Whiting numbers continue to improve | On the water by Dave Downie

CRACKER: James O'Hanlon pictured with a cracker red emperor he caught off Bundaberg.

CRACKER: James O'Hanlon pictured with a cracker red emperor he caught off Bundaberg.

Flathead numbers continue to be excellent.

The best places to troll or drift for them has been around the mouth of rivers, creeks and draining sand flats.

Make sure your lure or bait is on the bottom and moving. The oversize breeding females are sitting on the edge of the main channels and drains just inside bar entrances. By moving to smaller feeder drains and working your bait from the shallows into deeper water, you're more likely to catch keepers.

Whiting catches continue to improve every week, most anglers using bloodworms are catching a good feed.

Most of the action in the Nerang River has been past the council chambers.

The Gold Coast's northern rivers and creeks are also producing excellent numbers around Paradise Point and Sanctuary Cove.

At Jumpinpin the fish are on the bank at the southern tip of Cobby Island, Gold and Green bank in Tiger Mullet Channel and on the sandbanks north of Cabbage Tree before the power lines. There have also been good catches at Ageston Sands in the Logan River.

It's been a great tailor season, with chopper moving throughout all estuaries, however, the better quality is coming from the surf where fish to 3.5kg have been caught at night.

Over the past few weeks, the action on the northern Gold Coast beaches has been a little hit and miss but when they come on the bite, usually dusk and into the early evening, the action has been fast and frantic.

There have been reports of small mulloway to 6kg in the surf and estuaries. The Brisbane River, Logan River and deep holes in the Bay have been the pick of locations.

Small snapper continues to be a consistent catch in the Bay, the northern side of Peel Island and wide of the Grazier on the eastern side of Mud Island has been the pick of locations.

The offshore snapper action continues although sharks are making it very difficult to get a fish to the boat.

You only have to catch a few fish before they move in and eat everything you hook, moving is the only option and fishing at night is worse.