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
FISHING REPORT AS OF April 27th
“If the extended forecast holds true—and that’s always a big if—anglers will face some challenging conditions this weekend,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. “Hopefully the winds won’t be too bad because the fishing has been really good this past week.”
The eastern half of the bay continues to be the hot zone. Trout, redfish, sea bass and flounder are all being caught. Productive water depths range from a couple feet out to six feet for the trout. DOA standard 1/4-ounce shrimp in natural colors are fooling slot fish. Sureketch touts and Z-man minnows in pearl and chartreuse combos are more good choices. Bigger trout are finding topwater plugs to their liking, especially early in day. Rapala Skitter Walks, Heddon Super Spooks and DOA PT-7 lures in chrome, bone and gold have been deadly. There’s a considerable amount of floating grass on the surface already so treble hooks are easily fouled. That’s where the weedless PT-7s will come in handy.
Redfish are falling victim to surface plugs as well, along with the ever-effective Aqua Dream or Capt. Mike’s weedless 3/8-ounce spoons. The water on the East Flats is mostly crystal clear, with only a few stretches of tannin tint due to overflow releases from the refuge. The gold and chartreuse spoons offer an enticing contrast in the clear depths. For tannin conditions, switch to pink. Adding a small ball-bearing swivel to the spoon’s split ring will help eliminate line twist. The Live Bait series with actual baitfish finishes work very well also.
Cobia are around in good numbers. A medium-heavy rod rigged with a Gag’s Whip-it Eel or a bright bucktail jig will handle the pop-up ling. But anchoring and chumming around structure will draw these spunky sportsters into casting range. Other typical summer travelers are back too. Schools of big, fast-moving jack crevalle are roaming the shorelines in search of a meal. Just about any lure cast in front of them and retrieved quickly will get their attention. Some of these fish are in the 25- to 30-pound class, so be prepared to give chase if you hook one on a trout rod. Big bull sharks are also now prowling the inshore depths.
Low tides will be mid-morning this weekend and the incoming water will flood in until later afternoon with nearly three foot of movement. Peak solunar periods will be from the crest of the highs until early evening. There is going to be plenty of boats on the water with Panacea’s Rock the Dock tournament underway, so please practice common courtesy around others and be patient at the ramps.
If you haven’t had your boat/motor tuned up for Spring & Summer fun and fishing, now is the time to do so. Call Gil, Shields Service Manager, at 925-6158, Ext. 2 and get on the calendar!
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