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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



“It may be the dog days, but plenty of fish are still being caught on the flats and in the creeks and nearshore waters,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. “Pack the rain gear in case of popcorn showers and get out there to take advantage of the action.”

The redfish bite was been good lately in the shallows. Aqua Dream Living weedless 3/8-ounce spoons in gold and pink are top producers. Top-water action has been excellent as well. Chrome Skitter Walks and Heddon Super Spooks get the nod in the plug department. Both the spoons and plugs will entice hefty gator trout too.

If you’re looking to throw bait but don’t want the mess, try the new Rapala saltwater series X-Rap hard baits. The Twitchin’ Mullet in the pinfish or pilchard pattern is a dead ringer for the real thing. Same goes for the finger mullet in the Twitchin’ Minnow style. These new lures are rigged with the single in-line hooks for safer releases for anglers and the fish.

The usual other players are all around the flats and shorelines. Roving packs of jack crevalle, tasty flounder and black sea bass or fast swimmers like Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish are all good for a tug.

For a bigger match-up, cobia have been frequenting the nearshore artificial reefs and natural bottom. Live pinfish, mullet or catfish will tempt the brown bombers. Al Gag’s Whip-it Eels or a neon-colored bucktail jig will get the job done, too. There could be some tarpon hanging around for an early morning outing. Check out the Spanish Hole in the St. Marks River, the mouth of the Ocklockonee River or the old river channel above the Hwy. 98 bridge or in Mud Cove. The same offerings for cobia will work for tarpon and you can add Heddon One-Knockers and DOA BaitBusters to the list.

The weekend forecast looks decent with light winds and a chance of showers. Normal for this time of year. Low tides will be right at dawn with a high cresting after lunch. The peak solunar period will be the moon up phase straddling the peak of the highs. With the new moon early next week, the bite will continue to get better throughout the 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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