Captain Jim Fortman’s Naples Backwater Fishing Charters and Guide Service

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I am a Florida native, fishing the waters of South Florida for 40 years.  I was born and raised on the East Coast (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and moved to the Naples/Bonita Springs area in 1998.  Since then, I have fished and charted many of the Gulf Coast ledges and wrecks along with many of the coastal and inland areas from Estero Bay to Flamingo.

I have studied Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Horticultural Science, and Agricultural Science at Broward Community College and Florida Atlantic University.  My passion is bringing friends and soon to be friends out to fish and teaching them about fishing and the marine environment.

At the same time, I have been designing and building custom fishing rods and jigs for over 25 years.  For more information on my custom rods and jigs, please visit my other website,

I am a proud member of the Florida Guides Association.florida-guides-association

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