Capt. Jerry Dilsaver is a semi retired guide, tournament angler and outdoor journalist who lives with his wife Donna and dog Mango in Oak Island, N.C. His father, who was a shrimper and later a boat captain for the local river pilots association, helped foster a love of fishing and the outdoors that is still going strong. A special interest is finding unique ways to cook the fish and game he harvests. He currently offers “Cooking on the Wild Side” monthly in Carolina Sportsman Magazine and has written game and fish recipe columns for 30 years.
Capt. Dilsaver graduated from East Carolina University and had enjoyed more than three decades as an outdoor writer and photographer that has spanned three decades. He has been on staff at several publications during that time and currently contributes regularly to Carolina Sportsman Magazine, Louisiana Sportsman Magazine Mississippi Sportsman Magazine, Tide Magazine, the State Port Pilot Newspaper and the Point, Click, Fish website. He has credits in Angler Magazine, Tide Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, Cape Fear Coast Magazine, The Waterway Guide and more. For several years he did a daily radio fishing and tournament report for WTKF, 107.3 FM Radio in Morehead City, N.C. and a syndicated radio coastal fishing report that ran on several central N.C. radio stations. He also makes occasional appearances on regional outdoor shows.
Fishing has always been a passion for Capt Dilsaver, who has worked as a guide and currently takes a limited number of guided kayak fishing trips. He also fished competitively and the team he captained was the Southern Kingfish Association National Champion in 2001 and the US Anglers Association Anglers of the Year in 1998. He was selected for the Southern Kingfish Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 2006, Capt. Dilsaver became interested in kayak fishing and scaled back his tournament participation to enjoy “fun” fishing. In 2010 he was selected to the Hobie Kayaks Fishing Team for the Southeast U.S. He fishes several kayak tournaments each year and continues to produce winning results.
Capt. Dilsaver believes in giving back. For several years he was associated with the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base through the Warrior Athlete Reconditioning (WAR) program on the base. He traveled to Camp Lejeune weekly to take members of the Wounded Warriors Fishing Club on fishing outings. He continues to give free fishing and kayak fishing seminars through the Marine Corps Exchange at Camp Lejeune.
Capt. Dilsaver also enjoys introducing new fishermen to the sport and helping all anglers improve their skills. He spends 40-50 days each year conducting seminars, manning booths at fishing and outdoor shows, giving in-store product demonstrations, speaking to fishing and civic groups about fishing and otherwise promoting saltwater fishing. Capt. Dilsaver is the “Fishing Ambassador” for several premiere fishing tackle and accessory manufacturers who gladly support his dedication to spreading his love of fishing. He has also served on several local and regional fishing advisory boards and tournament committees.
While Capt. Dilsaver usually writes the articles, he was featured in the November-December 2012 issue of Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine in an article highlighting his tournament success and love of teaching others how to fish. He is a member in good standing of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA).
Capt. Dilsaver enjoys fishing, but his real love is teaching others how to fish so they can enjoy their time on the water as he has. He has fished across most of the Southeast and Gulf Coast, plus in Alaska and several Central American countries and has a wealth of knowledge based on more than 50 years of recreational fishing, 25 years of tournament fishing, 20 years as a guide and 10 years as a commercial fisherman. If you read one of Capt. Dilsaver’s articles or attend one of his seminars, expect to hear a lot of “when, where, what, why, and how” information. He also posts a coastal NC fishing report and forecast on his website at www.captjerry.com.