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 21, 2014
The action was slow with windy conditions this past weekend. . Trout, redfish and Spanish mackerel were the primary catch but anglers had to work hard to find those. The outlook for this weekend is much better, with considerable water movement triggered by the new moon tides. Gulf water temperatures have settled into the mid-70s range.
Floating grass remains a problem, which makes casting top water lures difficult. If you find clean water a Hall ‘em In Mini-Hitchcock in Black Bart or tangerine pattern is drawing strikes. Other lures choices include Rapala Skitterwalks and Heddon Super Spooks. Trout, reds and macks will all pounce on these offerings if the treble hooks aren't fouled by grass.
The shrimp migration out of the marsh creeks continues, so lures mimicking these crustaceans are seldom refused. Natural patterns like near clear, gold flake or root beer are good choices for DOA standard shrimp and Sureketch jigs. Twitch these baits so they hover just above the tops of the submerged sea grass or add some noise by suspending them under a clacker-style cork.
Redfish continue to school with the cooling water and a lure placed in the vicinity will trigger a feeding frenzy. Aqua Dream or Capt. Mike’s weedless spoons in gold and pink are very effective for reds, although soft jerk baits and jigs will also raise interest. The best places to prospect for reds is around oyster bars, tidal creeks and the shallow flats with broken shell bottom or potholes.
Some sizable sharks are still hanging around and they’ll provide great sport on medium-class tackle. Big plugs, such as the Mirrorlure 77M series or suspending twitch baits, work well for blacktip and spinner sharks in the 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