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New Boat Added to Fleet April 2016.

New Boat Added to Fleet April 2016.

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

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

 

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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.

Another memorable trip possibility is a 4 hour trip to Egmont Key snorkeling. This time of year the water is very clear with visibility of 60′. I have been taking trips to the Fort ruins on Egmont Key for the past several weeks and have seen an abundance of fish on the reef. 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.

On trips off of Bean Point we have been seeing Tarpon and sharks on most trips. Lots of sting rays and Manta Rays also. Come out and see “Shark week” in real life.

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 you loved ones.

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

 

 

Manatee River Lighted Boat Parade

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Manatee River Lighted Boat Parade

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Recognized for Superior Service

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Recognized for Superior Service

Recognized for Superior Service

We are happy to announce that Trip Advisor has recognized Five O’clock Charlie Boat Tours for superior service. Thanks to everyone who have helped make this possible. We do our best here and the great reviews we receive are highly appreciated!

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Thanks to all our customers after two years of operation and consider a gift certificate for that hard to find gift.

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Thanks to all our customers after two years of operation and consider a gift certificate for that hard to find gift.

Thanks to all who have visited us this past two years. Come join us on a trip. You may book on-line or contact me directly. It has been a great first two years of operation and looking forward to years to come. You might consider a gift certificate for a trip that may be used anytime. Contact...

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Manatees have come back to the Manatee River and bays

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Manatees have come back to the Manatee River and bays

We are starting to see Manatees on most of our wildlife trips in the areas around Snead Island. They are highly endangered and are a welcome sight to see. Many of my guests have never seen one in the wild and it is a treat to see them. In the cold months here they congregate near Power plants and rivers that provide them warmer water. They are very peaceful and docile animals. It is nice to know that they are still surviving in our waters. We Support efforts to protect them and are responsible boaters in Manatee...

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Welcome snow birds to Paradise

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Welcome snow birds to Paradise

Captain John and crew would like to welcome all of our friends from up north to Paradise. After all most of us came from there at sometime or another in the past. The picture attached with this blog depicts “White Pelican” who have come to the Sarasota bay to spend their winter. They Arrive in the fall and leave in the late spring. They are a welcome sight just as are our northern friends that return to us every year. We welcome all creatures to spend the winter here with us and enjoy the warmth and the beautiful sunsets. Book a...

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Looking for that Last minute Gift

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Looking for that Last minute Gift

Phone us to make arrangements for a gift certificate for that last minute birthday gift. We will provide a boat tour to remember for your loved one. What a wonderful way to say that you care about them. Give the gift of a sightseeing trip on the water with a licensed and insured Captain. See what the Sea has to offer, sighting Dolphins, manatees, sea birds, and famous marine sites. Phone 941-527-8008 today for a personalized gift...

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Location

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on Location

Some of our visitors have had slight difficulty locating our Home Port of “Blenker Boatworks”. This marina is one of the oldest Marinas in Florida and still has the existing building that was originally built for the facility. It is nestled in a residential neighborhood that was built long after the marina was established. This marina is family owned and operated. It is home to a virtual aquarium in the water surrounding the docks. It is also home to “Five O’Clock CHarlie” the dolphin that spend his afternoons...

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“Five O’clock Charlie Hosts a disabled Veteran for a day of Fishing for “Project Healing Waters” May 16,2015

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on “Five O’clock Charlie Hosts a disabled Veteran for a day of Fishing for “Project Healing Waters” May 16,2015

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“Five O’clock Charlie Boat Crew” assists “Sarasota Baywatch” in cleaning the bay.

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on “Five O’clock Charlie Boat Crew” assists “Sarasota Baywatch” in cleaning the bay.

Recently Captain Johnny B and his faithful crew had the pleasure of assisting “Sarasota Baywatch”  on a fishing line clean up of various parts of Sarasota Bay.   This was a rewarding experience for myself and my crew.  See the following...

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About your Captain

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Captain's Blog | Comments Off on About your Captain

About your Captain

I moved my immediate family to Florida 2.5 years ago after living in California for the past 32 years.   I have been coming to Florida for the past thirty-four years to visit my Mom and brothers.  During that time I fell in love with the endless summer weather here and pristine waters. On the many trips here I logged much time on the water that assisted me in getting my Master Mariners license. I have been an avid boater for over 37 years and have been a Licensed master mariner for the past 12. I hold a 50 Ton master captain’s license...

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