will have an opportunity to catch a variety of fish including Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Shark and other species that call these rich waters home. Captain Craig will teach you anything you need to know to make your trip a huge success and a lifelong memory!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (MAX 3 ADULTS)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    + $30
    each additional person
    This 6-hour long trip will take you fishing for great nearshore species such tarpon, sharks Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Snook and Spanish Mackerel. Captain Craig runs longer trips than most guides as he believes that your fishing time should start when you get to the fishing grounds and not when you board the boat! Please note that this trip is for a maximum of 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Private trip
    Half Day PM (MAX 3 ADULTS)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 1 May
    $380
    up to 2 persons
    + $30
    each additional person
    Skinny Water Charters run a 4 hour long half day trip, which will allow you to target even more fish! The species you will fish for include Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, and sharks. There will be no watching the crew cast the net for bait -they'll have everything ready for you when you show up and you'll go straight to fishing! Please note that this trip is for a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM (MAX 3 ADULTS)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $380
    up to 2 persons
    + $30
    each additional person
    Skinny Water Charters run a 4 hour long half day trip, which will allow you to target even more fish! The species you will fish for include Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, and sharks. There will be no watching the crew cast the net for bait -they'll have everything ready for you when you show up and you'll go straight to fishing! Departure time may vary. Please note that this trip is for a maximum of 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
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About the Captain

Craig Lahr
Clearwater, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
20 Reports
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35 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2016
Captain Craig grew up on the Indian Rocks Pier and started fishing as a young boy. He learned the craft from the "old timers" by carefully listening to and following their advice. Capt.Craig at 15 years of age in 1982 went on to work on several commercial boats as a deckhand for swordfish, tuna then grouper as well as charter boats then getting his captains license in 1993. In 1997 became a full-time guide to teach people my craft .Capt.craig hold the IGFA world record for king mackerel on 6lb tippet fly division and has been and avid light tackle enthusiasts. Celebrating 20yrs as a full guide.

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Targeted Species

Redfish
Snook
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Backcountry 201 (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1995. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 42 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.95
out of 5 stars from 35 reviews
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97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Tony S.
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 5.00
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3/4 day near shore charter

VERIFIED   April 12, 2019
Capt. Craig is awesome. It took a couple stops to find the bite, but you just know he’ll find the bite. Caught redfish,...
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Darin W.
Miami, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   June 14, 2019
He really works hard and he knows where the fish are and when to be there.  He is a down to earth man that really cares...
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George B.
Clearwater, FL
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VERIFIED   June 1, 2019
Great trip sharks -snook-redfish
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Tampa, FL
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VERIFIED   January 12, 2019
Had a beautiful day out on the water. Captain Craig was awesome! Very knowledgeable of where to take us in order to be successful...
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Fishing Reports

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