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 - 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, PCM, Onan
FISHING REPORT FOR APALACHEE BAY – APRIL 22, 2015
Stormy conditions made fishing a challenge last week but between showers some quality fish were caught, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. Gator trout topped the list, with suspending and top water plugs scoring the biggest trophies. The sporadic spring is finally shaping up into more normal patterns now, with plenty of bait back on the flats, decent water clarity when it’s not blowing a gale and warm water temperatures. In fact, the FSU Marine Lab had reported unusually high water temperatures for this time of year, but the rains and cooler nights have dropped back it back into the typical mid-70 range. The sea grass is slowly growing, although it’s still lagging behind previous seasons. An extended period of sunny days will help the growing cycle.
The redfish schools of winter have broken into smaller pods yet big fish continue to prowl the shallow flats and tidal creeks. The size range goes from “rats” to over-slot fish and most are willing to take a soft-plastic jig like a Sureketch bounced through the holes or an Aqua Dream weedless spoon snaked along the oyster bars or spartina grass.
Spanish mackerel are here in force for those trolling shiny spoons or straw rigs. Cut-offs on the flats are the result of macks or bluefish zipping through in search of a meal. Ladyfish are roaming in wolf packs and provide fun sport on light tackle.
There were a couple reports of cobia popping up in the nearshore depths but in typical cobia fashion they were fickle. You never know when they’ll turn on, however, so it pays to have a medium-heavy combo always ready for action.
Weak tides this weekend are not going to move a lot of water, but the expected sunshine and calmer conditions will be welcome nonetheless.
Is your boat and/or motor ready for Spring? Don't be caught with a rig that needs service when you are ready to start enjoying our great Spring fishing and boating season. Call Dennis, service manager, and get scheduled. (925-6158, Extension #2)
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
Authorized Poly-Wood Outdoor Furniture Dealer - Great prices! Call Pam Shields at 850-925-6223 for quotes on furniture. We can save you money!