CATCHES have been dominated by bream, flathead, mulloway and tailor in all estuaries across South East Queensland this week but to the surprise of many anglers, a few snapper have been around.
Several were taken at Jumpinpin including a 2kg catch off the bank at Cabbage Tree Point, a 4kg fish at Giants' Grave and a 6kg one off the eastern tip of Short Island.
Anglers should look for deep water snags with a fair amount of current creating an eddy on the lee side. Try squid, hardiheads or fresh mullet drifted past the structure.
Bream are in numbers with excellent quality being caught after dark.
Plenty of pan-size flathead have been caught from Short Island to the Pin Bar and in the south from Tipplers to the Pin Bar.
Trolling lures along the channel edges or working small baits like whitebait, hardiheads or pilchards in the dropping edge of a sandbank has accounted for the majority of fish.
Tailor have been boiling inside the Seaway and Pin, but are unpredictable so have the gear ready in case they show up.
Mulloway to eight kilos have been caught inside the Pin Bar and in the Southport Seaway.
In Moreton Bay, tuna have been consistent in the north along the eastern side of Bribie Island although the schools are only small and on the move so fishos should be on the lookout and be ready.
One of the best diver whiting seasons for a few years is under way with great catches on all known whiting banks.
The mouth of the Brisbane River on the northern side flats around the old Coopa Channel has been a hot spot as has the Cockle Banks south of Bribie.
On the offshore scene snapper are the main species being caught by anglers fishing the bottom with paternoster rigs although the majority have been pan-size.
Cobia are north of Cape Moreton and mulloway south of Point Lookout.
Live bait over a wreck, artificial reef or anywhere there is good numbers of baitfish is the way to connect to them.