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.
The Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament
Islamorada: Florida Keys
2019 will mark the tournament’s 56th 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.
2018 Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament Champions
Angler: Roger Fernandez
Guide: Capt. Steven Tejera
2018 Grand Champion Angler, Roger Fernandez of Pinecrest, FL, and his Guide to Grand Champion, Capt. Steven Tejera, earned their title with a whopping total of 7,127 points. They set the bar high on Day 1 with 1 Release and 3 Weight Fish (71.7,79, and 97.1 lb.). The Fernandez and Tejera team remained consistent throughout the week by catching a fish every day, including a 124.9 lb. Weight on Day 2 and a 100 lb. Weight on Day 4. By maxing out their 5 Weight Fish limit, it offered them an opportunity to fish Day 5 for Releases. Through the years this is the scenario that all GCTT Teams hope for, but few have achieved. They were able to remain clutch and further solidify their victory by adding 3 more Release Fish to their total on Day 5. They had a total of 8 Releases and 5 Weight Fish for the week. Fernandez and Capt. Tejera now have one of the highest scoring weeks in the tournament’s 55-year history.