When you’re on an island, it can be hard to avoid tourist traps. Often, the whole place is a tourist trap! But some attractions are worth embracing, no matter how cheesy. Robbie’s of Islamorada, a third of the way down the Keys, is such a place. Robbie’s boasts a restaurant, a marina, boat rentals, fishing trips, and dozens of kiosks selling sunglasses and souvenirs, but none of those are why I stopped at Robbie’s. I stopped to feed the fish.
Everyday, anywhere between 50 and 100 tarpon gather at Robbie’s. Atlantic tarpon are one of the great game fish: up to 8 feet long and over 300 pounds, they put up quite a fight on the line and taste great, if you can land one. I’ve never been deep sea fishing, maybe someday, but at Robbie’s I got to dangle a bait fish off the dock and watch a tarpon leap from the clear blue water and take the bait from my bare hand. I shrieked with delight everytime. An experience totally worth braving the tourist trap!
Keep following me South: Key West or Bust!
I wonder if the hand feeding makes them more or less aggressive when attacking bait in open sea. (i.e. what do the fisherman think of this hand feeding business?) 😉
I love anything “marina or ocean” even if it is a tourist trap! Clearwater Marina is fun, south of Tampa if you get a chance to go there.
Ohhhhh myyyyy goooood. That green-blue water is calling my name!!!!!
What a fun place to visit ! I’d probably scream if that tarpon came after my little hand.
AWESOME! Love this post I get sucked into doing these things to when out on the road 🙂