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St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1830.

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

 


Just 16 miles south of Tallahassee

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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,  PCMOnan



FISHING REPORT AS OF SEPTEMBER 20TH

"With Irma now an unpleasant memory, we can turn our focus back on the autumn season along the Forgotten Coast as the fish react to the gradually improving conditions," says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. "A welcome cooler spell is forecast for next week, which will help, but the main trigger right now is the decreasing daylight hours each day. That signals to the fish that they need to start packing on the pounds now to survive the lean winter months ahead."

Shrimp and baitfish of all variety are on the move in the shallows and the game fish are taking advantage. When the bait balls get thick, it's not unusual to find trout, redfish, ladyfish, bluefish, jacks and Spanish mackerel all in the vicinity, gorging on the bounty.

Floating grass is still thick in places. If you find clear water though, a noisy top water lure will draw plenty of attention. Rapala Skitter Walks, Heddon Spooks and Storm Chug Bugs are working well, especially on the first of the incoming and last of the outgoing tides. Trout and redfish are aggressively attacking these lures over spotty bottom and turtle grass in depths less than three feet. Last weekend strikes were coming with almost every cast. Usually a couple stragglers were trailing the hooked fish.

Shrimp lures are producing well also. DOA 1/4-ounce Near Clear are generating the most strikes since the water is clear. These shrimp can be fished plain or under a clacker-style cork to add some noise. Other soft-plastic lures like Sureketch or Zman are effective too.

There are a few cobia cruising around still, along with plenty of sharks. Try Gag's Whip-it Eels for the ling and large swim baits for Jaws. A frisky pinfish or finger mullet probably won't be refused, either.

There will be amble amounts of moving water this weekend, albeit with mid-morning lows. The late afternoon high tides will usher in the highest level of solunar activity. With the forecast calling for moderate winds and seas, the action should be consistent throughout the weekend! 

It's still hurricane season.  In the event of another hurricane threat, here is some info we hope you will find helpful.

If your boat sits on a trailer and will be exposed, park it on the expected lee side and strap it down to make sure the hull doesn't fly off or float away in flood waters. Use screw-in ground anchors or tie off to fixed posts or poles for added security. Another method is to remove the batteries, plug all drains, block underneath the trailer axles and partially fill the hull with water to weigh it down. Spray all electrical connections and the engine with water-displacing compounds like Boeing TC-9. Don't forget to remove all objects that can possibly blow away like Bimini tops, coolers, tackle and seat cushions. Removable electronics and other accessories should be brought inside for safe-keeping too.

For boats that remain in the water, you can never have enough security lines and because of insurance, each boat owner is responsible for their own tie up lines. In addition to twin bow, stern and quad spring lines, a few more extra stout lines will only enhance security. Chafe guards can be quickly added with hose from the hardware store. Always tie off to through-bolted cleats and stays whenever possible. Leave enough slack in the lines to account for storm surge and subsequent drops once the water has receded.

REMEMBER:   Boats and tackle can be replaced, but loved ones can't so play it safe and don't take any unnecessary risks.



 

Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(850) 925-6158

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

Canvas Work

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

Transient Dock







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