Lake Worth Towers Shuffleboard Court
Gone Fishin' by Manny Luftglass
Century Village Sunfish Sailors
CenWest Fishing Club News, 2013-2-14 Season
Worth Towers Shuffleboard Court
by Jimmy Shirley
right to left, Bobbi Carter, Francisco Francisco, Jim
Moyer and Jim Nicholson enjoy the
shuffleboard court at the Lake Worth Towers. They are
among a larger group of regular players.
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 19, 2014
all have heard the expression,
"green-grass-syndrome", right? Well, I
experienced an example of it recently and let me share
with you, okay? Karen went north for a week so I
drove across the state to fish with my buddy and
co-author, Ron Bern, on his 17 foot "Hitaldo."
He stole the name from a guy who he met whose boat wore
that name, and when Ron asked him to explain it, his
fellow-Southerner said it means "hit (it) al (will)
do", thus: it will do became Hitaldo in
Southerneeze. We fished the Estero River three times,
catching a mess of "cute" fish. Most were
little mangrove snapper but we also boated a black drum
and three sheepshead one day. Another day we got twenty
or so small fish but Ron had his pole torn out of the
boat, to be mourned for many years. I also caught a huge
skate, a ray of ten lbs. or so. Worst though was when we
got chased off the river by a thunder and lightning
storm. We barely made it back and into the car before
all hell broke loose with torrential rain and very
strong wind. So while the visit was great, the fishing,
she could have been better.
otherwise, I had four trips out on the Atlantic, much
closer to home. Two were on the Fish City Pride from
Pompano Beach and I knocked the socks off of lots of
critters. One day, I had sixteen snappers. Sure, none
were heavier than a pound but it was still fun and I
took the pool that day with a 2-1/2 lb. trigger fish.
Another day I had 39 fish including a dozen lane
action continues to be on a three-hook guppy rig with
one hook riding a foot or so beneath the six ounce bank
sinker that brings me down into the strike zone.
ya’ next time. Scuze me, gone fishin’.
best feature about the "guppy rig" that I use
is that I have a third snelled hook which dangles down
below my heavy bank sinker. And the worse feature too is
that same doggone hook because as a rule, I hang that
hook up in bottom once a trip and often have to break my
rig off. However, such is the price of success.
to explain further. Whenever you fish on a drift boat
that provides rod and reels set up for bottom fishing
with "guppy rigs", they all are set up the
same way. The eyes of each of two small hooks are
penetrated by dropper loops that are tied into the main
lines of the rods. This enables you to fish with two
small baited hooks that are separated from each other
which lie close to the bottom of the ocean where most of
the fish who live around here reside.
this omits the chance at hooking up with the
overwhelming majority of the smallish fish that we are
really after. You see, most porgies, many snappers, and
lots of the bigger grunt-family fish hover at the
bottom, looking for food. And when the two suspended
hooks pass by overhead, many of these fish cannot see
your offerings because they are looking down!
guppy rig always includes three snelled hooks - not
hooks that are slipped into dropper loops but hooks that
are tied on foot-long snells and then affixed into the
dropper loops in the main line. This allows each snelled
hook to float around and outreach to waiting mouths. But
best of all is the bottom hook itself whose snell is
placed into a loop that is immediately above my sinker.
Thus placed, this last hook rides along the bottom and
more often than not, is the one that scores. Sure,
especially if a critter has cleaned that hook, the bare
hook can hang into bottom but again, losing one rig and
having to re-rig is worth the effort so that you can
the tally over my last 4 trips: 2/18-Lady K-26 fish
including one porgy and a trigger plus seven grunts.
