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 - 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: Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, Sundance Skiffs 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
FISHING REPORT FOR APALACHEE BAY – July 29, 2015
SCALLOPS SEASON IS HERE!
If the thunder boomers hold off, it’s shaping up to be a good coastal weekend, says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. The weak tides last week didn’t trigger much water movement, but that won’t be a problem as August ushers in. The full moon will produce peak feeding periods from dawn until mid-morning and then again by late afternoon as more than four feet of water starts gushing out. Inshore game fish will be chewing as a result.
Look for trout and reds hanging around patches of rock grass on the flats. These wads of vegetation are the perfect spots to ambush careless bait like pinfish, finger mullet and pilchards. Top water lures like Rapala Skitterwalks and Heddon Super Spooks are good imitations, along with swim baits like the DOA BaitBusters and CALs. Olive, black and chartreuse with pearl will match the hatch DOA one-quarter ounce shrimp and Sureketch plastic shrimp hopped in the vicinity and across adjacent pot holes are also effective. That tactic will also work on lurking flounder.
Water temperatures remain bath tub hot, so move out to deeper water for the afternoon session. Twitching a 1/2-ounce shrimp lure or bucktail jig around rock formations and drop-offs should entice comfort-seeking trout and sea bass.
Reports of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish harassing bait pods just beyond the refuge outer boundary markers is another hot-water alternative. Watch for showering bait and diving birds to pinpoint the feeding frenzy and use a stealthy approach. Bright bucktail jigs and casting spoons will draw plenty of strikes, but for a real treat break out the 7- or 8-weight fly rod with a heavy Clouser minnow fly and hang on!
The marina reports that scallops continue to be brought in however some boats are coming in with their limit and some boats are reporting not finding many. If you are one of the folks that have had good luck finding scallops, please share it with the folks at the marina so they also can share it with others that have not been so lucky.
SHIELDS MARINA HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GO OUT AND GET YOUR LIMIT ON SCALLOPS.
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
Authorized Poly-Wood Outdoor Furniture Dealer - Great prices! Call Pam Shields at 850-925-6223 for quotes on furniture. We can save you money!