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 30, 2014
With the calendar flipping over, October will go down as one of the stranger fishing months in recent memory. . Normally one of the best times to be on the bay, the 2014 edition was a challenge with warm temperatures, too much wind and sporadic action. Hopefully conditions in November will be better, although the cold front this weekend is going to make for choppy seas and unfavorable high pressure. Gulf water temperatures were in the mid-70s earlier this week.
In spite of all this, there have been some good fish caught lately. The best periods have been on the first couple of hours of the incoming tides. Floating grass remains a problem on the east flats so lures with treble hooks are almost immediately fouled. There is still a ton of bait on the flats—mullet, pinfish, needlefish and pilchards—so lures resembling these forage species will work. Look for areas of clear water. Adding noise via rattles or a clack cork will help the game fish zero in on the lures.
Shrimp patterns like the DOA standard shrimp, as well as Sureketch jigs, are getting a fair share of strikes. Light and natural colors are working best. Soft plastic jerk baits such as the 5.5 DOA CALs, rigged with a weedless worm hook, have also been effective on trout and reds. Pearl or glow have been the top producer, although new penny is also attracting attention. With the temperatures expected to drop, suspending twitch baits worked slowly through the depths are another good choice.
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