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
APALACHEE BAY FISHING REPORT
AS OF JULY 27th
“With the inshore water temperatures nudging the 90-degree mark and no end to the dog days in sight, the best chance of catching fish this weekend will be at dawn or shortly thereafter,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. “With the oppressive heat later in the day, the fish don’t have much of an appetite unless you’re popping a top water plug in those early morning, low-light conditions. Anglers scooping the roosters are doing the best right now.”
Conditions are favorable for early risers despite the low tides. The ‘tweener moon flows are still pushing enough water for those with shallow-draft skiffs to sneak into the skinny zones where the big trout are staging before slipping into the deep once the water reaches a boiling point. Rapala Skitter Walks, Heddon Super Spooks and MirrOlure Top Dogs get the nod in the hard bait department. Natural patterns are generating the best response. Soft alternatives like the classic DOA BaitBuster (shallow version) or the Mann’s Saltwater Ghost will bring hungry trout to the gunwales as well. If you prefer jigs, go with a Sureketch shrimp tout with the lightest jig head possible. Fished plain or under a clacker-style cork, these local favorites have landed plenty of specks too. The water is exceptionally clear right now, so lighter colors like chartreuse, silver flake, tans and white/pink tail get the nod.
The redfish don’t mind the hot water and are readily charging well-placed offerings, including top-waters and Aqua Dream weedless spoons. Even though the water is crystal clear, floating grass remains a problem, so be prepared to clean those treble hooks often.
The summer line-up of sharks, cobia, tarpon and big jacks offer plenty of sport and tugs for those using medium-heavy outfits. Big noisy plugs are effective for any of these bruisers, along with Gag’s Whip-It eels and Sebile Magic Swimmer lures. A frisky pinfish, finger mullet or pilchard will seldom be refused either.
A seemingly record year for scallops continues to thrill those willing to jump in the water with a mask, snorkel and fins. The areas south of the Rock Garden and Gray Mare are the most popular zones, along with the Big Grassy flats south of Keaton Beach. Reports from the Lanark/Turkey Point area have been very disappointing, however. If you want to find scallops, do so out of St. Marks!
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