Gold Cup Tournament

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    2017 Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament Entries

    The Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament began in 1964. The tournament was first held in Islamorada in the Florida Keys and has been hosted there ever since. The Gold Cup was originally a spin, plug and fly format and was started with the help of baseball hall of famer Ted Williams. The tournament was open to both men and women.. In 1972 the format changed to fly fishing only.

    Entry Application Official Rules

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    Legendary Tarpon Fishing

    The Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament is an all release fly-fishing format using 16lb test IGFA specifications unless otherwise superseded by the official tournament rules. Five weight fish (70 pounds minimum) can be measured for “weight” points with 10 points awarded per pound.

    Entry Application Tournament Format

Welcome to the Gold Cup!

The Legendary Florida Tarpon Fishing Tournament

The Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon tournament is the one of the oldest Tarpon tournaments in the United States. The Gold Cup has been referred to as the “Wimbledon” or “World Series” of tarpon fishing. The Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament is known worldwide, wherever anglers pursue the Silver King with a fly. The Gold Cup is an all release, fly fishing invitational that has attracted many premier fly fishermen and guides throughout its 52 year history. The tournament participants range from the expert to the novice who is trying to improve his fishing skills. All participants share one common interest – a passion for tarpon fishing.

Tournament History Past Grand Champions



2016 Champions: Angler Julian Robertson and Captain Joe Rodriguez

The 2016 Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament Champions

Angler:Julian Robertson
Guide: Joe Rodriguez

The 53rd Annual Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament in Islamorada, Florida again produced some great competition among 25 talented Anglers and Captains. The longest, continuously running Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournament is a five-day tournament where Angler and Captain Teams are awarded Weight Points for fish measuring over 70 pounds that are brought under control. Release Points are awarded for tarpon that are brought under control that are a minimum of four feet long, regardless of weight. Tarpon are catch and release only and weight is determined by a formula based on length and girth. Talented Teams were able to pull in 56 Release Fish and 25 Weight Fish during the 5-day stretch. Thursday marked one of the best fishing days in Gold Cup TT history with 14 Weight Fish and 14 Release Fish brought in on one day!… (read more)

Tournament Results


The 2017 Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament

June 19th – 23rd 2017: Islamorada in the Florida Keys

2017 will mark the tournament’s 54th anniversary. The tournament will be held June 19th through June 23rd in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The tournament will fish out of the Lor-e-lei restaurant and marina in Islamorada. The tournament is limited to 25 anglers. Awards will be given for various categories and will consist of artwork by notable wildlife artists, as well as fishing tackle and accessories.

The Grand Champion will also have his name engraved on the perpetual trophy alongside past champions that read like the who’s who of saltwater fly fishing. The entry includes reservations for the tournament banquets for you and your guide. The angler is responsible for obtaining and paying his guide. Part of the proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation of the Florida Keys.

This is a competition, but it is between the angler and one of the world’s greatest fighting fish – the tarpon. Great camaraderie and great fishing have lead to many life-long friendships being established at the Gold Cup. This is a fun tournament in the beautiful Florida Keys, fishing with fellow “tarpon addicts” for one of the truly great game fish. It just doesn’t get any better. If you are a seasoned tarpon angler or a novice trying to become one, e-mail us for more information.

Official Rules   2017 Angler Application