TWO POUT CLOSE TO RECORD
Two pouting close to the British boat record were caught by an angler fishing out of Plymouth, Devon.
With the record, set in 1969, standing at 5lb 8oz, local angler Dan Chiswell caught pouting of 5lb 6oz and 5lb 4oz.
Fishing with light tackle from a private boat, he caught them on a three-hook flapper rig baited with half a herring tipped with king rag. His tackle was a HTO Rockfish M1 7-28g rod and Shimano Hyperloop 2000 reel with 6lb braid.
The Scottish boat record for a pouting has been broken by an angler enjoying her first offshore angling trip after a spell in hospital.
June Marshall, of Stranraer, was aboard Stevie Stringer’s Lucky Dip II, out of Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway, when a drift over a wreck in deep water produced a 3lb 13oz pouting, beating by 5oz the record set 40 years ago.
Skipper Stevie said: “I decided to get a couple of drifts in over a deep wreck before setting the anchor to look for some conger eels.
"She dropped down a 4in head section of mackerel on a size 10/0 hook and 200lb wire trace, but the pouting decided that it wanted it.”
After being weighed, it was realised the fish had beaten the record. Back on dry land it was weighed on verified scales and confirmed the pouting had beaten the current Scottish record of 40 years by 5oz.