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 - 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.
Our lines include: Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, Sundance Skiff 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
APALACHEE BAY FISHING REPORT
AS OF JUNE 21TH
“Summer is officially here and that means contending with hot temperatures and the likelihood of afternoon thunder-boomers and pop-up showers,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. “There are plenty of fish to catch, but timing is everything.”
Anglers fishing the 2016 Big Bend Saltwater Classic did well last weekend, despite tough conditions. Two new tournaments records were set, including a monster 57.4-pound king mackerel and a 7-pound red taken in the junior division. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
Timing will be good this coming weekend with high tides peaking right around dawn when the water is coolest. Get out there early and work topwater plugs around creek mouths, rock grass clumps and flooded oyster bars. Rapala Skitter Walks in chrome or natural patterns, along with Heddon Super Spooks and MirrOlure Top Dogs will draw explosive surface strikes from big trout lurking in the shallow depths of 3 feet or less. Redfish will also find these offerings hard to turn down.
The tides will bottom out by mid-day, so that’s the time to work deeper. A 1/2-ounce DOA shrimp or Sureketch soft-plastic jig twitched through the water column in depths of 5-8 feet will garner attention. The water clarity is good right now, so holographic is a good color choice, along with chartreuse and gold glitter.
Cobia continue to hang around structure as they slowly migrate west. The bay’s artificial reefs, channel markers and natural bottom can all hold ling. Anchor and soak a mixture of frozen chum and White Marsh chum pellets to draw the cobia into casting range and then fire a Gag’s Whip-it Eel or live pinfish in their direction and hold on tight. The same technique offers great sport for blacktip, spinner and other sharks on medium-heavy spin tackle. A 40- to 60-pound leader will handle the cobia, but for Jaws use a trace of wire instead.
The bay scallop season opens June 25th and early reports are promising for Apalachee Bay. Remember to have all the required dive flags, licenses and be careful out there on the water. SHIELDS MARINA has anything you will need for scalloping and their web site has a great recipe for enjoying your catch.
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