Last Updated July 14, 2016 7/14/2016

Discover Hand-Feeding Tarpon in The Florida Keys

Our research is editorially independent but we may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

YOU'RE ALL SET!

Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.

You could say Robbie’s of Islamorada is most famous for three things: Sportfishing, margaritas, and getting face to face with a giant tarpon. This establishment is more than just a place to charter a fun outing on the water, it offers a one-of-a-kind experience.

Robbie's of Islamorada
Credit: eschipul
Robbie’s of Islamorada

It’s not just Floridians facing the thrill of hand-feeding a tarpon that can weigh as much as a full grown adult. People trek from across the globe to toss bait fish into the mouths of these hungry residents.

Robbie's of Islamorada
Credit: egvvnd
Robbie’s of Islamorada

As is true when anything truly unique like this takes place, there’s a pretty awesome backstory behind it.

Robbie and his wife, Mona, first began feeding a tarpon they affectionately called “Scarface” in 1976. One day Scarface was spotted struggling near the shallow waters next to their dock. When Robbie attempted to help the fish, he realized his jaw had been torn open.

Robbie's of Islamorada
Robbie’s of Islamorada

After some crucial medical care, Scarface was nursed back to health and later released. Scarface continued to visit Robbie and Mona, only he began bringing friends with him. Today, a school of more than 100 tarpon visit Robbie’s daily, and they stay for hours waiting for their chance at a snack.

Robbie's of Islamorada
Credit: eschipul
Robbie’s of Islamorada

The Pelicans enjoy the occasional bait fish as well.

Robbie’s charges $1 to go on the dock and $3 for a bucket of bait fish. The fun only begins with feeding the tarpon, as Robbie’s offers many packages for fun on the water, including fishing charters, boat tours, dining and more.

Popular Stories

Powered by: Strive Media

YOU'RE ALL SET!

Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.

Oops!

Please fill out highlighted fields and click "Compare Prices" to continue.