St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1830.
95 Riverside Drive
St. Marks FL 32355
Just 16 miles south of Tallahassee
Full-Service Marina in 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 at very competitive prices. We also offer boat rentals - float, pontoon & kayaks plus 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
By Captain Dave Lear - October 14, 2014
“It’s been another wacky weather week and it’s been confusing for fish and anglers alike. The strong Solunar periods coming off the full moon the end of last week had trout and reds fired up. But the ensuing weaker tides and return to hot water temperatures slowed the bite again over the weekend. Now, the fish will have to acclimate to this week’s cold front. High pressure will again affect the bite, but the cooler temperatures overall should kick off another feeding frenzy by the upcoming weekend.
The water around the mouth of the St. Marks and westward has been murky. The East Flats are very clear, although floating grass remains a problem. It’s hard to work a top water lure with treble hooks when it fouls every few feet. As a result, weedless or single-hook rigs are less frustrating and more natural-looking presentations.
There has been a lot of shrimp popping on the surface as they migrate slowly offshore. As a result, lures imitating the crustaceans are getting plenty of attention. DOA standard shrimp and Sureketch shrimp jigs, fished plain or under a clacker cork, are drawing strikes. If the water is clear, stick with lighter patterns like pearl, glow or clear holographic. In murkier conditions, root beer or new-penny are wise choices. DOA CAL 5.5 jerk baits are also effective, along with subsurface suspending baits such as the DOA Air Heads, Hall ‘em In Rippers and Rapala Twitchin’ Raps. In areas with concentrations of flipping mullet, black and silver is another good option.
The pelagic species are on the move, so don’t be surprised to catch pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel as you prospect for trout and reds. There have also been schools of marauding Jack Crevalle roaming around the flats and near shore waters."
All the folks at Shields wish you "happy fishing" and thank you for your business. And don't forget to file that float plan!
Open Tuesday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Full Service Marina - new & used Angler, Crest & Sunset Bay boats & boat motor sales in St. Marks,
Florida -16 miles south of Tallahassee.
Service Department - inboard & outboard repairs, factory trained technicians, we test drive in the river, not in a tank.
Trailer Sales & Service - 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, Honda and Suzuki
- Fiberglass work - done on site
- Ship Store - bait, tackle, ice, picnic supplies, marine hardware, electronics, clothing, etc for sale.
Detail shop - boat detailing done on site
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