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Flora-Bama Mullet Toss: Fishy Fun on Florida’s Perdido Key

by S. Lynne on January 13th, 2017

Flora-Bama Mullet Toss contestant and onlookers on the beachIf you think a mullet is just a bad haircut, you probably haven’t heard about the Flora-Bama Lounge’s Annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party. Centerpiece of this tongue-in-cheek Perdido Key event is a strange but satisfying three-day competition. It involves tossing a mullet  – a small fish that’s found in abundance in local waters –  from a 10-foot circle on the beach in Alabama across the state line into Florida. Tosses of more than 150 feet have been recorded for the winners. At the event’s end, organizers feed the used mullets (frozen not fresh) to the seagulls.

Bucket of frozen mullets on ice at the annual Flora-Bama Mullet Toss.Dates for this year’s Flora-Bama Mullet Toss are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 28, 29, and 30, 2017. The fun starts at noon on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The cost for the privilege of tossing a mullet is $15 per person, and winners will be announced daily in each category. (Categories are based on age and gender.) Local celebrities will also toss out a few fish each day but won’t be eligible for prizes.

Two other Perdido Key events, held in conjunction with the Mullet Toss, are the Mullet Man Triathlon, scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at the Flora-Bama, and the Mullet Swing Golf Classic, to be held on Wednesday, April 20, at Lost Key Golf Club on Perdido Key.

Part of the proceeds from the golf tournament go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society benefits from the triathlon. Proceeds from the Mullet Toss, which average around $20,000 each year, benefit the Community Drug and Alcohol Council, Inc., local boys’ and girls’ clubs, and youth groups on both sides of the line.

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Need a place to stay while you’re in town for the Mullet Toss? Find nearby  Gulf Shores vacation rentalsPerdido Key vacation rentals, and Pensacola Beach vacation rentals. Many of the condos, homes and hotels can be booked online on BeachGuide with our convenient reservation service!

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