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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 - 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,  PCMOnan


“The big questions this week will be water clarity and salinity, thanks to the spin-off rains of Tropical Storm Cindy and our wet spring,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. “The forecast looks good and we’ll have new moon tides, but murky water and tons of run-off don’t bode well, especially with trout.”

Last weekend’s Big Bend Saltwater Classic produced some quality catches on the leaderboard, both inshore and nearshore. (Shields Marina was happy and honored to be the host marina for this event.)  The winds mainly cooperated but soggy weather and high winds all week will require anglers to hunt for decent water. Adding scent and noise to the offerings can help.

 Water temperatures are into the summer range as well. With all these factors, depths up to 8 to 10 feet might be the best zones to try if trout are on your hit list. Try 1/2-ounce DOA shrimp or Sureketch jigs and slowly probe the bottom. You may find trout and you are likely to also score black sea bass. Ochlocknee Shoal and Dog Island Reef are two other good places to prospect under the current conditions.

 Redfish are much more tolerant of heat and freshwater intrusion. So hunt for them in the normal spots—flooded shorelines and oyster bars. The creeks are likely to be slow with water pouring out of the refuge flood gates.

 Nearshore is another option for those looking for a tussle. Motor beyond the stake line zone and watch for diving birds, surface commotion and busting bait. Game fish will be driving the bait to the surface and the line-up could include trout, reds, jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and even some small kings. Drift or use the trolling motor to quietly get within casting range and fire off lures to the edges of the bait balls and let them sink. Shiny casting spoons with a trace of light wire leader will get the job done.

With Saturday’s new moon there will be plenty of water movement. From a low early morning until the mid-afternoon high off more than 4 feet, there should be a strong bite. Peak solunar periods are from 7 to 8 am and again from 2 to 4 pm. Lighter winds from the South matched by sunny skies will be a welcome change from all the rain and clouds earlier this week. 


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

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