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. Stop by our dealership located in St Marks, FL.
Our lines include: Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, Sundance 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 October 18th by Captain Dave Lear
Inshore anglers had to contend with windy conditions this past weekend and the long-range forecast is calling for another cold front. Fishing has been very good for those willing to venture out, however.
The trout bite is fast and furious as the fish gorge in preparation for the winter ahead. Shrimp lures, suspending and topwater plugs are all working well right now, mainly on the higher tides. A lot of shorts are being caught, along with bluefish and assorted others like ladyfish, catfish, puffers and other undesirables. The juvenile trout are typically concentrated, so it pays to move around to locate the bigger fish. The preferred depths this past week have ranged from seven feet to the shallows. Rock grass patches, sandy pot holes and troughs and creek mouths are prime places to target right now.
Redfish are gathering into larger schools and the action has been excellent once the fish are found. The numerous oyster bars towards the mouth of the St. Marks River and East River are prime places to try a weedless spoon like the Aqua Dream and Capt. Mike’s versions. Gold and pink are the hot colors right now. Weedless jerk baits and surface lures worked over the tops of the bars on flood tides will score reds too.
There are still some scattered pelagics in the vicinity, but they won’t stick around long. As the water temperatures continue to ease down, tarpon, cobia and sharks will be heading for points south, along with any lingering Spanish mackerel, blues and pompano.
If the predicted northerly winds this weekend (if the weather-guessers are right), coincide with the early high tides, boats with shallower drafts will be able to get close to the hill and stay protected. Peak feeding times will run from first light to mid-morning as the water starts to fall out. Strong north winds will push the water faster though, so keep an eye on the sounder to avoid getting stuck.
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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