Specializing in inshore and flats fishing, Skinny Water Charters has been putting smiles on their guests’ faces since 1997! Captain Craig Lahr owns and operates this charter service 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 30 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. What better way to explore it than with a captain who holds a world record on the fly?

Captain Craig can take you on a charter fishing up to 9 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.

This is one of the area’s few full-service fly fishing operations. They will provide you with all the fishing gear including equipment for both fly and light tackle fishing. 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.

Your trip will take place aboard a 201 Backcountry boat that was built locally in Sarasota, which is ideal for fly fishing. The capacity varies on your group – up to 3 adults or 1 adult and 2 children can come aboard for light tackle. There’s a limit of 1-2 anglers for fly fishing charters.

Skinny Water Charter offers 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
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $700
    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
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $510
    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 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $410
    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 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.

About the Captain

Craig Lahr
Clearwater, Florida, United States
30 Fishing Reports
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46 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2016
Captain Craig has been working for 40 years in the fishing industry starting at the age of 15. He worked on commercial fishing vessels moving his way up through the years as a deckhand on charter boats, learning the craft from many great captains. Captain Craig obtained his captain's license in 1997 and worked on several different boats as a captain. He ran a 62' Hatteras for Roy Spears, the founder of Home Shopping Channel, was pro staff for team Donzi on the SKA Pro tournament series with a brand-new 35 Donzi with triple 225 HP Mercury Optimax that was used as the captain's offshore charter vessel. As time passed by, the captain has come back to his roots fishing the flats from Indian Rocks Beach to Anclote Key to show people the variety of fish and the beauty of the area.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Backcountry 201 (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1999. Powered by a 150HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 52 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
3 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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 2% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Michael S.
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Half day afternoon trip!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 30, 2021
We had perfect weather for this trip. Captain Lahr was quick to put my son and I on fish. We targeted redfish and snook and...
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on December 30, 2020
Captain Craig worked with us to get out a day earlier than we planned, because of high winds. Good time catching some trout.
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GREAT Inshore Fishing with Capt Craig

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on November 27, 2020
See picture of 2 Happy Guys with Red Fish! We caught fish in every fishing hole that Capt Craig took us to.  Pulled in close...
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3/4 day near shore charter

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on 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, trout,...
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FAQs about Skinny Water Charters

Skinny Water Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $410 per group, additional $30 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $510 per group, additional $30 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $30 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Skinny Water Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Lowrance )
  • Fishfinder (Lowrance )
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Skinny Water Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Skinny Water Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Skinny Water Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Skinny Water Charters include:
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon