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Old 06-19-2018, 05:25 AM
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So who is fishing the Barta tourney? Do they have a list of kids to take or is it normally your friends and family? I have thought about doing it but with my schedule lately I hate to commit. I would really like to be involved in it though.
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:42 AM
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I don’t think they are calling it the Barta anymore. Anyone know why? Seemed kinda weird considering he lives in Beaufort now.
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He isn't a part of it anymore. I'm not sure why. Its called the Boys and Girls Club Billfish Classic now. Its normally just friends and family. I don't think there is a list of kids to take.
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Lee, we sponsor it every year. We take kids that we know. You don't take the kids from the club. Ideally it is about the junior anglers on board.

They put on a great tournament and we are excited about the changes. It is correct that Tred is no longer involved and I think that will have more benefit for the kids.
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Barta is always controversial...this time he wasn't smart enough to realize which side of his bread was buttered.

There would have been a big push from the recreational/conservation sector to boycott the tournament if Barta was still involved.

You can't be on Jerry Schill's payroll at the NC Fisheries Association and support sustainable resource management of our inshore species like spot, croaker, southern flounder, striped bass, red drum, speckle trout, gray trout, sheepshead, black drum...

For the vast majority of kids, they cut their teeth and develop a life-long love for fishing with a two-drop bottom or Spec Rig and a couple of pieces of shrimp. Our kid's and grandkid's fisheries have been devastated by unsustainable commercial fisheries with the help of the NCFA and now Tred Barta.

https://ncfish.org/2017/12/tred-barta/
Tradewinds Welcomes Captain Tred Barta


Tradewinds magazine is proud to announce that Captain Tred Barta will be authoring a full-page article in future issues of Tradewinds. Captain Barta has been a leader and spokesman for sport fishing and commercial fishing for over four decades. He has written full time for Big Game Fishing Journal and Florida Sport Fishing magazine nonstop for almost 35 years. His integrity, honor and code have been tested many, many times. Captain Tred Barta cowers to no one, including National Marine Fisheries, Senators and Governors. The man simply tells it like it is. Captain Tred Barta is credited with several International Game Fish Association world records, many of which still stand today. He is also credited with catching more Bigeye Tuna on rod and reel, by one boat and one captain, than anyone else in the world today. Captain Barta has singularly been credited with his outstanding and exhaustive research in warm-core eddies along the continental shelf. Captain Barta has educated the industry on its importance, both sport fishing and commercial fishing interests applaud his work in these areas. Captain Barta has just moved to Beaufort, North Carolina and will be a full-time resident. Seven years ago, Captain Barta was struck down with a rare blood cancer called Waldenstrom. This insidious and aggressive cancer left Captain Barta paralyzed from his chest down however, you would never know it. He operates his manual wheelchair along with his faithful gun dog, Pepper, who is always by his side. His boat “Makaira”, is a 26 ft. Andros, which was built brand new around his wheelchair. Don’t be surprised to see Tred and Pepper some 60 miles off shore while pursuing Blue Marlin and Swordfish. Captain Barta all of North Carolina welcomes you, as does Tradewinds.

“THIS IS WHO I AM”

Hi everyone, my name is Captain Tred Barta and I have just moved to Beaufort, North Carolina. I am honored and pleased to be a contributor to Tradewinds. If the world is a mess, unfortunately which it is, the relationship between commercial fishing, sport fishing and the US Government is even worse. I know intimately the plight of commercial fishermen on both coasts. My son Hunter has been a commercial fisherman most of his life. As most hard-working men of the sea know, long hours are a part of the job. My son often works 16 hours a day and yet struggles to make a reasonable living to support my daughter in law, Nikki and my 6-year-old grandson, Skyler. Every single time my son invests heavily in a fishery, whether it be nets or other gear and starts to make money, the fishery is either shut down or regulated to death, to the point that it’s almost not worth doing. Sometimes it seems like the rules and regulations are shaped by the opposition. Right up to the point when commercial fishermen start being successful, here come the regulations to shut them down. The truth of the union is the following: liberal anti-hunting and anti-fishing groups attempt to spread false news and try to make the public believe that they represent sport fishing, driving a wedge between sport fishing and commercial fishing. The bitter fact remains that these liberal, anti-everything groups do not represent sport fishing, they are just trying to drum up controversial issues to raise funds from the left to represent their own agenda; which is to shut down the harvest of almost anything. The greatest example of this was the recent closure of Northeast canyons, declaring them a national park. The information was based on wrong facts and is nothing more than a betrayal of sport fishermen and commercial fishermen alike. The power and money the left-wing groups have is scary, and if we don’t get our act together and realize that both sport fishermen and commercial fishermen have more in common than we have against each other, the better off we will be.

