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Osprey II back afloat

March 03, 2019

Osprey II went back afloat at Keyhaven on Friday 1st March all polished and painted ready to start fishing again in April. Many thanks as always to everyone at West Solent Boat Builders in Keyhaven for looking after her during the lift out and relaunch.

We're now on Twitter

March 05, 2019

For latest day to day photos etc.

If you'd like to follow it's @GregPittFishing here's the link 


We're now on Instagram

March 12, 2019

I've just started an Instagram account, there's not too much on there just yet but once we start fishing again in April I'll be adding more photos. If you'd like to follow just search for gregpittseafishing on the app or here's the link https://www.instagram.com/gregpittseafishing/ 

Ray's not finished yet!

March 17, 2019

As some of you will know my father Ray (founder of our fishing empire many many years ago 😁) has been having a rough time of it over the last 6 months, he was forced to have the winter off while he underwent a course of chemotherapy but I'm glad to say that he has come through it and is now recovering from the effects of the treatment. The Doctors are happy with him and the treatment seems to have been successful.

We would like to thank all of the crews that have been patiently waiting to see if Dad will be able to take them fishing again this year we really appreciate it and I'm happy to say that he has passed his annual medical and has just been granted his skippers licence for another 12 months so he would like to announce that you haven't seen the last of him just yet 😂

New season

April 04, 2019

Our notice board is back by the jetty at Keyhaven ready for the new season. We have some days available through April/Easter/May for our 5 hour friends & family fishing charters and 2 hour Needles Lighthouse/Alum bay sightseeing charters. Both trips are private charter only.

April and May

May 26, 2019

It's not been a bad start to this season as the weather has been fairly kind to us so not too many cancellations, with Easter being late this year we had a few more family private charter bookings than normal for April and the fishing wasn't bad either for so early in the season. May has continued in the same vein with the bream arriving for our mix of 5 hour family charters and regular 6 & 8 hour charter customers. Fishy photos from our trips can be seen on the "Recent catches" page and all the latest day to day pics are on our Instagram page which I update as regularly as I can so please do give us a follow if you can. 

Summer 2019

September 18, 2019

It was a bit of a mixed summer this year with the weather, a few spells of nice calm conditions but for the most time it was southwesterly winds which make it difficult for us to work around the exposed area of the Needles. Our summertime mackerel fishing trip season ran for around 6 weeks during the school summer holidays and came to an end during the first week of September, the mackerel were very patchy again this year and the weather certainly didn’t help very much with strong southwesterly winds forcing us to cancel 2 weeks of trips in August. Mackerel catches varied from trip to trip so I never really knew what to expect which was very frustrating for me at times but we usually managed to find some. We’re having a short break now to recharge our batteries before the winter trips start in October.

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Osprey II ashore

February 23, 2019

It's that time of year again, Osprey II is currently out of the water for 3 weeks of annual maintenance. We're open to the elements here at Keyhaven but the weather has been very kind to me since she's been ashore so just a few more days and she'll be ready to go afloat again. Just a note on the weather, the temperature sensor on the wheelhouse was reading 17C today, amazing for February.

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Summer 2018

November 11, 2018

Sorry I'm so late posting this update but thankfully I was very busy fishing through this summer and with a few other things to deal with since then I'm a bit behind updating the website.

What a fantastic run of weather we had this summer, a real summer for a change where for most of the time we weren't having to struggle against constant south westerly winds as is usually the case these days.

The fishing was our usual mix of species rays, eels, smoothound and tope etc.. Some nice bream mixed in with the catch from May to July and then I switch over to my 3 hr mackerel trips from Mid July to the end of the school holidays. The mackerel weren't in great abundance once again this year but I was probably averaging around 40 to 60 mackerel on most trips and occasionally we were lucky enough to find more so there was usually enough to keep most people happy, the days of catching hundreds of mackerel every trip seem to have gone now but the trips are more popular than ever I was fully booked weeks in advance this year. For the first 3 weeks of mackerel trips the weather was hot (very hot sometimes) with calm seas so I could fish out around the Needles lighthouse every day making it a great boat trip for everyone even if the mackerel were playing hard to get, especially great on the days when we were lucky enough to be visited by a pod of dolphins. The weather finally turned back to the south westerlies for last couple of weeks of August restricting where and when I could fish and making the mackerel hard to find which was a shame after such a good run of weather but that's fishing.


