Presented By The Matlacha Mariners
A Community Oriented 501c3 Non Profit Organization


 

The Annual "Southwest Florida Mullet Toss Championship"

Rules, Regulations & Other Information.

To ensure your safety, security and maximum fun-flinging
we will be abiding by our local liquor laws:

1.) NO OUTSIDE CARRY ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED ON TO or OFF OF THE PREMISES 
The Matlacha Mariners will have plenty of Ice Cold Drinks available at the event. 

WHAT IS A MULLET?

A mullet is one of the more popular and plentiful fish indigenous to our area.
It is the only fish with a gizzard and is said to possess mystical properties.
It is also an excellent food source low in fat and high in protein.

WHAT IS A MULLET TOSS?
A Mullet Toss consists of individuals throwing a mullet from a marked foul line down a corridor.
Assuring themselves of a New World Record.
It's also a great excuse for us all to have a local party with lots of fun for everyone.

     WHY TOSS A MULLET?
It began when local folks were looking for another way to amuse themselves as
northern visitors left the little barrier island heading home again.
Besides the amusement factor, proceeds from the flying fish often go to help
individual (s), groups or other non profit organizations in need of short term financial help.

ARE THE MULLET ALIVE?

No

WHAT HAPPENS TO MULLET AFTER THE MULLET TOSS?
They go into crab traps to continue nature's cycle.

HOW MANY PEOPLE USUALLY COME TO THE MULLET TOSS?
Several Hundred.

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR TOSSING A MULLET?
     Contestants will toss a mullet (approximately 1 lb+)

NO Gloves Allowed and You Cannot Break The Mullet in Half.
    Your mullet must be thrown from anywhere behind and up to the foul line, down a designated path.
No stepping over the line during your throw and follow through or your toss may be disqualified.
Throwing your mullet out of bounds may also result in a disqualification.

All measurement results are final and under the discretion of The Matlacha Mariner's operating officials.

   SATURDAY'S
MULLET TOSSING CHAMPIONSHIP
REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Pre-Registration Begins at 10:00 AM
The registration fee for Adults is $ 5.00 per toss and $ 2.00 per toss for kids 15 and under. 
Kids 15 and under begin at 10:30 am and toss until 12:00 noon
Adults begin about 12:01 pm and will compete until roughly 4:00 pm.

SUNDAY'S
BRAGING RIGHTS COMPETITION
REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Pre-Registration Begins at 10:00 AM
Rivalry Competition fee is $50.00 per organization.
Registration Includes 3 tosses each, for a male and a female contestanst (the competing team).
Winners will be determined by a total of each divisions combined co-ed (2) longest tosses.
Competition will begin about 11:00 am.

WHAT ARE THE COMPETITION CATEGORIES AND AWARDS

FRY MULLET DIVISION - BOYS & GIRLS

Ages 1-5 Winners Plaques

FINGERLING MULLET - BOYS & GIRLS

Ages 6-10

Winners Plaques

JUVENILE MULLET - BOYS & GIRLS

Ages 11-15 Winners Plaques

ADULT MULLET - MEN'S & WOMEN'S

Ages 16-60 $100.00 + Plaques
GREY MULLET DIVISION 61 and Over Winners Plaques
*** NEW 2017 ***
Rival Matches with Bragging Rights Awards
Winners Determined By:
Law Enforcement / Fire and Rescue The (2) Farthest Combined, Co-Ed Distances
Restaurants, Bar's and Clubs The (2) Farthest Combined, Co-Ed Distances
Non-Profit Groups and Charitable Organizations The (2) Farthest Combined, Co-Ed Distances

WHAT ARE THE AWARDS / PRIZES ?

Winners Plaques or Trophys for all Divisions.
$100.00 Cash Award for Men's and Women's "Adult Mullet Division" Only

WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL BE SERVED?
Food and Beverages will be available on site, TBD

WHERE DO I PARK?

Parking will be available at Matlacha Park although parking is somewhat limited.
You can usually find something within a two or three block walk, here are some options...
Across from Olde' Fish House Marina - Look for signs, the Mariners will be directing some local parking.
Look for our local business owners that are closed for the day,
If your park near a local business please ask first if you can park there

Remember it's always helpful to Car-pool.
Note: Do not park in the boat trailer only parking lanes you could get a ticket (they are clearly marked)




The Matlacha Mariners, Inc. is a Florida, 501c3 Non Profit Corporation.

