Under sunny skies and warm temperatures the Matlacha Mariners held its 23rd Annual Mullet Toss on Saturday at Matlacha Park. The event kicked off with the children's competition.
In the Fry Division (ages 1 to 5), the winner of the girl's toss was Aubrey Smith of St. James City, who threw for 18 feet. In the boy's toss Uriyah Harness of Cape Coral won with a toss of 19 feet.
In the Fingerlings (ages 6 to 10) Division, Aislynn Ulm of Cape Coral prevailed over the other girls by throwing 41 feet. Porter Pretasky of Wisconsin won the boys' competition with a throw of 54 feet.
Left to Right: Uriyah Harness, Aubrey Smith, Michael Bates, Emily William, Porter Pretasky, Aislynn Ulm.
In the last children's competition for juveniles (ages 11 to 15) the winner of the Girls Division was Emily McWilliams of Cape Coral who threw a distance of 68 feet and for the boys, Michael Bates of St. James City, who threw a distance of 76 feet.
After lunch the competitions celebrated the adult competitions. In the Women's Adult division (ages 16-60) Fran Lee of Cape Coral won with a 69 foot toss. Richard Bartz of Cape Coral won the Men's Division with a 139 foot toss.
In the Silver Division (ages 61 and over), Judy Hopkins of Pine Island won with a toss with 49 feet. In the men's competition Woody Gunther of Matlacha won the day with a toss of 186 feet.
The Mullet Toss is one of three annual fund-raisers held by the Mariners. Proceeds go to local charities.
There was plenty of food and attendees ate lunch and enjoyed soft drinks and beer at the provided tables and chairs under the tent. Vendors offered T-shirts, jewelry and other craft items while the Matlacha Hookers helped the Mariners sell 50/50 raffle tickets.
"It was a wonderful day for everyone," Ross Stornello said. "This is all done in the spirit of competition and benefits many of our local charities."