Barta Tournament Dates 2017 July 13th – 15th

Fin Planner and Deep Blue 2017 Winners

The Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish, Inshore and Dolphin “Winner Take All” tournaments cannot boast that we are the largest on the East Coast but we are a release only family oriented tournament that the size of your boat does not matter.

Deep Blue, Winner take all winner

Deep Blue, Winner take all winner

What a wonderful weekend for our families and the club members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. The tournament took off on Thursday with most of the 64 boats fishing. The billfish release was great with 21 fish released and many gamefish and inshore fish weighed in. At the end of day of the first day Maggie was in the lead for the new Dolphin “Winner Take All” tournament with a 35.98lb fish and Island Girl was in the lead for Billfish Releases with 3 released billfish. Friday was not a bad day either with most boats fishing and 20 additional billfish released and a change on the leaderboard with Deep Blue angler Cameron Taylor (9 years old) weighing in a large 38.74lb Dolphin which was not to be beaten.

Fin Planner - Billfish release winner

Fin Planner – Billfish release winner

As the tournament wrapped up on Saturday only 8 boats fished with 5 more billfish released and no change on the Dolphin Winner Take All Tournament. In the end, the Fin Planner with Captain Mark Fortier and his crew won the Billfish Release with 4 releases on his new 28ft Privateer that was delivered to him on Wednesday before the tournament started. Talk about a great way to break in a boat! Close behind him was the Marlin Fever and Job Site who also released 4 fish but based on time Fin Planner was declared the winner.

Over two hundred Jr. Anglers weighed in fish during the three day tournament and there were many happy kids and parents. Over 220 Trophies were distributed at the awards dinner and Davis Lee fishing on The General weighed in a whopper 61.90lb Wahoo. What an amazing fish, Davis is also 12 years old and the fish was as big as he was.

Also during the awards, The Deep Blue winner Josh Reason fishing his first Barta Tournament and the winner of the Dolphin “Winner Take All” Tournament Donated the winnings ($13,400) back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina! What a class act and a wonderful way to teach the children fishing the true meaning of giving. It will take a while to determine the amount of money that will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina but we know it will be a nice sum of money to help the kids.

Greetings from Tred Barta,

This is the 14th year that I have had the chance to write about the Barta Billfish tournament to come. I feel fortunate and as with every person who has ever walked this Earth, every year brings a lot of change.


Personally, I have endured a couple of very close calls this year medically, and the good Lord in which I believe in felt it was not my time yet. I take this privilege of being alive very seriously. My goal for the first Barta tournament was unequivocally and without negotiation, to instill in the hearts our youth the great values which were taught to me by my parents: hard work, loyalty, honesty, integrity, consistency and that one should never give up. These, I believe are the keys to being a successful, productive and contributing person in this world. Our role as tournament board members and organizers is to demonstrate these qualities and in the case of our tournament, give to an organization, the Boys & Girls Club, as they instill these same values in youth, too.


This year, in an effort to continue our mission of supporting the Boys & Girls Club, tournament directors have added a Winner-Take-All Dolphin tournament to the Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament as well as adjusting the rules of the traditional billfish release tournament to allow the use of lures. The reasons for these important changes are simple: Grow the tournament and in turn grow donations to the Boys & Girls Club.


Adding a Winner-Take-All dolphin tournament provides participating anglers the opportunity to win a cash prize for weighing the heaviest dolphin within this tournament. Anglers may elect to fish the billfish tournament and the dolphin tournament or just enter the dolphin tournament; however a weighed dolphin may only be entered in one of the tournaments, not both. Adding the cash-payout provides an enticing incentive to fish and compete. Our vision is that this new tournament venue within the tournament allows boats that have no interest in billfish release competition, the opportunity to fish a relatively low financial impact tournament. Rules for this tournament are established and our hope is that if this tournament is successful, we may expand in the future.


In addition, tournament directors have also amended the rules to allow the use of lures, with J-hooks. For longtime supporters of this tournament, the challenge of circle-hook and dead bait-only tournament fishing has increased the challenges of participating anglers. Our belief is that with the factors of weather and economy and the mission of growing funds for the Boys & Girls Club that by allowing lures, as most sister tournaments in the NC Governor’s Cup, we expand tournament entries and expand the experience of the tournament.


