Feed the Tarpon in The Keys
“Amazing,” “breathtaking,” and “impressive” are words we often hear from first-time visitors. They’re referring to the school of more than 100 tarpons that come here daily and linger for hours at Robbie’s.
Occasionally, a tarpon actually rises up from the water in a powerful flash of silver and green to meet the fish as it leaves your hand. It’s a sight to behold!
Maybe the “Silver Kings” just come here to see the humans, but toss a bait fish among them, and the water churns as these monsters vie for the snack, causing quite a spectacle.
Admission to the dock is $2.50 per person (once per day).
Each bucket of fish is $5.00 (5-8 fish per bucket).
THE STORY OF SCARFACE
Robbie and his wife Mona started feeding Scarface in 1976. Scarface appeared floundering in the shallow waters near the dock; Robbie saw the struggling tarpon and, thinking it had swum too shallow and gotten stuck on the bank, went out into the water to free it.
He lifted the fish and saw that the right side of its jaw was torn open. Hoping to revive the tarpon, Robbie placed it in the oxygen-rich shrimp tank and called old Doc Roach.
The doctor showed up with his wife’s mattress needles and some twine, and Scarface became the first known tarpon with stitches.
After several days of force-feeding, Scarface showed good recovery and weight gain; six months later he was released into the waters off the dock.
Afterwards, Scarface continued to frequent the docks; sometimes bringing a friend. Soon more and more of the fish began to appear.
Today, the tradition continues, with visitors from all across the world coming to marvel at the spectacle and offer these magnificent creatures a snack.
VOTED THE NO. 1 PLACE IN THE KEYS THAT EVERY TOURIST SHOULD VISIT
Welcome to Robbie’s Marina of Islamorada, home of the world-famous tarpon feeding! Here, you can discover the exciting things to do in the opens in a new windowFlorida Keys during your stop at Robbie’s.
Whether you want to hand-feed massive tarpon, seek some thrills with our water sports, or stock up on handcrafted souvenirs at our fun, local shops, we’ve got something for everyone at Robbie’s.
Gorge fresh, delicious seafood and sip one of our signature cocktails, local draft beer, or our famous loaded Trailer Trash Bloody Mary on the waterfront deck and enjoy the show of the tarpon feeding frenzy!
As a must-visit destination in the Florida Keys, our site shares what to do and where to eat at Robbie’s Marina of Islamorada to help you plan your stop and create memorable moments with your family and friends. Remember, it’s not a trip to the Keys without a visit to Robbie’s!