Mavericks Place 1-2-3 in Gold Cup and Dominate Tarpon Fly Tournament Season

Press Releases // June 28, 2018

Mavericks Place 1-2-3 in Gold Cup and Dominate Tarpon Fly Tournament Season

Islamorada, FL. June 26 – The tarpon fly tournament season ended for 2018 with the conclusion last week of the Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament and Mavericks finished the year with another dominating performance, capturing first, second and third. Added to the results from the Don Hawley Tarpon Tournament and the Loop Golden Fly, Mavericks took 7 out of the top 9 possible places, including Grand Champion and runner-up honors in every event.
Capt. Steven Tejera and angler Roger Fernandez fished Roger’s 17 HPX-V with 115 HP to take top team honors with the second highest score in the Gold Cup’s storied history.


To the winners go the spoils. Captain Steven Tejera (left) and angler Roger Fernandez.

Perennial tournament favorite Captain Rob Fordyce finished second with angler Ryan Seiders. Rob typically fishes out of a Maverick 17-S, but since he needed to make long runs at top speed for this event, he chose to fish out of a client’s 17-V with 115. The result marked Rob’s 13th second place finish in the Gold Cup since he last won it in 1991.
Third place went to team Fisher and Varney aboard another Maverick 17 HPX-V.
In the Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Fly Tournament, the middle tournament of the three majors, Maverick teams fared nearly as well taking first and second. Captain Rob Fordyce teamed up with Julian Robertson this time and fished Julian’s 17-V with 115 to take first place. The win was Fordyce’s 6th time taking home the Hawley trophy. Captain Paul Tejera and angler Steve Ward finished second out of Paul’s 2017 17 –V with 115.


Captain Rob Fordyce (left) and angler Julian Robertson with the Don Hawley Trophy.

The Loop Golden Fly starts the tarpon season and was won this year by Capt. Steve Thomas and Glenn Flutie aboard Thomas’ 17-V. Capt. Eric Herstedt of Homestead used his 17-V to guide angler Nicky Mill to a second place finish.


Angler Glenn Flutie( second from left) and Captain Steve Thomas (second right)
Congratulations to all these captains and their anglers for their great success in arguably the most technically challenging and demanding fly fishing tournaments in the world.