About Party Boat
Captain Dave Riback began as a customer aboard the Queen Mary, fishing most Saturday's with his father Charles and brother Steve. In High School Dave started as third mate. Dave worked summers through college. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Dave got his captain's license in his early 20's. He started running the Queen Mary at night and bought his first charter boat the Purple Jet in 1997. Dave would give former owner John Brackett a day or two off per week for 15 years before taking over the daily operation in 2011. Dave, is the definition of the American Dream. He found a passion, started at the bottom and now owns and operates the Queen Mary.
Captain John Brackett spent every summer of his youth at the Jersey Shore, fishing almost everyday. He started working as a mate on the Queen Mary in 1972, a year after graduating from Rider University. In 1978 he became captain of the Queen Mary party fishing boat and bought the Queen Mary from captain Harvey Brown in 1980. He owned and was Captain until 2011, when he retired and sold the boat to Capt Dave Riback. Capt JB is still at the helm of the Queen Mary at least once a week.
Erik Olsen has been an essential member of the Party Boat NJ crew for the past decade. Having fished the coastal waters off New Jersey for over 25 years, working as a professional deckhand for the last 10, he has an intimate and extensive familiarity with all the local fisheries. From tying rigs and untangling lines to landing and filleting your catch, Erik consistently provides the finest service available. His unique combination of knowledge and expertise ensures the best possible fishing experience for all those aboard Party Boat NJ.
We welcomed back Rick Case to the Party Boat NJ family last season. Rick has been a part of the Party Boat NJ crew for close to 10 seasons. Rick is a true seasoned fisherman! He loves fishing in summer and skiing in the winter. Rick always sports a smile and is happy to help.
Dean Malanga is one of the hardest working mates at the Jersey Shore. He has worked for his uncle, Captain John Brackett, for the last 6 years. He has grown up in Lavallette, and has fished and crabbed every day. Even on his days off he is diving or fishing somewhere in the ocean or bay. A personable mate, he is excellent at making sure the kids have a great day. Dean plays hockey for east stroudsburg university during the school year.
Hunter Nolan is 18 years old and has been fishing since he was five years old. When not on the Queen Mary can be found on family boat looking for Stripers, Fluke and Blues or in the Canyon chasing Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi. Hunter has been part of the Party Boat NJ crew for the past two years after being hired by J.B. in 2010, he immediately gelled with the crew and Eric and Dean have taken him under their wing like a little brother. Hunter has fishing in his blood and is second generation Party Boat NJ crew. His father (Mike) and Uncle (Kevin) were both members of the Party Boat NJ crew in the early to mid 1980s when Dave fished the Party Boat NJ under J.B. Hunter has a great work ethic and takes pride in not only helping all our loyal customers enjoy their day aboard the Party Boat NJ but also ensuring the boat is as clean as possible.