Barta Tournament Dates 2017 July 13th – 15th
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.
“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.
Resilient Releasing Barta Tournament
Resilient Releasing Barta Tournament hit $800,000 Donation
By Jason Hawkins
“Our goal is to raise over one-million dollars for the Boys & Girls Club right here in Beaufort, NC. They need it and we have the ability to do it and we are going to raise this money in a very special way,” said Tred Barta in July of 2004 from downtown Beaufort. It was the week of the inaugural tournament and the fishing tournament that is really a charity event and celebration of philanthropy for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. In the eleven years since that statement, the tournament, the founder, and the economy underwent change and withstood dark moments and the wind and yet, the focus remained the same: To raise money for the youth of today that need it for tomorrow. Since those early moments in Beaufort the efforts of this tournament and charity have stood on the supportive wave of volunteers that donate countless hours and time and monies and effort to the cause. Combined with the generous and warm hearted donations from sponsors, participant sponsor, participants and local businesses the tournament has pushed the bow forward into sometimes rough seas and to date $800,000 has been raised and given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. For a tournament that has a minimal entry fee and has no pay-out to winners and that relies on a tournament director to orchestrate volunteers to be accountable for every detail and moment during tournament week, this is nothing less than phenomenal. “Our sponsors are fantastic,” says Cynthia Barber. She doesn’t say this with just a smile; sometimes the emotion of knowing how people give to this special event moistens her eyes, too. “We have over one-hundred volunteers and they each give up days and hours of their own work and school and vacation to come here and serve; and they come here without having to be asked twice,” Barber says. Throughout the tournament event, there are auction items donated by artists and local businesses and at least one fishing excursion, valued at over $7000.00 is up for bidding. “This past tournament, there were over 150 auction items alone,” says Barber. In addition to the donations for auction items, two of the three meals fed to anglers and participants are donated and there are many in-kind donations from graphics design to the design of programs. Volunteers that help set-up, sell merchandise, tend bar, clean-up and pass out awards to participants are priceless in effort and good-will. Eleven years later and despite the challenges with economy and weather and the tasks of pleading to sponsors and encouraging philanthropy, the Barta tournament is ever so close to its goal. With one employee and no formal offices and supported by volunteers and donors, the tournament presented a check for $40,733 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina this year. The money raised over eleven years and this year are being raised on a promise and raised for the reason’s that Barta spoke of, when this event was in its infancy. “Through this tournament, we have the ability to raise these monies, we have the desire to raise these monies, and thankfully, we have the sponsors, participants, donors, and volunteers that afford us to raise these monies in a specal manner”.
Carterican wins the 2015 Tournament
With a boat name like “Carterican” you know they are from Carteret County! Congratulations to the owners Jamie & Lee Smith of Morehead City for capturing the title. They fished on Friday and had two releases out of the total of 5 for the day putting them in 1st place Friday night. Saturday, with calm seas they headed out and released another two fish for a total of 4 releases in just two days. Hooking up with their last Sailfish at 1:52 pm just minutes before the 2pm “Lines Out”. Congratulations on a great win.
2nd Place went to Sensation, Capt. Dale Britt and his grandchildren. They released 3 billfish to secure 2nd place. And 3rd place went to Floar Plan with two releases.
Overall Dolphin winner was Paige Hite on Bluewater with a 27.18lb Dolphin, Wahoo Pashal Shook on the Run-Off with a huge 48.84lb fish and the Tuna Division winner with a 4.56lb fish was Tanner Mazzocchi on the Carolina Pirate.
The tournament hosted 58 boats this up and over 200 fish were weighed in and a total of 24 billfish released, all but one, by Jr. Anglers.
The Live Auction for the Napa Walker Auto Parts Stores/Ft. Macon Marina 4×4 and trailer was extremely exciting with $12,750 bid on the vehicle and trailer.
While the offshore division was exciting the Inshore tournament was very competitive. King Mackerel winner was Annie Wokasch fishing on Red Stripe with a 9.6lb King, Spanish was a very tough category with Julia Grady on Hot Gritts weighing in a citation big 7.5lb fish. The Grady Bunch took the top 4 positions in the Blue Fish Division with the largest one 1.5lbs weighed in by Hunter Rice. The coveted Pin Fish Division was won by Season Ticket angler Caden Cox at 0.44lbs.
“It was a very fun weekend, we were blessed with fantastic weather and raised great money for our local Boys & Girls Clubs”, said Cynthia Barber, Tournament Director. The Tournament has donated over $800,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs in the past 11 years and is shooting for an additional $40,000 for this year. “We greatly appreciate all of the sponsors, participants, volunteers and guests who participated and helped us towards reaching our ultimate goal of $1,000,000 donation”, said Barber.
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