Village Royale on the Greene Bocce Teams
Gone Fishin' by Manny Luftglass
Century Village Sunfish Sailors
CenWest Fishing Club News
Royale on the Greene
of the Canadian Team
Luftglass (above) and his wife Karen own a townhome in
the Fountains in Lake Worth, FL. They travel south to it
from New Jersey as often as possible. Manny spends most
of the winter in Florida fishing. He is the author of "Gone
Fishin" For Beginners". Mr. Luftglass
writes this column for the Condo News print
March 4, 2015
before talking about bottom fishing in the ocean, a few
words about my discovery of a few German carp lurking in
the drainage/detention ponds that run through the
Fountains Golf Course. Last time out, I told you that I
noticed three of them swimming near Fountains Drive.
Well, I’ve spied one or more two other times and,
while none have responded to the pieces of bread that I’ve
thrown in, nor some kernels of corn, I still am excited
to know that my old favorite, "Mr. Man", is
only five minutes away from my front door. More on that
next time, but suffice it to say that I will throw lots
more bread and corn in while trying to get them onto
such a diet.
down the shore, the wind continues to hamper most
anglers’ comfort but other than when it really cranks
to 20-25 m. p. h. or more, the boats have been sailing
just about every day. This doesn’t mean that all
anglers return to the dock with happy faces though. Some
almost look like they want to kiss the ground and more
than a few lose some weight tossing their cookies into
been out twice since we last met and, as usual, caught
quite a few fish. The first time was on the Lady K out
of Lantana with good friend Art Dolgan alongside
of me. We didn’t have a good spot along the rail
though, with three guys to our right and lots more to
the left, meaning that tangles took place more than one
would like. However, we boated 15+ fish between us with
Art boating our biggest again, a 3-lb trigger. I caught
a 2+ lb trigger myself but it was one of those
"Queen" triggers that must be released.
time was on the Fish City Pride from Pompano Beach and I
had the top spot on the boat, the rear corner, and this
really helped me catch loads of fish. Once more, the rig
was a 4 to 6 ounce bank sinker with three size 2/0 hooks
spread so that each falls separate from the other. The
hooks are baited with either a small piece of cut bonito
("false albacore" up north), or a sandwich of
a piece of cut squid and small bit of fillet of sardine.
my score card for 2/27: 35 fish, including two
vermillion snappers, one yellowtail snapper, five
triggerfish, six porgies, five grunt, four sand eels,
one lizard fish, a graysby and a red grouper, three sand
perch, four blue runners, a flounder and one pork fish.
Action? You bet!!
me, gone fishin’.
February 18, 2015
& FRESHWATER CRITTERS TOO!
and I spend nearly half the year at the Fountains in
Lake Worth and, while I really love my freshwater action
up north in the summer, I virtually never try the land
of sweetwater down here. The saltwater action is too
much fun for me. But every now and then, I walk to a
chunk of the golf course pond and try my luck. Two weeks
ago, I tossed a "Double-Loon" gold size two
spinner in a bunch of times and got nailed four times.
Normally, I swing and miss more often than not but that
half-hour produced four hits, swings, and catches. They
were, in order, a 13 inch, then a 14 inch, and next a 15
inch, and lastly, another 13 inch largemouth bass. Fun!
maybe, just maybe, I may be in a path to bring me far
more fun. For more years than I care to admit, my
favorite fish was always the critter I call "Mr.
Man", a/k/a carp. I gave them that name because,
once hooked, they pull like a man (sorry, women), and
fight like the dickens.
recently, in my little walks throughout the community, I
had noticed some very familiar swirls taking place in
the water on both side of Fountains Drive. And one day,
looking more carefully, I actually saw, for the first
time ever in Florida, three, count them, three,
"Mr. Mans" to what looked like a top of 15 lbs
I went to Publix and bought a few cans of corn and a
loaf of bread and the next day, I "chummed"
the spot I saw the fish with a few slices of bread. No
response followed but undaunted, I tried again for a few
more days. I saw swirls at least one other day and for
sure, did see a few carp but still, "nuttin’
day soon, I will attach a small piece of cork to a line,
put a little hook on, and then add a few kernels of corn
and give it a go. I will try it at least two or three
days and if something happens, if that corn gets inhaled
and Mr. Man swims away, with drag screaming, the next
sound you may hear is the writer of "Gone
Fishin" yelling like all get out!
then though, I still am catching fish in the ocean. One
day, on the Lady K. I caught a five-fish limit of keeper
vermillion snappers while a bunch of guys were catching
king mackerel to a top of nearly 30-lbs! Action too has
been good to the south on the Pompano boats but Mr. Man
beckons and if I get an inhale of my corn, I may spend a
lot more hours seeking Mr. Man!
me, gone fishin’.
