Captain Jim Fortman

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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
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    Come spend the day experiencing some of Florida's best fishing! Common catches include Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, Shark, Trout, and Tarpon. A Florida fishing license and all gear are provided. This trip is a minimum of seven hours, and the starting time is flexible depending on the tide.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Backwater Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $600
    up to 4 persons
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Backwater Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    Come fish the backwater for Snook, Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Shark, and Tarpon. A fishing license and gear are provided. Starting time is flexible depending on the tide.
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Backwater Fishing (PM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 10 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $400
    up to 4 persons
    Please Check In Advance for Availability
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About the Captain

Jim Fortman
Naples, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
28 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
Flounder
Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook
Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (17)
4.63
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
95%
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Tyler E.
Fort Myers, FL
 4.67
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Half Day

VERIFIED   November 7, 2019
Great boat, and awesome weather.  We got into some fish early, and then had to hit a couple of spots before getting back...
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Keith O.
Union Park, FL
 5.00
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VERIFIED   August 13, 2019
Captain Jim had us on the fish within 10 mins of leaving the dock. He taught me a great deal about fishing artificial baits...
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Angela C.
Aulander, NC
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VERIFIED   August 1, 2019
I booked this trip for my dad and I while on vacay here in Naples. We thoroughly enjoyed the half day trip with cap Jim! He...
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Brayden K.
Airville, PA
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VERIFIED   June 11, 2019
If you’re looking for a captain that’s helpful, knowledgeable, and out there for the big ones, Jim is the guy to go to....
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Dirk R.
Miami, FL
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Great Half-Day Trip with Captain Jim Fortman

VERIFIED   December 28, 2018
We had a wonderful and fun fishing trip with Captain Jim. Jim is a really knowledgeable, passionate and friendly fishing guide...
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