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What’s the difference between a clearwater fishing guide & a charter captain? Anyone can go out and pass a test to get a Charter Captains' license. However, a guide 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 summer's morn vs. a winter's eve and what bait to use in each scenario. Captain Craig Lahr of Skinny Water Charters is a true, ‘Clearwater Fishing Guide’....Read More
From shallow grass flats fishing, to the bays, Captain Craig's flats fishing charters are among the best in the area. His flats charters include taking one to 3 persons to areas such as the grass flats, nearshore, backwaters, and bays along Clearwater and Tarpon Springs and even into Tampa Bay. These flats fishing experiences include casting with artificial or live bait along with traditional & fly fishing with no price disparity between any technique or quarry! Expect to catch snook, redfish, tarpon, mackerel, sharks, cobia, thredfin, & more!
You will be fishing aboard Captain Craigs 21' Backcountry Flats boat equipped with a trolling motor and polling platform which allow Captain Craig to sneak you up on the fish to get the best possible look at catching them! This boat can maneuver the skinny water (hence the name of his charter) to chase down the awesome flats fish like tailing Reds, Snook, and even Tarpon!
Captain Craig will provide almost everything for you flats fishing adventure from rods, reels, tackle, bait, fishing licenses, and even fish cleaning though he does encourage catch and release. All you'll need to bring are some snacks and drinks, your sun protection, and your own fly gear if that's your flavor, but Captain Craig Lahr will take care of the rest to ensure you have an epic day out on the water!
Boat type: Flats Boat
Boat Manufacturer: Backcountry
Boat length: 21ft
Engine HP: 200HP
Engine Manufacturer: Mercury EFI
Number of engines: 1
Extras: Polling platform, trolling motor, bow casting platform, GPS, Fishfinder
As with most diehard fishermen, Captain Craig Lahr started at an early age. Growing up on the Indian Rocks Beach he learned quickly that the “Old-timers” were vast with knowledge....Read More
They took me under their wings and shared that much-needed knowledge. In 1985 Hurricane Elena took away my favorite fishing pier, and with it, the informal educational sessions he so enjoyed. He moved to later work as a mate on a commercial fishing vessel, but in his spare time, you could only find him fishing the piers and the flats.
Then he met an excellent local fisherman who introduced him to “Light Tackle Sport Fishing”. After learning the finer points of fly fishing and light tackle, he was hooked! Skinny Water Charters holds an IGFA World Record on a fly rod and light gear. Clearly, he has made the backwater estuaries his second home.
“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
Craig is very knowledgeable about the bay and where the fish are. We had a good time on our trip.
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.
No meal provided.
Rods, Reels, Tackle, Bait, Ice, Water, Fishing License
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Snacks and Drinks, Weather Appropriate Gear, Sun Protection, Camera
If you want to fly fish bring your own gear
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).
Yes, cancel for free up to 3 days before the trip.
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
195 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755, United States