Hey everyone, the fact remains that commercial fishermen and farmers are American heroes in my book, that’s right “American heroes”. They wake up early, go to bed late, work their ass off and provide the world with food. That’s what you call a “Hero”. Almost all people I meet in these industries, the more I find the true values which has nurtured and formed our great country. I personally believe in Jesus Christ my savior. I try not to miss church on Sunday, I read a devotional every morning. I wear the cross of Jesus around my neck, I love my country, I respect the President of the United States. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to sit up high in my wheelchair and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Why do I talk about religion? It’s very simple. I am a Christian and I am proud of it. I am a fisherman, and a hunter, and I am proud of it. I find that so many commercial fishermen and sport fishermen live by Christian values. This has always endeared me with these groups of people.

I am told that National Marine Fisheries (NMF) are communicating and getting along fairly well with local North Carolina fishing interests, and this is a very good thing. The bad thing is that decisions are made at the upper echelon of NMF and the department of Commerce. So, while all of us including myself, have gone to meeting after meeting, focus groups where local commercial and sport fishermen say their piece, the final legislation usually does not reflect one iota of the concerns voiced in the meetings. So, the question is, who is responsible for the terrible, and massive regulations that are unfair and inhibit local commercial and local sport fishermen? Unfortunately, it is NMF which in my opinion is corrupt at the top, the Department of Commerce and ICAT. What I’m trying to say is that only one thing counts, and that’s results. I, as an American Citizen am not happy with the result.

As I am now living in Beaufort, North Carolina, (where myself and over 70 volunteers have raised $935,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina) see the towns of Beaufort and Morehead City and all of the Outer Banks as areas which are very rich in the tradition of commercial fishing. The legislators need to realize the importance of the trickle-down effect that commercial fishermen bring to the equation. It is an unmitigated fact that if you look at the Outer Banks, commercial fishing is the soul of the entire area. Whether it be boat builders, fishermen working the bays for clams and oysters, or the great shrimp industry. What do our esteemed legislators do? They legislate the commercial fishermen almost out of business. Everyone, this is unacceptable!

I am one who realizes that without regulations, there would be nothing left of many fisheries, but we cannot let false science be the judge for legislation. I respect the job of National Marine Fisheries, no matter what anybody says, I do. What I don’t respect is what happens when liberal interests sway our local and Washington politicians in making the wrong decision. You all know what I’m talking about. Look at this business of taking down statues of George Washington, trying to change the words in our American anthem, burning of the American flag, this makes me so sad.

My goal in writing for Tradewinds in the future is to talk about the validity of many of the regulations and to, in general, often write about the bridge and conflict between sport fishermen and commercial fishermen. I often hear sport fishermen speak extremely unkindly and in an uneducated manner against commercial fishermen, yet at the same time they are selling their Bluefin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Swordfish and other ground fish for cash. Let me get this straight, it’s okay for the sporties’ to sell their fish but it’s not okay for commercial fishermen to work the sea to provide for their families? Very interesting. One thing is for sure, if we do not manage our fisheries so that we have a renewable resource for years to come, commercial and sport fishermen will not have anything to fish for, and this is something every single person I know agrees with.

Another Day, Another Adventure.

Captain Tred Barta

P.S. Since I’m new in town, if there’s anyone who would like to invite me on a deer or duck hunt or allow me to work my dog at any type of regulated shoot, I would welcome the invitation. Please reach out to me through Tradewinds magazine.




