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Shields Marina
95 Riverside Drive
St. Marks FL 32355
Phone: 850-925-6158

Just 16 miles south of Tallahassee


Full-Service Marina in 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 more at very competitive prices. We also offer boat rentals - float, pontoon & kayaks plus bikes.

Our lines include:  Angler Fishing Boats, Crest Pontoons, Southwind Deck Boats & Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, and Sundance Skiffs Boats. We sell and service Yamaha , Evinrude, Honda , Mercury & Suzuki outboards. We service and sell Mercruiser, Volvo,  PCMOnan


Capt. Dave Lear/Apalachee Bay Report for September 2, 2014

Heat and weak tides combined for slower fishing this past weekend but decent fish were caught just a little more effort was needed.   Rock grass, the sargassum-like vegetation that grows on the limestone rocks in the coastal flats and creeks, is fully developed at this late stage of summer and thats good for anglers targeting trout and redfish.  The game fish like to hide behind the bushy strands to ambush bait.  Top water plugs like Hall em In Peanuts, Rapala Skitterwalks and Heddon Super Spooks worked slowly near the tops of the rock grass will draw explosive strikes . Noise and commotion is a bigger attraction than color, but anything with silver or chrome will usually work.  Soft plastic DOA CAL jerk baits, rigged weedless, can often be snaked through the maze.  Pearl, glow and Arkansas glow have been the top producing colors.

Redfish can be found around oyster bars, grass points and the tidal creeks.  Aqua Dream or Capt. Mikes weedless 3/8-ounce spoons in gold, pink and chartreuse are fooling the reds.  A DOA 1/4-ounce shrimp in gold glitter or near clear are other options, along with Sureketch shrimp jigs in white/pink tail and root beer.

In the near shore depths and some of the coastal rivers, tarpon can be found rolling early in the morning before the boat traffic picks up.  DOA Baitbusters in white/red head, pearl/olive and black back/silver will entice the silver kings, along with heavy-duty twitch baits like the MirrOlure 77M.   Fish with heavy-enough tackle (30 pound minimum) to shorten the fight and ensure a successful release.  

This is the last year of a DNA tagging study for tarpon and researchers are trying to collect as many samples from North Florida tarpon as possible.  Shields Marina is carrying the free DNA tagging kits.  For more information, visit myfwc.com/research/tarpon/genetics.


New & Used Boats in Florida
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(850) 925-6158 
  • Full Service Marina - new & used Angler, Crest & Sunset Bay boats & boat motor sales in St. Marks, 
    Florida -16 miles south of Tallahassee.

  • Service Department - inboard & outboard repairs, factory trained technicians, we test drive in the river, not in a tank.

  • Trailer Sales & Service - 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, Honda and Suzuki
  • Fiberglass work - done on site 

  • Ship Store - bait, tackle, ice, picnic supplies, marine hardware, electronics, clothing, etc for sale. 
  • Detail shop - boat detailing done on site

  • Canvas Work

  • 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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