2/21-Lady K- 15 fish including a short mutton and two
triggers. 2/24-Fish City Pride out of Pompano Beach-21
fish including nine blueline tile fish (18 others caught
a total of 14 tiles between them) and four lane
snappers. And lastly, 2/27, 29 fish including six
porgies, all on that bottom hook.
a bait below your big sinker and when you hook up with a
fish, say thanks, Manny. But if you snag bottom, forget
my name, please?
me, gone fishin’.
readers. Well, to be boringly repetitive, unless you
scale down to catch fish that are of modest size, you
won’t be doing too much at sea for a while. Of course,
a mess of king mackerel and/or dolphin can always show
up, ditto a bunch of mutton snappers, but for now,
unless you fish "small", you won’t be doing
much business at sea.
for folks going with a "guppy rig", action is
occurring and fish are coming over the rails in good
number. And I must say, that it was nice hearing from
three Condo News readers in response to my offer
to attempt to assist folks in learning about the
"guppy" rig. Since the last edition, readers Steve,
Dennis and Harvey all outreached for help
and, without hands-on teaching, it is a little
difficult, but I hope that each learned a little bit
about the style. I still would be glad to respond to
e-mails for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org
and if you have a group of folks that would like me to
give a talk at a club meeting, I would be glad to help
been out four times since the last column and only
managed one snapper during that period. I dropped the
only vermillion snapper right at the rail on another
trip. But since the wind was too strong or the boat’s
been too crowded, I wasn’t able to fish "in the
deep" for vermie’s or blueline tile fish.
However, don’t run a benefit for me because the rod
was bending often on the Lady K.
my last two trips, fishing with friend Art Dolgan
on the 10th, we boated 30 or so fish. We had to release
seven, out-of-season but otherwise legal, graysby or
strawberry grouper, doggonit! But we did swing two nice
porgies over the rail.
last trip was my best in a while, in spite of a mob
scene, on 2/14. My little three-hook "guppy
rig" produced 26 fish. And while there were only
five porgies caught among the crowd, guess whose rig
caught all five? Yes, you are right. My lowest hook, the
one that rides below the sinker, caught four of them and
hook #2 got the other. Sure, I got busted off in bottom
a few times but such are the risks one must take when
you want to stay at bottom during a drift. And I also
got my first legal-sized flounder in several years, plus
six grunt and a huge northern sea robin, and six other
varieties of fish. Nice!
me, gone fishin’.
NEW CRITTER IN TOWN
really new at all, but some of the drift boats have
started to fish for blue line tile fish. I’ve been out
twice for them and managed to boat eight of these fine
eating fish to a top weight of 3.6 lbs. Seven were on
the Pompano-based Fish City Pride on the 26th and the
other one was on her sister-ship, the Helen S VI on the
31st in a stinko-trip. But still, I was fishing in a
tee-shirt while others to the way north froze their
tails off, so, hah on them.
last two weeks included 21 fish on the Lady K on the
20th including four trigger fish. Then on the Fish City
Pride 26th outing talked about above, I also boated
three vermillion snappers, a nice trigger and two small
bank sea bass.
back on the Lady K on the 28th, I boated the only three
vermillion snappers caught among 23 anglers, plus a 2-lb
trigger and a dozen other bottom dwellers. Then with
son-in-law Greg Morea on the 31st, we had the
lone tile I told you about above plus a vermie and a
dozen other little guys but Greg did boat a 1-1/2 lb.
action was on a "guppy" rig, as discussed so
often. Rather than repeating details every time, if you
would like specific instructions contact me via e-mail
Further, if you might like me to give a presentation to
a group of anglers, I love to do so.
me, gone fishin’.
snappers are here!
reddish pink in color, vermillion snappers are biting
and the time to get some is right now. Besides being a
very attractive fish, they make for fine dining as well.
Of course it’s not a certainty that they will be
biting, especially if you are drifting well inshore of
their favorite depths of 200+ feet of water. But if the
drift isn’t too terribly fast and you can get down to
the bottom and stay in the "strike zone", your
chances are exceedingly good to go home with a full
limit of five of these nice fish, or at least a few to
gobble up that night.
been out four times since we last met and each time
produced some vermies for me. Also called
"red-eye" (Their eyes are red) each must be at
least foot long and most of them make that size limit.
