The action is happening at Cullercoats and Cresswell beaches, where the lugworms
can be found in burrows under the sand.
Prof Stuart Jenkins, Capturing Our Coast Principal Investigator, at Bangor University, School of Ocean Sciences, said: "Anyone who takes a walk at low tide on a sandy beach will be familiar with the coiled casts of lugworms
The East Cleveland angler offered black lugworm
and mussel cocktail.
So I baited up with a cocktail of peeler crab and black lugworm
which would appeal to most fish,'' he said.
Rock edge marks at Newton, Cullernose, Cresswell and Dunstanburgh seeing codling between 1-2lb with only occasional decent fish, lugworm
Using several combination baits - including ragworm, ammo black lugworm
, squid and razorfish - John was on a hot streak.
I dropped the bait of razor and lugworm
until it hit bottom, then raised it six inches, and the fish was straight onto it.
Greasby's Lindfield was well clear with six dabs and eight whiting, caught on black lugworm
and crab, for a 6lb 1oz total.
Graham Gillespie fished Blyth Pier to take a cod of 12lb 4oz, David Carrs had a bag of 19lb in total, with the best being a cod of 9lb taken on lugworm
from Seaton Sluice.
I caught both fish on black lugworm
, cast between 100 and 200 yards out.
Fishing across low water meant flatfish were the target and Kevin Martland was a clear winner with 13 dabs weighing a total of 5lb 4oz, all caught on lugworm
tipped with mackerel.
Competitors can only use lugworm
, red ragworm, mackerel, squid or sand eel as bait.
Ushing fresh lugworm
bought from McDermott's Ashington, he showed his father and brother how it should be done.
The fish was tempted with lugworm
fished on a size 1 Sakuma Chinu hook, tied to 17lb fluorocarbon hooklink.
The rough conditions meant that the Sandsend match was moved to Whitby, and the winner cashed in with three codling for 5lb 1oz, caught from the west pier on lugworm