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Woody's Hooked in France Taz lands a 50!


 A great start to a new week with a cracking common of 53 9. ....more

Woody's Hooked in France A good week


 The week started slowly but a change to the recommended house bait and the boys had 19 fish. Some excellent angling.  ....more

Woody's Hooked in France 64 08 for Phil.


 It's been a tough week for the boys with the lake fishing really slow. But as they say... The best things come to he who waits! Oddscale up in weight at 64 8. Smashed his Pb by 40lbs!! Good job Phil! Fish was caught on Premier bottom bait with a wicked whites topper. On a simple KD style r ....more

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3 x Personal Bests


Last week saw 3 personal bests with a 48.8lb common carp, the best of the week for Adam as well as a 30lb plus grass carp. ....more



 We plan to net the lake fully over 2 days in December to stock take and reference our stock. Look out for updates   ....more

Odd Scale


 BIG Joe had an amazing week beating his personal best numerous times.  The best being this immaculate common know as Odd Scale at 62lbs.   ....more

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Please respect this! We need time to ensure everything is clean 

If not lake exclusive and more than one party fishing a draw will take place at 2pm

Every angler MUST have a bootle of gardner intensive care and use where necessary. AVAILABLE on site at £7.50

The Premier Fishery in France

Les Montautiers is an established quality Carp fishery located in central Normandy with an existing stock of immaculate Carp of all varieties. The beautiful 5 acre lake is over 350 years old and is bordered by mature oak trees and traditional French poplars. There are many features including two islands, overhanging trees, reeds, bays, several sets of pads and a large channel between the islands and numerous hidden plateaux.

Les Montautiers is a perfect destination for anglers of all abilities, whether it is your first trip to France or you are a seasoned experienced traveller looking for that fish of a lifetime. Hooked in France provides first class on-site facilities hosted by a friendly owners Simon and Kyrsteen who are always on hand to offer advice and tips to ensure that all our guests enjoy their stay.

Please note: Non-anglers are charged at £75 per person per week.


  • Lake size: 5 acres
  • Swims: 4 (2 of which are double swims)
  • Depth: 2' 6" going to over 7 foot
  • Carp stock: Grassies, mirrors and commons up to 67lb
  • Other fish: Roach, perch, pike over 30lb, catfish. No poisson chat or crayfish
  • Lake bed: Silt, gravel and clay
  • Features: Overhanging trees, two islands, lily pads, gullies and plateaus
  • Access: By car to parking area. Vehicle access is only possible to one swim. Spacious foot access possible around the entire lake
  • Night fishing: Yes
  • Boats allowed?: Our boat is only to be used when absolutely necessary. Lifejacket MUST be worn. No wading. 
  • Bait boats allowed?: Yes
  • Distance from ports: 
    • Caen - 2.5 hours ***this route has an ideal overnight crossing and no tolls***
    • St Malo - 1.5 hours
    • Calais - 5 hours
    • Dieppe - 4 hours
    • Cherbourg - 2.5 - 3 hours
    • Le Havre - 3 hours


Les Montautiers is approximately 5 acres amongst land of 6.5 acres. It is stream and spring fed ensuring good quality water throughout the year.

The banks offer easy access to the water, and the swims have been designed to drain in even the wettest conditions. No wellies required. Swims have been generously constructed to accommodate even the largest two man bivvies with room to spare. Two of the swims have been designed as double swims, allowing sociable fishing for 5 anglers which ensures an exclusive, quiet and non pressured experience.

Fish Stock
Les Montautiers was initially stocked in the winter of 1998-'99 with 130 fish. Most of these were low to mid twenties with a good head of thirties and a sprinkling of forties. Then again in the winter of 2001-'02 more quality fish were added to the lake. 

A further stocking in early 2004 is further proof of the dedication and commitment of the previous owners by adding quality Carp as part of an ongoing stocking strategy for a brilliant and unforgettable catch.

In 2009 40 carp up to 40lb were added and again in 2011, 30 carp, mostly commons of which there were twenty thirty’s up to 38lb and the other carp were high twenty’s. Ten pretty mirrors from the fish farmer all high doubles were added in 2014 and another 12 high double mirrors were added in 2016. These were a mix of stunning fully scaled mirrors and linears.

We currently have 2 known 60s and 2 to 3 50s to go for and around 20-30 40s as backup! The rest of the stock average mid 30s so you have plenty to go for!!!

The lake is regularly netted to remove silver fish and improve biomass. This helps ensure the fish grow to their full potential.


