Captain Dave Riback purchased the Queen Mary from Capt John Brackett in 2011. Dave runs the day to day operation and a good percentage of the Daily & Tuna trips. Dave started as a customer on the Queen Mary and became a mate at the age of 15. After graduating from the University of San Diego, Dave got his captain's license at the age of 25. He started running the Queen Mary at night shortly after. Dave bought his first charter boat, the Purple Jet in 1997. Over the next 15 seasons Capt Dave built a successful charter business. He upgrading twice before taking over daily operations on the Queen Mary! Capt Dave's son, Cole, now runs the 31' walk around center console Purple Jet. With all of the diverse experience Dave has from his charter boat days his expertise has given the Queen Mary a distinct advantage over others.
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 the sunmer of 1972. In 1978 he became captain of the Queen Mary party fishing boat and bought the Queen Mary from Capt. Harvey Brown in 1980. He was the owner and captain from 1980 - 2010. From 2011-2019, Capt John ran 2 trips a week until finally retiring after the 2019 season. The Queen Mary mainly fishes for Striped Bass, Sea Bass, Blues plus some special Tuna/Mahi trips
Captain Nick comes from a family of local fisherman. He has been at the helm of many boats in the area. As a member of the Queen Mary, Nick has piloted afternoon/evening trips for over 35 years. He enjoys his time behind the wheel and shares the crews passion for fishing and entertaining our cliental.
Erik Olsen has been an essential member of the Queen Mary 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 the Queen Mary.
Cole started coming out with his father, Capt. Dave, since he was 7 years old. Cole’s love for the boat and fishing is even greater than his father's passion for fishing! Cole started helping out around the boat when he was 12 and now works full time all summer. Cole is now a captain himself and will start taking trips on the Queen Mary this season. Capt Dave's son, Cole, now splits time between the Queen Mary and the light tackle charter boat, 31' walk around center console Purple Jet. Many of the Queen Mary faithful customers have watched Cole grow up around the boat and mature into a well-mannered young man.
Jared started aboard the Queen Mary when he was 13. He began as a helper and has grown into a valuable member of the Queen Mary crew. Capt. Dave worked as a deckhand with Jared’s Cousin David and Father Kevin, back before electricity. Jared is an excellent worker and great with the customers!