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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


Halloween might be Monday night, but there will be plenty of treats for anglers fishing this weekend, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. With water temperatures in the mid-70s, the autumn bite is on like a big jack-o-lantern, with trout, redfish and flounder leading the revelers.

Start prospecting for trout in depths of six feet or less. The slow shift towards the shallows and tidal creeks is underway. The water clarity is excellent right now with the lack of rain and floating grass isn’t much of an issue either. That gives top water action top billing. Rapala Skitter Walks, Heddon Super Spooks, MirrOlure Top Dogs and Hall ‘em In Peanuts all get the nod. Color doesn’t matter as much as noise and action, but natural patterns that mimic mullet are never a bad choice. Shrimp are moving slowly offshore too, so fake and real ones are also effective right now. DOA one-quarter-ounce shrimp in gold/glow, gold glitter and near clear, fished plain or under a clacker-style cork, are good ways to probe the depths. Sureketch jigs in root beer or white with pink tails pinned to a 1/8- or 1/4-ounce jig head are also effective search baits for trout and flounder.

Oyster bars are prime places to hunt reds in October and a weedless willow-blade spoon like the Aqua Dream or Capt. Mike’s variety are the bomb. Work them slowly along the edges or over the tops of flooded bars and hang on.

Wolf packs of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and jacks continue to slash and burn through pods of hapless bait. Tie on a shiny casting spoon like a Kastmaster, diamond jig or Gotcha and toss into the frothy frenzy and crank as fast as you can. Rarely will the lure make it back to the boat unmolested. A light wire leader or heavy mono will minimize cut-offs.

Hopefully the forecast calling for lighter winds than last week holds true. The approaching new moon Monday is ushering in strong tides all weekend. After near-zero lows early in the morning, there will be plenty of water movement culminating in mid-afternoon highs. Get out there and get after them.




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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