Drive and Survive holiday it may be, but the reality of it is that we do provide a number of creature comforts that will make your stay more comfortable.

Our Anglers Lodge acts as a meeting place for our guests to swap tales of fish caught and provides a place for catching up on the UK news and sports via Sky TV.

The bathroom and shower facilities are right next door, giving you the opportunity to freshen up before breakfast and dinner.


The dining area seats up to 6 people and is often used as a gathering point for a beer or to catch up on the sports news from the Sky TV provided free of charge.

Bathroom and shower

The Anglers bathroom is located conveniently next to the Anglers Lodge. It features a hot shower, towel warmers, sink and English toilet.


For €130* per angler per week, we provide an excellent food package consisting of a full English Breakfast with fresh bread in the morning and a tea or coffee, and a hearty homemade evening meal at around 6pm on every day of your stay.

*Due to the increasing cost of food in France, we will be changing the food package price to 140€. This will come into effect from the start of the 2019 season.

Breakfast (sorry, but there is no full English on your departure day)
Fried egg, bacon, sausages, beans, tomatoes, fresh French bread, tea/coffee/fruit juice
Continental breakfast available on request

***New*** if you don't want to leave your rods during the morning bite times we now offer breakfast baguettes delivered to your swim  

Lasagne, wedges and salad

Roast chicken, roast potatoes, steamed vegetables, gravy

Pork chops, chips and peas

Sausage and mash, fried onions and steamed veg

Spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread

Cottage pie and steamed veg

Chicken and rice, served with French bread  

Please note - some meals are subject to change. We are more than happy to cater around allergies/intolerances, but please tell us on the Saturday of your arrival.

Sandwich or baguette + crisps or chocolate + can of soft drink: 4€ - please order this either the day before, or at breakfast time  

Soft drinks and chocolate available throughout the day

Hooked in France is dedicated to only using quality baits and therefore provide a stock in our on-site shop at affordable prices. Fresh frozen boilies can be purchased in 1kg bags and carp pellets are available in any quantity you require. Purchases may be made in £ Sterling or Euros.



Bait prices (Euros preferred)

Premier Baits

The lincs and Super indian Boilies (1kg Bags): £7.50 per kg 

5k premier baits £35

Pellet: £2.50 per kg
Prepared hemp: £3.50 per kg (minimum 5kg)
Prepared mixed particle: £2.50 per kg
Prepared maize: £2.00 per kg (minimum 5kg)

MAD baits

£6.50 a kilo  

5k of MAD BAITS £30


Lake Offers

Lake Special - £50
5kg of MAD boilies
5kg of pellet
5kg of particle mix

Lake Special 2 - £55
5kg of premier boilies
5kg of pellet
5kg of particle mix


Leads and hooks are available on site  More tackle will be available soon  

Bait Boat Hire

RT4 by Carplounge 

£130 per week (£150 if sharing). 

Bait spiral hire allows you to spread bait £30 per week.

Deeper Pro that fits rt4/microcat £20 a week  


£100 for the week. £120 If sharing  

Delkim Plus txi bite alarms

£50 a week for 3 alarms and receiver.

ARMO bivvy mk 1

2 man avaiable for £50 a week with or without wrap  


These have a massive capacity with 4 USB outputs and an AC out can run a laptop with a standard plug.  Hire for £20 and recharged for free.


A set of Century rods and Shimano bait runner reels can also be hired.


A deposit is required which will be returned when you return a clean and working boat/tackle.

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Well just walked in the house after a amazing week in France fishing was hard the temperatures was exceptional so hot the fish spawned twice while we were there what a amazing sight watching 60 and 50 carp and lots of them going mad the owner and his wife where amazing made us feel so at home and th ....more


5 of us came to hooked in France 4 of us with new PB,s Simon and his wife were very helpfull and anything we needed they sorted for us id recomend to anyone beautiful lake and good hosts thanks again 😎 ....more


I have fished this lake for 5 years but was unsure as to what I would receive this year with new owners. After this week I can say that this is still the lake I will choose to fish year after year. Simon and Krysteen couldn't have been more welcoming. The lake and the facilities are very well looked ....more


This is a superbly run fishery with more than everything you need on site including great facilities top baits including particle pellet, boilees and pop ups ect . tackle hire/bait boats hire . And 10/10 food service and a top English breakfast even brought to your peg if you need . Not to mention ....more


What a fantastic lake theres definitely some pristine fish and big fish here. I have never had the pleasure of meeting a owner of a lake like Simon he goes the extra mile to make sure your stay is the best my only regret is not having the full food package we had just breakfast and 2 ex ....more

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