It would certainly be wrasse for me too.I was really lucky last year in stumbling on a mark,I mean cleverly sussing out a mark,where you get good sized wrasse on soft ground.I started fishing it with a carp rod and 10lb line,help ma crivvens,what a carry on when you hook a 3lb plus,nearly has you in the water.
Wrasse for me to - although perhaps that's because i've never had a cod from the shore :schmoll: I did catch a 2lber on my sons wee five foot rod and my goodness we couldn't get it up the wall. Had to hand it up. Wrasse have definately been the fish that hooked my son on fishing. Summer and wrasse, a heady combination. Winter and ... er... a couple of coalies.
Wrasse every time. But I don't find them easy to catch as they are fussy about what they will take. And, they often just nibble at the end of the bait and you have to be wary of striking too soon - you can see this when float fishing and the float bobs up and down quite a few times before it dives under. This is usually when the Wrasse is a small one but I have had a 4lb one that had loads of little nibbles before fully taking the bait. My favourite fishing, for Wrasse with a float off rocks and in deep water (it helps if it is a sunny day)
ah would say wrasse,got one a couple of years ago at babbit ness,near kingsbarns, about 4lb , even on heavy gear it put up a good fight.
forgot what a cod feels like,been that long since a got one,though the day will come!!!
On light tackle or float fishing wrasse gives you a good fight even the small ones.........but there even harder if fishing over weed as they grab your bait and dive into the weed..............also had a few pollock on the float,now theres a fish that can give a good battle.