Five O'Clock Charlie Boat Tours

Five O'Clock Charlie Boat Tours

Five O'Clock Charlie Boat Tours
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Scuba & Snorkelling • Fishing Charters & Tours
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Captain John Blenker has been running Fishing charters and Boat tours showcasing, oceanic wildlife, beautiful scenery, historic marine sites for the past seven and a half years. He does two hour, three hour, four hour and day long In-shore fishing trips and boat tours on the western part of Tampa Bay. We service the Bradenton area and all of Anna Maria Island. Trips booked by appointment only, maximum capacity of vessel is 6 persons. Egmont key excursions for snorkeling and shelling are available. Captain John Blenker is a member of the Florida Guides Association has been a licensed and insured Master Mariner since 2002. He targets all the in-shore species of fish and teaches anglers how to fish for the species he targets. Captain John will pick you up at a convenient location in Palmetto, Northwest Bradenton or on Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton, Florida
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Julie P
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Capt John took us on a great morning fishing trip, caught more than we have on any other charter and learned some different techniques. He uses circle hooks to be able to catch and release without hooks being accidentally swallowed, which I greatly appreciate even though we kept and ate some of the better catches. We hit several spots and did a little trolling on the way back to the marina. 10/10, will be fishing with him again.
Written September 21, 2022
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Thanks for sharing the experience of the outdoors with me. Looking forward to seeing you on future excursions.
Written October 9, 2022
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Jeremy H
Winthrop, MA5 contributions
Apr 2022
Went fishing with Captain John on Saturday, 4/2/2021. We were supposed to go out Friday, but the weather wasn't cooperating. He was very accommodating and was able to take us out Saturday instead, which was very helpful since we were from out of town. We did a half day trip, and we caught some nice Snook, Trout, Jacks, Lady Fish, and Spanish Mackerel. Captain John was very knowledgeable, and he moved around frequently to get us in the right spots. Some guides sit around and get complacent, but Captain John worked hard for us and put us on the fish. He even spent extra time with us past our allotted time because we found a honey hole right at the end of the trip. I would definitely recommend Captain John to anyone who is visiting the Bradenton area.
Written April 7, 2022
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Thanks again for going on a fishing charter. It is always a good time with people who cherish the outdoor experience. Hope to see you on future trips.
Written May 2, 2022
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Elizabet N
Miami, FL11 contributions
Aug 2020
We booked a fishing trip with Captain John while visiting Anna Maria Island and had an amazing time. We were a group of 5, including two 12 year old boys, my husband and my brother who had never fished before. Capt John was very patient and helpful with everyone. He taught my brother and kept assisting everyone during the tour. He took us to a fantastic place where the guys caught over 40 fish and then moved to another place near Bean Point where they continued catching at least 20 more. He used fish as bait and were able to catch a shark so it was a really exciting adventure for everyone. Captain John was friendly, knowledgeable and very nice. We are very happy we booked this tour and highly recommend it. We have booked other fishing tours in the past and this one has been the best and funnest by far. We normally catch a few fish, so catching over 60 fish in this tour was a huge record for us and the kids had a blast. Thank you for such great experience Captain John. Will call you when we come back to Anna Maria Island!
Written August 8, 2020
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Thank you for coming on a fishing charter and it was my pleasure having you all out on a fishing charter. I take pride in treating all my guests like extended family members and showing them a favorite and memorable experience. Hope to see you again on future trips.
Written August 10, 2020
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GoPlaces515192
4 contributions
Jun 2020 • Friends
I highly recommend 5 o'clock Charlie Tours and the excellent boat master and fishing guide, Capt John. Our group of 6 took the 4hr Taste of FL tour and it was AMAZING! Capt John was very knowledgeable about all the local wildlife and put us right on top of the fish. He was extremely helpful in baiting the hooks and showing us how to maintain our lines. We caught a HUGE grouper, lots of smaller grunts, a few snapper, AND 3 small sharks--SO exciting!!!! The snorkeling was great and the boat ride itself was so much fun. Added bonus: Capt John cleaned all our fish and we made the best fish tacos we've ever had! If I could give Capt John 10 stars, I would!!!