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...has been festering for a long time is that having moved here 6 months ago and after raising $935,000 in cash for the Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort North Carolina for 12 years, I have not heard one word from any of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club, not a hello, welcome to town, nothing, absolutely nothing. Everywhere I go in town, tackle shops, marinas and sponsors are constantly telling me that I no longer have anything to do with the Barta tournament, the tournament that I have founded. I heard today that I have been removed from my own tournament and apparently not a part of it. Can you imagine the way I feel? The most devastating thing about the news is that I have run this tournament to teach children about how I have always lived my life, honor, code and integrity. That is what my tournament has always been about and yet I see no honor integrity or code in the way I have been treated. No communication, even to this moment has been made to me informing me of this.


Marty Hiatt Tred ... I’ve been a follower and a fan of yours going back to the 80’s... I’ve served as a board member with you as chairman for years in the Barta Boys n Girls Club Billfish Tournament.

You may not like what I’m about to say but you sir - you alone did not raise almost a million dollars. Nope. THE MONEY CAME FROM THE POCKETS OF GOOD PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED IN THE CAUSE.

And without sponsor$ there would be no tourny. What about the rod builder who built custom rods to auction off? What about the artist who donated his paintings to auction? What about the guys who donated a whopping $10,000 to fish the inaugural Barta tourny in 2004 on the Runoff? What about Budweiser? What about WALKER -NAPA? Did you forget Volvo? What about the hundreds of volunteers who gave tireless hours to make the tourny great? How do u think they feel reading this. Sounds like you also forgot about the $350,000 that was raised via the anglers on sportfishermen dot com .....

Dude pleeese stop whining about your lose of glory here and instead rise above it all and thank those that actually donated the denero.


Peace-Out


Sad....the man has to beg for free hunting and fishing trips from the "locals" while bragging about looking at a $15-million dollar property in Marsh Harbor. Hopefully, Jerry is at least keeping him in "fresh" shrimp.














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Old 06-19-2018, 07:38 AM
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My brother took my kids and won the First year they had it. The trophy's were beautiful. They had a Yellowfin tuna about 16" long, weighed about 10 pounds. They still talk fondly of fishing with uncle Kevin.
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I think I will become a sponsor since I don't think I will fish this year. Next year I will plan enough ahead and do both.
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Originally Posted by bucksh0t View Post
I think I will become a sponsor since I don't think I will fish this year. Next year I will plan enough ahead and do both.
Lee

it s a great cause. We do the participant sponsorship. The first year, we didnt really know and did not have a kid onboard.
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Seems pretty shitty if Barta was in fact iced out like that, the man did found the tournament.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Seems pretty shitty if Barta was in fact iced out like that, the man did found the tournament.
He was and it is.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Seems pretty shitty if Barta was in fact iced out like that, the man did found the tournament.

I have no problems with Tred personally. I helped him get his dog but there were some logistics that ultimately led to the decision and the amount of money raised didnt all go to the Boys and Girls Club from what I understand. There was a small amount of staff and representatives that made more off the tournament than the club.

I have heard that from multiple people well in the know.
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I have no problems with Tred personally. I helped him get his dog but there were some logistics that ultimately led to the decision and the amount of money raised didnt all go to the Boys and Girls Club from what I understand. There was a small amount of staff and representatives that made more off the tournament than the club.

I have heard that from multiple people well in the know.

A lot of hearsay in that statement. And you say that like the Boys and Girls Club does not have overhead and they contribute 100% of their donations.

The CEO of the not for profit Boys and Girls Club takes home $700k a year in salary. They retain 22% of their donations to cover overhead and other ancillary expenses which includes the salary of the NC chapter Director. The NC chapter has an 89% accounting and transparency rating. How does all of that compare against the Barta fundraising efforts? As a not for profit, all of that information is/should be public knowledge, so rather than rely on rumor, find out for sure.

