Fishing for big oceanic thrushes
Here in Norway, you can undermine the shore, with artificial lures, really big thrushes, which, for those who fish in the Mediterranean, are just a dream.
The Ballan Wrasse ( Labrus bergylta ), the bigger of the two, truly reach record sizes (up to 65 cm.) And is also a strong fighter, which makes the exits looking for this really exciting fish.
The best season to catch it is the summer, and, since it patrols areas very close to the coast, you can also easily capture from the shore. It is an active predator that, although not capable of powerful shots, can also be captured with recoveries not too slow, provided you stay in contact with the bottom or in its vicinity. It can be captured with hard baits (lipless, crank), but especially with soft baits, triggered at drop shot, SplitShot or JigHead. The best soft baits are straight worms and craws and should be combined with fairly large hooks (# 2 / # 3) and used with endings over 0.25.
The Tordo Fischietto ( Labrus Mixtus – Cuckoo Wrasse), on the other hand, reaches smaller dimensions, but shares the same habitat as Ballan Wrasse, and is therefore randomly captured when searching for the cousin major.
Despite the usually smaller size, it is a fish that can amaze us with its beautiful colors. It has a much-tapered body than the Ballan Wrasse, which makes it much less tenacious in combat once it is hooked. The best environments to find both species are the low cliffs with sea bottom and all the spots near artifacts, which may be small landings, concrete piers, wooden poles, etc. Marco