They cannot be taken by a specialised octopus pot or trap.
Found around reef areas from 0-50 in depth.
The gloomy octopus is a relatively new species in Tasmania where it can be found hiding in caves and crevices. It can be caught by recreational fishers in a similar manner to other octopus species including by hand, gaff, line, net, bait trap or in rock lobster pots and rings.
Octopus are very strong animals even when relatively small. Be cautious when handling any octopus as they will instinctively latch onto your body and be difficult to dislodge. The mouth or beak at the centre point of the arms can inflict a painful bite.
Octopus has low oil content and a delicious mild flavour. Its texture is similar to squid but denser. Most cooks prefer to tenderise it, then skin it. Suitable to bake, barbecue, fry and simmer.