Wrasse

Wrasse

Wrasse tend to inhabit rocky grounds and are not particularly fussy feeders taking an array of baits, they are a good fighting fish and are great sport on light gear.
There are a few types of wrasse but Ballan if the most common being all round the UK and cuckoo are more prevalent in the south of the UK.
The Wrasse is a fish with a sturdy thick body which is green or red/terracotta in colour; it can sometimes be tinted with blues and has a pleasant pattern or mottled pattern which leads down to an off white or cream belly. The ballan wrasse also has a single dorsal fin which is along its entire body and they pocess a broad tail fin.
The Wrasse has strong jaws and teeth so beware when unhooking as these are used for crushing crabs and other shellfish.


Rigs:
(In rocky places that are snaggy use a rotten bottom)

Paternoster: A 60lb rig body and a 20-30 cm 30lb hook length leading to a single hook size 1 or 1/0 hook.
Drop shot rig: size 1 or 1/0 hook.

Float rig: A small waggler or sea float if rougher weather, a 30lb mono of 2ft to a size 1 or 1/0 hook.

Baits:
Worms: whether its rag lug or garden lob worm they will all be taken ether a whole worm or sections of slid over the hook.

Crab: Small whole crabs hooked or large crabs cut in half whipped to the hook shank leaving a clear hooking point.

Squid: cut into strips and hook once can also whip to hook shank.

Soft plastic lures: shrimps, worms, most animal type lures will worm when offered just leave a clear hooking point.

Grounds:
Wrasse inhabit Rocky and Reefy areas normally areas you wouldn’t want to cast your gear into but by using a rotten bottom or float fishing the areas you will do well and loose less gear.
Also try around structures and harbour walls etc for Wrasse.