TWO POUT CLOSE TO RECORD

Sea Angler (UK) - - YOUR FISHING -

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.

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