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 25th
It has been tough conditions, fishing-wise, since last weekend and reports are limited. But with the weather returning to more seasonal temperatures and the sun re-appearing, the prognosis for this long holiday weekend looks good.
After plunging down into the mid-50-degree range, the Gulf water has warmed back into the low 60s mid-week, according to the FSU Marine Lab. That likely means fish will be on the move, shifting from the deeper holes in the rivers and creeks to shallower spots in search of food. Pay particular attention to the oyster bars near the mouths, as well as rocks and nearby channels.
With the moon in a waxing crescent phase, the tides won’t be as strong, with the peak highs coming early and late. The mid-day lows, however, will give the mud flats and other dark-bottom areas a chance to warm up prior to the afternoon’s high. That bodes well for sunning trout and redfish in those areas after the water returns.
Dirty water is likely with the resulting run-off from the storms, so light-colored lures such as pearl, glow and chartreuse will help them stand out. Rattles or chugger-style shapes will also attract attention. Adding scent gels like the Pro-Cure shrimp or mullet is yet another way to help draw fish into the strike zone. Be patient, slow down the presentation and be prepared to move around until you find the fish.
All the folks at Shields Marina wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and good fishing during the holidays.
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