Pout Whiting / Pouting Fishing Tips: Trisopterus luscus
The pout whiting or pouting (Trisopterus luscus), a small member of the greatfamily, is only too easily caught. When it comes out of the water it has a beautiful iridescent, almost copper colouring, with dark bands across its body and a black spot at the fore-end of the pectoral fins. There is a single barbule beneath the lower jaw. It is also called ‘bib’.
As a rule it is the small fish that come close inshore, the larger specimens being found in deeper water. Piers, harbours, rocks, and beaches all provide their quota. Most of the fish taken from the shore range up to the 225 g lb) mark, with the occasional specimen over 500 g (1 lb).
Pout whiting are found in the greatest numbers all along the south coast, but they are also present in other areas such as the Bristol Channel. It depends on locality, but as a rule they make their appearance during the warmer period of the year, earlier than their more slender counterparts, silver whiting.
Baits, Tackle, and Fishing Methods
The tackle required is similar to those used for whiting — is other words, the lightest possible consistent with tide and currents. Baits are also similar — ragworm, lugworm, and mussel. Pout whiting are usually taken ongear.
The best sport is usually around dusk, but this fish will also bite well after dark. The most suitable state of the tide depends on the area fished, but as a rule the best time is near and after the top of the tide.
If you can cook the pout whiting soon after capture, it is delicious, but it goes off more quickly than practically any other fish.