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. Stop by our dealership located in St Marks, FL.
Our lines include: Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, Sundance 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 September 21th by Captain Dave Lear
“Fall has officially arrived and while the temperatures don’t feel like it, fishing is definitely shifting into the new season,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. “Trout are becoming much more aggressive, the flounder action is ramping up and the redfish will soon be gathering into bigger schools. And even though the water temperatures are still in the 80s, water clarity is improving and the floating grass isn’t quite as thick as it was right after the storm.”
Over the past week the trout bit steady on the last of the falling tide and first of the incoming. The top water action was explosive, with multiple strikes, even knocking Skitter Walk plugs clear out of the water. Chrome patterns were working best, but anything shiny and noisy would probably have gotten hammered. Look for similar action this week over spotty, patchy bottom in depths of four feet or less. Shrimp are on the move as well, so fakes like DOA standard shrimp in glow and gold glitter are good, along with Sureketch touts on a light jig head. Real shrimp, pinned with a 1/8-ounce jig head or on a 1/0 circle hook suspended under a clacker cork, will catch a bunch too.
Redfish are still scattered, but it shouldn’t be long before the schools start forming to harass bait on the move. Rock grass patches on the flats, the mouths and bends of the tidal creeks, plus any flooded oyster bar will hold reds once the parade begins. Top water lures twitched in the zones will trigger reactionary strikes, often with two or more fish following. Aqua Dream or Capt. Mike’s weedless 3/8-ounce spoons in gold or silver will fool the reds too. The pink pattern is another proven winner in the darker-tinted water still present on the East Flats.
With the forecast calling for mostly dry conditions and light northerly breezes, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one. The high tides, although not strong on the half-moon phase, will crest shortly after daybreak and fall throughout the day. So get out there and get after ‘em!
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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