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.
(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.
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.
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.