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
    Half Day First Responders (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 31
    $400
    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.
  • 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
    $450
    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
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Apr 30
    $450
    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 – Backwater Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    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
    3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    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
    Full Day Trip – Backwater Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    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.
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About the Captain

Jim Fortman
Naples, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
129 Customer reviews
Response time 1 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
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper

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
Tarpon and Shark
Spinning
Jigging
Bucktails and other artificial lures
Popping
Fly Fishing
Bowfishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Multiple Coolers Fish Box and Refreshments Box

Trip includes

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
Drinks
Water
Fishing License
for up to 4 people state license

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Age 4 and up
You Keep Catch
to state and federal laws
Catch and Release Allowed
sugested

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 114 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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Jeremiah M.
SUGARCRK Township, OH
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3/4 Day Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing on August 12, 2022
Capt. Jim was great.  He really knows the water and how to find the fish. His boat and gear are in great shape. His instructions...
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Jason V.
Bonita Springs, Florida
Excellent
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Half Day Fish with Cptn Jim

VERIFIED   Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) on December 28, 2022
We had a great morning with Jim. It was cool and the fish were waiting to warm up but Jim was positive and provide banter for...
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Heather R.
Danburg, GA
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) on January 16, 2023
We went out mid morning due to cooler temperatures.  Captain Jim not only found the fish , but gave extensive information...
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Paul C.
Miami, FL
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3/4 day backwater trip

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing on August 17, 2022
My wife, my brother-in-law and I had a very nice day fishing with Captain Jim.  He’s very familiar with the areas we fished...
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Larry S.
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VERIFIED   Half Day – Backwater Fishing (PM) on December 14, 2022
Wonderful experience in every way. Captain Jim took the extra time to make the trip memorable. Made sure we were secure and...
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FAQs about Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands

Captain Jim Fortman – Ten Thousand Islands offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group - Half Day First Responders (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day – Backwater Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day First Responders (AM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day – Backwater Fishing (AM) (5 hours)
  • $650 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing (7 hours)
  • $850 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 )
  • Drinks (Water)
  • 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
  • Bowfishing

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