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 August 17
Per Captain Dave Lear, conditions are looking great for the upcoming weekend for anglers hoping to tangle with trout and reds. The weather forecast so far is perfect, with light winds and slight chances of thunderstorms. Tides coming off the full moon will be falling right after dawn, with a strong flood tide late in the afternoons. The only downside right now is the expansive floating mats of grass that make it difficult to use surface plugs.
Redfish continue to be the most consistent quarry, even with the hot water temperatures. In the clear spots top water Skitter Walks, Top Dogs and Spooks are fooling the fish. Aqua Dream weedless spoons are scoring more, along with jerk baits with the hooks tucked inside to prevent fouling.
Quality trout can still be found in the shallows for those who venture out early before the sun starts to bake. Soft-plastic Sureketch jigs and DOA shrimp imitations are doing the trick on these loner females that have been up to 27 inches in length. Since they represent the future of the fishery, it’s always best to take a photo for bragging rights and let these big girls swim away.
There are plenty of other options around right now if you’re looking for variety. Wolf packs of jack crevalle are harassing bait pods along the shorelines and across the flats. Smaller tarpon are popping up as well, often rolling and gulping air when the water is calm. A surface popper or DOA Bait Buster mullet lure cast in front of the fish should earn a strike.
Cobia reports nearshore have been few and far between but that doesn’t mean one won’t show up when you least expect it. Have a medium-heavy rod rigged with a Gag’s Whip-it Eel at the ready and you’ll be prepared for a tussle. There’s no shortage of sharks, though. Live pinfish, mullet or sardines are rarely refused. Large plastic swim baits, big-profile twitch baits like the Rapala Sub-Raps and orange streamer flies are all good choices for blacktips and spinner sharks on medium-heavy tackle as well.
And the scallops continue to be plentiful, especially around the rock garden. Get em while you can – the season closes in September!
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