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Private charter fishing & boat trips

3 hour Private charter Mackerel/Sightseeing trips

Mid July to the end of August

Maximum of 8 people per trip

Our mackerel/sightseeing trips have now finished for 2021, a huge thank you to everyone that booked a trip with us this year. These trips will start again from mid July 2022 and the available dates and start times will be listed on this page by March/April time.

See you next year.

Sadly the mackerel that were once so plentiful around our shores have been in decline for around the last 10 years and it's got to the stage now where we've had to make changes to our ever popular mackerel trips because we can no longer catch the numbers of fish that people had come to expect. In 2020 we tried a change to the format of these trips so instead of fishing in the Solent we would now travel right out to the Needles Lighthouse on every trip giving people a great boat ride and sightseeing experience around the famous Needles rocks and surrounding area, then while we're out there we have a go at catching a few mackerel for you to take home for dinner. We also changed these trips to private charter bookings only and limited the maximum number of people on the boat so now your group of family & friends have the whole boat to yourselves to allow plenty of room for fishing and moving around on board rather than the crowded mackerel trips of before. These changes proved very popular so we'll be doing the same again this year.

Leaving from Keyhaven on board Osprey II we take you down the river then it's out into the Solent passing Hurst Castle and following the main shipping channel out to the Needles rocks & lighthouse. After rounding the Needles we will stop around half a mile further out where you get to try catching a mackerel or two for your dinner and being quite close to the cliffs there's plenty of scenery to look at too while we drift up and down on the tide fishing. We can either spend around an hour fishing for mackerel then have a slow relaxing cruise home keeping very close to the island shore for sightseeing as we pass the Needles rocks & lighthouse, Alum bay coloured sand cliffs, Totland bay, Colwell bay and Fort Albert or if you prefer we can spend a little more time mackerel fishing and then head straight home as usual not doing the slow close up sightseeing part of the trip on the way, whichever version of this trip you'd like to do is no problem at all just let Greg know your preference when you get on board the boat or we can just make it up as we go along if you like.

Please remember: Even though we try our best and usually do find you a few mackerel, catching mackerel cannot be guaranteed anymore.

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. If you have never tried fishing before and are not sure what to do, don't worry, mackerel fishing is quite easy and Greg will show you how to use the fishing rods. Not everyone in your group has to fish if they don't want to of course, some people are just as happy coming along to enjoy the boat ride taking in the sights & sounds of the Solent and Needles area while also keeping a look out for any passing Dolphins, they're not always there of course but over the last few years they have become quite a regular sight around the Needles.

Our Mackerel/Sightseeing trips can be arranged for any available day during the Mackerel season, available dates and start times are listed further down this page then please contact us to check availability and make your booking. It's advisable to book your trip in early to save disappointment as we get very busy during the summer.

Please read the "After you have booked your fishing trip" section below.


2022 Mackerel/Sightseeing trip price

3 hour Private charter = £180

Rods and tackle are included in price.

Maximum 8 people per trip

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 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.

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

or message using the Whatsapp button at the bottom of your screen.

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

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Available 3hr trips & start times

This list is updated daily at around 10pm so availability may change through the day when bookings are being taken.

Mid July to the end of August

Our mackerel/sightseeing trips have now finished for 2021, a huge thank you to everyone that booked a trip with us this year.

These trips will start again from mid July 2022 and the available dates and start times will be listed here by March/April time.

See you next year.

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.

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