My log book shows four trips on the Lady K and here are
the numbers: 1/6, three vermies, a two-pound trigger
fish , one pink porgy and four remoras. Throw in a 23
inch (they must be 24 to the fork to be legal, doggonit)
African pompano, and that was a good day. A tourist
caught two big mutton snappers along with a nice
mangrove snapper too and another angler boated a legal
28 inch "African". Next was on the 10th when
32 anglers (most being sea sick within thirty minutes)
were on deck. They had eight fish between them including
a 24 lb king mackerel. My "guppy rig" produced
nine for me including three more "red-eyes",
three two-pound almaco jacks, a three-pound file fish, a
blue runner and a two-pound trigger.
on the 15th, I landed a double-limit of vermies (ten in
all) plus a nice trigger, one squirrel and a remora.
Last was on the 17th in a chilly breeze from the
northwest, I got another three red-eyes, two triggers,
three chocolate chip porgies and a pink porgy plus two
remoras, two little goby’s and a squirrel fish.
friend Art Dolgan. staying at Horizon East,
chartered the "Real Easy" out of Islamorada
with his son Phillip and daughter-in-law Tara for
two days and Art caught his first-ever sailfish on the
troll. The skipper said it was 75 pounds or so! They
also caught some nice blackfin tuna, cero mackerel and
me, gone fishin’.
and I took a holiday trip to Texas to see her family and
of course, I planned a fishing trip or two. Well, not! I
had booked a headboat try out of Galveston and a Lake
Conroe outing for sweetwater critters too but both got
scratched, the weather was just not good enough for
either outing. So back to Florida we came and I’ve had
moderate success hereabouts since we returned.
last time that I told you about in my prior column was
12/20 and since then, I got out three more times, on the
28th, on New Year’s Day and again on the 4th. No trips
were really good but at least I was out on the water and
doing my thing. The best was on the 28th when I was on
the Helen S VI out of Pompano Beach. The boat was loaded
with tourists, as always takes place during the
holidays, and it was kind of rough so many stayed tied
to the railing calling down to their friend
"Ralph"! But I boated a mess of bottom
dwellers including six of the seven porgies that were
landed on the entire boat. Grouper season shut down on
1/1 and the two little but legal grouper I caught that
day made for a nice meal that night for me.
other trips were on the Lady K out of Lantana and on 1/1
I caught two beautiful, and, but for the
"closure", they were two "legal"
grouper. One was a 1-1/2 lb. graysby and the other a 3/4
lb. strawberry and I sobbed sadly as I released each
one. But I did catch an assortment of other fish
including three toros, a porgy and eight grunt plus 25+
other fish. Last time out was on the 4th when five guys
managed to boat dolphin on the Lady K. As they were
biting I got slammed on a whole sardine bait that I
drifted out into the current. The fish was big and,
honest, is far bigger now because it busted my reel and
I never came near trying to turn the handle and deal
with it properly! A small sailfish was also brought to
the rail by another angler so for some of the
fisherpersons, it was a nice day for sure.
if you feel that it’s too windy in Palm Beach County,
remember that your relatives are being whacked by zero
degree temperatures and therefore, smile!
me, gone fishin’.
|December 25, 2013
time out, the color was yel-low. This time, make it red!
In my prior column I talked about how many yellowtail
snappers had been biting. Well, since then, I haven’t
caught a single one! I did see some ‘tails caught on
the Fish City Pride out of Pompano Beach in my last
sailing on the 19th but I was not among those who boated
any of the five or so nice yellowtails.
do not run me any benefits though because I’ve caught
20 red ones, starting on Sunday, the 8th. On that day, I
landed six vermillion snappers, five being of legal
size, along with 18 other fish to a 4-lb almaco jack as
my heaviest. Vermillion snappers are bright red in
color, truly a beautiful fish to behold. This was on the
Lady K out of Lantana. Then on the 10th I was again on
the same boat and this time, fishing again in depths of
200+ feet where the "vermies" reside, I had
another five fish limit and released three short
vermillions. I also caught my first legal-sized sea bass
(13+ inches) which I ate that night for a yummy dinner.
In addition I boated a 14 inch lane snapper, two pink
porgies and one chocolate chip porgy, a little jack,
four trigger fish and a small king mackerel.
was on the same boat for my second pool fish of the
year, a 4-lb mutton snapper, and four more vermies. I
had 21 fish overall. I caught yet one more
"red" critter, a 15 inch mutton snapper on the
17th along with 13 other fish.
yellow or red, there’s snapper a’plenty to catch.