November 11, 2018

As I write this (11th November) we are still waiting for our first cod of the winter off the Needles which isn't very good but a few whiting arrived towards the end of October so the season is changing to winter slowly, the eels have also moved inshore now too. Earlier in October we couldn't find any winter fish in close to the island but a little further out there was still some tope, eels and rays to catch and like last year at this time we started seeing some nice bull huss.

Edit 16th November***  At last we had a cod on board today, a nice 11lb fish caught by Dave Mansfield. Photo on the Recent Catches page.

Angler holding a 4lb Whiting


February 1, 2019

The weather took a turn for the worse during November and it continued very windy through December so we were only able to run just a handful of trips each month on the occasional calmer days. When we did get out there the cod were still worryingly conspicuous by their absence but the conger eels were fairly constant along with an occasional different species mixed in such as Bull Huss, Spur Dog, Ray or Bass. Photos are on the Recent Catches page. Not all that many Whiting around this year either but we did see a few better ones just after Christmas and into January with a couple going around 4lb.

We're about finished for the winter fishing now with just a couple of regular bookings before Osprey II is lifted from the water for her annual maintenance, another year gone by so fast but we'll start all over again in April.

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April ~ back to work

April 24th, 2018

After our winter break from fishing during February and March it's now time to start doing a few fishing trips again, first of all though Sunrise was lifted out of the water for a couple of weeks so we could do her annual maintenance jobs, polish the hull and antifoul her bottom.

On Osprey II I managed to fit in the first few fishing trips of the new season during a break in the weather with mixed results on different days but overall not too bad for the cold waters of early April with some congers, rays and smoothounds around, latest photos are on the Recent Catches page now. We mainly just book our regular crews in April but we'll be getting much busier from May onwards as the sea temperature rises and the first of the summer species start to arrive in our area.

We have started taking bookings now for the summertime mackerel trips on Osprey II, all the details are on the 3 hour mackerel trip page.

Also available spaces, dates and times on our individuals trips can be found on the 5 hour fishing trip and 6 hour fishing trip pages, to book on any of our fishing trips or to book your own private charter just give us a call on 01425 612896 (9am to 9pm)

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Osprey II annual maintenance

February 28, 2018

What do you do in the winter Greg?

Well this has kept me busy for the last couple of weeks, February = annual maintenance time for Osprey II. The first two photos below are the before shots showing her being lifted out of the water looking rather dirty and sporting a years worth of weed and slime on her bottom, also we found the remains of someone's crabbing net attached to the propeller, I wonder how long that has been there. Picture 3 is how she looked after I'd finished the polishing and antifouling and the rest of the photos are of the lift and launch in the sunny but freezing cold weather this week.

Osprey II is a "Lochin 33" hull and was built in 1976 so she is now 42 years old but she is ageing very well and is still in great condition, I do my best to look after her and often people on board can't believe it when they find out the boats age so that makes my time and effort worth while.

Over the last couple of years I've been looking around at some different boats with the idea of possibly replacing Osprey II with something newer but so far I honestly can't find anything better for the type of fishing trips that we do and for working in the shallow waters of Keyhaven, not without spending a fortune and being in debt for many many years anyway so you'll probably be seeing Osprey II with me at Keyhaven for a year or two yet.

Osprey II is now back on her mooring at Keyhaven ready for when we start our fishing trips again in April, hopefully the weather will be a little warmer by then too.



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Welcome to our News/Blog page

January 24, 2018


I hope you are finding our new website useful and informative about our fishing trips and a lil bit more user friendly than our old website, I will try to improve this site as I go along but please bear with me as I'm just a charter skipper not a computer wizard lol.. If there's something that you think would be a useful addition to our website let me know in an email and I'll look into it.

First improvement for 2018 is this News/Blog page, I will be using this page as the name suggests to share our news and information with you and also I hope to be able to answer some of the more commonly asked questions here.

Best wishes to you all for 2018, lets hope it's a good year and please come back to this page now and again for further updates.




Do you sell gift vouchers?

February 3, 2018

We get asked this question a lot especially in the run up to Christmas and I'm afraid the answer is no we don't, sorry about that.

The reason for not selling gift vouchers is that most of our work is private charters for groups of people and families etc, when we are asked for a gift voucher it is usually for a birthday present for someone to go on one of our individuals trips and the problem we have is that the spaces on our individuals trips during the summer can be very limited and I don't want to get into the situation of having sold a lot of gift vouchers and then not have enough spaces to fit people on a trip when they come back to us with their voucher as that would just make for some very unhappy people. You can of course make a confirmed booking on a trip and then pay the deposit as a present.