Why should I choose MAVRIK?
Here at MAVRIK, we have top of the line fishing gear, boats that exceed USCG safety regulations, and over a decade's experience fishing Southern California.
What are some best practices for combatting sea sickness?
This starts the day before your charter. Our recommendation is to eat good, solid non-greasy food, avoid alcohol and other carbonated drinks, and take a full dose of Dramamine or another motion sickness pill. That way you have the medication in motion before you even get on the boat. We also recommend taking another full dose of Dramamine the morning of your trip and packing snacks and a lunch that is non-greasy and easy on the stomach.
This website is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health providers regarding a medical condition.
What's the minimum age allowed onboard?
We love being out with kids on the water and teaching them valuable skills that'll help further their fishing interest. Depending on their age, we recommend shorter trips for younger children. We don't recommend children under the age of 5 years old but are happy to accommodate- give us a call and we will work something out.
When is the best time to book a trip?
The best time to book a trip is dependant on the fish you're interested in targeting. For Blue Fin, Yellowtail, and Mahi Mahi we recommend May-Sept. Book your trip early, trips are already filling for much of the summer.
Does MAVRIK provide food?
Light snacks and water are provided, please bring your own packed lunch and any other snacks and drinks that'll ensure you're energized throughout the day. Glass is not allowed onboard.
How many people will be on each trip?
Group sizes are as follows: 4 people on the Boston Whaler, 6 people on the Freeman.
Can I split a charter with another group?
All trips are priced as private charters, you will not be combined with any other groups or individuals.
If you do not wish to charter the entire boat, you can book less than the maximum capacity and we will do our best to fill the other remaining spots as an "open party" trip.
Whereabouts do the boats fish?
4-hour bay charter include fishing inside of San Diego Bay. If you book a 6-hour local charter, we will fish a few miles outside of San Diego Bay. 9-hour Coronado Island trips fish the Coronado islands and require a passport and Mexican fishing license. 12-hour offshore trips fish up to 100 miles off the coast of San Diego.
Are there bathrooms onboard?
The Boston Whaler and Freeman both have private toilets on board.
What's the best way to ensure my safety onboard?
Following captain and crew warnings and instructions are crucial to ensuring a safe and fun outing. Fishing hooks are dangerous when not taken seriously, fish have teeth, and lures can come loose... so awareness and common sense go MILES when on a boat. We make safety a top priority and a full briefing will be carried out before departing.
What are your departure times?
Departure times vary throughout the year but are typically between 5 am and 8 am with return times between 5 pm and 8 pm. These are largelydependant on the length of the trip. A 4 hour trip that departs at 6 am will return at 10 am (four full hours).
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Will I have cell service?
The boats will be equipped with STARLINK WiFi. Once we reach our destination, the captain will slow to get WiFi set up.
Do I need to buy a fishing liscense?
Yes! Requiremtents vary based on the trip. Please see this page for details.
Can I bring alcohol onboard?
Yes, bring any drinks of choice as long as they are not glass. Glass is not allowed onboard in any capacity.
What regulations should I be aware of?
Firearms are prohibied onboard as are any and all drugs and contraband, including medical marijuana. Smoking is allowed only in the open cockpit.
Can I keep the fish I catch?
Yes, all fish in line with local laws and regulations and of legal size become the property of the customer.
How do I get the fish home?
If you are local and want to take your fish home whole, please bring a larger cooler. You may also take advantage of our premier fish processing services, please contact us for rates. Shipping is also available, our commercial shipping rates are passed directly on to you with no upcharge.
Is there a chance I won't catch fish?
Fishing is called fishing for a reason, not catching. While there is no absolute guarantee that you will catch fish, we will do everything we can to ensure you have a successful trip resulting in multiple catches.
Are trips weather-dependant?
Yes, your safety is our number one priority and we will use our experienced judgement to cancel a trip if the conditions call for it. If you have not heard from us and the weather appears questionable to you, please plan on showing up at the dock on time regardless. In the event of cancelations made by the captain due to weather we will work with you to rebook your trip.
What is your cancelation policy?
Once your deposit is received and a date is confirmed, we will do our best to accommodate any change requests. If you request to cancel your charter within 14 days of the trip date, your deposit will become "trip credit" toward another date. If you cancel more than 14 days before your trip, we will issue a full refund of the deposit.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can use any of the major payment methods shown on the bottom of our site. Most customers choose to checkout via our online portal but arragements can also be made for cash.
Do I tip the captain and crew?
Our captains and crew work dilgently to provide you with an exceptional experience and put you on as many fish as the day will allow for. A 25% tip is typical for a fishing charter.