Skinny Water Charters

198 Seminole St
Clearwater FL, United States

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. 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.

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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip AM (MAX 3 adults)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 380
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip PM (MAX 3 adults)
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 380
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Redfish
Snook
Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon

Boat Specs

Aquasport 222 (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1970, and restored in 2013. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

Length
23 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
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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
Disabled Accessible

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.

About the Captain

Craig Lahr
Clearwater, Florida, United States
Member since December 2016
25
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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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Clearwater Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.97 out of 5 stars from 25 reviews

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Had a great day on the water

Fished May 7, 2018
Craig Lahr (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 8, 2018

Really injoyed fish with yall.

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We had a great time fishing with you. Some nice trout and redfish and a great time on the water. Thanks again!

Tyson and Chamilla

Fished April 20, 2018
Craig Lahr (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 20, 2018

Thanks very much

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While conditions weren’t ideal Capt. Craig worked hard and put us on the fish. It was very obvious he new where the fish were and what they wanted. I would highly recommend him and i’ll be back next year. Thanks Capt. Craig!

Fished April 12, 2018
Craig Lahr (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 13, 2018

Thanks very much mark

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Fishing Reports

Tarpon,Tarpon,Tarpon

June 27, 2018

Tarpon fishing in Clearwater Florida is still strong as can be and will be for the next month. We have been hooking 226 fish on our half-day trips with a mix of sharks feeding with the schools of Tarpon… Read Full Report →