Wrasse Ballan

The ballan wrasse is a very strong and muscular fish. It has a large head and small mouth. with thick fleshy lips and large teeth. The ballan wrasse also has another set of teeth further down in its throat. With the first set crushing its prey, the second will grind down the food to aid digestion. It has a long dorsal fin with an array of between 18 and 21 spines. The ballan has over 4 large scales along it’s lateral line. Natural habitat for a ballan wrasse is rock and weed covered ground. The females lay eggs within a […]

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Ray Spotted

Spotted rays have are light brown in colour. They are covered in small dark spots, that run within 3cm of the ing edges. They are sometimes confused with Blonde rays who have spots all the way to the wing edges. Often the spotted ray has a large pale spot on each wing, that has one small dark spot within and surrounded by larger dark spots.Small closely packed spines run down it;s back to the tail. Spotted rays can be found over roughish ground in depths up to 140m. Many are taken around the Holyhead bay area especially when fishing on […]

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Wrasse Corkwing

The corkwing wrasse has a thick body, small eyes and a large mouth. It is classed as a mini specie with weights never exceeding 1lb. The most distinctive feature of the Corkwing is that it has a serrated gill cover. Varying in colour although normally green and brown with a lighter underside. The male corkwing wrasse often exhibit a blue tinge to the head. The are found regular in very rocky areas and kelp covered areas. Where ballans and cuckoo can be found in most rock strewn areas, my experience has more corkwing found in areas with low tidal strength. […]

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Black Bream

The Black Bream has a very flat and long body. It is covered in large scales all the way to its head and has 1 single long dorsal fin. The Black Bream has a small head, with a small mouth full of sharp pointed teeth. The topside of the body is dark grey black with a blue tinge that runs silver in appearance towards the underside Black Bream are the most common of it’s family in UK waters. They feed on a variety of of bottom dwelling creatures, however UK anglers use mainly mackerel, squid  and ragworm to tempt this […]

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Wrasse Goldsinney

The Goldsinny is a small wrasse with small pointed head and long body. It has a fairly large mouth for it’s head size. Similar to other wrasse it has big fleshy lips, and two rows of small teeth, with the strongest at the front. The Goldsinny is a small member of the wrasse family with sizes rarely exceeding 8oz. This wrasse is a light golden brown colour, that turns a whitish colour on the wrasses underside. The Goldsinny has a very distinctive black spot on it’s back just at the base of the tail fin. It also has another less […]

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