Captain
Craig Lahr

Member since December 2016 Clearwater, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Inshore and nearshore light tackle, fly fishing.

Hey, I'm Captain Craig Lahr

Clearwater, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Inshore and nearshore light tackle, fly fishing.
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Fishing Reports

Come enjoy Clearwater

October 14, 2019

After our recent hurricanes that stayed east and shorter days, water temperatures have dropped from 86 to 80 degrees. Fish are on the move and the chew. King Mackerel have just started to make their presence known in the… Read Full Report →


Seeing red

September 12, 2019

Fishing has been amazing. Where is shorter days and a little cooler mornings red fishing has been on fire where good numbers of over slot redfish up to 44 in on the insurer Flats. Also catching snook a few… Read Full Report →


Dont sweat the Heat

August 24, 2019

Snook fishing has been some of the best I've seen in years. Snook have been everywhere, but most are close to the passes due to the slightly cooler water. These Bad Boys have been feeding on pilchards at the… Read Full Report →


Finally and end to the rain.

August 08, 2019

It's been extremely hot and humid with high pressure to the South of the Clearwater fl area. With a persistent Westwind off the Gulf of Mexico and morning showers and storms have made for some tougher fishing conditions. Lots… Read Full Report →


Tarpon season is in full swing

May 24, 2019

If you think you've got what it takes to catch the mighty silver King aka the tarpon Now's the Time to book the trip of a lifetime. These Majestic dinosaurs are the most respected game fish in the neshore… Read Full Report →


It's almost that time

April 25, 2019

It's that time of year again in Clearwater Florida and the West Central beaches for tarpon. Tarpon have started to show up on the Pinellas County beaches and the next few weeks it will be in full swing so… Read Full Report →


Beautiful weather and great fishing

January 02, 2019

With the recent cold fronts that blew 50kn to 70kn our inshore fish have scattered and have been pushed to deeper water and structures. Redfish have benn really scattered around look for areas out of the norm such as… Read Full Report →


Clearwater fishing

December 17, 2018

The flats and oysterbars have been very productive with nice trout and lots of clearwater redfish of all sizes. With the water temps staying consistant in the mid to low 60s, fish are moving from deeper edges of the… Read Full Report →


Beautiful weather and great fishing

November 22, 2018

We are still red tide free in Clearwater beach and still have no sign of it from clearwater fl to tarpon springs. With beautiful weather and great fishing it's time to book your trip The water has maintained mid… Read Full Report →


Beautiful weather hot fishing

October 30, 2018

With all the negative National media and social media on red tide we still have not had any measurable amounts in Clearwater to Tarpon Springs . Yes the red tide is still in patchy areas but with the cold… Read Full Report →


Still hot and so is the fishing

September 28, 2018

Since the water temps are in the mid to high 80s clearwater fl, fish have changed their patterns. Spanish Mackerel ,redfish, trout,snook and a few tarpon have made their presence known from Tampa Bay to Tarpon Springs. The bridges,… Read Full Report →


Still no red tide in Clearwater

September 17, 2018

With all the recent postings and news media talking about the red tide in Florida it is very sporadic. Clearwater FL Dunedin FL St Joseph sound Palm Harbor Tarpon Springs have not seen any red tide as of yet… Read Full Report →


Hot weather some hot fishing

August 10, 2018

Since the water temps are in the low to mid 90s, fish have changed their patterns. Tarpon, snook, redfish, trout and sharks have made their presence known from clearwater fl to Tampa Bay to Tarpon Springs. The bridges, backwater… Read Full Report →


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 →


It's time for tarpon and snook

May 09, 2018

Tarpon have shown up in good numbers lots of snook on the beach. For people that like to site fish and the visuals of casting to fish now is the time to book your Charter. Through the rest of… Read Full Report →


It's time

April 26, 2018

The tarpon have shown up in the clearwater beach backwater and passes from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. These fish are just showing up. The best time to target these brawlers is on moveing tides in the passes. for… Read Full Report →


Things have heated up

February 28, 2018

Weather is heating up, and fishing is getting even hotter. With the influx of bait that has recently shown up like scaled sardines, shed and threadfin herring, fishing is definitely on the upswing . Snook season is open. Spanish… Read Full Report →


Fall brawl

December 05, 2017

With finally getting a true cold front through the Clearwater area The Bait fish are going to leave until spring being water temperatures will drop to the high 50s to low 60 degrees. Now is the time to start… Read Full Report →


Getting ready for the fall brawl

October 01, 2017

After recent hurricane the water has cooled bringing a few king mackerel to the nearshore Waters of Clearwater Beach and the Tampa Bay area. These speedsters will be showing up more and more is a water temperature drops a… Read Full Report →


Beat the Heat.

July 28, 2017

With the dog days of summer on upon us, late afternoon and night time fishing can be very productive for sharks,tarpon,snook,and redfish. Clients paul and son matt took advantage of the late afternoon charter of shark fishing. We started… Read Full Report →


Tarpon fishing is in full swing

June 06, 2017

Had long tI'm client mikey D out for some tarpon fishing. We started at 6.15 am just as the sun was coming up at around 6.45 am we found the first school of tarpon right on the beach. As… Read Full Report →


Nows the time

April 19, 2017

Well tarpon season is getting underway. In The next couple of weeks tarpon migration will be hitting the clearwater fl area, with reports from down south to tampa bay and a few fish have made it to are area.… Read Full Report →


Thing are fired up

March 25, 2017

Tides finally turned on the 24th. With the new moon on its way fish got fired up, King Mackerel showed up in full force you literally couldn't keep a more than 2 rods fishing. As fast as you put… Read Full Report →


Clearwater fl report

March 10, 2017

Clearwater fl fishing report With above averag temp this winter, has allowed the water to remain warmer than normal. With a good push of bait that has moved into the area of the backwaters and off the beaches around… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.92
out of 5 stars from 38 reviews
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Experience
3\/4 Day in Early August
3\/4 Day in Early August
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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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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Tony S.
United States
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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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Brett F.
Tampa, FL
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VERIFIED   July 18, 2019
Hooked a huge Tarpon and landed 11 Red Fish and 1 Jack Crevalle
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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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