February 4, 2015
inshore or offshore.
readers - Lots of action is going on in the ocean and
whether you are fishing inshore or off, fish are biting.
You just need to know what to do in order to hook up. I’ve
been out three times since we last met. The first time
was on the Lady K out of Lantana and joining me up in
the bow was my good friend, Art Dolgan, long-time
member and past-president of the fabled Newark Bait
& Fly Casting Club. It was a bit breezy and chilly
but still we boated 45 fish or so between us on our
"guppy" rigs. Art had our biggest, a slab of a
trigger fish that must have weighed between three and
four pounds. I caught my second ever goat fish, a
strange looking pink critter with two long barbels
hanging down from its mouth. Funny looking for sure but Captain
Bruce told me that it is one of the best eating fish
in the ocean! We also caught and released a dozen
#2 was on the Fish City Pride from Pompano Beach. The
wind was cranking hard from land and the westerly blow
created a fairly flat ocean but it sure blew us out
quickly. Captain Dwight pulled us way into 25
feet of water at times and cranked the engines back up
once we moved out into 100 feet. I had my best porgy
catch of the year, with seven in all, in addition to
four nice lane snappers and a gang of other bottom
dwellers. Here again, the deal was guppy rigs with three
snelled hooks dangling down. Hook #3 always hangs below
the sinker and this was, as it usually is, the hook that
all seven porgies took. It is my opinion that porgies
feed while facing down and therefore, the bait they see
and attack is the offering that is on my bottom size 2/0
live bait hook. There may have been one other porgy
caught on the boat that day, proving, "in
spades", why a guppy rig with hook dropping below
the sinker works! Sure, I hang that hook up once or
thrice each trip and may lose a rig but, hey, you do
what you gotta’ do.
last trip was again on the Fish City. Captain Dwight
took us offshore into 420 feet of water for my first
blueline tile fish trip of the season. It was far from
great but still, with the same guppy rig but this time
on a stiff rod with my reel loaded with braided line, I
boated six tilefish. Two were nice sized too, 3 and 4
lbs. I also kept one nice vermillion snapper and release
11 that were undersized. I also caught a bank sea bass
and the tiniest flounder I ever saw.
ya’ next time, and remember, tie a foot-long leadered
size 2/0 hook into your rig on a dropper loop, three
inches about the heavy bank sinker, so that the bait
dangles back and forth across the bottom as the boat
drifts in the tide. Betcha’ catch more fish on that
me, gone fishin’
OPEN AND CLOSE
as of 1/1, fishing for grouper down our way is closed
shut. Closed that is unless you catch one of the very
few and rare family members that are still legal like
snowy grouper. But as we moved into ’15, a grouper
that is illegal to keep 365 days a year was actually
caught on the Lady K out of Lantana and I saw some film
that sure proved it to me in the Lady K office. On
Thursday, an angler hooked and brought to the surface a
"Goliath grouper", estimated to weight well
over 100 pounds. The fish was released safely, of
course, but it got the bends and took a long time to
gulp air into its lungs and head on down to the bottom.
season reopened on 1/1 for triggerfish and porgies and
that’s good news.
only been out twice since we last met because Karen and
I went to Houston to visit with her family over the
Christmas holiday and each outing produced the usual
number one was on the 29th and it was my first outing of
the season on the Helen S VI out of Pompano Beach. The
drive is way to the south and therefore, not to my
liking, but often, if not every time, I catch more fish.
One reason is that the boat ride is only two minutes to
the inlet down there, giving me lots more fishing time.
