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 for sale 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
AS OF FEBURARY 10th.
“We’re in the middle of the toughest month on the calendar. Despite challenging conditions, anglers who put in the time are finding some cooperative fish,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. Cold weather and strong winds last weekend didn’t stop contestants from scoring in first “North Florida Gulf Fishing Club” event of the year, a combo trout/redfish formula. The winning pair tipped the scales at 9.6 pounds and was boated by Gary and Patty Zellner. Gale force winds kept most off the water this week, although trolling the St. Marks River with Rat-L-Traps reportedly produced some big trout. The latest cold front and clear nights has pushed the water temperatures into the low 50s.
The outlook for Valentine’s weekend looks a little more promising. Breezy northerly winds will slow incoming water, however. With mid-day low tides the exposed mud flats, oyster bars and shallow rocks will absorb solar radiation and be a degree or two warmer after they flood again. That should attract trout, redfish and sheepshead all looking for extra warmth and a meal.
The current conditions call for slow-sinking suspending plugs like the Unfair Rip-n-Slash, Paul Brown Fat Boys and Rapala Twitchin’ Raps. Gold variations have been working best. Let the lures slowly descend and barely move them to entice strikes. Soft-plastic options like 3/8-ounce Sureketch jigs or 1/2-ounce DOA shrimp also hopped slowly along the bottom will be productive too. Adding a squirt of Pro-Cure Bait Scent can prove to be the winning edge. Shields Marina stocks many of these lures.
If you prefer the real thing, a frisky live shrimp pinned on a jig head or live mud minnows and fiddler crabs are top options for the winter season. Shrimp are available at the local marinas and tackle shops, while mud minnows can be cast-netted and fiddlers gathered by hand along the shorelines.
Now is prime time to get your tackle and boat ready for the upcoming spring. Once the weather does warm up you’ll want to be on the water every chance you get instead of waiting for service work to be finished.
SPRING SERVICE SPECIAL: Now through March 31st, have your boat/motor tuned up and checked out and save 10%. Call Dennis (service manager) 925-6158, Ex 2.
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