You have a better chance at catching a grander marlin in Australia than anywhere else in the world (by a significant margin). In fact, for every grander caught in the worlds big marlin destinations combined; the relatively small Australian fleet captures two. And the conservation ethic is very strong in Australia, so top-notch boats like Viking II release more1000lb marlin than they kill these days.
One can take day trips from the tropical tourist city of Cairns or from the exclusive resort at Lizard Island, and grander’s are caught each year by anglers on day charters. In fact a 1,218 lb beast was taken by an angler on a split day-charter out of Cairns on the Viking with Capt. Bill Billson.
But you increase your chances at the biggest fish by chartering a multiple-day trip and living on the reef, snorkeling, reef fishing, and popper casting, before your day of Marlin fishing, and relaxing amidst the beauty and solitude of the reef at night.
Anglers can either live comfortably aboard the game fishing boat or charter a mothership from 60 to 120 ft and live in luxury comparable to a 5-star hotel.
This allows anglers to follow the fish with the freedom to move where the fishing is best on the reef at the moment.