Derrick Ray was formerly the skipper of the Siberian Sea, a top-notch fishing vessel he commanded that was "made for the Bering Sea." As the Cornelia Marie's new captain, Derrick has big shoes to fill, taking over Phil Harris' role after his sudden death last year. Derrick has many challenges ahead of him, including adjusting to the reality that he's now commanding a boat that isn't always the most reliable in the fleet.
He recently returned from a short temporary retirement but says that, like riding a bike, you never forget how to fish. Derrick plans to push his crew much harder than they've ever been pushed and ensure that Josh and Jake Harris — Phil's sons — are pulling their weight. He's focused on whipping his crew into shape so they can focus on catching crab.