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Shields Marina
95 Riverside Drive
St. Marks FL 32355
Phone: 850-925-6158


Just 16 miles south of Tallahassee


Pontoon, Bay, Center Console, & Deck Boat Dealer - Evinrude & Yamaha Outboards & Service - 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:   Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats,  Sundance Skiffs 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,  PCMOnan


November 25, 2015

“It’s been a hard week to fish and it doesn’t look to improve until Friday,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee.  Strong northerly winds and a high pressure system have blown out the water and given the fish lockjaw for the most part.  Conditions are expected to improve after Thanksgiving with more moderate temperatures and plenty of water movement.  As of mid-week the Gulf water temperatures were in the lower 60's so that should push trout and reds into the coastal rivers and tidal creeks where they’ll seek comfort in the deeper holes.

The lower stretches and around the river/creek mouths would be the best places to prospect for starters.  Oyster bars, cuts and channels should hold fish.  With strong tides coming off the full moon this week and three foot-plus of water movement, the peak times will be from around noon until late afternoon.  That also coincides with the maximum sun exposure to warm the water and get both bait and predators active.

There are still plenty of shrimp and baitfish around in the shallows so lures that mimic this prey are tops on the list.  DOA shrimp, Sureketch grubs and CAL shad tails with no more than 1/4-ounce weight bounced around pinch points will draw strikes.  Slow-sinking plugs like Paul Brown’s Fat Boy or Rapala Twitchin’ Raps will also attraction attention. Slow the retrieve and be ready for subtle taps.

Fish will be holding on mud flats and shallow dark bottom once they flood on the incoming tides.  Topwater lures work well in those circumstances but only with a much slower action than the summertime cadence.  Bone and white/red head have always been productive cooler water colors.

All of us at Shields Marina hope you had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(850) 925-6158

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

Canvas Work

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

Transient Dock

Authorized Poly-Wood Outdoor Furniture Dealer - Great prices! Call Pam Shields at 850-925-6223 for quotes on furniture.  We can save you money!

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