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 – July 1, 2015
SCALLOPS SEASON IS HERE!
Hopefully the thunderstorms and high winds will be long gone by the time the holiday weekend rolls around. The heat will return though, so that means early and later if you want to find some cooperative fish, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee.
With Gulf water temperatures in the mid-80s, trout and redfish will be most active when the water is the coolest. Combine that with the waning full moon tides and the best opportunities will be right before dawn and after four p.m. Diligent anglers have been scoring trout and reds mainly on top water plugs like Rapala Skitterwalks and Heddon Super Spooks. Chrome patterns are producing but noise and action are the primary attractants. Weedless spoons and soft-plastic jerk baits rigged weedless are more good choices, especially as the floating grass increases.
If you aren’t an early riser or night owl, go out to deeper water to prospect. Depths up to 10 feet with rocks and ledges are holding trout, flounder and sea bass. A 1/2-ounce bucktail jig or DOA shrimp hopped slowly across the bottom will draw strikes.
The big pelagic species are here in good numbers for those wanting a real tussle. Cobia, tarpon and sharks are all cooperative but require heavier tackle for a fair fight and to ensure successful release.
The scallop fleet found tough conditions last weekend, but plenty of the tasty bi-valves. The top-producing areas for those of you going out of St. Marks are south of Black Rock. Just look for the flotilla and be sure to follow the rules with dive flags/safety.
Finally, a Pensacola angler last week caught and ate a legal redfish that was sporting a STAR tag. Too bad he wasn’t registered to fish in the CCA Florida STAR Tournament. He lost out on a brand-new Hell’s Bay Waterman skiff package as a result. The STAR Tournament sponsored by Yamaha continues through Labor Day Weekend. To sign up and not miss your chance on all kinds of great prize packages, visit www.ccaflstar.com
SHIELDS MARINA HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GO OUT AND GET YOUR LIMIT ON SCALLOPS. HAPPY SCALLOPING AND DON’T FORGET TO FLY THAT DIVING FLAG!
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!