5,6&8hr Sea Fishing trips

3hr Mackerel Fishing trips

5, 6 & 8 hour Sea Fishing trips

3 hour Mackerel Fishing trips​


Young girl holding a mackerel

3 hour Mackerel fishing trips

Every day from 22nd July to 1st September

For individuals and private charter bookings

Private charter trips can be booked for mackerel fishing or sightseeing or a little bit of both, whichever you prefer.

Our mackerel trips are now finished for 2019.

2 hour private charter boat trips to view the Needles rocks & Lighthouse and Alum bay are available on some days during September and October, for full details please click here

Fishing from Keyhaven in Hampshire aboard Osprey II with Greg these trips are great fun for everyone, no matter how old or young you are everyone enjoys a Mackerel trip. Mackerel trips are perfect for complete beginners, individuals, family groups, workmates or anyone wanting to have a go at catching a few fish for the barbecue, smoker or freezer and of course the kids really enjoy the excitement of catching their first Mackerel. You don't have to fish if you don't want to, some people just come along to enjoy the boat ride taking in the sights & sounds of the Solent and Needles area. We fish for the Mackerel in the waters of the Solent between Hurst Castle and Yarmouth or around the Needles Lighthouse, depending on weather and tide conditions. We like to take our time on our Mackerel fishing trips therefore our trips have always been an hour longer than most at 3 hours in duration, this makes for a more relaxing experience and gives us more time to find you as many fish as we can if they happen to be a little scarce on the day. Also sometimes the tides are not ideal for fishing in the Solent so if the weather is being kind to us a 3 hour trip gives us plenty of time to take you all the way out to fish around the famous Needles Lighthouse. Our Mackerel trips get very busy during the school summer holidays so it's advisable to book well in advance for trips at this time.

If you prefer, why not private charter the boat just for your own group of friends & family then we can arrange the trip around your preferences whether they are mackerel fishing, sightseeing or a bit of both. Private charters can be arranged for any available day during the Mackerel season, please phone us to check availability. It is advisable to book in advance on the phone number below to save disappointment.

Just a note from Greg about the mackerel stocks these days.

As I'm sure many of you are aware now the mackerel stocks around our coast have been in decline for around the last 8 or 9 years and we no longer catch the "hundreds" of fish every trip that we used to. I will always do my best to find people as many fish as I can and I've found that over the last few years most of you are happy to just enjoy the boat trip saying whatever you catch is really a bonus and I thank you very much for that. Unfortunately we do still occasionally get groups that charter the boat then travel down to us (often from the London area) expecting to fill the boat with hundreds and hundreds of mackerel which just doesn't happen anymore, please if you are one of these groups I would rather you didn't book with us as I am never going to be able to please you no matter how many fish we catch.

To everyone else please do come along and enjoy what is a great little family fishing experience/boat trip in the Solent and Needles area.

Many thanks, Greg..

2019 Mackerel Trip Price

£18 per person (Maximum 10 people)

or £165 private charter (Maximum 10 people)

Rods and tackle are included in price.

Please remember to bring sufficient cash with you to pay for your trip as we are not able to take card payments on board our boats.

Groups of 4 or more people are required to pay a deposit at the time of booking, this can be paid on our website. At our discretion this deposit may be waived in special circumstances such as for our regular customers or last minute bookings etc.


Next Mackerel Trip Spaces

This list is updated at around 10pm each night so may not be strictly accurate at all times as spaces become booked throughout the day.

Our mackerel trips are now finished for 2019.

Last updated on 02/09/2019 at 11.00 hrs

To book places on a Mackerel trip please phone 01425 612896 (9am to 9pm)

If we are not answering when you call please don't give up, try us again later in the day

or after 5pm is always a good time to get us.



If you have booked places on a Mackerel trip and then find that some or all of your group will not be coming on the trip, please phone us as soon as possible with at least 24 hours before your trip so that we can try to rebook your spaces. If you do not phone us you will still have to pay for the spaces originally booked. Cancellations on the eve of your booking will only be accepted

in exceptional circumstances (ie ~ you have a very good excuse)


Check back here for availability & updates on our 3 Hour Mackerel Trips throughout the Summer.

After you have booked your fishing trip

When you make a booking with us we will confirm the details of the trip and give you a start time for you to be on board the boat at Keyhaven, directions for getting to Keyhaven and where to find the boat when you get there are all on the "Where to find us" page. You will also be asked to phone us at 7.00pm the night before your trip to confirm that the marine weather forecast and sea conditions are suitable for your trip to go ahead, PLEASE REMEMBER TO DO THIS!!! as our trips are fished on the open sea and we have to take notice of the weather forecasts to ensure your safety and enjoyment during the fishing trip.

Our decision on whether or not a trip goes ahead is based on our reading of the latest marine weather forecasts for the strength of the wind, our knowledge of the localised weather conditions and also our years of experience taking people fishing in our local waters, it's not just a matter of whether the sun is shining or not so please remember to phone us to check all is ok. Our aim is to give our customers an enjoyable and above all safe fishing trip so if we are forced to cancel a trip please try to understand that we make the decision with your best interests in mind. If your fishing trip is booked as a birthday present it is always a good idea to have a "plan B" in mind for your day, just in case the weather conditions prevent us from taking you out to sea.

For availability and bookings please phone

01425 612896 (9am ~9pm)

If we are not answering when you call please don't give up, try us again later in the day or after 5pm is always a good time to get us.

Email and text options can be fou​nd on the Contact us page.

Many thanks.


Mackerel trip Photos

Hi, when I'm doing my mackerel trips I rarely get the chance to take any photos to use on this page so I was wondering if you could help me, if you have any photos taken during one of my mackerel trips on board Osprey II over the last year or so and you are happy for me to use them on this website I would really appreciate it if you could email them to me with a description (name of person in photo and year taken etc). My email is on the contact us page.

Thank you very much.