Target flathead on the edges | On the Water with Dave Downie

HAPPY: Tony Lyon was happy to land his first-ever surf mulloway during the Moreton Island Classic.

HAPPY: Tony Lyon was happy to land his first-ever surf mulloway during the Moreton Island Classic.

CATCH: Brian Merrett with a solid queenfish caught at Black Rock Creek, north of Mackay.

CATCH: Brian Merrett with a solid queenfish caught at Black Rock Creek, north of Mackay.

Flathead are in good numbers in all estuaries

To catch the smaller fish, target the edges of channels and drains or the mouth of creeks. Keep your lures small and make sure they are on the bottom and moving by slowly retrieving or drifting.

Anything that resembles a small baitfish like a whitebait, hardihead or small pillie are good baits, as are strips of fish flesh, particularly whiting.

Tailor catches have been great this week. All surf beaches are producing good catches, some nudging three kilograms.

Top spots were the northern Gold Coast around Narrowneck to Philip Park of an evening.

On South and North Stradbroke islands, just find a good gutter and there are plenty of them, especially either side of the Pin Bar.

Reports from Fraser Island and Noosa North Shore are excellent with a lot of choppers to 1.5kg at dawn and dusk and a few greenbacks over the two-kilo mark of an evening and through the night.

Mixed in with the tailor, there have been lots of small mulloway caught in the surf, they have also turned up in the southern Bay, inside the Pin Bar and Southport Seaway, as well as deeper holes throughout estuary systems.

Marks Rocks in the Logan has been a hot spot, especially an hour either side of the bottom of the tide.

There was plenty of snapper caught this week, but mainly small fish, many undersize.

Standout location was Harry's, especially in the early morning. There was also a lot of smaller pan size fish caught around the southern Bay islands at daylight and dusk.

The Brisbane River turned up a lot of small mulloway this week, especially around the beacons at the mouth and the entrance to creeks.

Threadies were a little slow but still in the city reaches around lighted areas.

Once again pan size snapper catches were consistent around the wharves and rocky areas including Clara Rocks and the Sunken Wall.

The main species caught offshore this week continues to be snapper, but once again lots of small fish.