Yellow inshore or deep red in the deep, go out and get
a wonderful new year, for you and yours alike.
me, gone fishin’.
|December 11, 2013
kinds of critters are biting on the four-hour sailings
but if you want to know which of the tasty creatures are
eating the most, think yellowtail snapper. In six trips
since we got down to Florida, I’ve boated a total of
48 ‘tails. Sure, only thirteen of them were keeper
size but still, that is a lot of yellowtail snappers for
Palm Beach County drift boat anglers. If you head down
to the Keys, you can catch far more if you have the
skill but that also requires you to take a car ride that
seems like it could last forever until you reach your
me, I like the convenience of fishing near our condo in
Lake Worth and that is why I usually board a nearby
boat. However, Karen and I will be heading to
Texas in a few weeks and I hope to report on the fishing
out of Galveston soon. And in February, we will take
that long ride to the Keys for a few days in which time
I hope to get me some fishing down thattaway too.
locally, there is plenty of action. For example, on the
2nd, the wind was modest so Captain Bruce on the
Lady K took us up north to the Lake Worth Pier area
where we drifted for several hours, during which time
loads of us caught a gang of fish. In my "guppy
rig" total were four ‘tails (one was a keeper),
two pork fish, a porgy, three trigger fish (one a
keeper), six grunt, four tinker mackerel and two speedos.
Add to that an unknown (so many, I lost count) of blue
runners. They are fun to catch but after five or ten you
just don’t even want to look at another.
heading back to the barn, Bruce took us to a wreck that
lies close to the inlet, but in 200 feet of water, where
we took a few drifts until we quit. Seven African
pompano were boated there as well as a huge porgy. I had
three of the seven African’s but while each was 3-4
pounds, none made the 24 inch limit to the fork of the
tail. ’Twas fun though for sure.
action? Go with a guppy rig, this style produces loads
of action and from time to time, something for the table
me, gone fishin’.
|November 27, 2013
and I got down for the season on the 13th and as of the
22nd, I’d already been out on the deep blue sea three
times with varying success. But the key ingredient to me
is that in each outing, I caught fish while wearing a
tee shirt. Now since the last time before we got here, I
was fishing while wearing five layers of clothing, that
is as big a difference as you could imagine! Okay, on
the 21st, I did have to wear my foul weather jacket
because it was pouring but still, it sure was warm!
was on the Fishing on Island Time on the 15th and I
caught seven fish. None was of much size but at least
the season, she had begun for me. Of interest though was
that my favorite boat, the Lady K out of Lantana didn’t
have enough customers to sail with that day. That made
no sense to me at all because the Lady K boat and crew
sure are at least as good as the other boat and at
times, even less expensive and maybe she even carries a
greater variety of bait.
well, next time was on the 18th and on the Lady K, I
clobbered fish after fish. It was so good for me that I
literally lost count of how many fish I caught. The true
number is somewhere between 50 and 55 and no, I am not
kidding. I kept four of the 20+ yellowtail snappers I
boated, three nice triggerfish, three small but legal
graysby grouper, four grunt, and a lovely 5-lb
dolphin/mahi-mahi. I also had a huge mess of blue
runners and a few sand eels and wrasse plus two sea
robins and I got chopped off by a king mackerel.
days later, it rained like the dickens as well as blew
hard out of the east but I still boated five yellowtail
snappers on the Lady K + a porgy, a graysby, five short
triggers, another five grunt, a beautiful blue wrasse, a
mackerel look-a-like called a "speedo", plus
two squirrel fish, an eel and a bunch of grunt again.
about you? Thinkin’ or fishin’?
