Wreck Fishing

The Anglesey coastline and beyond is littered with many different types wrecks (there are over 200 around the Anglesey coastline alone). The Irish sea has an abundance of both deep and shallow wrecks which play host to many different species of fish. Being part of the shipping lanes into Liverpool and the western approaches during WWII, over centuries now ships caught in severe storms have been lost in these seas.

With the A55 dual carriageway across the island, Holyhead is now an ideal venue for a good days charter fishing and one of the only major ports with direct access to St Georges Channel.

My Way 2 offers a great mix of sport fishing and fish for the table.

Fish that can be expected in and around wrecks within easy reach of Holyhead include: pollack, cod, coalfish, spurdog, ling, conger, huss, tope, and many more.

Whether you prefer fishing with jellyworms and shads, or hokki’s or feathers, or ragworm and live sandeel, there is usually plenty around to keep all aboard My Way happy.

A good days deeps / wreck can be achieved on tides ranging from 23’ to 29’.

Late May through until early November are the most productive of times of the year for paying the wrecks a visit.

As a rule downtiders are in the wreck anglers armoury. Down tide rods should range in the 12lb to 20lb and also the 20lb to 30lb in general for those seeking out the congers, when anchored up on our wrecks. Heavy uptiders of 6oz to 8oz are often used and can work equally well.

Reels can range in size and type. There are a host of different makes and models to choose from however with reels sized similar to Penn Fathom 15’s are very popular choices.

Excellent reels at an affordable price. Mainline in the 20 – 30lb  …. braid preferred when fishing upto 400ft of water.

There’s a wide assortment of rigs and tackle available to the wreck angler. Primarily when hunting out pollack and coalies, rigs such as the flying collar or the standard tube boom single hook rigs are preferred.

Hook sizes vary from 1/0 – 3/0. The hooks are tied to a 15lb – 25lb body ranging from 6′ – 18′ in length.

Modern wreck fishing on the drift has moved on leaps and bounds in recent years. Jelly worms and various small shads still work on occasions, but the newer shads, Sidewinders etc appear to out fish all manner of soft plastics at times. Sidewinders colours tend to be either Rhubarb & Custard (always a popular wreck fishing combination) or pearl white. Lure colours vary dependent on water colour and sunshine.

Generally though the firetail type jellies (black with coloured tail) always work well. Another method used for the pollack and one which is often successfully used for cod is jigging, using a set of large hokki feathers.

When new to the wrecks, this can often help you settle down with locating the structure of the wreck whilst learning the drift. A good few pollack or codling come to the basic hokkai rig.


A good selection of weights from 6oz up to 1lb are the norm. Styles best used include the Torpedo and Bopedo weights. Please don’t use bell leads when drifting the wrecks, these are not so stream lined and result in many tangles whilst descending to the wreck.

Our wreck fishing trips are generally limited between 8 and 9 anglers, never 12. we prefer more space for everyone onboard to fish happily together and reduce the risk of tangling.

We also run wreck fishing days were there are only 6 anglers aboard, yes you pay a little extra, but have more space, and possibly more fish for yourself.