Any professional fish-tosser will tell you there are certain techniques to throwing a mullet.
First, pick your fish wisely. A true master then folds it in half. Then once at the starting line, the champions lean back and launch the mullet into the next state.
"In Missouri, we don't throw a lot of fish," said Steve Byrd from Cape Girardeau. "So we had to train hard for this. You come down here, and you throw a fish as hard as you can throw it, and you win."
Everyone has a role, including the volunteer sand sweepers, who all happen to be Chief Petty Officers with the U.S Navy,
"Front row, get to see all the tossers, give them some advice," said Chief Petty Officer Neil Watson. "And hopefully tell everyone to have a good time."
Thousands come from all over to see the spectacle each year. Apparently they're even talking about it in Germany.
"Talking to our friends in Berlin, who said, 'Is that anywhere near that Mullet Toss that goes on every year?'" said Escambia County Florida Commissioner Gene Valentino.
Everyone is here for a good time. And when a newcomer learns it's for charity, they often want to give it a try. "It's just a party zone right here," said Jess Ramirez of Mississippi, who experienced the Mullet Toss for the first time. "Having a good time, there's nothing wrong with a good time."
Throwing a mullet fish from Alabama to Florida is a bizarre tradition here on the Gulf Coast, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
The three-day Mullet Toss wrapped up Sunday evening at the Flora-Bama. Organizers say they raised about $15-$20-thousand for charity by throwing fish from Alabama to Florida... And they had a great time doing it.
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