Wreck fishing is more expensive than our other trips and the reason for this is quite simple, we tend to travel much further afield in search of wrecks that have a shoal or two of feeding fish and as a consequence we burn a lot more fuel, the cost of which has to be covered in our prices, it is not unusual for me to start the boats engine at the start of the day and only switch it off again 10 hours later!
The majority of wreck fishing is carried out on the drift, where lures are used on a flying collar or portland rig and subsequently many anglers tend to lose rigs in the wreckage.
Beware Tackle losses can be quite high when drifting over the wrecks so ensure you have enough tackle.
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TOP TIP To maximise your fishing time on the wrecks, make sure you are well prepared by tying up plenty of spare rigs at home so that when you break off on a wreck you can quickly re-tackle and be up and fishing again in no time at all!
Anchored Wreck Fishing
For species such as Conger Eels and Ling we need to use heavier tackle than when we are drifting the wrecks,
We will present large mackerel or squid baits on heavy monofilament hook lengths, I do not recommend the use of wire traces.
Rods & Reels
For drift fishing we need 15 - 20 lb class rods teamed up with a multiplier that can hold sufficient line to cope with the deep water and have enough spare so that if we break off in the wreck, we can still fish on effectively, I would recommend 20 - 30 lb breaking strain braid line with a short length of monofilament line attached to the end.
For anchored fishing we need 30 - 50 lb class rods teamed up with at least a size 4/0 multiplier loaded with 30 - 50 lb breaking strain braid line with a short length of monofilament line attached to the end.
Hooks & Traces
For our drift fishing we will generally use a hook size of around a 4/0 with a monofilament trace with a breaking strain of 20 - 30 lbs, the length of the trace can vary between 4 feet and 10 feet dependant on the tidal run and target species.
For our anchored fishing we would use heavier hooks and traces, generally hooks will be in the 6/0 to 10/0 range and our traces will be in the 100 - 250 lb breaking strain range and be of 5 - 6 feet in length.
For drifting with lures, 8 - 12 ounces should be sufficient depending on wind and tidal conditions,
For anchored fishing be prepared to use weights up to 2 lbs dependant on the strength of the tide.
There is a bewildering array of lures available in your local tackle shop all of which have a place in your tackle box, some of the more successful and popular ones include: Sidewinders, Red Gills, Jelly Worms and Shads.
Here are some images of the rigs we would use for wreck fishing,
|Flying Collar Rig||Running Ledger Rig|
The Portland Rig
The main species that we target when wreck fishing are: Pollack, Cod, Bass, Ling and Conger Eels