LOCAL fishing expert Ryan Fuller from Whitsunday Fishing World offers some sound advice on where to cast your line this weekend.
PORT of Airlie and the Sailing Club have produced some nice barramundi and mangrove jack using live baits.
Using pilchards for bait if you're chasing jacks works extremely well as their oily flesh helps to attract the fish to your area.
Soft plastics and metal spoons have been used to catch queenfish and trevally.
A LOT of trout and big sweetlip are being caught off the fringing reefs around the islands using pilchards and squid for bait.
Casting poppers or stickbaits around these areas if there is bait present should also see you hook up a GT.
Squiding at night in spots like Stonehaven, Nara Inlet and Cid Harbour has seen some very good catches of arrow squid which make for excellent bait or a fantastic meal.
LIVE and fresh baits have been the best baits for trout, trevally and queenfish during the day. Night fishing is still a great time to target squid, barramundi and mangrove jacks on live bait.
TROLLING the main basins is the top technique for catching a barramundi at the dam at the moment.
Keep an eye out for any bird activity on the water as they will show you where the bait is situated and give you an idea of where to start looking.
Casting lightly weighted plastics and shallow divers around the weed edges at night has been working well also.
CASTING vibes and plastics around drains, drop offs and holes have seen lots of average sized barramundi caught, with a few salmon in the mix.
Trolling deep diving lures as slow as possible has produced better quality barramundi.
For those chasing better fish, catching live baits are well worth the extra effort and it's the perfect time to try and mark that metre barramundi off the list.
Ryan Fuller, Whitsunday Fishing World
There is an 80% chance of rain, predicted for Saturday with possible storms also forecast.
Light winds will blow becoming easterly and blowing 15 to 20km/h during the day before becoming light again during the afternoon.