It won't come as a surprise that Johnny's favorite book is 'The Old Man and the Sea,' but unlike Santiago who battled his black marlin off the Straits of Florida, Johnny prefers taking grander marlin (1,000 pounds or more) near Cairns, off the Great Barrier Reef. As he says, "There's no place where your chances are better for taking a grander marlin." The tackle box king has spent eight seasons along the 150-mile stretch between Lizard Island and Cairns, which billfishers consider "Marlin Mecca." The cost depends largely on the port of departure for expeditions. In Cairns, contact Australian Marlin Charters. [australianmarlin.com]
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