St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1830.
95 Riverside Drive
St. Marks FL 32355
Just 16 miles south of Tallahassee
Pontoon, Bay, Center Console, & Deck Boat Dealer - Evinrude & Yamaha Outboards & Service - North Florida
Shields Marina is a North Florida boat dealer offering new & used pontoon boats, cruisers, center console boats, cuddy cabin, deck boats, fishing boats, walk-around and even outboards for sale at very competitive prices. We also offer boat rentals - float, pontoon & kayaks plus bikes.
Our lines include: Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, Sundance Skiff Boats, Strike 33 Aluminum Cat boats, Blue Wave Bay boats, and Silver Wave Pontoon boats. We sell and service Yamaha , Evinrude, Honda , Mercury & Suzuki outboards. We service and sell Mercruiser, Volvo, PCM, Onan
APALACHEE BAY FISHING REPORT
AS OF MAY 26TH
“Fishing was a little off last weekend because of the full moon, but this week has more than made up for it,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. Clear water, calm seas and normal patterns are producing a plethora of salt water species across the region. The upcoming holiday weekend should also be good, albeit with more boat traffic as the official boating season gets underway. The extended forecast is calling for light winds with the normal afternoon sea breezes and possible pop-up thunderstorms.
Anglers have been finding plenty of short trout on the flats off the mouth of the St. Marks River. A few keepers are mixed in, but the majorities are juveniles. To focus on bigger specks, work farther east and concentrate around rock formations, the associated rock grass, sandy depressions and pot holes, plus the tidal creeks. Bigger trout are generally loners and wary, so stealth is often a key. Noisy top-water lures like the Rapala Skitter Walk or Heddon Super Spooks are always a good bet, especially in low light conditions or with a little bit of chop. When the water temperatures warming, switching to a suspending plug like a Rapala X-Rap or DOA BaitBuster to work the cooler zones will often keep the bite going as the thermometer climbs. Sureketch jigs bounced along the bottom and DOA shrimp fished plain or under a cork are more effective options.
Redfish are still scattered. Some good fish are being caught, but the numbers just aren’t what they should be for our coast. The new one-fish bag limit will definitely help correct that problem in the long run. Reds will eat the same offerings as trout, but to cover the most water and serve up an irresistible meal, cast an Aqua Dream or Capt. Mike’s weedless spoon and retrieve it slowly so it’s barely ticking off the bottom. If the reds are around they’ll definitely eat one of these crab/minnow imitations.
Numerous accounts of trippletails hanging around crab trap floats and other structure in the bay have been reported. These scrappers are fun to catch and better to eat. Use a fresh shrimp (or a DOA) under a cork and be prepared to back the boat away to keep from getting wrapped up. Remember, tripletails have to be at least 15 inches long and the bag limit is two per person per day.
Cobia, sharks and tarpon top the list of the larger adversaries available right now. All are here in good numbers. Live bait presentations with pinfish, mullet and pilchards will entice these big bruisers, along with Gag’s Whip-it eels, large top-water plugs like One Knockers or saltwater Chug Bugs. DOA BaitBusters in natural patterns or the classic white/red head are also enticing for the big 3.
Go early or late. The early morning high tides will be the most productive periods (and least crowded), with another peak feeding window towards dusk. The ‘tweener’ moon phase won’t be moving a lot of water, but the fish should be active nonetheless.
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Full Service Marina - located just 16 miles south of Tallahassee
- New boats by Sea Born, Spyder, Sundance, Strike 33, Blue Wave, and Silver Wave.
New motors by Evinrude, Honda, Mercury, Suzuki, and Yamaha.
- Used boats and motors
Service Department - inboard & outboard repairs, factory trained technicians, we test drive in the river, not in a tank.
Trailer Sales & Service - New trailer sales by Magic Tilt and Road King. We can handle most of your trailer repairs and service
Boat Storage - In the water or up on a rack
Parts Department - new & used boat parts for sale for all marine engines, boat outboards and outboard motors by Yamaha, Evinrude, Mercury,Honda and Suzuki
Fiberglass work - done on site - we have our own technician
Ship Store - Full service with all your boating needs. Bait, tackle, ice, picnic supplies, marine hardware, electronics, clothing, etc.
Detail shop - boat detailing done on site
Twin Boat Launch - available 24 hours and at all tide levels
Bicycle, Kayak, Pontoon & Float Boat Rentals - call our ship store for reservations -(850) 925-6158
Pump Out Station - Help protect the environment - we offer this service for $5.00. (Off-site pump out also available via our pump-out vessel.)
Fishing Guides - call ship store for names and numbers
Showers & Laundry Facilities