Know Your Fisherman: 10 questions with Dewey Hemilright


We deeply admire the watermen out there that are responsible for the catch we haul to you each week. We have sourced customer favorites like Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna and Blueline Tilefish from Dewey Hemilright and his boat the Tar Baby for several years.

This man is clearly driven by his passion for the industry, and beyond that, he is eager to educate others about seafood as well. In addition to his volunteer efforts with the Dare County Working Watermen’s Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Dolphin and Wahoo Advisory Council, Dewey is quick to talk about his role educating youth around the country through Provider Pals. This fascinating program connects youth with their natural resource providers. When he’s not out in the Atlantic or in his hometown Kitty Hawk, Dewey can be found traveling the United States speaking to young people about the realities and thrills facing the 21st century North Carolina-based fishermen.

Here are 10 questions with Dewey Hemilright:
1. Where are you currently based? Wanchese

2. What is your hometown or state? Kitty Hawk

3. How many years have you been in the business? Over 25 years.

4. Is there any family legacy in the seafood industry? I’m the first. I worked jobs in high school packing fish and in seafood restaurants, then spent summer in Maryland longline fishing at age 21.

5. Where do you fish? In federal waters off Oregon Inlet. As far from Jacksonville, FL to Montauk, NY; mostly in NC.

6. What type of fish or seafood do you catch or harvest? blueline tilefish, tuna, swordfish, mahi

7. What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? No two days are the same; the great variety of seafood in NC; providing seafood to people that don’t have access to it.

8. What are some of the greatest challenges you face in your work? Regulations that aren’t sensible.

9. About how long are your trips when you go out to fish? I’m usually out anywhere from 1 – 5 days. Longline fishing is longer, gill netting is one day trip. Two other people go with me.

10. What is your favorite seafood? Everything! Whichever is in season – crabmeat, fish, shrimp, clams, softshells. Prepare fried or grilled; the secret is to not overcook or over season when it’s fresh!

Dewey says, “Try this sauce over grilled fish…very tasty!”

Lime Chili Sauce

chop 1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup butter melted

Combine garlic, lime juice, salt, pepper in mini food processor; while running, slowly pour melted butter in top of processor until butter is combined. Serve immediately.

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