NAVARRE BEACH — The fish were flying and the ducks were swimming at Juana's Pagoda on Navarre Beach Monday during the 10th annual Rubber Duck Derby and Mullet Toss.

The event is put on by the Navarre Krewe of Jesters and is a fundraiser for the annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras parade, which is hosted by the krewe.

"The mullet toss is a lot of fun," said Krewe President Debbie Carrier. "We've got frozen mullet and you've got to find a way to toss it as far as you can."

Adults and children alike plopped down a dollar — which included hand sanitizer — for the chance to put their fish-pitching skills to the test in a variety of throwing styles.

P.J. Crosby seized first-place honors in the men's division with an overhand throw of more than 120 feet, clearing the two beach volleyball courts set up behind Sailors' Grill restaurant.

His secret?

"Throw it high and let it sail," recommends Crosby. "Especially with a tailwind like today."

The mullet toss netted the krewe about $230. Krewe volunteers raised another $3,500 with the duck derby. In addition to helping fund the parade, the krewe also gives an annual scholarship to a senior from Navarre High School.

Other activities at the event included face painting, children's games and an appearance by some of the animal ambassadors from the Emerald Coast Widlife Refuge.