Gummy Sharks local fish species facts and Limits. Gummy Sharks are a beautiful looking shark that are easy to identify because of the small Grey spots on there back and famously get there name because they have no teeth. There a prime target in Victoria around Western port and Port Philip bay because of there brilliant fighting capabilities and there wonderful eating qualities making them one of the best table fish. Gummies can be targeted from offshore in a boat and land base within channels or surf. It takes some time to understand tidal flow and bait presentation to master catching them.

Scientific name:

Mustelus antarcticus

Size:

The legal keeping size is 45cm from the back of the gills to front of the tail. However gummy sharks can grow up to 2.5 meters in length. Minimim legal size is 45cm ( Partial measurement ) with a daily bag limit of 2 over legal size

Bait Recommendations:

Salmon, trevally, squid, slimy mackerel, Eel, mullet, pilchard, yakka’s, & garfish. Fresh bait is the best option, Gummies have very strong senses foraging for food this is why fresh oily baits work well.

Lure Recommendations:

You don’t generally specifically target gummies with lures and plastics

Eating Rating:

Top class eating fish. Very hard to go past some freshly caught and cooked flake in batter with lemon. They take some time to master how to fillet and skin but they taste great.

Tips:

Patience is required when chasing gummies, place out a nicely presented bait and wait for the scent trail to lure them in. Tidal entrances and channels are great places to target Gummy sharks who will often be going through these areas looking for an easy meal. Each side of the tidal flow where the water slackens is a great time to keep your bait on the bottom where the gummy may be lurking. Gummies go crazy when you bring them onboard a boat so just make sure you take care and don’t have sharp object in your way.

Rod/Rig setup:

Octopus or circle hooks from 5/0 to 7/0 are preferred for presenting chunks or strips of bait. Just ensure that the barb is not covered by the bait to ensure better hook rates. When it comes to rod selection we suggest selecting 10-15 kilos or 6 – 10 kilo if you want a challenge. Pair your fishing rod with a 4000 to 6000 size reel spooled with 10 through to 30 lb line. Finished with a strong leader ranging from 40lb through to 60 pound. An easy setup is using an Ezi rig attaching a sinker to the clip then tying on a pre made double snelled rig.

Best times:

A week either side of a full moon is preferable to chase gummy sharks. Most catches we have experienced have been throughout the night, or just before sunrise and sundown during tide change.