Feeding The Tarpons along the Overseas Highway

Submitted by Hitty Gale

Highway One, or the Overseas Highway is the Road to the Keys.  The first place we stopped was the Visitor Center at Key largo where we took a picture of the Bougainvillea, a native plant of Brazil that grows abundantly in the Florida Keys.

Key Largo made me think of the movie by that name that starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.  The story took place during a hurricane.  Coincidentally, the 2010 hurricane season starts today.


Our next stop was Robbie’s Marina located in Islamorada, The Village of the Keys.

Robbie’s Marina, Islamorada

This is a popular tourist stop because you can buy a bucket of bait fish and feed the Tarpons. Parking was limited this day, but we found a spot.  After admiring the wares of local artists and crafters in the shaded, outdoor market we paid $2.79 for a bucket of bait fish and joined the group on the pier feeding the Tarpons.

My adopted human, David, learned right away not to hold the fish too close to the water.  He said he thought he was going to lose his thumb!  The Tarpons, leap out of the water to grab the fish right out of your hand.  

Soon we were back on the Overseas Highway and ready to eat lunch ourselves.

0 thoughts on “Feeding The Tarpons along the Overseas Highway”

  1. What a great adventure! Islamorada is a beautiful place. There's a hotel there (can't remember the name of it) where they have a working replica of "The African Queen".

    Sailing across Charlotte Harbor once (on the west coast of Florida)…the Tarpon were so abundant you could have walked across the water on them!

    Looking forward to your next stop!


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