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Gummy Shark

( Mustelus antarcticus )

Other names

Gummy, Southern Gummy Shark, Flake

How to Catch
Fast Facts
  • Is a member of the family¬†Triakidae (houndsharks)
  • Can grow to 1.9m in length
  • Grey with small white spots along the dorsal surface
  • Lacks sharp teeth, hence the name “gummy”
  • Sold in fish and chip shops as “flake”
  • Often caught when targeting snapper from a boat, or when beach fishing at night
  • Sand crabs are good bait for gummies when beach fishing
  • Prefers sandy substrates or patch reef/sand
  • Endemic to Australia’s temperate waters from southern QLD to WA
  • Good eating