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

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I offer light tackle artificial and live bait backwater fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands, Naples, and Estero Bay. With every guided charter, which is crafted for the client and their needs, you’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, my goal is to have you leave with more knowledge than when you came aboard.

I have been designing and building custom fishing rods and jigs for over 25 years.  Why is this beneficial to you? You will be using some of the best gear available. My rods are customized for casting, sensitivity, and action. All the rods are equipped with Shimano Reels and Power Pro Super 8 line, giving my anglers the advantage.  My custom tackle jigs, popping corks, and spoons are built with extra flash to entice the fish you will see in our Photo Gallery.

My primary location is out of Port of the Islands Marina. We will fish out of North Naples Wiggins Pass, and Estero Bay in the mid week and summer months. I also offer captain services for offshore deep water fishing from your vessel.

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope to provide you with your next backwater fishing adventure.

Captain Jim Fortman


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

Listen to my fishing report and others in the area on the Debbie Hanson Reel Talk Radio Show ESPN_ReelTalk_Feature

To book a Naples backwater charter
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