This tournament will remain a release-only billfish tournament. We do feel that allowing a payout to heaviest meat fish, dolphin for example, grows our tournament in a positive direction.


Along with our tournament directors, I am very excited about this year’s tournament and I hope it grows and expands to include other pelagic species.


At the core of our tournament is that we have raised, $874,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. It has and continues to be an absolute privilege to assist in the important mission of the Boys & Girls Club and their impact in the community of Coastal Carolina. Personally, I have grown up with many of your children; I have seen them turn from young boys and girls into young men and women. They are polite, they are well dressed, they work hard and they possess all of those traits that I talk about at tournament time. It has been a joy in my life seeing them and this tournament mature.


Collectively, we as a tournament remain committed to our goal of $1,000,000.00 raised and donated to the Boys and Girls Club. I am excited, I am energized and I am coming to our tournament this year with the belief that our tournament will continue to grow and continue to prosper.


We have much change underfoot and we as a tournament staff are energized with this change. Please follow us and remain connected via our social media outlets as well as the website for updates and changes. As always, we are open to suggestions and appreciate any guidance that you feel is valuable in moving our tournament forward.


In closing God Bless America, God Bless our tournament and God bless each of you.


Until tournament week, I am Tred Barta.


Captain Tred Barta

Tournament Founder


Carolina Time Wins Its 2nd Barta Tournament

It was a hot bite at this year’s tournament with 64 billfish released over a 3 day period. Many boats released multiple billfish but the Carolina Time held on to their 1st place standing with 6 releases during two days of fishing. Ralph Reese started the day off at 8:38am just after lines in was called and released a Sailfish. Megan Matthews was right behind him with a Sailfish Release at 10:44am. Not to be outdone Ralph released another sailfish at 11:18am and again Megan was right behind him with an 11;37am release. Haley Reese also released a Sailfish at 11:37am for a total of 5 releases during their first day of fishing. On their 2nd day of fishing Joanne Reese released a Sailfish at 9:58am to bring their total to 6 releases. These releases placed the Carolina Time in several categories, Jr. Angler Billfish, Lady Angler Billfish, Pro Division and the top winning award the 2016 Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament Winner.
Carolina Time

“The Matthews Family has been a wonderful supporter of the tournament always entering at the top level Participant Sponsor Level, donating charters for our auction on their boat and moving their boat to Beaufort to enjoy the fun on the docks,” said tournament director Cynthia Barber. Close behind Carolina Time was the Goombay just two fish shy of winning the tournament with 5 releases. Capt. Brian Peele on the Goombay said “We had a shot 20 minutes before lines in was called on the last day but could not get the two sailfish to cooperate”. Goombay’s Jr. Angler Savannah Beckham took home top honors as Jr. Angler Billfish Winner with 3 Billfish Releases. Followed by the two Jr. Anglers on the Carolina Time. Will Van Sciver on the Run Off released 2 Blue Marlin Releases on light weight Tackle, that is impressive.

Other top anglers included: Overall Dolphin: Camden Ballou on Maggie with a 28.14lb, Top Tuna: Jessica Manning on Huntress 16.5lb, Top Wahoo: Cole Whitford on Fin Planner 23.3lb. In the Inshore Division, Cooper Edmondson weighed in the only King Mackerel of the tournament at 5.5lb aboard the Bare Bottom, Top Spanish went to the Bare Bottom also with angler Caleb Brewer 4.5lb fish, Bluefish was Tripp Howard on the Carolina lady with a 1.6lb fish and the winning Pin Fish was Red Stripes Anna Marie Wokasch’s 0.34lb fish.

The tournament hosted 51 boats this year and while final dollar numbers are not yet available the Boys & Girls Clubs are the real winners with over $850,000 already donated to this great cause. Next years event is scheduled for July 13th – 15th, 2017. It will be Tournament Director Cynthia Barbers last tournament as director and the current Barta Board of Directors are determining where the tournament will go in the future.

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