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Supposedly you can also get them in South Australia and Tasmania. Also known as Australian Ghost Shark. Maybe they don't come in as close to shore as they do over here and are only targeted commercially?
Wikipedia says: They are also a popular target of recreational fishers in Westernport Bay, Victoria and in the inshore waters of south-east Tasmania.
Over here you only get them in Fish and Chips shops on the South Island, as far as I know. Maybe it's cheaper for the shops to source locally caught fish. I haven't seen snapper in fish and chips shops in the far south for example, whilst every fish and chips shop in the North would have them
I vaguely remember seeing one as a kid. But the memory is not clear...
The ghost shark certainly does look like the same fish. I have only ever fished Vic in winter. Well apart from a few months around Gippsland Lakes which will not hold any shark species even at the best of times.
I do my best to avoid Melbourne,,,,But I have fished around Geelong and Queenscliff which is on the other side. Maybe one might pickup an elephant off Philip ?? They wont let me on Cerberus anymore....The Bar%^&$ds took my ID card off me!! But that would be a good spot. They told me I could apply for a new ID card....But then again, the Bas#$%^&tards might not be happy to let me have a new "go anywhere" card...But Cerberus looks like a good spot to give it a try...I might make some phone calls and see if Cerberus is possible and see if Wki is correct !!
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Most definitely catch them along The 90 Mile Beach in Gippsland and around Corinella in Westerrn Port Bay where they are very prolific when they come into spawn. So much so that there is a Bag/Possession Limit placed on them of 1 (one)
A few years since I have been there, in the earlier days there were no Bag Limits. Eventually limits were put on them and it wasn't worth traveling from East Gippsland for a couple of Fish. I fished West of the channel towards San Remo just after leaving Corinella. It wasn't unusual to catch 10-12 in an hour or so when they were on. Not a lot of Flesh on them, mainly head and fins with a cartilage back bone like a Gummy Shark. Nearly impossible to skin as it is very thin, bland and dry to eat (my opinion) certainly not in the same class as Gummy Shark!