Captain Jim Fortman - Wiggins Pass

Vanderbilt Drive
Naples FL, United States

Join Captain Jim Fortman at Wiggins Pass for an enchanting backwater fishing experience. Bring your family and reel in some of the most sought-after fish in Florida!

Make yourself comfortable aboard a 22’ Carolina skiff powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine. This craft is designed for shallow waters, allowing you to glide effortlessly as you fish. On board you will find rods, reels, tackle, and an ice box to store your catch. Capt. Jim will clean and fillet any keeper fish you take home, so you can enjoy a fresh and tasty meal after a full day of Florida fishing.

Your journey begins at the Cocohatchee River Park and takes you on a scenic tour of the surrounding area. In these waters you can target Snook, Flounder, Tripletail, Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Shark, and more. You will catch their attention mostly by jigging and popping, but if you are feeling ambitious, you can also target some of these species by fly fishing. Live bait and lures are provided.

Trips launch from the Cocohatchee River Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Captain Jim Fortman provides a fishing license and all the gear you need. You are welcome to bring food and drinks on board, including alcohol (but no glass containers). There is room on board for four passengers and children age four and above are welcome.

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Backwater Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Tue, Wed, Thu)
    US$ 750
    up to 4 persons
    Launching from Cocohatchee River Park, you will experience a full day of backwater fishing through Wiggins Pass. Target local favorites by jigging, popping, or fly fishing. Common catch includes Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Spanish Mackerel, and more. A fishing license and gear are provided, children four and older are welcome. This trip is a minimum of 7 hours and the starting time may vary depending on the tide.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Backwater Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available (Tue, Wed, Thu)
    US$ 450
    up to 4 persons
    This trip launches from Cocohatchee River Park and takes you through Wiggins Pass, where you can try jigging, popping, or fly fishing for some of Florida's favorite fish. Target Flounder, Trout, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, Shark, and Tarpon when in season. A fishing license and gear are provided. You may keep your catch and Capt. Jim will clean it for you. Starting time may vary depending on the tide.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Grouper (Goliath)
Jack Crevalle

Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Carolina (Skiff) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

22 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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


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


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:
American Express

About the Captain

Jim Fortman
Naples, Florida, United States
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Debra Keller
Naples, Florida

Half day fishing

VERIFIED   March 20, 2018
Educational, enlightening, and enjoyable. Captain Jim took the time to share his experiences and teach us skills to better...
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