The Courier-Mail

Beef bait used to lure sharks

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FISHERMEN have allegedly been using beef as bait in a bid to catch the enigmatic mako shark off the north coast of NSW but inadverten­tly attracting great whites.

The Courier-Mail understand­s that thrill-seekers have also been line-fishing for great whites in an effort to illegally destroy them, while others have been using berley to attract the creatures in a bid to capture them on video.

The baiting claims come as Matt Lee, 32 and Craig Ison, 51, remain in Gold Coast University Hospital following horrific shark attacks last month.

Mr Ison, 51, told The Courier-Mail he was devastated that people had been beef baiting.

The Department of Primary Industries said while they were not aware of any specific allegation­s of beef baiting, fisheries officers were investigat­ing and inspecting fishing activities in the area.

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