About the GCTC

Marlin tournament season in the Gulf of Mexico means big fish and big bucks as well as a serious adrenaline rush, and nowhere is that feeling more apparent than in the extremely popular Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series. At stake in the Championship is not only the beautiful Frank Ledbetter marlin trophy and $12,500 in cash, but the honor of being named Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champions - the best billfishing team in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series consists of the top five most competitive and prestigious billfish tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico. The lineup consists of the Orange Beach Billfish Classic in the kickoff spot, followed by the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic in Venice, Louisiana. The Series moves to Biloxi for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, then to Florida for the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin. The Series comes full circle for the climatic season finale, the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf, dubbed
"The Greatest Show in Sportfishing"
held at The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach, AL.

NEW for 2018! Optional Cash Awards Jackpots available.