Now let's say for conversation sake that the reasons you gave are in fact the reasons behind the Boys and Girls Club decision to part ways with Tred, so if they had a problem with Tred's fundraising effort and associated burden, why didn't the Board sit down with Tred and lay their cards out on the table and ask that he amend his strategy, otherwise they would part ways? Not so much as a peep out of the Boys and Girls Club...

How is the tournament/annual fundraising going since Tred was iced out by the board of the NC Boys and Girls Club vs when Tred was involved?

On its' face it seems this was nothing more than a power play by the Boys and Girls Club.

Hopefully Tred starts his charity tournament up again.
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If you took the word, "I", out of Barta's vocabulary, he would be speechless.
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The tournament has raised $874,000, a total that is well on its way to Barta’s stated goal of $1 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. It is an all-release tournament that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the BGCCC, which has been in existence for 19 years with locations in Beaufort, Morehead City, Havelock and most recently New Bern.

Barta shakes things up for 14th annual tourney - News-Times: Sports
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
The tournament has raised $874,000, a total that is well on its way to Barta’s stated goal of $1 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina. It is an all-release tournament that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the BGCCC, which has been in existence for 19 years with locations in Beaufort, Morehead City, Havelock and most recently New Bern.

Barta shakes things up for 14th annual tourney - News-Times: Sports

Tred is attempting to start another tournament from what I understand but is not getting much love from the locals. I can tell you that there were multiple large sponsors and contributors that were bailing this year if he was still involved due to where the money was going. I also understand the fundraising is going fine this year. I can appreciate the comment the 22% retainage for overhead and the like but unfortunately the way it read to me is that if you were to use those numbers, the club was not getting 78% of the tournament donations much less the 100% the article is claiming. I also understand it sounds like hearsay but thats the way it is going to be due to me not naming certain people. The article you posted was from last year and A LOT happened since the last tournament. The tournament is also evolving, and I am not saying for the better or worse, but changes are being made in the structure of the actual fishing. I liked the straight dead bait format. The dolphin Calcutta is nice though.

I don't have a real dog in this fight other than after sponsoring it for 5 years, I was going to bail unless someone could get me a better idea of where the money went. I am not OK with the numbers I heard for the last few years and I leave it there.

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Tred is attempting to start another tournament from what I understand but is not getting much love from the locals. I can tell you that there were multiple large sponsors and contributors that were bailing this year if he was still involved due to where the money was going. I also understand the fundraising is going fine this year. I can appreciate the comment the 22% retainage for overhead and the like but unfortunately the way it read to me is that if you were to use those numbers, the club was not getting 78% of the tournament donations much less the 100% the article is claiming. I also understand it sounds like hearsay but thats the way it is going to be due to me not naming certain people. The article you posted was from last year and A LOT happened since the last tournament. The tournament is also evolving, and I am not saying for the better or worse, but changes are being made in the structure of the actual fishing. I liked the straight dead bait format. The dolphin Calcutta is nice though.

I don't have a real dog in this fight other than after sponsoring it for 5 years, I was going to bail unless someone could get me a better idea of where the money went. I am not OK with the numbers I heard for the last few years and I leave it there.

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Fair enough and I respect that.

As a not for profit, where the money that Tred raised went should be completely transparent, no mystery and if what the Boys and Girls Club is claiming behind the scenes is true, they should have no problem with being open about it, supporting their claims and providing said reasons for parting ways - then there are no questions.

Heck Tred has made his feelings and bewilderment as to the reason(s) why the club dropped him public, which I would think would warrant a response from the Club? Just seems rather unethical for anyone at the club to be whispering to people, sponsors etc behind the scenes regarding the supposed reasons why they parted ways with Tred without any kind of support. The rumor mill and hearsay can do a lot of damage to ones reputation and credibility - like Tred or not.

It still begs the question, if there is any validity to the rumor that Tred was taking far more $'s than deemed acceptable to cover overhead from the donations he raised, why didn't the Board just meet with Tred and explain the issues and request a change and if he did not comply they would part ways?

After founding the tournament and a 19 yr history and the good that came from his involvement, how the club supposedly handled the termination of the relationship, coupled with feeding the rumor mill just seems very suspect.

