Do Tarpons Bite? We Found Out at Robbie’s! (Islamorada, Florida)
We just recently learned how to fish for tarpon. Today, we’ve changed it up and went to feed them…. HAND FEED these "silver kings!!!" I first learned about this cheap thrill from an Episode of TripFlip from the Travel Channel and was inspired to add it to our itinerary. Experiencing such a thrill in the states was unbelievable. They didn’t even ask us to sign a waiver.
~23 miles one-way from Riptide Carefree RV Park
77522 Overseas Hwy
$1.00 /per person
$3.00 /bait bucket
- Fossil research shows that tarpon have been swimming in our oceans since prehistoric times.
- Tarpon can reach sizes up to 8 feet and can weigh up to 280 pounds.
- Because of its strength, stamina, and fighting ability, the tarpon is one of Florida’s premier game fish.
(Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife)
Tarpon is a bony fish so it’s considered more trouble than it’s worth to eat.
But what do tarpon eat?
Mullets, pinfish, marine catfishes, Atlantic needlefish, sardines, shrimp, and crabs.
What eats tarpon? Sharks!!!
Let’s go feed some Tarpons!!!
What Does the Inside of a Tarpon’s Mouth Feel Like? Sandpaper!!!
This tarpon leaps out of the water and puts his mouth halfway up my forearm to grab the bait fish.
I got off with a few scratches…
It did sting a bit… Bill’s turn!
Bill bled a little more than me, but it was worth it!!!
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QUESTION: Are you ready to grab your bucket of bait fish and head down to the dock at Robbie’s Marina?!