Chamber hosts annual Mullet Toss
The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce held their first annual Mullet Toss March 10 at Matlacha Park.
“This is the first Mullet Toss that the chamber is sponsoring,” executive director Jennifer Jennings said. “The Matlacha Mariners sponsored this event until they disbanded this year. It’s actually the 27th annual Southwest Florida Mullet Toss Championship.”
There were more vendors than ever this year circling the “mullet tossing field,” including, Olde Fish House Marina Restaurant, Shark Tooth Fairy, CW Fudge Factory, Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery, Uni-scape Landscaping, Matlacha Hookers, Budweiser, and Dream Vacations.
Local artist Mel Meo, recent recipient of the GPICC Al Mills Citizen of the Year award, displayed her artwork as well as selling and signing the official 2018 “Eat More Mullet” Mullet Toss T-shirts that she designed.
Several local chefs participated in a contest to determine who makes the best Fish Dip. After the public voted, the winners were 1st Place Saltwater Smokehouse, and 2nd Place was a tie between Andy’s island Seafood and Lazy Flamingo.
There were five Mullet Toss competition categories: Fry Mullet Division Boys and Girls, ages 1-5; Fingerling Mullet Division Boys and Girls, 6-10; Juvenile Mullet Division Boys and Girls, 11-15; Adult Mullet Divisision Men and Women, 16-60 and Gray Mullet Division Men and Women, 61 and over.
The Pine Island Kiwanis “Fish Drop” raffle occurred at 4 p.m. The first place winner was Laurie Busseaus, second place was Jerrod Hill and third place was Dylan Zsebe.
Funds raised by the Mullet Toss and Kiwanis “Fish Drop” benefit local charities and support organizations and people in need in the Greater Pine Island area.
2018 Mullet Toss Results
Fry Mullet Girls Division Ages 1 5
1st Place – Annie Tomanek- 9′
2nd Place – Adalyn Henshaw- 7 5′
Fry Mullet Boys Division Ages 1 -5
1st Place Justice Lachapelle
Cape Coral 32′ 9″
2nd Place Kai Streeter Matlacha 27′ 5″
Fingerling Mullet Boy’s Ages 6 10
1st Place Ayden Allen Fort Myers 81′ 5″
2nd Place Vaughn Ulm Matlacha 71′
Juvenile Mullet Girls Ages 11- 15
1st Place Ash Ulm Matlacha 93′ 5″
2nd Place Tracy Daniels Bokeelia 53′ 2″
Adult Mullet Women’s Ages 16-60
1st Place Emma Lewis Bokeelia – 89′ 6″
2nd Place Katie Adams Cape Coral 64′
Adult Mullet Men’s Ages 16-60
1st Place Andy Hamilton 137′
2nd Place Ken James Cape Coral 122′ 10″
Grey Mullet Women’s Ages 61 and over
1st Place Linda Lee 49′
2nd Place Helen Bantler St James City 35′ 3″
Grey Mullet Men’s Ages 61 and over
1st Place Milford Neal Cape Coral 87′
2nd Place Marlo Blount Matlacha 86′ 3″
1st Place Saltwater Smoke House 215′
Team of Andy Hamilton (140′)
and Jennifer Hamilton (75′)
2nd Place Olde Fish House 173′ 9″
Team of Kyle (117′ 5″) and Carolyn (56′ 4″)
1st Place Greater Pine Island Chamber
Team Chamber Harvey Hamilton 100′
and Melissa Koferl 49′
2nd Place Matlacha Hookers
Team Hookers Cindee Tolliver’ 60′ Linda Lee 49 9′
Matlacha Pine Island Fire Department
Ryan Granliski 132.3′