No, I do not fish it.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Fair enough and I respect that.

As a not for profit, where the money that Tred raised went should be completely transparent, no mystery and if what the Boys and Girls Club is claiming behind the scenes is true, they should have no problem with being open about it, supporting their claims and providing said reasons for parting ways - then there are no questions.

Heck Tred has made his feelings and bewilderment as to the reason(s) why the club dropped him public, which I would think would warrant a response from the Club? Just seems rather unethical for anyone at the club to be whispering to people, sponsors etc behind the scenes regarding the supposed reasons why they parted ways with Tred without any kind of support. The rumor mill and hearsay can do a lot of damage to ones reputation and credibility - like Tred or not.

It still begs the question, if there is any validity to the rumor that Tred was taking far more $'s than deemed acceptable to cover overhead from the donations he raised, why didn't the Board just meet with Tred and explain the issues and request a change and if he did not comply they would part ways?

After founding the tournament and a 19 yr history and the good that came from his involvement, how the club supposedly handled the termination of the relationship, coupled with feeding the rumor mill just seems very suspect.

No, I do not fish it.

Fair enough and I do not disagree with you. Maybe because the board made that decision and while there are club staff on the board, they do not make up th whole board? That is speculation there of course. Should still hash it out of they haven't. Tred is a great guy but I do question how transparent he really is. Everyone has things they dont want to talk about. If he is in the right, he will have no trouble getting something going.

Too many closed doors for sure.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
If you took the word, "I", out of Barta's vocabulary, he would be speechless.
LOL very well said. The responses for why he’s no longer involved are about what I expected.
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The guy has certainly had more that his fair share of trial and tribulations-
THE BOTTOM, IT ONLY TAKES ONE
This has to be the hardest post I’ve ever made. The investment in my home in Colorado “Longbow Ranch” which so many people have seen on TV has been sold with me losing around $800,000, I failed. My 3 month marriage to Dorothy is in the process of an annulment, it has left a major hole in my life, I failed. My fishing tournament in Beaufort, North Carolina representing underprivileged kids of The Boys & Girls Club has raised $938,000, there’s talk of canceling the tournament before I get to $1 million which I have pledged, failure. One of my companies owes employment withholding taxes which I am slowly paying off, failure. The aviation company which I have a partner in is struggling after a lifetime of service and I’m not giving up because of employees and their families, failure. My office building in New York of which I have been paying a mortgage for over 20 years and was almost paid off at one time, I’m losing with a deed-in-lieu, a tragedy and another failure. My condominium which was to be my life home in Islamorada has taken a horrendous hit from hurricane Irma, I will be putting it up for sale shortly and looks like I will lose another $100,000 I have invested in it, failure. My ex-wife of 10 years who has hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank is pulling me back into court to try to get more money from me even though everyone knows I don’t have it, failure. A large amount of money was stolen from my corporate account although the FBI, the banking commission and the local police have intervened the money has not been recovered and probably never will be, failure.

I wake up every morning with a sour stomach due to constant UTIs, I am nauseous, I’m fighting hard to stay off insulin due to my diabetes, and I’ve been in the hospital 6 times this year, failure. I’ve never worked so hard in my life to get off methadone due to excruciating pain in my right hand. I’ve now had 5 operations on that hand, I have cut down 70% but I am not off it, failure. I tell people I am not depressed, I try to portray a facade of strength and wisdom to others but often wake up in the morning actually crying or should I say sobbing and I don’t know why, failure. So many people that I have helped along the way that I have either lent money to or gotten their arse out of a horrendous jam have not helped me, failure. I am writing you this because it is the truth, I have worked hard my entire life, I have helped people my entire life and look where I am today, failure.

However, my agent Travis Brown of First Rule recently put his arm around me and said “Tred, my friend you are dangling on a string, what a perfect time to get going and prove to everyone that you still have so much to contribute to the world and especially promote the hunting and fishing industries and the medical industry”. The movie Flight of the Phoenix where they completely rebuilt an aircraft and flew it out of the desert is the way Travis Brown made me feel.

