Big Tarpon in Miami

Q: "I'll be in Miami, Florida, late this fall or early winter. I have never caught a big tarpon. Are any around this area that time of year?"

A: Traditional tarpon fishing in the Keys and Miami is associated with the migratory giants that come through in late spring and early summer. But there are resident tarpon in South Florida that remain there year-round — many of which are big. Most are concentrated along the shoreline north of Flamingo in Everglades National Park. It is best to be based out of the Homestead area for easy entry into the park, although many of the Keys guides in the Islamorada area know of these big fish and can make the run across Florida Bay. I suggest contacting guides in one of these two regions.