A core fish-family amongst genuine UK ‘rockfish’ are the wrasse. In the UK we have 5 species of wrasse to target with light rock fishing (LRF) tactics; Ballan Wrasse, Cuckoo Wrasse, Corkwing Wrasse, Goldsinny Wrasse and the Rock Cook. The Ballan being the largest species. Each wrasse species has its preferences – both habitat and prey items. The following articles will hopefully help in terms of fish identification, suitable techniques and the best lures for each species.
While the bigger fish targets have been pretty obliging since lockdown eased, the typical, smaller LRF species have felt a bit thin on the ground at times. Species count is going well, but the volume of fish doesn’t seem to be there yet. Perhaps that’s to do with mating duties. I caught a Corkwing last week that was still full of eggs (carefully released).