Hey everyone, what is point? It only takes one. It only takes one person to make a difference. It only takes one to stand you up and give you faith in yourself. Those who walk with him do not walk alone and I know that my trust and belief in Christ and my local congregation allows me to have the confidence that I will need for the future. Someone told me the other day that I should have a GoFundMe page for myself, I was horrified. “Psalm 23 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”. So I’m almost broke, today is the day I have reached the bottom.

It is with the greatest humility that I ask each one of you reading my post to be the person that only takes one for somebody else. Each one of us can make a difference. People in the Florida Keys are losing their houses, their businesses and their livelihood. People in Texas have incredible pain and grief and many families in Las Vegas are burying their loved one. You see the wild fires in California, it is very troubling. Be that one for someone else, do not miss the opportunity. With faith and a friend you can do anything. If you’re a Tred Barta fan mark this day on your calendar, The Flight of the Phoenix begins. Prepare to be amazed.

Just rode my bike 4 miles, another day another adventure.

I may have to leave the Florida Keys and I am contemplating moving to Beaufort, North Carolina to be with my son and daughter.

This is what I see out of the most prestigious condos in the entire Keys where I live, beautiful isn’t it?!




...but what's so great is that Barta is forever optimistic! I mean he wrote the above not even a year ago and about six months later on April 25 he shares this message-
Right now I'm on Delta flight from North Carolina to marsh Harbor Bahamas against all of the doctors recommendations with two cracked ribs from the hit-and-run truck incident well as severe tendinitis in both elbows and shoulders Sandy and myself will fish for white and blue Marlin, scuba diving, and enjoy some reef fishing. I also will evaluate a property which is about to go on the market one of the premier pieces of real estate in all of the Bahamas called snapper point ow...ned by very dear friend of mine it includes a deepwater marina as well as several main houses and guesthouses it literally is the finest compound ever to be put on the market, it looks like the beginning asking price would be somewhere around 15 million. Sandy loves to fish and our goal for this season her to catch White Marlin, a blue Marlin, and a sailfish.
I'm hoping to send you some great pictures in the very near future there are many people who do not expose themselves to travel they are handicap I must admit it is hard can be embarrassing, however all worth it and they say again I can do it you can do it. I hope the pictures and days speak for themselves, till next tide. tred


....and he portrays himself as a very generous person not out to make a dime for himself. Maybe his new venture in Beaufort will be along the same terms that he was offering Islamorada...

THE BARTA FUND

I am safe and sound in Islamorada and although I’ve taken some good losses, I am okay. However, Islamorada and areas close to it, are not okay due to Hurricane Irma.

As I have discussed many times this is “Fish Town, USA” and most people who fish around the world come to Islamorada to enjoy the great captains, the great mates, the great flats, reef, off shore fishing, the beautiful crystal-clear water, the great snorkeling, scuba diving and water sports. Islamorada is certainly part of the fabric of a grand sporting life.

Most of the fishing guides and off shore captains are not wealthy people. They have not chosen their profession to get wealthy, they have chosen their profession to see your sons and daughters catch their first fish, it is their love of the water and it is their choice to be able to share it with you, the client. Most of them in general cannot take a financial hit like Irma has dished out. Many of their homes have been destroyed. Many of their boats have been damaged in the hurricane, many of them have newborn children and kids in school. There is no harder job than that of a charter captain or a charter mate and the truth is, without this group, The Keys will never be the same again and to be quite honest, The Keys are not even worth coming to without these charter captains. There are many captains and mates who are right on the ragged edge of leaving The Keys and not returning and it is often just a small helping hand that can make the difference in their survival.

So, it is with great pride, that I introduce the Barta Fund. I am forming the proper paperwork now, it will be done shortly. The Barta Fund will raise money by contribution to be held at First State Bank which is located throughout The Keys and the branch I use is directly across World Wide Sportsman. 100% of this money will go to captains and mates in dire need who will continue to stay in Islamorada doing their beloved trade. The fund will be administrated by a board of 4 local charter captains, 4 local business people and 1 attorney of which none will be paid a single dime.

