Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands

Let Captain Jim Fortman guide you through the backwaters of the Ten Thousand Islands, where you will experience the best of Florida fishing complemented by exquisite wildlife and scenery.

Step aboard a brand new 24’ Sea Born 2020. Powered by a 250 HP Yamaha engine, this craft boasts a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots. Simple and sleek, you will maneuver gracefully through the backwaters while aboard this boat. Up to 4 passengers can fish comfortably aboard this boat and even 3 of them can fish on the front platform. Moreover, this area is a real photographers’ delight, so this is a perfect charter to document Florida fishing experience.

Launching from the Port of the Islands Resort and Marina, you will fish the backwaters for some of Florida’s most iconic species. Using a variety of techniques, you can target specimens such as Black Drum, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Snook, Flounder, and Tarpon when the season allows. 

Captain Jim Fortman provides a Florida fishing license and all the gear you need. Children age four and above are welcome. You may keep your catch and store it in the onboard ice box, and Capt. Jim will clean and fillet it for you.

Join Captain Jim Fortman on the backwaters of the Ten Thousand Islands and experience Florida fishing like never before!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Backwater Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    This is a 9 hour trip starting at 7 a.m. This trip allows the anglers to target Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Speckled Seatrout, Black Drum, Sharks, and other game fish in 2 different tides. Anglers will be using artificial lures and various live baits that will be netted.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    This is 7 hour trip starting at 7 a.m. This trip allows the anglers to target Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Speckled Seatrout, Black Drum, Sharks, and other game fish in 2 different tides. Anglers will be using artificial lures and various live baits that will be netted.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    This is a morning guided trip through the saltwater marshes of the Everglades and the 10,000 Islands. Using artificial lures, live shrimp, and other caught bait. You will be targeting Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Seatrout, Tarpon, Sharks, and other game fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Backwater Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 31
    $400
    This is an afternoon guided trip through the saltwater marshes of the Everglades and the 10,000 Islands. Using artificial lures, live shrimp, and other caught bait. You will be targeting Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Seatrout, Tarpon, Sharks, and other game fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day First Responders (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    This is a First Responder discount for the half day morning trip, first responders include military, police, firefighters, and all frontline healthcare professionals. Must present valid identification.
  • Private trip
    Half Day First Responders (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 31
    $350
    This is a First Responder discount for the afternoon trip, first responders include military, police, firefighters, and all frontline healthcare professionals. Must present valid identification.
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About the Captain

Jim Fortman
Naples, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
93 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2017
Capt. Jim Fortman is a Florida native who has been fishing the waters of South Florida for 40 years. Capt. Jim is also a knowledgeable guide, having studied Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Horticultural Science, and Agricultural Science at Broward Community College and Florida Atlantic University. Bringing friends and soon-to-be friends fishing and teaching them about the marine environment is his passion. Capt. Jim has also been designing and building custom fishing rods and jigs for over 25 years.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Sea Born (Bay boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Best Captain in SW Florida

VERIFIED   Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) on August 12, 2021
Captain Jim knows the everglades and the 10,000 islands better than anybody I’ve met in the area over the 10+ years that...
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VERIFIED   Half Day First Responders (AM) on June 10, 2021
Definitely the highlight of the vacation!  Captain Jim knew right where to take us to ensure an active fishing experience. ...
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VERIFIED   Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) on August 11, 2021
Great trip.  Captain Jim put us on fish immediately.  Our inexperience with the right techniques showed - but Jim was patient...
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VERIFIED   Half Day First Responders (AM) on July 14, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Jim. Two of our four group members were inexperienced fishermen (technically women), and Captain...
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VERIFIED   Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) on July 12, 2021
Captain Jim was great. We enjoyed our day in the Ten Thousand islands. Captain Jim knows where and how to catch the big Snook...
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FAQs about Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands

Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - Half Day First Responders (PM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day – Backwater Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day First Responders (AM) (5 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) (5 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing (7 hours)
  • $800 per group - Full Day Trip – Backwater Fishing (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box (Multiple Coolers Fish Box and Refreshments Box )

Trips booked with Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Custom Fishing Gear)
  • Live Bait (Shrimp, Mullet, and Ladyfish)
  • Lures (All types upon customer request)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Zip lock bags and ice included )
  • Fishing License (for up to 4 people state license )

Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle (Tarpon and Shark)
  • Spinning
  • Jigging (Bucktails and other artificial lures )
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail