St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1830.
95 Riverside Drive
St. Marks FL 32355
Just 16 miles south of Tallahassee
Full-Service Marina in 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 at very competitive prices. We also offer boat rentals - float, pontoon & kayaks plus bikes.
Our lines include: Angler Fishing Boats, Crest Pontoons, Southwind Deck Boats & Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, and Sundance Skiffs Boats. We sell and service Yamaha , Evinrude, Honda , Mercury & Suzuki outboards. We service and sell Mercruiser, Volvo, PCM, Onan
By Captain Dave Lear - November 18th
With this week’s unseasonable cold snap, the creeks and rivers are where it’s at. The water temperatures are well below the comfort level on the flats, so the trout, reds and other game fish have taken sanctuary in the deeper holes in the tidal creeks and the coastal rivers and they’ll likely remain there for a while.
If the weather cooperates as expected and warms by the weekend, the St. Marks, Wakulla, Ochlocknee, Aucilla and Econfina Rivers will offer good opportunities for fishing with the new moon tides. Look for trout and redfish in the deeper holes and around ledges. The fish are more lethargic with the cold, so slow down the presentation. They still have to eat, but they won’t waste a lot of energy and body heat chasing down an elusive meal. DOA shrimp and Sureketch jigs bounced slowly off the bottom will draw strikes. With the clear water, lighter colored patterns will get the nod. This is also prime time to use suspending plugs such as the Paul Brown originals, Hall ‘em In Rippers, MirrOlure Catch 2000s and Rapala Twitchin’ Raps. Again, the slower you keep the lure in the strike zone (near the bottom typically), the better.
There have been reports of big bull reds in the lower reaches of the St. Marks, while tons of mangrove snapper and mullet are in the upper stretches. Sheepshead and flounder are also arriving and striped bass are making an appearance. Try live shrimp for the snapper and sheepsshead and heavy weedless silver spoons or white buck tail jigs for the stripers.
Trout and redfish will prowl submerged mud flats and oyster bars in the middle of the day on moving water. Heddon Super Spook Juniors in shad pattern and DOA gold/glow CAL shad tails produced trout up to five pounds last week before the cold front arrived. The next warming trend should spur a similar feeding frenzy.
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Full Service Marina - new & used Angler, Crest & Sunset Bay boats & boat motor sales in St. Marks,
Florida -16 miles south of Tallahassee.
Service Department - inboard & outboard repairs, factory trained technicians, we test drive in the river, not in a tank.
Trailer Sales & Service - 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, Honda and Suzuki
- Fiberglass work - done on site
- Ship Store - bait, tackle, ice, picnic supplies, marine hardware, electronics, clothing, etc for sale.
Detail shop - boat detailing done on site
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