It is fair to say that you do not catch many Pouting when wreck fishing. I
suppose the words for that would be "thank goodness".
It is not a targeted fish
of choice for either wreck or reef fishers. But when captured on wrecks, there
are usually dozens of them that will land on the decks of the boat.
is either a baited feather trace or a whiting trace. Remember to keep that line
tight otherwise you will end up with a "bunch of bananas" and lost fishing time.
Some times large quantities of Pouting are captured by reef fisherman. These
fish like Whiting are shoal fish and when someone on the boat captures one you
may rest assured dozens will be captured.
Large fish are reasonable tasting and
not unlike Whiting to eat. However you usually need a few to make a decent
meal. Once again baited feathers or whiting trace are the best method to capture
If you can't capture a Pouting my advice is "give up angling".