Welcome to the Gummy Shark Fishing Guide. Gummy Sharks local fish species facts and Limits. Gummy Sharks are a beautiful looking shark that is 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 the tidal flow and bait presentation to master catching them. Look for gutters which are deeper channels of water. Gummy sharks have a strong sense and they use these channels to feed on crustaceans and small fish. Gummy sharks are very active on the peak of tide changes and during the night.

With a scientific name of Mustelus antarcticus. The legal keeping size is 45cm from the back of the gills to the front of the tail. However gummy sharks can grow up to 2.5 meters in length. Minimum legal size is 45cm ( Partial measurement ) with a daily bag limit of 2 over legal size. Gummy sharks are considered a 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.

Bait to catch  gummy sharks

We recommend using

  • salmon
  • trevally
  • Squid
  • slimy mackerel
  • Eel
  • mullet
  • pilchard
  • yakka’s
  • garfish

Remembering that fresh baits are the best option, Gummies have very strong senses foraging for food this is why fresh oily baits work well. It’s very uncommon to target gummy sharks with lures. Even though we have caught them on large jerk shads and even a squid jig once.

How to catch gummy shark

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 a sharp object in your way.

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 pounds. An easy setup is using an Ezi rig attaching a sinker to the clip then tying on a pre-made double snelled rig.

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 a tide change.

Best locations to catch gummy shark

Great locations include

  • Port Phillip Bay
  • Western Port
  • Tendy Point
  • Corio Bay
  • Campbells Cove
  • St Kilda Pier
  • Kerferd road pier
  • Lagoon Pier
  • Anderson inlet
  • Portarlington Jetty
  • Swan Bay
  • Corinella Pier
  • Cape Wooamai
  • Clifton Springs
  • Gunnamatta surf beach
  • Kilcunda surf beach
  • Stockyard point

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities web link

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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