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.
2017 Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament Champions
Angler: Thane Morgan
Guide: Dustin Huff
The 54th Annual Invitational Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament in Islamorada, Florida produced some great competition among 25 talented Anglers again this year. It was especially unique in that the 2017 top winning Anglers are all past Grand Champions. The 2017 GCTT will be remembered for a week of relentless weather. Strong winds and a lack of fish provided for difficult fishing conditions. Extremely talented Anglers were able to pull in only 31 fish during the five day stretch, 10 Release and 21 Weight Fish. Anglers and Guides compete for various trophy items but the real honor is having their names added to the perpetual trophy which is showcased at Florida Keys Outfitters in Islamorada, Florida. (read more)
The 2018 Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
June 2018: Islamorada in the Florida Keys
2018 will mark the tournament’s 55th anniversary. The tournament will be held 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.