The Pouting gets a rough deal from UK anglers. However, catch a Pout on a lure with a light LRF rod and this fish turns from zero to hero! LRF anglers love Pouting, especially large Pouting. They are obliging and put up decent resistance on the right gear. It’s unquestionable that they are predators – look at those teeth! Quite a common occurrence on flavoured lures like Isome, but in my experience the Pouting will attack most soft-plastic lures and less frequently, jigged metals.
I am in limbo a bit at the moment. After some good Plaice fishing a few weeks ago I find April a funny month to fish on the boat so I often find myself fishing without any real aim or target. This is not a problem, provided I am fishing I am happy but a few very quiet sessions do knock the confidence a bit and no more so than when I am lure fishing. Not that it is all bad, we have seen a few fish on the boat and maybe more importantly we are fine tuning how to present certain lures in certain ways from a boat in readiness for some more productive fishing. Even so, its nice to get a take and put a bend in the rod so we have been fishing some inshore marks where there is always a variety of fish to catch.
One of the better Wrasse so far on the boat fell to Pete on an X-layer and gave a good account of itself on light tackle.