The 11th annual Barta Billfish Tournament will have a local flair in 2014. Walker Auto Parts, one of North Carolina’s oldest and largest independent parts distributors, is happy to announce their partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina and the BARTA Billfish Tournament. Walker Auto Parts NAPA will team with NAPA Filters to be the presenting sponsor of the 11th Annual Barta Billfish Tournament. Walker and NAPA Filters also participate in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as a Platinum Sponsor. “We are excited to be more involved in such a great event. We have been a sponsor in the past on a smaller level but thought that the partnership with this community through the Boys and Girls Club was something we should invest in not only as a company but as a family.” said Dan Walker, CEO of Walker Auto Parts. We have spent our whole lives coming down east to Morehead and the surrounding areas. This was our chance to give back to a community that has treated us so well and there is no better way to do that than through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coastal Carolina.” The Barta Billfish tournament is fished by kids and for kids with 100 percent of its proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina. It is an all-release tournament and part of the N.C. Governor’s Cup Billfish Conservation Series. The Boys and Girls Club serves over 750 children during the school year and provides full day camps during the summer with locations in Beaufort, Morehead City and Havelock. Walker Auto Parts has been a family-owned and operated parts supplier for over 50 years. Harry Walker Jr. founded the company and three generations of the Walker family still run the business today. The company has grown to 27 locations across central and eastern North Carolina and supplies auto, truck, marine, heavy duty and agricultural parts and supplies. Walker has locations in Morehead City, New Bern, Snow Hill, Otway and Cedar Point. Jim Bailey of the Barta Board of Directors said “We are very pleased to partner with Walker NAPA and NAPA Filters as our Title sponsor. They are a valuable part of our local and regional business community as well as supporters of The Boys and Girls Clubs in our area.” The tournament will be hosting its 11th year July 17th – 19 at the Beaufort Town Docks. Walker Auto Parts 3025 Bridges Street Morehead City, NC 28557

Carolina Time 2013 Winner


The Carolina Time, Captained by Shane Brafford won the 10th Annual Barta Tournament with 5 billfish releases! Bill Collector was close behind and took 2nd place with 3 releases and Marlin Fever took 3rd place with 2 releases based on time.

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated, our volunteers and especially our sponsors for making this happed. Final results should be updated on our leaderboard soon as well as 2014 photos. Congratulations to all anglers who fished this weekend.
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