2018 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Rules

The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship winning boat will be determined by the total accumulated number of points earned according to each official individual Tournament Final Standings. Optional Cash Awards positions not applicable. Participating boats may earn bonus points by participating in all five events.

Championship Points accumulated from officially sanctioned Tournament standings for first through third place in Blue Marlin and Catch and Release categories. Points awarded on the following basis:
Place Blue Marlin C/R
1 250 125
2 175 100
3 100 75


In the event of a Tournament Category with no official second and third place positions, points will be awarded towards The Triple Crown Championship from first place only. In the event no eligible fish in a Category are weighed, no points for that Category will be awarded. Points within a category do not rollover.

There is no requirement boats must fish in all officially sanctioned tournaments in the Series. Bonus points however, are awarded to boats which do participate in all Tournaments. Competing in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship is a requirement in order to win the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.

Gulf Coast Triple Crown Last Chance Qualifier - allows the top ten teams as posted on the Gulf Coast Triple Crown website following the conclusion of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic to be eligible for registration in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship Tournament above and beyond the 60 boat limit.

2018 GCTC Sanctioned Tournaments:

Orange Beach Billfish Classic ~ May 16-20, 2018 ~ Orange Beach, AL

Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic ~ May 30-June 3, 2018 ~ Venice, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic ~ June 5-10, 2018 ~ Biloxi, MS

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic ~ June 20-24, 2018 ~ Destin, FL

Blue Marlin Grand Championship ~ July 10-16, 2018 ~ Orange Beach, AL**

(** Points will be awarded to the winners of the BMGC as follows: First place winner will be credited 250 points, Second place 175 points and Third place 100 points.)


Exceptional Bonus Points:

Size bonus points based upon lower jaw - fork tail measurement as recorded by each tournament for winning Blue Marlin will be awarded as follows:

  • 51 Points will be awarded to a boat breaking an existing Blue Marlin Tournament record.
  • 100 Points will be awarded to Boats participating in all five sanctioned Tournaments.
  • Blue Marlin of 110" in length or greater, but not including 120": 10 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
  • Blue Marlin of 120" in length or greater, but not including 130": 15 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
  • Blue Marlin of 130" or greater: 20 bonus points (in addition to regular position scoring points).
Tie Breaker Policy:

  1. Tie will be broken by the boat which placed with the single heaviest weighed Blue Marlin (regardless of which tournament).
  2. In the event none of the tied boats weighed an eligible Blue Marlin (Tournament awards only, no optional awards count), the tie will be broken by the boat with the greatest number of accumulated Catch and Release Gulf Coast Triple Crown Points.
Contested Points/positions/winners:

In event of a contested Award at a Tournament, no Awards points will be allocated to the boat(s) in the disputed position of the particular tournament until dispute is resolved. If not resolved by conclusion of the Series, disputed position will count as zero points toward all boat(s) involved total score.

Cancelled Tournaments:

If a Tournament is cancelled, no points will be awarded from the cancelled event.
If The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is cancelled, the Championship Trophy and cash award will be awarded to the team leading in the point standings at that time.

Postponed Tournaments:

Postponed sanctioned tournaments may be re-scheduled due to weather. GCTC Championship points will be awarded provided a minimum of 30 boats participate in the re-scheduled event and the tournament occurs prior to the season finale at the Blue Marlin Grand Championship at the Wharf in July.

Withdrawals:

No points will be awarded to boats withdrawing from a tournament prior to official start of competition.

Mechanical Breakdowns:

Hardship boat transfers will be subject to approval by the Triple Crown Tournament Committee (boat transfers authorized by other Tournament Committees will be accepted by the Triple Crown). In the event of Boat Transfer, Points will be accrued towards original boat.

Championship Points:

Only fish scoring official tournament awards at each event will be counted towards Championship Points. Optional (Calcutta) Cash Award positions do not count towards Trophy points.


The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Tournament Committee's decision is final in all matters pertaining to the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Trophy.

Rules subject to change prior to the beginning of competition May 17.


NEW for 2018 ~ GCTC Optional Cash Award Jackpots:

Teams are encouraged to enter the GCTC Optional Cash Award Jackpots prior to the OBBC in May to take full advantage of total circuit tournament points. However, teams may enter the GCTC Optional Jackpots at any time during the season; but championship points scored prior to entry in the Jackpots will not count towards Jackpot scoring. Once a participating tournament has officially begun (teams departed for fishing), teams may not enter the GCTC Jackpots until the conclusion of the event and official results are posted.

Optional Cash Award Jackpot categories - $5,000, $2,500 & $1,000 (all will payout 1st - 3rd at 50/30/20 percent with a 90% payout). There will also be a $10,000 winner take all category. The Jackpot entry form is located on this website. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD.

Participating Optional Cash Award Jackpot Teams do NOT have to fish the Blue Marlin Grand Championship in order to win or place in Optional Awards (but you must fish the BMGC in order to win the Triple Crown Championship).

Championship scoring and Jackpot leaders will be posted to the GCTC website 24 hours after each sanctioned tournament posts final results.

Ownership: The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series (GCTC) is owned, managed and promoted solely by Wheels Up Events, LLC.