St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1830.
95 Riverside Drive
St. Marks FL 32355
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, PCM, Onan
Capt. Dave Lear/Apalachee Bay Report for September 2, 2014
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
that’s 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.
can be found around oyster bars, grass points and the tidal creeks. Aqua
Dream or Capt. Mike’s 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.
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.
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,
AND DON'T FORGET TO FILE THAT FLOAT PLAN. FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CHECK-OUT COUNTER OF THE SHIP STORE
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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
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