Tour the Mangroves

20140801_200512       Welcome to Five O’Clock Charlie Boat Tours, Inc.

We provide a personal boat touring and fishing trips on the beautiful coastline of Manatee County Florida for parties of up to 6 people. Enjoy the incredible ocean wildlife, scenic coastal beauty and memory making experience of our tours.

Come join us on a tour of the Manatee River in North West Bradenton and see dolphins, manatees, sea birds and the beautiful gulf estuary waters surrounding the outer Tampa Bay Area.    We provide 90 minute, 2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour, and day long charters.   The day long charter would be a trip to Egmont Key State Aquatic Park and would include snorkeling (Equipment Provided). Four hour inshore fishing charters available for those that want to get out and enjoy an awesome fishery.   Bring a lunch and drinks and come relax on our 23′ Parker boat with an experienced licensed and insured Captain.  Captain John Blenker is a Licensed Master Mariner with a 50 ton near Coastal license.  He has held this license since 2002.   He is also a member of the Florida Guides Association.   If you go on a charter with any Captain make sure and ask to see their credentials.  If they are not licensed then they are not insured.   

Phone 941-527-8008 for reservations

All of the below trips are customized to make it a “Favorite Memory”, therefore call Captain John and book the trip that you would be most interested in.  Please read the Web site and visit us on FACEBOOK and Trip Advisor for photos taken on past trips.   I am booking most of the trips via phone call and or E-mail which saves you a booking fee.  Please Call or E-mail. I am a sole proprietor and  I take all the calls and answer the emails.  If you call and receive a voice mail leave a date and time preference along with contact information.  I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can.  

Hours of Operation and Services:
7 days a week by appointment weather permitting. If you made an appointment and wish to cancel, please call with-in 8 hours of the trip to change or cancel.

2 hour Tour: $35.00 per person + tax, minimum of 3 persons,maximum of 6

2 hour Sunset Cruise: $45.00 + tax, minimum of 4, maximum of 6

2 hour private sunset for two: $200.00

3 hour “Egmont Key Excursion” $275.00 (4 persons minimum). Snorkeling gear provided.  This is a private tour.

3 hour “Egmont Key Excursion” $300.00 (6 persons).  Snorkeling Gear provided

4 Hour Tour to Egmont State Aquatic Park: $300 per trip + tax, minimum of 4, includes snorkeling equipment and instruction for those who want to snorkel.  This is a private tour.  

“Taste of of Florida”  4 hour Tour to Egmont Key State Aquatic park which includes snorkeling along with fishing by a licensed fishing guide.  This trip for 4 persons is $350 and for 6 persons is $400.00.  Time allotted for fishing is 1.5 hours.  The rest of the time we spend snorkeling and touring Egmont Key.  This is a taste Florida Life.   

4 Hour Tour to Egmont State Aquatic Park: $380 per trip plus tax for six persons, includes snorkeling equipment and instruction for those who want to snorkel.  

Day Charter: $150 per person + tax, Minimum of 4 maximum of 6. This could include a combination of fishing and or snorkeling, shelling etc… (6 person maximum for fishing}…

2 hour inshore fishing charter:2 persons $180.00, 3 persons for $200.00.  $30 for additional fisherman maximum of 6.    All fishing gear and bait provided.

Half day (4 hour) inshore fishing charter for those who want the excitement of catching fish. $350.00 for 3 persons, $25 additional fisherman up to 6 person maximum. Rod, license, tackle and bait and fish cleaning included. Contact Captain John will take just one of two fisherman but minimum boat cost is $300.

Full day (8 Hour) of fishing inshore or off shore to 25 miles off dependent on weather and Gulf conditions, $600 for 3 persons.

Prices are subject to change due to fuel surcharges etc, cancellation charge may apply for pre-paid trips.  Cancellation fee may apply to  trips.
In appreciation for their service to our country and communities, we extend a 10% discount for all Active Military and first responders

Private charters for special occasions may also be arranged.

Treat someone special to a birthday to remember on a Sunset Cruise. Gift Certificates are available.

Water Taxi services available for special events.

Burials at sea.

Captain for hire. If you need a Captain to run your vessel up to 50 Ton than I am the man for the job. I am very familiar with the local waterways and can teach you to run your boat in them as well as run your boat to allow you to entertain your guests during special occasions. Sit back and relax and have a knowledgeable, experienced Captain run your vessel. Hourly rate based on size of vessel.

Gift certificates available for purchase of any of the above trips or customize one for that Special Occasion. This is a gift that your loved one will remember for years to come.

Check back for specials. Ask Captain John if any discounts apply to your trip.

If you visit us stop in Boca Bait Company, the marina store where they have snacks, drinks and sandwiches.

Tours are conducted daily by appointment out of Blenker Boatworks and Marina, 2504 88th St Ct Nw Bradenton,Fl 34209.  Our boat will pick you up at a public boat ramp or at a vacation rental with docking facilities that is convenient to you (an added service charge for this may be required). Feel free to call and we will answer any questions or verify availability. If you wish to avoid this fee call me directly or E-mail me with your contact information.

Captain John is first Aid/CPR certified and formerly an Emergency Medical Technician and first responder.

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Captain’s Corner

New Boat Added to Fleet April 2016.

New Boat Added to Fleet April 2016.

Home Port Blenker Boatworks and Marina

Caught a big one on 9/29/2017

"Five O'Clock Charlie the Dolphin" feeding on a Flounder

“Five O’Clock Charlie the Dolphin” feeding on a Flounder



Come and visit “Five O’Clock Charlie Boat Tours” and spend a morning, mid-day or late afternoon to sunset on the water. Bring a nice bottle of wine and make some “Facebook” memories by watching a beautiful sunset over the Manatee River, Tampa Bay and the Anna Maria Sound. What a perfect trip for that special person in your life. Call Captain John for a reservation and he will make sure you are taken well taken care of.

Our most popular trip is the 4 hour trip to Egmont Key snorkeling/fishing. In the spring to mid summer the water is very clear with visibility of 60′.  We have found lots of beautiful shells on the Gulf floor. I have six sets of snorkeling equipment on the boat. Bring an underwater camera, lunch and drinks and let Captain John do the piloting. Dive on a Civil War era Fort ruins and see why they call the Gulf one of the most beautiful waterways in the world.

Fishing in this area is excellent year round.  Captain John is a Licensed fishing guide and a Member of the Florida Guides Association. Book a fishing trip with him and he will put you on some nice good eating fish.  If you don’t want to eat the fish Captain John is a big advocate of catch and release.  This ensures the resource for further generations.

With the upcoming Holidays or special occasions consider purchasing a gift certificate as a gift to your loved ones. We will take care of them and show them the beauty of this area. A gift certificate will be provided for under the tree or in a gift card. These Gift certificates have become very popular during the holidays and provide a memorable experience for your loved ones.

Rental Houses in the Area:  Snead Island Cut House on VRBO Palmetto ,FL USA Rental #336923.  Bradenton Vacation Rentals bradentonvr@aol.com  941-465-8102.

Shorewalk Village Condo available E-mail  ulrike@uhaagen.de  or web www.shorewalk.uhaagen.de

220 84th St Holmes Beach  Mike Norman Realty 3 br 2 ba w/pool  800-367-1617

2212 6th St West Palmetto 3 BDRm  VRBO 206147.  404-277-4487

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Contact us


Five O’Clock Charlie Boat Tours


P.O. Box 1887

Bradenton, FL 34206



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Boat Tours are conducted by appointment out of Northwest Bradenton with trips to Egmont Key, Mouth of the Manatee River and Anna Maria Island.

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