Local wrecks in the 2-4 mile range from shore can be quite productive for conger and ling species along with pouting, pollack and wrasse. These wrecks however being proximate to the shore are naturally more prone to heavier fishing, unlike those further out in the 8-12mile range. Here these wrecks tend to be fished less frequently by anglers and consequently have larger fish stocks, including specimen sized ling. The depths here range between 50 and 65m and such long hauls up with a ling can test even the very best of staminas. DEEP BREADTHS!
The best reel for these wrecks would have a retrieve of greater than 5 to 1, ideally a 6 to 1. Beach Casting reels with high retrieves are readily adaptable to this task, provided they are respooled with a minimum 50Ib breaking strain braid. Such wrecks also host large populations of pollack and whiting.
On some occassions the whiting can be borderline on pestilence, but then again 1-2 pound whiting in twos and threes is a hearty meal from the freezer later in the year. Whiting are often worthwhile targetting off the wrecks, on the sandy shoals, by leaving the lead drag along the bottom and wait for the rattle.
As with all wreck fishing a certain level of common sense should previal, save that an angler wishes to spend the day tackling a multi tonne rusting hulk 150ft below.
Accordingly, listen to skipper's advice from the outset about how many winds up from bottom after touching same. Don't worry the novice anglers tend to get the handle of it after one or two line breaks and retackling thereafter. On the whole even the best of the sea naglers get snagged up from time to time.
It should be borne in mind that fishing nets often foul up in these wrecks and thus prove as snags for the intrepid wreck angler.
Afterall guys consider this it would not be as much fun if it was all too easy!