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Re: Deadliest Catch on The Discovery Channel
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2010, 08:38:42 AM »
I watch it on and off. Very sad Phil died, he was a cool guy and I remember the episode where he was coughing up blood too...
"Don't make me shoot you...CROOOOOOOOOW!"


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Re: Deadliest Catch on The Discovery Channel
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2011, 07:38:16 PM »
Got to see my last 'Deadliest Catch' episode tonight before my trip to Mexico in 5 days and the Cornelia Marie's season is pretty much over..
Here's the interview with Capt. Phil's replacement.. :o

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'Deadliest Catch': Derrick Ray speaks out about quitting the Cornelia Marie
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 7:00 PM

Tuesday night's "Deadliest Catch" on the Discovery Channel was a drama-filled hour as the crew of the Cornelia Marie quit on Capt. Derrick Ray, a Seaside native.

Ray accused Jake Harris, who, with his brother Josh, owns a portion of the boat, of using drugs onboard. Ray went hunting for evidence and found some possible drug paraphernalia but no proof it belonged to Jake. Still, it was enough for Ray to radio police onshore and have an officer waiting when the boat arrived for an offload.

At one point, Jake, who has been to rehab in the past, agreed to take a blood test for drug use when the boat got back to shore, but when the Cornelia Marie arrived, Jake appeared to sneak away to a nearby airport. A police officer caught up to him but found no drugs on him.

Aside from maybe a scene or two in a future episode -- and an "After the Catch" reunion special -- the episode marked the end of Ray's time on "Deadliest Catch." A new captain will take over the Cornelia Marie -- with Jake and Josh among the crew -- for the episodes that follow Opilio crab season.

For his part, Ray has stayed busy running a tour boat in Alaska. In December, he went on a 20-day rafting expedition down the Colorado River with a veteran "Deadliest Catch" camera operator who filmed on the Cornelia Marie this season.

At the time of this interview, Ray had not seen Tuesday night's episode.

In the May 24 episode you accuse Jake of using drugs on the boat, but it did not appear you found evidence that conclusively linked to him. Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over?

I know what was going on. This was not my first rodeo. I've had crewmen smoking marijuana before. It used to be accepted behavior. He was smoking dope in Dutch Harbor when we were shooting scenes prior to his father's funeral. There was a scene at night shot through the wheelhouse window and I was looking at charts and he was stoned to bejesus. I sat and had dinner with him and watched him drool on himself. He was filmed smoking dope on the boat.

Since viewers did not see that and did not see anything on the show that conclusively linked Jake to what you did find, some may wonder why you called the police.

The reason I made that phone call was to try to get him to snap out of it. (Jake and Josh) only own 25 percent of the boat, Cornelia (Marie Devlin) owns 75 percent. The Coast Guard has a zero-tolerance policy. Having drugs on the boat is against the law. I have a captain's license. I could lose my captain's license. There's footage of it and I knew he was smoking dope, and I was trying to get him to stop.

If the Coast Guard came on the boat and found (drugs), they could seize the boat and Cornelia loses her 75 percent. I sat 'em down and talked till I was blue in the face about that and they just didn't care. When you're a drug addict like Jake is, he didn't care and Josh was covering his (brother) for a TV contract.

Do you think your conflict with the Harris boys is just a matter of personality conflicts?

No. They didn't want to be there. They're not fishermen, neither one of them. ... They want to make TV. Josh is not a fisherman and never will be. I think he grew up with Velcro on his shoes, because he couldn't tie a fishing knot if you held a gun to his head.

I can only assume this was your worst crab fishing season, since you came back with little to show for your efforts.

It was the worst fishing season I've ever had in my life. And it was because we quit. It wouldn't have been if we'd finished. They quit. I didn't quit.

How did Cornelia Marie Devlin, the boat's majority owner, react to what went down?

The last time I talked to her was about a week ago and she's coming up to go on our tour June 1, and she's completely done with Discovery.

Why?

Because of what happened.

So will the Cornelia Marie not be on "Deadliest Catch" if the show is renewed for another season?

I'm 99 percent sure it will never be on "Deadliest Catch" again.

Even though Jake and Josh own a portion of the boat?

What they own is mostly debt. They don't have any equity. And the boat is in terrible shape.

Have you seen Jake and Josh since they left the boat? Any mending of fences?

No, none whatsoever. I'm gonna see them. They're gonna fly me to Hawaii on June 6 to film "After the Catch," which shocked me. They told me it's an opportunity for me to tell my side of the story. My take on it is they want some of the truth to come out but they don't want to deliver the message.

Who is "they"?

Discovery.

Why don't they want to deliver the truth?

Because of the fans, all the people that loved Phil. That way people can make their own decision.

Will you go out commercial fishing again?

I'll go back on the right boat with a good crew someday, maybe, but the problem is my body is kind of getting tired. That 18-year-old kid who left Seaside had no idea of the adventure he was in for and it's been a ... good life.

Would you go out on a fishing boat again if it's to be filmed for "Deadliest Catch"?

No, it's not worth it.

-- Rob Owen