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3hr Mackerel Fishing trips

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3 hour Mackerel Fishing trips​


Young girl holding a mackerel

3 hour Private charter Mackerel fishing trips

Every day from 20th July to 4th September

Maximum of 10 people per trip

With the mackerel becoming less plentiful around our shores over the last few years we've made some changes to our mackerel trips for 2020. Firstly our mackerel trips will now only be available for private charter bookings and secondly these trips will now always be fished around the Needles lighthouse area (weather permitting) giving us a better chance of finding some mackerel for you and also adding a great sightseeing element to the trip. Unfortunately we can't promise you large numbers of mackerel these days as they are very hit and miss so please only book if you're happy coming along to enjoy the boat trip and taking your chances with how many mackerel are around on the day.

New for 2020 ~ Our 2 hr private charter sightseeing boat trips (no fishing) can now be booked for any available day from April to December.

Full details are on the 2 hr Needles boat trip page.

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 groups of complete beginners, families, 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. Weather permitting we will fish for Mackerel in the waters around the Needles Lighthouse although if the weather forecast isn't looking too good for going to the Needles we may be able to offer the option of doing the trip in the Solent depending on 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 which makes for a more relaxing experience and allows us to take you all the way out to fish around the Needles lighthouse so you get to see all the sights around that area too. All the rods and tackle needed are supplied by us and included in the price of the charter so you just need to bring yourselves and a bite to eat.

As these trips are now for private charter bookings only we can arrange the trip around your groups preferences so if you'd prefer to spend a little less time fishing to allow time for some close up sightseeing around the Needles and Alum bay just let us know, it's no problem. Our mackerel trips can be arranged for any available day during the Mackerel season so please contact us to check availability and book your trip in early to save disappointment as we get very busy during the summer.

The maximum number of people you can bring on your trip is 10 although if your group consists of all adults and you'd like a little more space when you're fishing we advise keeping your group numbers down to 8 or 9 people.

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..

3 hour Mackerel fishing trip

Private charter boat price = £170

Maximum 10 people

Rods and tackle are included in price.

A deposit of £50 which can be paid on our website is required to confirm your booking.

The balance payment is to be paid in cash on board the boat on the day.

Please note that due to poor mobile signal we're not able to accept card payments on our boats so please remember to bring enough cash with you to pay for your trip.


To book your Mackerel trip please phone 01425 612896 (9am to 9pm)

 During March please email or text.

Text and email options can be found on the Contact us page.

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.


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) During March please email or text.

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.