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A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh

Wrasse Fishing with Lures: A Simple Guide

Why Fish for Wrasse?

Lure fishing for wrasse is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors. These colourful and strong fish provide a fun challenge for anglers. Wrasse are known for their powerful fights and are a joy to catch, making them a favourite among many fishermen.

Their striking colours and unique patterns add to the excitement, making each catch a memorable one. All you need to do is step up your perch fishing gear and then head to the coast!

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
A recent bright green sea creature with eyes like orange marbles!
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Where to Fish for Wrasse

Wrasse are typically found in rocky coastal areas and kelp beds, where they can hide and hunt for food. Look for them around rocky outcrops, piers, and breakwaters. These spots offer the perfect habitat for wrasse, giving you a higher chance of a successful fishing trip. Areas with strong tidal currents and plenty of underwater structures are ideal.

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
Find yourself a rocky piece of coastline, the perfect habitat for big wrasse

The Rod, Reel, and Line Used when lure fishing for Wrasse

When fishing for wrasse, it’s important to have the right gear. Use a medium to heavy action rod, around 7-8 feet long. This length and a weight of around 30g gives you good control and

enough power to handle the strong wrasse. Pair your rod with a sturdy reel that has a smooth drag system. A spinning reel is a great choice for its versatility and ease of use. For the line, opt for a strong braided line with a fluorocarbon leader of around 15-18lb. The braid provides strength and sensitivity, while the fluorocarbon leader helps with abrasion resistance around the rocky areas.

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
Fox Rage PrismX Lure and Shad Rod
A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
The glow of the evening sun on another lovely wrasse

Texas Rigs and Creature Baits

One of the most effective setups for wrasse fishing is the Texas rig. This rig allows your bait to move naturally while minimizing snags in rocky terrain. These baits are very attractive to wrasse and increase your chances of a bite. Rigging your lure properly ensures it moves enticingly through the water, drawing in the curious wrasse. A couple of my favourite lures at the moment include the Strike King Rage Craw and the Fox Rage UV Creature Crayfish in Golden Glitter.

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
The Strike King Rage Craw in Green Pumpkin, 17g Fox Rage Texas weight
A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
An incredible looking wrasse from a stunning location on the coast
A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
Buoyant creatures are a great option – the Floating Creatures by Fox Rage

The Retrieve

Definitely go LOW and SLOW. These wrasse dwell amongst the rocks and kelp. You need to

bump these lures slowly on and around the rocky sea bed, which can sometimes cost you a bit of tackle but that’s where you need to fish. Fish the weedless rig, as suggested above and it should pull through kelp and other snags. Regularly add pauses of up to 10 seconds and eventually, you’ll get smashed by one of these incredible fish.

Travel Light

When fishing for wrasse, it’s best to travel light. Carry only the essentials: your rod and reel, a small tackle box with a selection of lures, a net, and some extra line and hooks. This makes it easier to move around the rocky shores and find the best fishing spots. A compact backpack can help keep your gear organised and easy to carry.

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
Love the spotty ones! And they fight SO hard!

Stay Safe

Fishing in rocky coastal areas can be hazardous, so always prioritise safety. Watch out for slippery rocks, strong currents, and changing tides. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and avoid fishing alone in remote areas. Let someone know your plans and always have a way to call for help if needed.

Fishing in wild environments is exciting, but stay safe!

Wear Strong Walking Boots

To navigate the rocky terrain safely, wear strong, sturdy walking boots. Good footwear provides better grip and protects your feet from sharp rocks and slippery surfaces. Boots with good ankle support can also help prevent injuries from unexpected slips or uneven ground.

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
A very windy session on the rocks. Make sure you’ve got the right gear.

Enjoy Your Lure fishing for Wrass This Summer

Wrasse fishing is not just about the catch—it’s about enjoying the experience. Take in the beautiful coastal scenery, relish the fresh sea air, and appreciate the thrill of the fight when you hook a wrasse. Whether you’re fishing alone or with friends, the adventure and memories you create will make your summer truly special.

A guide to lure fishing for wrasse with Nick Marsh
Nothing looks more impressive than a big wrasse

So, grab your gear, head to the rocky shores, and enjoy the exciting sport of lure fishing for wrasse this summer!

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Nick Marsh

Nick Marsh is a prolific UK-based angler known for his expertise in catching multiple fish species. With extensive experience across nearly all angling disciplines, Nick brings unparalleled character and enthusiasm to his craft, which he passionately shares on his YouTube channel, 'Life on the Bank'.