Backwater Charters and Rates

Captain Jim Fortman offers backwater fishing charters and captain services in the Ten Thousand Islands, Wiggins Pass, and off the beaches of Naples, Florida.  He also offers Educational Eco-tours of Naples and the Ten Thousand Islands, and captain services from your vessel.

All charters are scheduled and coordinated based on tide schedules and weather patterns, for optimal fishing.  I do not book more than one charter per day, but prefer to focus on my customer’s needs.

Backwater Fishing Charters in the Ten Thousand Islands – Launching from the beautiful Port of the Islands Resort and Marina.  You will experience some of the best fishing in Florida. Common catches include Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Trout, Shark, and Tarpon.  Fishing rods, bait, and licensing included.

5 Hour Half Day Backwater Charter in The Ten Thousand Islands – $450

Full Day Backwater Charter in The Ten Thousand Islands – $750

Bird Watching and Eco-Tours in The Ten Thousand Islands – Launching from the beautiful Port of the Islands Resort and Marina.  A photographer’s delight.  You are most likely to see and photograph White and Rosie Ibis, White and Rosie Spoonbills, Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Osprey, Florida Cormorants, and American Bald Eagle. In addition, manatee, dolphin, and alligators are abundant.  Forward Bow Platform is sizable and perfect for your tripod photography.

4 Hour Bird Watching and Eco-Tours in The Ten Thousand Islands – $350

Naples, Florida – Launching from the Cocohatchee River Park.  You will experience Wiggins Pass, the Southern end of Estero Bay, and the near-shore reefs.  Common catches include Mackerel, Trout, Shark, Kingfish, Snook, and Redfish.  Fishing rods, bait, and licensing included.

Half Day Backwater Charter in Naples, FL – $450

Full Day Backwater Charter  – $750

*Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only*

Beach Walks – Hourly rate available for beach fishing from Bonita Beach to South Naples.  Licensing included.  Fishing rod and bait available at an additional charge.

$40 per hour (Mornings only; from 7 a.m.until 10 a.m.)

From Your Vessel – Hourly rate available for backwater and near-shore fishing, from Bonita Springs to the Ten Thousand Islands.  Fishing rod and bait available at an additional charge. Near-shore licensing included.  Off-shore licensing not included.

*Discounts offered to Active Duty Military, First Responders, and Veterans, with proper identification.

For more information or to book your charter, please call

Captain Jim Fortman at 239-325-7109

or email Jstickum@gmail.com