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Private charter fishing & boat trips

3 hour Private charter Mackerel/Sightseeing trips

Every day from 19th July to 31st August

Maximum of 6 people per trip

**If you are looking for an early season sightseeing trip please see the 2 hour Needles boat trip page**

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 have a go at catching a few mackerel for dinner while we were out there. We also changed these trips to private charter bookings only so your group of family & friends have the whole boat to yourselves and limited the maximum number of people on board the boat to allow plenty of room for fishing 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 some mackerel 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 usually spend around an hour fishing for mackerel then have a slow relaxing cruise home keeping 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. If you'd rather spend a little more time mackerel fishing and not do the close up sightseeing part of the trip on the way home it's no problem at all just let Greg know when you get on board the boat.

Please remember: Even though we try our best, 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 so please contact us to check availability and 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.


To help keep everyone safe we are limiting groups to a maximum of 6 people per trip, everyone will be asked to use hand sanitiser before boarding the boat (we have some on board if you don't have your own) and our mackerel rods will be wiped down with anti bacterial wipes/spray before each trip.


2021 Mackerel/Sightseeing trip price

3 hour Private charter = £175

Rods and tackle are included in price.

Maximum 6 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 days and times

Our Mackerel/Sightseeing trips run every day from 19th July to 31st August, to book in advance please contact us.

You may also be able to book a trip for the week before 19th July or week after 31st August if there is a day available.

Dates and times of available trips will appear here by April.

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.