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.
by Lou Maldonado
the Lady K on 2/18
Photo by Bob Galazzo
caught and released by Al Roth on 2/19
Photo by Chuck Mazza
fish picture of Monty Warner at
picnic fishing contest
Photo by Carl Pond
Photo by Carl Pond
Everyone: The fishing club has had a very successful
season during the past several months. Our members have
participated in the many events that we had planned at
the beginning of the season with Captain Mike and
all of our committee members. Those events included pier
fishing, boat fishing, lake fishing, surf fishing, and
our seasonal picnic. Although we did not catch any
record breaking fish, we had a good time trying. Our
annual picnic on Duck Island was a complete success. The
weather was terrific and we had 90 people attend which
included club members and guests of members. Many thanks
to our club members Bob Galazzo, Peter Amato, and
Lou Maldonado and the rest of the team who made
our picnic a great event for all of us. We also had very
good turnouts at our Breakfast and Dinner Buffets at
next meeting will be at the Clubhouse on April 2nd at
3:00pm classroom B. New members are always welcome. For
more information - call Captain Mike – 570 445-4391 or
member Paul Pepin after his battle with a Sailfish.
being released to fight another day.
Everyone. This Wednesday, February 5th we will be
holding our monthly fishing club meeting at the
clubhouse at 3:00 pm in classroom B.
had a very successful breakfast turnout on January 17th
when 16 of our members met at the Golden Corral. We all
had a very nice time and no one went away hungry. On the
21st of January ten of our members met for a morning of
fishing on the Lady K out of Lantana. Although it was a
little windy, everyone caught some fish to take home for
dinner. It’s always very exciting when you get to go
on a party boat because you never know how big your next
fish will be. For example our club member Paul Pepin
caught and released a beautiful Sailfish (see photo). On
the 30th of January, 27 members and their guests met at
Bellante’s for a dinner buffet. Again we all had a
wonderful time. It’s great to be together with a bunch
of friends who all enjoy fishing together and sharing
their stories and experiences.
forget we try to meet at the Dover Gazebo every Monday
at 4:00pm to try our luck fishing in our beautiful lake
here in Century Village. Besides fishing we are looking
forward to our BBQ picnic on Saturday, March 8th on Duck
member Chuck Mazza with a beautiful 15lb 4oz largemouth
bass caught and released back to our lake in Century
Village in December 2013.
by Al Roth
Everyone: The CenWest Fishing Club hopes that everyone
has a Happy and Healthy 2014.
is a reminder that our next fishing club meeting will be
on January 8th at 3:00pm in classroom B at the
Clubhouse. We hope that everyone will attend and help
make plans for an exciting new year full of fun and
excitement for our club members.
members are always welcome. For additional information
call our club President Capt. Mike at 570
445-4391. Al 242-0351
everyone. On Tuesday, December 10th, the fishing club spent
the morning on the drift boat the Lady K out of Lantana.
Although the weather was very nice the fish were not very
cooperative. Ten members made the trip, but only a few were
able to catch about 4 Large fish. However, those of us who
fished on the bottom did manage to catch a good number of
smaller fish although only a small amount of those were
edible. This past Wednesday, December 18th, ten members and
their wives headed out to Juno Pier for a day of pier
fishing. The ladies had a wonderful time on the beach, but
us guys on the pier did not have much luck trying to catch
any fish. The seas were choppy, the wind was blowing and the
fish were nowhere to be found. However, we all had a great
time although the fishing was extremely disappointing. But
as always we will not give up because we know better days
are just right around the corner.
next meeting will be at the clubhouse at 3:00 pm, classroom
B on January 8th. We have discussed plans to make our club a
very interesting and exciting group of guys and girls who
want to fish and have fun together.
members are always welcome. For more information call our
President, Captain Mike at 570 445-4391. A Healthy
and Happy New Year to Everyone! Al – 242-0351.
McElhenney , a Cenwest Fishing Club member, with a great
catch of Salmon and Lake Trout, caught in Lake Michigan
during this past summer. Our congratulations to Pat on this
supplied by Al Roth
had a meeting on December 4th at the clubhouse and the club
has new Officers. Captain Mike gave a demonstration
and it was very informative. There will be several committee’s
working with our new President Capt Mike concerning boat,
surf, pier and lake fishing.
next meeting will be held on January 8th, 3pm room B, at the
clubhouse. Please note January 1st which is the first
Wednesday of the month is New Years day so the meeting will
be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month January 8th 3pm
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