CARP FOR SALE
We have a limited quantity of quality Graviers stock for sale.
Orders taken now for this Winter...
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THE GRAVIERS DIJON
* No Sacking
* No braided mainlines. No leaders of any type, (inc leadcore or Nylons)
* No Long shank Nailer type, or any type of curved shank / or modified hooks. Hooks must be barbed!
* Minimum 0.35mm diametre mainline, (including hooklengths)
* Maximum of 4 rods per angler, (Never to be left unattended)
* Boats, Only the fishery boats to be used, or you may use baitboats.
* Particle restrictions at the lakes......please call / email regarding restrictions
* No litter / No crapping / No moaning.
* All fish to be handled, weighed and photographed in the water.
* Anglers must fish in pairs, and must have a boat in their swim. There will be no charge for the boats, providing they are returned clean and undamaged (Otherwise, a charge of £50 will be made).
Note; Electric engines are essential and compulsory at the lake, Hire engines are now available.
The Graviers consists of two Gravel pits, located in the cote d'or region
of France, not far from Dijon.
The Main lake is around 25+ acres, and was extracted back at the end of the 1970's early 80's,
and the Long lake is around 5 acres and was extracted in 2001.
of around 10/11 feet, and an excellent water quality, the Main lake
has already produced some remarkable fish. The
Long lake is slightly shallower and is now also producing some quality
The age of some of the Main lake Carp has been determined via professional scale readings from an English University. Amazing results have shown incredible growth rates, for this relatively "new" lake, especially when compared to other waters from other areas in France.
examples of the scale readings; 24 lbs.......4 years old.!
46 lb........8 years old !
63 lbs.....13 years old !.
It just goes to show that the age of a water has no real influence on the growth capability of the fish within it, in fact, a "new" water with the right make up, is probably a far more beneficial environment as it's natural resources have not been exhausted.
Ariel photo, Main lake and Long lake, taken 2002.
The extraction of the Main lake started back in 1979, when the local community decided to exploit the gravel deposits found in the area, which were used mainly in the construction of the auto route.
The lake was in fact formed in 3 separate stages, over a period of around 11 years in total, with completion being around 1990 when the lake finally acquired the distinctive shape it has today.
The lake in 1985.
After the 1st stage of the extraction, and only a 3rd of it's present size, you can see the bright white exposed gravel at the waters edge, and a ploughed field in the centre. The lake was already used by local people for swimming, due to the quality of the water.
The pits in the area were extracted via the use of large 360 diggers as opposed to drag lines which tend to be used on the larger extractions. The gravel was transported by means of conveyer belts to a centrally located depot, where it was cleaned, graded and stocked.
Strict regulations determined the exact volume of gravel extracted in any of the pits in the region, which in turn dictated the size and depths of these gravel pits as we find them today, and is also the reason the lakes in the area tend not to have many of what anglers term as features, i.e. bars, holes, plateau's etc.
The lake in 1988
The 2nd stage of the excavation, just prior to the construction of the auto route, and another 3rd of the gravel has been removed, forming the famous point. Again the remaining gravel is the white area you can see with rough scrub land in the middle of that. If you look carefully, in this image you can see the hundreds of people and cars around the waters edge, the lake was very popular for swimming and sunbathing.
By the end of the 80's the lake had become very popular with the people of Dijon for swimming and sunbathing, probably because of the very high water quality. It was about this time in fact that the original restaurant was built on the lake, and the owner created his business based on the popularity of the aquatic activities, introducing Pedalos, boats, swimming, Donkey rides, diving board, table tennis, etc.
A thriving business at the time, but was soon to be affected by the changes in the law concerning public safety. Eventually, all the other activities ceased, and only the restaurant remained open.
The lake in 1991
Here the extraction has not long been completed, this you can tell by the lack of vegitation around the perimeter. This is just prior to the construction of the original restaurant, but you can see the brand new A31 auto route has been completed.
It has proved impossible to find out exactly at what stage the lake was originally stocked, but, based on the age of the Carp from the scale readings taken, we presume the fish were introduced once the lake excavation had been completed, around end of the 80's to early 90's.
The Carp and other species such as Roach, Rudd, Pike and Zander, were most probably supplied by a local Piscaculture to the local communities, who were in fact responsible for stocking the pits they had created. The carp stock would have been bread, and grown on by the Piscaculture in his local etangs, and probably sold on after 3 seasons.
The lake in 1997
In this image both the Auto route, and the restaurant have been up and running for
some years. The lake itself has also matured nicely, with a substantial tree line
already formed. Very limited angling at the lake during this period, as in fact the restaurant owner seemed to been unaware of potential of the fishing.
The stock of Carp at the lake has not been added to by myself since arriving here in 2001, and as the lake seems to be producing new carp each year now, it will probably never be added to. It is more likely that we will have to remove some Carp in the future if the successful re-production continues.
Recently, I have been lucky enough to acquire video footage of the Carp at the lake prior to my arrival here. It's amazing to see all of the fish at considerably smaller sizes than they are now... it's evidence of the weight gains that some of the fish have shown since our fishery management program was applied.