Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament
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Gold Cup Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament

4/6/06 - 4/9/06 : 24th Year

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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.

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 42 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 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 flyfishing. The entry fee for the tournament is $1,000. and 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 Children's support groups in the Florida Keys. Hot and cold breakfast will be provided each fishing morning as well as refreshments and snacks at the end of each fishing day. 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.

Postal address
P.O. Box 1705, Islamorada, FL 33036

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