But another is that the reef structure may be more
dense. So here is the box score for me: 16 varieties of
fish were lifted into the boat, the largest number I can
ever remember nailing. 45 fish in all were caught on my
biggest fish of the year that I have hooked was lost
though, doggonit. I was reeling a fish up and it got
grabbed! Shark? Maybe, but something big took and ran
and even though I was using 30 lb. test mono, it snapped
my line! I did catch a 5-6 lb. shark though along with
two porgies, six little but still legal graysby and
coney grouper, along with many of the usual small bottom
dwellers ’Twas fun.
on 1/2, in the biggest crowd of the year, I was on the
Lady K way up in the pointy end and managed to boat 25
fish, including eleven varieties. Four of my fish were
snappers, nice. I also caught the second
"soap" fish I ever saw. It’s called a
"soap" fish because it actually is soapy to
closing, if you are a member or want to become a member,
or maybe just want to attend a meeting of the Boynton
Inlet Fishing Club, I have been invited to talk to the
attendees on the night of 3/24 at their club house. I’m
sure you can find the address on line. We start at 7:30
and if my shipment arrives, I will give out some of the
2/0 model 9175 Mustad hooks that I always am talking
about to everyone as long as my supply lasts.
me, gone fishin’.
December 24, 2014
last time out, I complained about the strong easterly
winds we had been suffering from. So of course, the wind
blew itself out, brought some fairly cold temperatures,
and finally, it became FLORIDA again and all got better.
The last few weeks brought continuing 70+ temperature as
well as winds that were, for the most part, under ten m.
p. h., yeah!
the "Guppy rig" guy continued to do his thing
and I have had a ball recently catching fish after fish
while not worrying about getting knocked to the ground by
a huge ground swell.
a "guppy rig" is simply a barrel swivel at the
end of your line, followed by a six-foot leader of
slightly heavier line. Tie dropper loops into that leader
about 20 inches apart and then tie a snelled 2/0 model
9175 Mustad "live bait" hook on. Then tie a
regular loop at the end of the whole deal and add a four
to six ounce bank sinker. Done correctly, each snelled
hook will drop down but not touch the next hook so that
each can be baited with a little strip of squid along with
a small fillet of sardine. The two baits will flutter in
the current attracting all kinds of critters. As an
example, on 12/11 I boated 14 kinds of fish! Sure, none
were braggers but they included a zillion blue runners,
one flounder, two bonito, a porgy and a pink porgy, plus
three huge toro to 2-lbs, nine vermillion snappers, a lane
snapper, three triggers to a top of 4 lbs, two sand eels,
a grunt and one Doctor fish, along with a coney grouper
and two lizard fish. Fun!
the 15th I had thirty more fish and lastly, on the 19th I
landed 36 fish. However, standing alongside of Lee, the
top "float-line" guy I know, we watched in anger
as two dolphin played ring around our baits and never took
a bite at either of our offerings. But six anglers did
best a single dolphin each, the rats!
ya next time. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to
one and all.
me, gone fishin
December 10, 2014
I know that it’s been over 70 degrees every day since
we got back to Lake Worth on 11/13 and that it was under
30 degrees most of the time back in New Jersey since
then, however, I still would prefer it if the wind would
cut back to a more tolerabe level, okay?
who have their own boat down thissaway have been
frustrated, big time, due to the 20+ winds that have
blown nearly every day, especially winds from an
easterly quarter which bring big urpher waves towards
shore. So unless you are nuts or have a 30' boat and can
handle two to ten foot waves, the only option is to
board a drift boat which is better built to withstand
the conditions that have prevailed for much of the past
is what I have done three times since we last met, each
time on the Lady K out of Lantana, and in each outing, I
managed to hang onto the rail and catch me a mess of
the 24th I was way up in the bow and banged my tush
against the supporting back railing all too often as the
boat heaved up and down. But I still managed to boat two
porgies, one porkfish, a scorpion fish, three tropical
wrasse, seven sand eels, a bar jack, one grunt, three
blue runners, along with a coney grouper plus a graysby
on 12/1 I upped my total to 31 fish while standing in
the rear corner during what must have been winds that
screamed higher than 25 m. p. h., bringing skyscraper
height (maybe a little less) waves over the rail.
Incuded in my 31 were six yellowtail snappers.
on 12/5 I was near the rear end in winds that started at
a tolerable 15 m. p. h. but then we got slammed by 20+
gusts that brought loads of rain down on us. However,
the day produced my highest ever tally on the Lady K! As
best as I could keep records, I think I boated 45 fish,
including ten snappers!
fish one end or the other with a six ounce sinker
holding a three-hook guppy rig and bait with little
pieces of squid plus a small strip of filleted sardine,
drop down, and get ready to slam back into a cute-sized
fish. There’s lots of them out there for sure.
