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
FISHING REPORT FOR APRIL 27 THRU THE WEEKEND
Inshore fishing continues to heat up right along with the rising thermometer, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. Some impressive catches were weighed in last weekend’s Rock the Dock tournament and limits of fat trout were caught this week as well. The bay water is still stained from the recent run-off but the dry spell and southerly breezes are helping to improve clarity each day.
There won’t be much water movement this weekend with the ‘tweener moon phase. The bite should be strong regardless, especially at first light and early morning. There is a ton of bait on the flats now and water temperatures are into the mid- to upper 70s.
Trout are hitting shrimp lures fished plain or under clacker-style corks. The most productive depths are from 3.5 to 5 feet. The rock grass is growing again, so areas with this type of structure, along with deeper depressions, pot holes and drop-offs are prime places to prospect. Top-water plugs are also triggering explosive surface strikes. Rapala Skitter Walks in chrome patterns, Heddon Super Spooks and other lures that create noise and enticing movement get the nod. Floating grass can be problematic for treble hooks, however.
The redfish have been scattered lately. With the murkier water, adding scent and noise will help the reds hone in on lures. A squirt or two of Pro-Cure Bait Scent will do the trick. So will Aqua Dream spoons and spinner baits that vibrate. Gold and pink colors are top choices in the tannin-stained water.
The pelagics are back in force, including Spanish mackerel, bluefish, pompano, jacks and the two big bruisers, cobia and tarpon. For the latter species, a live pinfish or finger mullet under a float will work. If you prefer artificials, a Whip-it eel is a cobia killer and a swim bait like the DOA BaitBuster will fool the ‘poons. Both will also scarf down a trout jig on occasion. Remember, you must purchase a $50 tarpon tag to boat one and don’t fight one to the point of exhaustion either so it can outrun the sharks after the release.
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