Whiting and flathead are on the bite | On the Water with Dave Downie

CATCH: Richard Bronner with a Spanish mackerel caught east of Moreton Island onboard Frenzy Charters.
CATCH: Richard Bronner with a Spanish mackerel caught east of Moreton Island onboard Frenzy Charters.
NICE ONE: John Moore with a Queenfish caught on a trolled pilchard near Wide Bay Bar.

NICE ONE: John Moore with a Queenfish caught on a trolled pilchard near Wide Bay Bar.

Whiting and flathead are the main species being caught by bait anglers, those casting and trolling lures are catching small tailor, trevally, mangrove jack and the odd estuary cod.

Bull sharks have been in numbers - the Logan River, Jumpinpin and Brisbane River has produced the better catches.

There are a few mud crabs around but they are outnumbered 10 to one by pots in the water.

The best catches have been on a run-in tide of an evening.

Mangrove jack catches have been excellent, top spots have been the mangrove-lined banks on the western and southern side of North Stradbroke Island at Jumpinpin and canal estates throughout the northern Broadwater.

The Bay is producing a lot of mackerel, both schoolies and spotties.

They can show up anywhere, just keep an eye out for the birds or surface activity, particularly along the western side of Moreton Island anywhere from Yellowpatch to Reeders Point and in the northern Rainbow Channel.

Surf fishing has been excellent for a bit of fun and a feed, the standout species has been quality dart but there has been chopper tailor on the bite at dusk and dawn.

Noosa North Shore, Double Island Point and further south on Moreton and Stradbroke islands have all produced excellent catches, as have the beaches in northern NSW from South Ballina to Pottsville.

On the offshore scene, there have been quite a few Spanish mackerel caught, particularly off the Sunshine Coast and around headlands and rocky outcrops in local offshore waters.

There's also been the odd wahoo taken in the same areas.

Spotties have been patchy, a few have come from the shallow reefs off the Gold Coast and just off the Jumpinpin Bar, Seaway and South Passage Bar.

Bottom bashing has turned up trag, small snapper and mixed reef fish on the bottom.

The standout target species has been dolphinfish around any wave rider buoy or FAD.