Important notice regarding Spawning
Spawning time is the biggest annual risk to our fish! Anglers fishing the lake in late Spring, early Summer season may find that the Carp are preparing to spawn during their week. If this is the case, anglers must remove any baits from shallow areas, and allow the fish to spawn, undisturbed. You can continue to fish in the deeper areas, until the fish have finished spawning, and will then be able to continue to fish the margins once spawning has finished. (usually lasts about 2/3 days BUT can be longer). Failure to do so will result in being banned from the lake.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of the group organizer, to ensure that ALL members of the group are informed of the restrictions before you arrive at the lakes…..
1. NO SACKING
2. NO LITTER (including Fag butts) /NO BAG / BUCKET CRAPPING or CAMPING TOILETS
3. NO BRAIDED MAINLINE, LEADCORE or LEADERS OF ANY TYPE
4. ALLOWED PARTICLES are HEMP / SWEETCORN / MAIZE FLAKE/ PELLETS... TIGER NUTS
(TIGER NUTS ARE LIMITED TO 1.5KG PER ANGLER)..PLASTIC BAITS ARE NOT ALLOWED.
5. NO LONG or SHORT “CURVED SHANK” TYPE HOOKS (Please see hook guide below) SIZE 6 MAX.
6. MINIMUM 0.35MM MAINLINE (Also including Nylon/Fluoro hooklengths)
7. RODS Groups of upto 5 anglers with 4 rods each, and groups of 6 anglers with 3 rods each (Rods must never be left unattended).
NEW >> from end of 2019 season...The new shorter (9ft/10ft) type "boat" rods are no longer allowed here, (11ft to 13 ft rods, or light test curve stalking rods only will be allowed.)
8. SUPPLIED BOATS ONLY, Anglers must have a boat in the swim. Electric motors are compulsory, hire motors are available if required (Bait-boats are allowed)
9. ALL FISH MUST REMAIN IN THE WATER, IN THE SAFETY MATS PROVIDED DURING HANDLING, WEIGHING AND PHOTOGRAPHING
10. MAXIMUM LEAD SIZE > 5 ounces / 140 grams. MAXIMUM HOOK SIZE > SIZE 6
Certain hook types are not allowed at THE GRAVIERS, both on the Main lake, and the Long lake. Curved shank hooks are not accepted at the lakes, only straight shanked hooks are allowed, and maximum size 6.
ALL HOOKS MUST BE BARBED
Below are examples of the hook patterns that are accepted.
ALLOWED / accepted
NOT ALLOWED / not accepted
Here below are the type of hooks that are not accepted.
Use of certain types of hooks are not allowed at THE GRAVIERS , both on the Main lake, and the Long lake.
This rule has not been introduced to try to stop you from catching!
During my own investigations into the risk of damage caused to fishes mouths by certain hooks, the conclusion was made that certain hook patterns greatly increase the risk of tearing, double hooking, and failure to be ejected in the case of a cut-off or crack-off.
Hooks must be barbed... and have a straight shank .....Curved shank hooks are not allowed!
Curved shank hooks are not allowed at the Graviers...It's mainly the extreme curved patterns that can be very difficult to eject if left in a Carp's mouth, and can cause considerable mouth damage, depending on the hook hold.
It's difficult to have a "curve limit" on hooks, so for that reason all curved shank hooks are banned at the Graviers.
Rather than try and find a borderline hook, or if you are unsure about a particular hook, then choose a different one with a straight shank, it’s easier.
As stated above there is a “Minimum diameter” restriction in place with mainlines and nylon hooklinks used at the Graviers.
Nylon and Fluorocarbon mainlines, and hooklinks must be of at least 0.35mm diameter and not under. (Braided/combo hook links must be 20 lbs+)
Large capacity reels are needed, and your mainlines must not be joined! As in no “backing”….just complete spools of minimum 0.35mm line.
Important…please read. > The Carp at the lakes have particularly soft mouths…so rods of 3 lbs test curve or under are preferred, and a correctly set clutch is preferred to back winding.