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
AS OF FEBURARY 3rd.
The spring-like weather last weekend turned the fish on, but an approaching cold front with higher winds will undoubtedly change conditions once again, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. At least there will be stronger tidal flows thanks to the new moon phase.
Trout and redfish are holding in the deeper holes in the tidal creeks where the fresh water run-off is minimal. The coastal rivers are still producing some fish, albeit in the stretches closer to the Gulf. Productive baits include Paul Brown’s Fat Boy suspending plugs, DOA 1/2-ounce shrimp and paddle tail lures pinned on heavier jig heads. White or glow was working well, although the trout also pounced on gold variations of the Fat Boys. Working the lures very slowly and deliberately through the moving tide was the key. There are also some flounder in the mix, although most are undersized and must be released. They still put up a fun fight though.
In addition to the creek holes, redfish are on the move along shorelines or laying in the shallows soaking up the sun. Spots with oysters or rock piles are the most productive, along with areas with dark bottoms. A 3/8-ounce Aqua Dream spoon in gold or pink retrieved slowly just off the bottom will entice spooky reds.
There are plenty of sheepshead hanging around rock piles inshore, as well as the nearshore artificial reefs and larger rock formations. Live fiddler crabs or pieces of fresh shrimp will do the trick for the convict fish. These fish will become more aggressive as the early spring spawn gets underway. Black sea bass are thick as well.
The 2016 Flats Pro Seminars this weekend are both completely sold out. The classes start at 9 a.m., so arrive early to check in, grab a choice seat and a cup of coffee. The classroom is enclosed and heated but a jacket or sweater is recommended.
SHIELDS MARINA WILL BE HIRING A FORKLIFT OPERATOR, SALES CLERK AND BOOKKEEPER IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IF INTERESTED, PLEASE SEE JOANIE HANEY FOR JOB DESCRIPTIONS/REQUIREMENTS AND AN APPLICATION. ALL APPLICATIONS NEED TO BE MAILED TO PG SHIELDS AT POST OFFICE BOX 218, ST. MARKS, FLORIDA 32355. A RESUME SHOULD BE INCLUDED. MARK YOUR ENVELOPE JOB APPLICATION.
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