Written June 17, 2020
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Thanks for coming on a trip and I am so glad that you enjoyed it. Hope to see you on future trips.
Written June 18, 2020
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Paul K
Sarasota, FL42 contributions
Nov 2020
Chartered Captain John for a four hour fishing trip so my grandson from Chicago could experience some real
Gulf style fishing. It's amazing that Capt. John is so knowledge about the area waters. We caught two Grouper while trolling although they were under size my Grandson was so excited to even reel one in. By the end we had caught many fish and had a awesome time. I would personally recommend Capt .John. He knows the waters, knows where to go and fish , what bait the fish are hitting on and facts about the surrounding islands
Will definingly book with Capt. John again.
Written November 27, 2020
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Thanks for coming out on a Fishing excursion. Tampa Bay has an extraordinary fishery. There is quite a variety of different fish to catch. Thanks again and hope to see you on future trips.
Written December 1, 2020
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Natalie R
3 contributions
Sep 2021
Fantastic Time! A friend was visiting, and I wanted to show her the area while spending time on a boat. Captain John, was very knowledgeable and provided a great experience. The timing was perfect for a sunset, and we saw many parts of the coastline and inner coastal waterways. Highly recommend.
Written September 28, 2021
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Thanks and as always it was my pleasure having you out on a Sunset cruise. We have amazing sunsets and they are awesome to see along with the bird and animal life before they go to sleep for the night. Thanks again and hope to see you on future trips.
Written September 28, 2021
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Melanie Goldstone
Corryton, TN1 contribution
Aug 2020
Egmont Key is gorgeous, and our excursion with Captain John was the best part of our vacation by far. It was my daughter's dream 17th birthday. What a perfect day! Captain John is incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating, and our safety was his primary concern. He told us all about the area, knows everything there is to know about marine life, and made sure that we saw everything we wanted to see. Can't wait to come back and do it again!
Written August 22, 2020
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Thanks for spending that very special day with us on our Five O'clock Charlie tour boat. It was our pleasure accommodating you. Nice meeting you all and hope to see you on future trips.
Written August 23, 2020
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Nancy K
Des Moines, IA15 contributions
Jan 2020
We are from Iowa and spending the month of January in Bradenton. We took a fishing trip with John the first week we were here - caught around 35 fish, 8 were keepers (and very tasty). We decided to book another fishing trip with my sister/husband - we caught over 40 fish today! We kept 15 fish today. So exciting and a lot of action on the line! We caught Guitar fish, Lizard, Spanish Mackerel, Black Sea bass, Permit, Sheepshead, White Grunt, Southern Stingray, Whiting, Grey snapper and Sand Perch. Excellent trip and John is an amazing captain - book a trip with him, you won’t be disappointed!
Written January 29, 2020
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Thanks for coming out on a fishing adventure. Enjoyed having you aboard. Please come back when visiting the area.
Written January 30, 2020
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karen g
Syracuse, NY3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
What an incredible day on the water! Captain John is amazing—laid back and so friendly and interesting but also makes sure his guests are safe and well taken care of. His past career was a policeman in Northern CA and he specialized in water rescues along the Pacific Coast and the SF Bay. He’s an expert fisherman, the boat is beautiful (and fast) and it has a head in the console (great for female passengers). Highly recommend Captain John! Excellent time had by all.
Written January 18, 2020
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Thanks for coming out on a trip. Enjoyed having you all aboard. Hope to see you all on future trips.
Written January 22, 2020
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Brittany G
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
We had an absolutely EXCEPTIONAL time with Captain John. Myself, my husband and our two children (3 & 5yrs) wanted a last minute boat trip to share an exciting experience together as a family on the water. Captain John accommodated us swiftly and created an incredible experience for our family to remember forever. We felt very safe in his hands and he showed us some incredible places!! He had a cooler with lots of cold water for us and life jackets to protect us all. We will DEFINITELY hire him again as we all loved every second of it!!! We got to see turtles, dolphins, lots of fish, starfish and tons of unique shells! Highly recommend you booking him now!
Written August 17, 2021
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Thanks again for going on a charter. I enjoyed having you all aboard. Next time you are in the area, we hope to see you again.
Written August 20, 2021
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