Georgia couple sweeps mullet toss

Hunter Bartley

Men’s runner-up Hunter Bartley introduces mullet tossing to his tiny son, Kixstyn.

DAVID ADLERSTEIN | The Times
Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM.

In an unusual series of upsets of the finest in local fish pitchers, a couple from central Georgia dominated both the men’s and women’s competition in Saturday’s 23rd annual Mullet Toss on St. George Island.

Not long after 19-year-old Ashley Stevenson captured the women’s competition with a throw of nearly 102”, her boyfriend, 22-year-old Will Thomas, made it look easy as he bested six-time champion Hunter Bartley on his first throw in the men’s competition toss-off.

Thomas nearly beaned a passing seagull when he flung the fish 151’ 4” before the large crowd gathered on the beach behind the Blue Parrot Restaurant. His throw, while nearly 13 feet shorter than the massive 164’ pitch that put him in the lead during the regular competition, was still a good four feet further than Bartley’s 147’ 5” effort in the toss-off.

Finishing in third place was returning champion Chip Sanders, whose first attempt was nullified because he had crossed the starting line, and his second soared 120’4”, at least eight inches shorter than his winning toss in 2013.

The throwers during the regular portion of the men’s competition were a strong field,

Apalachicola’s Brett Johnson, who had slung the fish 152’ two years ago to make it to the finals, got on the leader board with a 137’ 2” toss. “The fish was hot and flimsy, it had been sitting out for a while,” he said. “When you throw them, they get mushy.”

But a 146’ 4” throw from local Seth Rogers, Blake Means’ 144’ 3” toss and a 139’ 9” throw from a visitor Rock Robbins, ousted Johnson from the finals. Bradley Bracewell, from Live Oak, got close, with a 136’ toss, and Carey Nofzinger, with 136’, but they weren’t enough.



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