Here’s an article I wrote for HTO Lures (Tronix) back in 2016, on early season wrasse fishing with lures. Having just re-read it, I think it still stands, although perhaps the season has crept forward by a couple of weeks over the past 5 or 6 years.
You don’t necessarily need to be stood upon rock to rock-fish. Or indeed catch big Ballan Wrasse. Don’t rule out beaches if the right habitat is within casting distance. Especially if there is a resident food source. More