Starting at $470 | 4 - 8 Hours | Inshore, Jetty, Nearshore | 3 People
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 in 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 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, threadfin, & 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 your 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 will take care of the rest to ensure you have an epic day out on the water!
Feel free to bring your young ones on this family-friendly trip; Captain Craig is great at getting kids hooked on fishing, and kids under 12 come aboard for free!
As with most diehard fishermen, Captain Craig 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 a charter. After learning the finer points of fly fishing and light tackle, he was hooked! His 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.” - Captain Craig
198 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755, United States
Inshore, Nearshore, Jetty
Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
This trip has multiple pickup locations.
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.
Redfish, Sheepshead, Snook, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Tarpon
Artificial Lure Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Drift Fishing, Fly Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Scalloping, Sight Casting, Topwater Fishing, Trolling
Where to Buy a Fishing License
No license needed for this trip.
To check pricing, please select a trip date, duration, group size and start time.
Rest easy with free cancellation up to 3 days before the trip.
Receive a full refund in the event of inclement weather.
March 28, 2023
He put us on fish despite of the fog because of his more than knowledgeable experience.
February 19, 2023
Captain Craig was awesome! It was a slower day for fish biting but he got me on 3 new fish species I’d never caught before.
November 8, 2022
It's obvious Capt Craig knows what he's doing... We were on fish right away as soon as we got to our first spot. Took my two sons on their first saltwater charter and they had a blast. Each one caught their biggest fish of their life, including a trophy Snook. ...Read More Craig makes every part of the trip easy... From booking, to discussing the trip beforehand, to having everything needed to adjust to different fishing conditions. Will definitely use Captain Craig again when we're back in town.
July 1, 2021
Craig is very knowledgeable about the bay and where the fish are. We had a good time on our trip.
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