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• Lake Worth Towers Shuffleboard Court

• Gone Fishin' by Manny Luftglass

• Century Village Sunfish Sailors

• CenWest Fishing Club News, 2013-2-14 Season

Last Updated 04/12/2014

Lake Worth Towers Shuffleboard Court

Photo by Jimmy Shirley

From 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.


GONE

FISHIN'

By

Manny Luftglass

Manny 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 newspaper.


March 19, 2014

"GREEN-GRASS-SYNDROME"

We 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.

But 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 snappers.

The 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.

See ya’ next time. Scuze me, gone fishin’.


March 5, 2014

THAT BOTTOM HOOK!

The 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.

And 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.

BUT, 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!

My 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 score!

Here’s 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.

Dangle 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?

‘Scuze me, gone fishin’.


February 19, 2014

BOTTOM BITE CONTINUES!

Hi 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.

However, 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 mannyfishing@msn.com 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 out.

I’ve 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.

In 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.

The 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!

Scuze me, gone fishin’.


February 5, 2014

A NEW CRITTER IN TOWN

Not 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.

My 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.

Then 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. porgy.

This 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 at mannyfishing@msn.com. Further, if you might like me to give a presentation to a group of anglers, I love to do so.

Scuze me, gone fishin’.


January 22, 2014

Vermillion snappers are here!

Pretty 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.

I’ve 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.

Then 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.

My 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 false albacore!

Scuze me, gone fishin’.


January 8, 2014

O FOR TEXAS

Karen 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.

The 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.

My 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.

Hey, 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!

Scuze me, gone fishin’.

 


December 25, 2013

CHANGE THAT COLOR

Last 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.

However, 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.

Next 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.

So, yellow or red, there’s snapper a’plenty to catch. Yellow inshore or deep red in the deep, go out and get some!

Have a wonderful new year, for you and yours alike.

Scuze me, gone fishin’.


December 11, 2013

YELLOWTAIL SEASON!

All 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 destination.

For 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.

But 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.

Before 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.

Want action? Go with a guppy rig, this style produces loads of action and from time to time, something for the table as well.

Scuze me, gone fishin’.

 

November 27, 2013

"I'M BACK!"

Karen 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!

#1 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.

Oh 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.

Three 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.

How about you? Thinkin’ or fishin’?

Scuze me, gone fishin’.

 


Sunfish Sailors of Century Village

By Dot Loewenstein

Century Village's Sunfish Sailboats

Photo by Dot Loewenstein


CenWest Fishing Club

By Al and Alice Roth

CenWest Fishing Club Members aboard the Lady K

CenWest Fishing Club 

Condo News columnists

Alice and Al Roth. 


2013-2014 Season

Yellowtail Snapper 

caught by Lou Maldonado

on the Lady K on 2/18

 

– Photo by Bob Galazzo

Bass caught and released by Al Roth on 2/19

 

– Photo by Chuck Mazza

Big fish picture of Monty Warner at

club picnic fishing contest

 

– Photo by Carl Pond

March 8th picnic

 

– Photo by Carl Pond

(3-19-14)

Hi 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 nearby restaurants.

Our 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 Al 242-0351.


Club member Paul Pepin after his battle with a Sailfish.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by

Lou Maldonado.

Sailfish being released to fight another day.

(2-5-14)

Hi Everyone. This Wednesday, February 5th we will be holding our monthly fishing club meeting at the clubhouse at 3:00 pm in classroom B.

We 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.

Don’t 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 Island.


Club member Chuck Mazza with a beautiful 15lb 4oz largemouth bass caught and released back to our lake in Century Village in December 2013.

Photo by Al Roth

(1-8-14)

Hi Everyone: The CenWest Fishing Club hopes that everyone has a Happy and Healthy 2014.

This 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.

New members are always welcome. For additional information call our club President Capt. Mike at 570 445-4391. Al 242-0351


(12-25-13)

Hi 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.

Our 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.

New 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.


Pat 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 great catch.

 

Photo supplied by Al Roth

(12-11-13)

We 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.

Our 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 room B.


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