2018 Barta Tournament July 12-14


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.

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