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. 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, PCM, Onan
FISHING REPORT AS OF MARCH 1, 2017
“The March lion is already making his presence known. With the expected forecast to be breezy this weekend, matched with weaker between moon tides, it’ll be more difficult to dial in the bite. The good news is the water temperatures have climbed into the magic 70-degree-plus range and when you do find the fish, they’re hungry,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee.
The flats are coming to life. Trout can be found in three to five feet of water, but the numbers are quite there yet. Bait is still not abundant yet either; that should change soon as water temperatures continue to rise.
Trout are responding to unweighted jerk baits worked with an erratic twitching retrieve as well as shrimp lures like DOA and Sureketch touts. Suspend them under a clacker-style cork to add noise to the equation. Natural colors have been producing the best.
Redfish can be found along the grassy shorelines, especially those with scattered rock and shell. Weedless spoons such as the Aqua Dream and Capt. Mike’s variety in 3/8-ounce size retrieved slowly just off the bottom will produce results.
The pelagics are starting to arrive too. “I caught my earliest Spanish mackerel ever, on the last day of February, while fishing for trout. The speedster ate a DOA gold/glow shrimp and represents the vanguard for the large schools to come.” To target Spanish, a small shiny casting spoon rigged with a trace of light-wire leader mimics glass minnows and other small baitfish, their favorite prey. Work a rapid retrieve all the way to the boat to keep their interest. Small diamond jigs, Kastmaster wedge lures, Gotchas and even small colored tube or soda straw rigs top the list of mackerel offerings. There have also been reports of pompano skipping across the surface. The troughs of the barrier islands are prime places to hunt these gamesters, but sandy areas like the shoals just off of the St. Marks River channel can also be good.
Come see us at the Tallahassee Regional Boat Show
March 3-5, 2017
North Florida Fair Grounds
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 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