Chanukah to one and all.
me, gone fishin’
|November 26, 2014
to All Fish -- I’m Back!
and I got back to Lake Worth on the 12th and after
unpacking, etc., I finally got out on the water again on
Sunday, the 16th, and boy, was it ever good to be on the
Lady K that day!
how good was it? Hey, I caught two yellowtail snappers, a
squirrel fish, one sand eel, and a dozen or so blue
runners and that was pretty good, but if you look at my
past three months, you may feel that it was far better
see, I nearly died and that wasn’t a good thing at all!
Hopefully, our health writer and editor and publisher,
Betty, may find the time to write separately about it, but
in brief, on 8/29, I awoke with severe pain in my left
inner thigh. The day before I spent nearly four hours in
my dentist’s chair as he struggled to remove a dental
implant that he had predicted "was so loose that it
will quickly come out". Well, not so much.
of us have either read about or even know someone who has
suffered from a pulmonary embolism. In brief, that’s a
blood clot! Your knowledge probably goes back to hearing
about someone who spent lots of hours during a long
airplane flight and often enough, a blood clot forms,
generally in a leg, and this is no easy problem to deal
my blood clot hit my leg and when I talked to my DDS about
it, he was clueless, or at least he acted innocent. So
fast forward, the clot traveled into my lungs and early in
October, I woke up, went downstairs, and suddenly couldn’t
breathe, collapsing to the floor! Long story short, the
Rescue Squad responded to my 911 call, as did an ambulance
and the N. J. State Police and they hooked me up to oxygen
and took me to the local hospital.
days later, the head of the I. C. U. of the facility heard
my story and immediately realized that I had suffered from
a pulmonary embolism and after conducting several tests
that proved him to be right, quickly had me blasted with
what they call a four hour "Clot-Buster" and the
clot/s quickly went away from my lungs. It still exists in
my leg but may go away soon.
am now on a blood thinner for the rest of my life to try
and prevent a future clot but the bottom line is that,
more than likely, had the DDS gotten me up every hour to
walk around, this never would have happened.
wherever you are, train, plane, dentist’s chair, get up
and walk around often, willya?
me, gone fishin’
Sailors of Century Village
Village's Sunfish Sailboats
by Dot Loewenstein
Al and Alice Roth
Fishing Club Members aboard the Lady K
Condo News columnists
and Al Roth.
Wednesday the 14th of January, 10 members of the CenWest
fishing club led by our party boat expert Bob Galazzo
went fishing on the drift boat Blue Heron out of Riviera
Beach. Although the ocean was a little rough our members
were able to catch a bunch of blue runners and yellow
tails for a morning of fun out on the sea. On Monday
January 12th our expert surf fisherman Pat McElhenney
was able land his quota of bluefish within a half hour
while surf fishing north of Jupiter. Some of his catch
are shown in the photo below. Anyone who would like to
join the fishing club and take part in some of the fun
will always be welcome. Our meetings are always held the
first Wednesday of the month at 3:00PM in our
next meeting is February 4th.
by Pat McElhenney
more information about some of our activities
please contact Al at 242-0351 or Capt. Mike at
Everyone: The Century Village Fishing Club would like to
extend our wishes to all of you for a Happy Holiday
Season and a Happy & Healthy New Year!
first meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday
January 7th at 3:00pm, classroom B. New members are
always welcome. For more information call either
Mike 570 445-4391 or Al at
had our first meeting of the season on Wednesday,
December 3rd. Our meeting was very well attended and our
guest speaker Eva Rachesky, was very informative
about her plans for cleaning up the Lake and rebuilding
our Fishing Pier. The fishing club has a delegate, Ms.
Susan Imp to represent us at monthly operation
meetings at UCO. The committee members, Al, Pat, Bob
and Wally gave their reports about pier, lake,
surf and party boat fishing. Captain Mike gave a
next meeting will be on Wednesday January 7th, 3:00pm
classroom B. New members are always welcome. Any
questions call: Captain Mike – 570 445-4391 or Al
Everyone: Welcome back snowbirds! We hope
everyone had a wonderful summer and came back healthy
and ready for a new year in Century Village.
had our first meeting of the season on Wednesday
December 3rd. Our President Captain Mike had many
new ideas that he shared with us at our first meeting.
Our guest speaker was Eva Rachesky Vice President
of W.P.R.F. Eva answered questions rebuilding our
fishing pier and how she is involved in rehabilitating
new members who wish to partake in our club activities
are always welcome. If you have any further questions
please call either Al (561) 242-0351 or Club
President Captain Mike at (570) 445-4391.
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