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My buddy who lives off TOHO told me their pulling out all the garbage weed with theses big machines exposing all the sandy flats. The reach out and pull a big loads of alligator grass and matted crap and haul it off.

 

They always manage that lake correctly, draw downs flats and vegetation maintenance.  Hence the monsters it produces, plus it has some depth.

 

I guess the nearby tourism helps with decisions on what lakes to take care of.

 

 

Id love about a 1000 of those machines on Big O.

 

 

 

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I have seen one of those machines on Big O between Harney Pond and the Hay fields years ago. It sat there for the week I was there, without moving. I had never seen one before that trip. Not much use for one in my neck of the woods......................As for Toho, money talks. But for me Okeechobee is unique and a different lake every visit Love the place.................Al

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Take a pic of the machines!

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What they are doing is an alternative to using chemicals that leave the dead weeds where they are. If you are a fan of the weeds, then you be at ease knowing two things. They will grow back eventually and the manual removal of undesired emergent weeds or submerged weeds is much more expensive that paying a lake management company to come spray it.

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They did it a couple years ago when the lake front was impassable in many areas. It seems to last longer than the spraying. Those floating grass islands will choke up the paths. They are doing a major re-work of the lake front with improvements that will include an area for tournament weigh in, and much more parking.

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Well spraying is what they have been doing on Okeechobee, for the last year a team of 5 air boats have been everywhere, north south east and west, the cat tails have taken over and they did a pretty good job of getting rid of a lot of them.

 

However it does leave a bit of a mess with the dieing vegetation. 

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I have seen one of those machines on Big O between Harney Pond and the Hay fields years ago. It sat there for the week I was there, without moving. I had never seen one before that trip. Not much use for one in my neck of the woods......................As for Toho, money talks. But for me Okeechobee is unique and a different lake every visit Love the place.................Al

  Al are you sure that wasn't the barges building the channel?

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  Al are you sure that wasn't the barges building the channel?

 

No I'm not sure. That was around 12 years ago and I can't remember what I ate for supper last night lol. This was parked at the entrance to a very well defined canal that ran towards the hay fields. I was convinced that it was one of those machines but I could be wrong.....................Al

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I fished Toho a few years ago when the drawdown was done to cleanup the weeds.

Very difficult to get to water deep enough to navigate.

I tried three different launch locations to find the best access.

Alligators were everywhere--no place to hide on land close to the water.

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