Published Thursday, 19 June 2014
The competition is the brainchild of restaurateur Derek Patterson, who is an ambassador of Lisburn Restaurant Week.
He gave UTV an idea of the contest ahead of Saturday's main event during a practice session at the venue The Plough Inn.
"This is an idea that I've had for a long time, to have a salmon throwing competition in Hillsborough at the tail end of Lisburn Restaurant Week," he explained.
"I want to put the message out about how close we are to our coastal waters, we don't eat enough seafood and we don't realise how accessible it is.
"Eighty-five per cent is exported out of the country, so I came up with the idea of connecting the fishing industry with inland by asking the fishermen to support this.
It’s fun, it’s bizarre, unique and different, we’re going to throw salmon as far as we can possibly get it and the best man wins.
Derek Patterson, salmon throwing brainchild
Salmon throwing involves wearing waders filled with water (and preferably, the full fisherman getup with an angling hat and gilet) and running while clutching a salmon weighing around 20lb towards a throwing mark, from which competitors throw the fish as far as possible.
The fish being thrown are dead and are sourced from wholesale fish suppliers.
Any throwing technique may be employed, as Derek explained.
"You have to capture the salmon just under front gills, just at the back of the head and then you can use whatever technique you like.
"You basically try to lob it, some people use the shot-put technique with a spin of the feet, some people just grab it under and get it over the top of their head."
The record at the moment is 16m and a special prize will be given to the person who chucks the fish the farthest this weekend.
"This is going to be huge, I think it's going to be an annual event as the interest has been phenomenal," Derek concluded.
"We will be there to give advice to everyone who comes along so don't be nervous on Saturday if you turn up at the Plough for the entry of the competition, we will help you with it!"
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