Providing New & Used Boats to St. Marks, FL.
Shields Marina is a North Florida boat dealer offering new & used pontoon boats, cruisers, center console boats, cuddy cabin, deck boats, fishing boats, walkarounds and more at very competitive prices. We also offer boat rentals. Rent float & pontoon boats, kayaks and bikes.
Our lines include: Angler Fishing Boats, Crest Pontoons, Southwind Deck Boats & Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, and Sundance Skiffs Boats. We sell and service Yamaha , Evinrude, Honda , Mercury & Suzuki outboards. We service and sell Mercruiser, Volvo, PCM, Onan & Westerbeke.
FISHING REPORT by Captain Dave Lear
July 16, 2014
the heat and thunderstorms coastal fishing has been a bit challenging of late,
but quality catches are still being made.
Pam & Chuck Shields took their eleven year old twin grandchildren from
California out on Saturday and caught trout plus some other “fun
to catch but not eat” varieties. Floating grass is making top water action
difficult, but if clear patches are found the top water bite can be exciting
early and late in low-light conditions. Rapala Skitterwalks, Super Spooks and Hall ‘em In Peanuts
and Crazy Horse prop lures are good
choices. Chartreuse, bone and silver
color combinations are always good this time of year. Toss the lure around
potholes, creek mouths, oyster bars, rock grass and other inshore ambush spots
for trout. Reds are a likely by-catch in
the same places, although a slowly-retrieved Aqua Dream weedless gold or pink spoon would be a more productive
option for reds.
surface action fades, switch to suspending plugs like the DOA BaitBusters or Air Heads and
work the mid- and lower water columns. A
Sureketch shrimp jig with the
lightest head to reach bottom is another effective summer lure. Action is more important than color in the
deeper depths. Flounder will find those
same lures to their liking too.
of Jack Crevalle and Ladyfish provide fun sport. Both like a fast-moving meal and lots of
commotion. Spanish mackerel are
harassing bait pods in the near shore depths of 10 to 20 feet. Watch for the birds and showering bait, ease
into casting range and quietly drift closer to avoid putting the pods down. Shiny casting spoons such as Kastmaster, diamond jigs and Gotcha lures will put Macks in the box
for anglers using medium light tackle to maximize casting distance.
Happy fishing - a good day on the water is hard to beat!
DON'T FORGET TO FILL OUT A FLOAT PLAN - THESE ARE AVAILABLE AT OUR CHECK-OUT COUNTERS.