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But the species' mating opportunities are limited as lugworms spend most of their lives burrowed deep in the sediment.
Anglers fishing Hauxley have had codling to 2 1/2lb, mainly on lugworm and not taking crab at all.
The only one to weigh in was Alan Rowe, who fished Whitley Bay beach and, using cocktail of lugworm and frozen crab, landed a codling of 2lb 9oz.
Most of the smaller fish have been falling to crab, with the biggest fish falling to lugworm.
Hall Road beach, was fishing with a cocktail bait of squid and lugworm when she hooked her prize catch, which was released after being photographed.
FINE SPECIMEN Jeff Watkins of Llanharan caught this 16lb cod on a cocktail of lugworm and squid cast out from the beach at Witches Point.
The rivers Tyne and Wear have produced lots of undersized codling with the odd better fish to 3lb, lugworm taking most fish.
The Skelton angler, 46, tempted the 11lb cod on a bait of lugworm and peeler crab cocktail fished around 80 to 90 yards out at Runswick Bay.
Fishing from the ledges above Johnson's at Marsden, he took five cod, two of 3lb, one of 5lb, another at 7lb 8oz, topped by a cracker of 13lb 8oz, all falling to lugworm bait.
Kelly used lugworm and crab baits near to the 'funnel' and his best fish weighed in at 5lb 12oz.