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I'll be going. We had a good time last year. Didn't come close to getting a check but it was fun. I still have lots to learn about that lake

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The 28th annual Ghost and Goblins tournament date is coming up on Sunday October 23, 2011 out of Clewiston. This tournament helps raise money for the "Friends of SATC Inc" (formerly Friends of Our House)helping physically & sexually abused children in Broward County. Without question, this is one of the most deserving local charities you'll find. BigReel Bassmasters, the sponsors of the tournament, has donated over $130,000 in the past 27 years.

Here's a chance to help kids, fish & try to win some cash all rolled into one. The "Ghosts and Goblins" Annual Open Tournament allows bass fishermen to compete against one another while helping to support those children most in need of support. The tournament's success for the last 27 years would not have been possible without you guys. Hopefully we will see all of you guys up there this year.

We are also looking to have another very good payback considering that this is a charity function. With a 60 boat field 1st place will be paying back $2,500 which is what we paid out last year. The flyers can be downloaded from the BigReel web sitehttp://www.bigreel.org). Entry fee this year is still $120.00 which includes the big fish pot. If anyone knows of a company that would like to make a donation to the charity, they can contact me at: agriff@bellsouth.net

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We are, came in 5th last year with 23lbs

A very well run tourney.

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I'll be at Ghosts and Goblins again this year.

I'm hoping for more treat and less trick!

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i am fishing it. going up that saturday to pre-fish. staying at rolands.

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Thinking about whether to dump my fins tickets and fish the tourney..... They've been brutal to watch at home anyways.,.....

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Won't be fishing it, but I can tell you the Pahokee rocks are Hot! Be safe running!

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Thinking about whether to dump my fins tickets and fish the tourney..... They've been brutal to watch at home anyways.,.....

Please I'm done with those morons, time to clean house.

I gave up 50 yard line tickets to the Super Bowl because of a Tournament once. Turned out to be one of the most exciting games ever 49ers and Bengals 1989.

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How is the lake water depth? Is it safe to run in most areas?

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Thinking about whether to dump my fins tickets and fish the tourney..... They've been brutal to watch at home anyways.,.....

Doesn't it make you sick? Henne, overhyped Bush, Drop the ball Marshall, and sorry excuse of a coach owner we have, its going to take a miracle to get me motivated to get back there, always a Dolphin fan, but with the dismal home record I think I am selling my tickets too!

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How is the lake water depth? Is it safe to run in most areas?

11.08 and dropping, be careful.

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Doesn't it make you sick? Henne, overhyped Bush, Drop the ball Marshall, and sorry excuse of a coach owner we have, its going to take a miracle to get me motivated to get back there, always a Dolphin fan, but with the dismal home record I think I am selling my tickets too!

The Fins will be an embarrassment to the fans until Ireland, Sparano are hopefully fired after the season. Too bad the fans cannot fire an owner. I gave up my season tickets in 2005 and I haven't missed going to the games at all.

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11.08 and dropping, be careful.

Man, that is really low for this time of year. Heading into the winter dry months with 11'. What happened to all the rain water?

The guys in charge of the water pumps must work for the sugar and sod farms.

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11.08 and dropping, be careful.

Agree. I think when the Lake is at this level it can breed a false sense of confidence. At 10-10.5, you see all the problems and have more caution. At 11, some bad stuff is 6" under the water. Be careful-you still can't run the trails safely. The Lake really needs a foot more-hopefully the soaker this weekend will help. I understand there is a lot of water north up in Toho and Kissimmee and we know there is a lot of water south. 11-11.5 going into the dry season in two months is way too low. Easy to imagine in the 8s next April/May.

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On the news this morning they were saying that the rain we got this weekend dropped ~foot of water in Kissimmee. They said when that water works it's way down to Okeechobee, it could raise the water level to ~13 feet. I'll believe it when I see it...doesn't seem possible that a 1.5ft raise in Lake Kissimmee would coorespond to a 1.5ft increase @ Okeechobee. Okeechobee has 10x the surface area. Regardless...we should start seeing some positive effects of this weekends rainfall soon...

http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/nr_2011_1010_rain_kissimmee.pdf

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Looks like the soaker this weekend is having a pretty big impact on the lake depth. It is up to 11.35 this morning.

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Looks like the soaker this weekend is having a pretty big impact on the lake depth. It is up to 11.35 this morning.

Maybe this is a do-over for the Corps. Hope they don't screw it up but think they probably will

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12 maybe I doubt 13, my buddy told me TOHO is flooded. The Kissimme valley got hit hard and thats what helps the lake.

To put it in perspective a water management guy told me once that if you completely drained Toho,Kissimme, Hachina, and Cypress into Okeechobee it would only come up about 6inchs to a foot,

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This was posted this morning by Water Management:

Water managers expect Lake Okeechobee water levels to rise by two feet due to heavy rains in the Kissimmee region.

The expected rise in water levels would bring the lake to 13.24 feet, well below its historic average of 15.02 feet, said Randy Smith, a South Florida Water Management District spokesman.

"District meteorologists are saying that Saturday, Oct. 8, was the wettest single day in the Upper and Lower Kissimmee regions combined in the last 100 years," Smith said.

"The local maximum average in that area was 11.7 inches."

To protect the aged Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds Lake Okeechobee, water managers like to keep the lake at 12.5 to 15.5 feet.

When the Kissimmee region, which is in Central Florida, and Lake Okeechobee receive extremely heavy rains, water managers must release large amounts water down the Caloosahatchee River.

Large releases of nutrient-rich fresh water can make the lower river too fresh and trigger massive algal blooms, which can cause fish kills and kill seagrass by blocking sunlight.

The difference in this event is that Lake Okeechobee itself didn't receive much rain.

There are no releases from the lake planned, Smith said, and if people see water flowing down the Caloosahatchee, it will be from local runoff rather than from releases.

Over the past year, the Caloosahatchee has suffered from too little fresh water during a prolonged drought.

High salinities can kill tape grasks, an important part of the upper river's ecosystem, and can have negative effects on oysters.

With recent rains, the river's salinity dropped into the proper range.

"We're in good shape," said Eric Milbrandt, director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Marine Laboratory.

Wow, maybe we are going to get lucky. It'll play havoc with the fishing for awhile I'm guessing but in the long run it takes 8' out of play for next April/May

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Like I said it will be up over 13 by Friday ;)

Man they must have got some seriouse rain up there.

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Like I said it will be up over 13 by Friday ;)

Man they must have got some seriouse rain up there.

can't wait!

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If it gets to 13.5' I will be like the pig in _-_- this entire winter, looking for HAWGS to share the boat with!

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