All of you who have followed me on Facebook or through my writings in Big Game Fishing Journal and Florida Sport Fishing know that I have been studying daytime swordfishing at a pretty aggressive rate over the last 3 years. Even some of the best are forced to publicly agree that I am getting pretty good at it.

My fishing tournament the Barta Billfish Tournament (www.bartabillfish.com) from July 13th to July 15th in Beaufort, North Carolina ran by tournament director Cynthia Barber (772)-888-3269, has now raised $875,000 on its way to $1,000,000.

In an effort to say thank you to all of you and raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina I am offering 2 trips which nobody else can offer except me and at some point in my life will not be available at all.

So I offer all of you the opportunity to bid on the following trip:
• 2 Days Fishing with Captain Tred Barta aboard Makaira, my 26’ Andros for daytime Swordfish. Myself, my boat, my mate and all equipment including breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. I will be the host offshore and my wife Dorothy will be your host while staying at our home. If the weather turns unacceptable on the second day of fishing we will fish inshore for mangrove snapper and other species. You will stay at our condominium on the ocean in Islamorada, Florida. A health club, pool and sauna are available on the property. This trip is available for 2 people.

Islamorada isn’t exactly known for its cheap accommodations nor are its restaurants any bargains either. So if you add up food, lodging and 2 days fishing, a trip such as this would cost most people about $5,000.

Although these trips would be an unmitigated bargain at $2,500, both Dorothy and I pray that they will bring more than this as 100% of the money goes to the kids. Let the bidding start!

Summertime is coming like a freight train. The seas are calm and the fishing is great. The winners of the bid may bring swordfish home for their own use however it may not be sold under any conditions. The bill will also be property of the lucky fisherman.

Any of you who would like to make a donation to the Barta Billfish Tournament (www.bartabillfish.com) I ask you to do so and any items that you feel would be a good auction donation would also be greatly appreciated.

The Swordfish is one of the most coveted trophies in saltwater. If it is on your bucket list now is a great time to fill your bucket.

I retain the right to refuse all offers if I do not believe they are sufficient.