Organized to help others in Our Community and the Greater Pine Island Area.
www.matlachamariners.org



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Important Mullet Information:

CLAUDE DUNCAN
 City Editor

 Whether it has implications for net ban-era fishing is doubtful, given the quirkiness of the 1920s ruling. But the mullet does indeed have a gizzard. A biologist did indeed testify at the Florida trial that only birds have gizzards. The three men arrested for off-season mullet fishing were indeed found not guilty. Since only birds have gizzards. 

 The mullet is a peculiar fish in other ways, too. It is structurally akin to a barracuda but with a rabbit's vulnerability and naiveté. Mullet can thrive in fresh, salt or brackish water, which is why you see them jumping in shallow Phillips Inlet. The mostly vegetarian bottom feeder sometimes will bite a hook, but apparently just for the heck of it. In any event, mullet are too-much maligned as "trash fish" or "road kill." 

 People who know and love mullet are not a peculiar folk. They are just Mulletheads. Mulletheads do not take the name as an affront - as they might, say, "fishhead." Rather, the moniker is more like Deadheads, the peripatetic Grateful Dead loyalists, or Jimmy Buffet's Parrotheads. They are a firmly entrenched brotherhood populating the gulf coast roughly from Gulf Shores, Ala., to Sarasota.  (Our only amendment to Claude's article would be, he needed to travel a little further South along the coast to Matlacha FL. and "true home of the mullet", a comment from one of our Matlacha Mariners.

 As an Alabamian might travel that state sampling the subtle distinctions among barbecue joints. 

 Mulletheads are cowboys of a sort. Some even refer to mullet as "cattle of the ocean," which do not move so much in schools as in "herds." They "graze" on algae and sea grasses. When two or more boats strike their nets on a school of mullet, they are "circling the wagons." 

 Mulletheads are not just good sports. Some are athletes. Woody Bruhn is the Dale Earnhardt of mullet-tossing - a three-time champion of the famed Flora-Bama Mullet Toss. 

 Mullet-tossing ain't beanbag. "When you're throwing mullet, dammit, it's rain or shine!" one contender tells Michael Swindle. Even Bruhn, whose 178-foot toss remains the world record, worries that he's peaked at age 26. "I don't think I'm gonna toss next year," he confides. "When you're in competition you have to stay too sober." 

 Swindle's Mulletheads: The Legends, Lore, Magic, and Mania Surrounding the Humble but Celebrated Mullet is "a vivid and delightful book," according to the noted author and former Harper's editor Willie Morris. It is at least that. It also is a life-slice look at the coastal Panhandle, where natives of a better nature long ago learned to accept and respect mullet even if they wouldn't want their daughter to marry one. Mullet, as Morris notes in a jacket blurb, is "that feisty underdog amongst seafood." 

 Swindle is a New Orleans-based writer who has contributed to most of the nation's prestigious newspapers. He introduced New Yorkers to the mullet culture in a 1997 Village Voice article. His new book covers the waterfront, so to speak. America should be grateful. 

 I have only two problems with it. 

 First, at 120 pages it is very tempting - in fact, fairly irresistible - to read it at one sitting. That is a mistake unless you have a photographic memory, for there is much to learn and savor from this little book. Best read it a few pages or a chapter at a time, then put it down to recollect in smiling tranquility. Otherwise you risk forgetting something, which is a crime. But then, it is inconceivable that anyone will read it only once. 

 The other concern is that bookstores will put the book in the "Sports/Fishing" section. The publisher recommends as much. The book certainly includes some practical fishing tips, but it is so much more. There are enough mullet recipes to qualify the work as a cookbook, enough laughs to place it in the humor section, enough road trips to mullet festivals to qualify it as a travel book. Put all this together and it goes, for sure, in the bookstore's "Southern Culture" section. It is a shame that people who don't peruse the "Sports/Fishing" section may miss out.

 At $12.95 it is pricey for a paperback its size. But if a Mullethead knows anything, he knows his wife won't miss the money.                           Go Back

Released:  Friday, May 1, 1998
© 1998 The News Herald
 

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