The young charter captain with 2 kids, who has been in Islamorada for 5 years, who has a good charter base but lost his electronics in Irma and needs the money to replace them so he can take charters and perhaps one or two months’ rent so he can get back on his feet again would be the stereotype I want the Barta Fund to help. Perhaps one of our great old salts (my age) whose boat was not covered by insurance, has solid charter bookings for the year but needs his 50-foot old wood boat repaired or has to shut down, that would be a great recipient of the Barta Fund. Anyone who is a captain or mate in the fishing business who needs a helping hand, that would make the difference of him either making it or not making it, I want to help those who need help the most.

Money will be distributed out of the Barta Fund requiring 100% quorum of all of the directors. The second boat captain besides myself administering the funds will be Captain Billy Chapman on his 65-ft. custom sport fishing boat, The Fishbone based in Islamorada. I will soon be asking every single person on my Facebook to give something, give big, give small, by check, by cash, by wire transfer, it makes no difference. If you see me anywhere and you want to say hello, let me tell you one thing before the conversation is over, I am going to ask you for money.

There are a lot of people who like me and there are a lot of people who don’t, I have always tried to do my best and specially for other people. I know in my heart the Barta Fund can make a difference, I am asking and I am begging for your help. This is for the best of causes. No one will ever waste one dime of Barta Fund money. None of the people on the Barta Fund board will ever take or will be due a single dime.

In general, the charter boat community in Islamorada has been very kind to me since I now call this my home. The devastation down here is beyond belief. Many hotels will re-open shortly and many of the docks where these charter captains keep their boats have been destroyed. Do not think for one moment that the charter business in Islamorada is dead, 90% of the reef and flat boats have their rigs on trailers and although they may be disjointed in where they are living, they need your charters now to get by. So, I say to each one of you, call to book an Islamorada charter and book a trip. If you can’t come now, book it for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Please I beg you, please, book a Keys fishing trip. These guys will not take your money but they can sure use some cash flow in the worst way. Matter of fact, by booking a trip and sending a deposit even if the trip is in the future, it can help these guys, BIG TIME. The Florida Keys have proven to be one the best places to catch a swordfish, I and many others have proven that. If you’ve got a swordfish on your bucket list, please book a trip now.

Yesterday in church, I held in my arms the wife of a 35-year-old charter captain. They have 2 small children in school, have been living in Islamorada for 4 years, they just paid off their back-country Pathfinder, their outboard engine went under water and was ruined during Irma. Although I am paralyzed from my chest down, I could feel her tears on my neck as I hugged her. She said to me, “what am I going to do? we just paid the boat and the engine off, we don’t have the money.” It is my hope that the Barta Fund will dry those tears. I cannot do this by myself but I could not have raised the money I have for charities in my tournaments alone either. Please support me.

If any of you have great ideas as to how we can raise money or run this fund better, please let me know. My idea is very simple, 4 local charter captains, 4 local business people and one local attorney, we raise the money, we give the money away to those who need it most. Islamorada and the local areas is your town too. It’s some of the greatest fishing in the world. I humble myself before you and ask for your support. The details will come shortly.





Where I have a problem is you can't have a tournament supporting "the kids" and "sustainable fisheries" while being on the payroll at the NC Fisheries Association. Ain't happening. Kind of reminds me of the "recreational" tournament that the NCFA tried to throw last year.

If Barta ever wants to see gray trout (weakfish to you Yankees) again like these, he better get off Jerry's payroll and start fighting to end the highly unsustainable fishery of inshore shrimp trawling in the Pamlico Sound-

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A bullshit artist, and a piss poor money manager. Sound familiar?

It is an all-release tournament that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the BGCCC, which has been in existence for 19 years
Somebody either doesn't know the difference between proceeds and profit, or knows, and is being intentionally deceptive. Salaries and expenses come out of proceeds, and any leftover is profit. Many non-profit organizations are long on proceeds, and very short on any profit that goes to the supposed recipients of their good will.

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