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


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,  PCMOnan



 "Since we are in the pup days vs. the dog days of August, anglers need to get on the water early or else fish just before dusk to take advantage of the coolest water and low-light conditions, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. By 10 a.m., the bite is usually over, no matter what the tides are doing. The fish are still in the shallows, but they sure don't want to eat much after it gets boiling hot.

The water clarity is yet another factor due to the daily monsoon rains. Just when the water starts clearing up from tannin-stained tea, another thunder-boomer dumps more rain and the run-off eventually works south. Creeks tied to the water-control levees in the refuge are more prone to murkiness than are those with less downstream flow.

Nice-sized trout and redfish continue to lurk in the shallow depths. Look for rock grass and creek channels to find spots that are slightly cooler or shady. That’s where you’ll find the game fish. Topwater plugs like Rapala Skitter Walks, Bagley Jumping Mullet and Heddon Super Spooks are all producing early or late. Floating grass can be an issue with treble hooks, however.

If you do stick it out past mid-morning, switch to suspending lures or jigs to get down in the water column. DOA shrimp, Sureketch jigs or Rapala X-Rap lures are good choices. The Unfair Lures Rip-n-Slash is another proven fish-catcher. Color doesn’t matter quite as much as action, but the fish do need to see the lure to eat it. So if the water is cloudy or stained, glow, pearl and chartreuse all stand out. Pink is a good color also.

The weather-guessers have promised smaller chances of thunderstorms this weekend, but popcorn showers are always possible in the summer months. With the new moon tides will be strong, from the early morning lows to flood by mid-afternoon. The corresponding solunar feeding periods will be from the moonset at 8 until 9 a.m. and then again from lunch until the cresting high. Winds are expected to be typical from 5 to 15 knots from the southwest.

The scallops that are being gathered in the bay are coming from deeper water. Start at the Refuge buoy line with the search. And remember to always fly your dive flag and stay relatively close to your boat.


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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