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.
Our lines include: Sea Born NX Fishing Boats, Sea Born SV Bay Boats, Spyder Flats Boats, Sundance Skiff 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 JULY 19th
“We’re firmly locked into in the summer pattern of hot, hot and hot, yet the fish are still biting if you plan accordingly,” says Capt. Dave Lear of Tallahassee. Rising tides are the best opportunities for action and for this upcoming weekend that times out to late afternoons and early evenings. The morning lows, coming off Wednesday’s full moon, will be the ideal time to get in the water to gather up some scallops.
The trout that are still hanging around in the shallows are only there early in the mornings. If you’re on the water at daybreak you’ve got a shot at some big fish by working a noisy top water lure like a Rapala Skitter Walk or Heddon Super Spook. Chromes and white are good patterns, but the fish are really keying in on the noise and commotion from the side-to-side action. A good backup choice would be a DOA shrimp or Sureketch jig suspended under a clacker-style cork. If trout are your target, by mid-morning going deep is the better bet. Start at 5-foot depths and keep heading south until you find the zone where the fish are holding in cooler water. It might take up to 1/2-ounce to get the offerings down into the strike zone.
Redfish don’t mind sauna-like water temperatures, although they do prefer to stage up in the deeper holes in the tidal creeks until that cooler incoming water is flowing inbound steadily. The topwater bite is good all day long for the reds once you find them. To narrow the search, try Aqua Dream weedless spoons in gold or silver and snake it through the flooded shoreline or rock grass. If there’s a red around, it will seldom refuse a slowly wobbling spoon.
If you’re looking for variety, there’s a wide range of choices to be found right now. From big jack crevalle to flounder, sharks to tarpon, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on light- to medium-heavy tackle. Gear up accordingly and enjoy the fight. Just don’t forget the sunscreen and plenty of fluids.
SHIELDS MARINA HAS JUST RECEIVED THE “READERS CHOICE” AWARD IN TWO CATEGORIES PRESENTED BY THE WAKULLA NEWS: 1st Place for Best Marina and Runner-Up for Boats & Motor Repair. Thank you for those that voted for us – we appreciate your business & support.
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