Plenty of sand crabs in the bay | On the Water with Dave Downie

SOLID: Malcolm McDougall with a solid red emperor caught while holidaying off Gladstone.
SOLID: Malcolm McDougall with a solid red emperor caught while holidaying off Gladstone.
BEST CATCH: Nine-year-old Samuel Olsen trolled up a personal best flathead, measuring 63cm from Russell Island.

BEST CATCH: Nine-year-old Samuel Olsen trolled up a personal best flathead, measuring 63cm from Russell Island.

There have been plenty of school mackerel in Moreton Bay, most caught have been at the top end of the Rainbow Channel and bottom of Moreton Island.

Trolling deep with a paravane has been one of the better techniques when you cannot see any surface activity.

Pan size snapper have been caught around the southern bay islands, south to the power lines in the early morning.

Unweighted hardiheads casting into a few metres of water or very lightly weighted soft plastics worked slowly from the shallows into deeper water has been the best technique.

Mud crabs are still hard to find but there's been plenty of sand crabs in the bay, the edges of the Rainbow Channel, around the southern bay islands and Wellington Point have been a few of the better locations.

The Brisbane River is still producing mulloway, threadfin and snapper, but you need to be fishing after dark to get results.

Flathead and whiting are dominating catches in all estuary waters and there has been plenty of small tailor, trevally and a few mangrove jack for those trolling lures.

A bit early for the banana prawn season but there have been school prawns in the upper reaches of most rivers and creeks for those putting in the effort.

There have been a few bull sharks caught by those anglers targeting them.

Pick of locations has been deeper stretches in the Logan River, especially up River of the Albert River junction and throughout Jumpinpin and southern Bay waters.

During the night and at dusk and dawn they cruise the shallows but throughout daylight hours the better catches are in the deeper holes.

There's been tuna in the northern bay, particularly the Spitfire Channel area and the main channels around Bribie Island.

Offshore, dolphinfish continue to be in excellent numbers around FADs and buoys, berleying will often bring them on the bite, half pillies are catching a few but live bait is catching the better quality.

On the freshwater scene, there's plenty of bass on the bite and the odd yellowbelly.