best bait for wrasse is crab, peeler and hard back. Just whip it on and drop it close to the rock edges, dont take long for them to find it. Pretty savage bites, hold the rod rather than a tripod. Worm baits also catch, bigger fish tend toward crab though. One of the few fish to take limpet, use them to pad out the crab if running low. Very obliging fish are wrasse, dont need to cast far, bright weather dont bother them, and put up a decent fight. Inedible, so put them all back!!
Rag and lug will catch you the smaller ones generally but alot of them, crab is better for the bigger wrasse along with mackeral but is normally slower than worm.
Wrasse are not inedible at all, i personally have not tried them but they make excellent sashimi. They are not mainstream but there is a small demand for them. They are also used as bouillabase(spelling?).
My opinion............Hardback crab hands down. Easy to collect, just cut in half and put the two halfs on a pennel sett-up with a 15lb weak link to the weight. This method has resulted in wrasse upto 9lb 1 oz in Ireland.
like the cornish one said that wrasse arent inedible, but they are said to be rough eating and not very pleasant due to living in amongst the kelp etc......however they are very very slow growing fish all ballan wrasse are born female and take up to 8 yrs for some to turn into males......so have a think if you do catch a wrasse, is it not better to have caught and give back than to catch and take......??????