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The Man Behind The Mask: It's Mr. Jamie Bragg
I spotted Jamie on Twitter holding a nice tournament bag of Rice Lake bass. I reached out to this young Ontario angler and he kindly answered a few questions. Get to know Jamie, the companies he reps and the waters he fishes.
GFN: First of all, your Instagram, Twitter and YouTube all show that you love fishing. Where did your passion for the sport come from?
Fishing has always been a big thing in my life, from when I was young we always had a boat and were fishing. The challenge of figuring out how to catch them every time you are out is something that I really enjoy.
GFN: You are on field staff for three unique companies, Fear Fishing, Simple Fishing Storage and Fish Bud. What can you tell us about each of those companies?
I am fortunate to be involved with each of one of these amazing companies. What they do for the fishing community is awesome and I love being apart of it.
Fear Fishing which is owned by Ian West is an apparel company which sells performance fishing apparel to keep you looking great on the water. From hats to UV protection they have it all. Fear Fishing also has a live webcast on YouTube where they have had Bassmaster Elite pros, fishing industry people as well as local and Canadian fishermen. Ian is a huge advocate for the sport and is always looking to promote fishing and the community.
Simple Fishing Storage and Fish Bud are sister companies owned by Jim Bragg. Simple Fishing Storage provides hand crafted wood storage units for all of your fishing tackle and gear needs. Going with the motto "if you can dream it, we can build it" they can literally build any unit to fit you needs.
Fish Bud is something every fishermen who owns a boat needs to have. This simple yet extremely useful product helps keep you organized on the water. It's simple design allows you to mount it anywhere you need. Helping you hang and dry out baits, store soft plastics and well as keep culling equipment organized in tournaments when you need to save time the most.
GFN: You are also clearly a fan of professional fishing. Who are your favorite three pros and why do you select each of them?
Wow, how can I only pick three? Greg Hackney would definitely be on the list. I love his fishing style and the way he approaches tournaments days. Kevin Van Dam is a living legend and what he has accomplished in a fishing career is truly amazing. Last but not least Chris and Corey Johnston. They are both from my hometown and I literally grew up watching these guys tearing it up from the beginning. From when we were practically the same age and I was watching them weigh in during huge events with their Dad to fishing for a Forest Wood Cup championship today. I have always been a huge fan.
GFN: Who are some of your favorite friends to fish with and what does each bring to the table when fishing?
This group is becoming bigger and bigger. Getting to know more and more people locally is awesome. Some of the regulars I fish beside and against during weekly twilight events, small and local tournaments has been huge. Watching and getting to know them has helped me so much. Each of them brings a different style and idea to lakes we have fished on for years and years.
GFN: You can share a day on the water fishing with anyone in the world (living or historical). Who would it be and why?
I would love to spend a day on the water with Bassmaster Elite series pro Greg Hackney. Instead of just fun fishing, though, I would like to fish a tournament with him. I want to see what that approach is like. How he handles different situations or adversity. The process he goes through to find fish and how to catch them. He can go to any lake in the United States and catch a huge bag. Not just for one day but for all four days of an event. I think learning and watching all of this would be an amazing experience.
GFN: What do you consider your home waters and what makes them great places to fish?
I live in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes and so lucky to have so many lakes less then an hour away from my house. Tri-lakes which are Chemong, Buckhorn and Pigeon are probably the closest and the ones I am on the most often. We have some of the best bass fishing lakes around and every time out is an awesome experience.
GFN: If someone gave you an all expense paid trip to anywhere in the world to fish for one freshwater species. What fish would you pick and where would you go?
Bass fishing in Texas would be awesome! Seeing pictures of guys holding 6 and 7 pounders like they are no big deal is crazy! I want one of those!
GFN: You fished Rice Lake at the beginning of August and it looks like you had a decent bag for the Beggers Bass Derby. How did that fishing day on Rice Lake go? What were the keys to your success?
Beggers Bass Derby was an awesome day! This was the second year of the tournament run by Alex Begg and it was out of Golden Beach Resort. Wind direction I think played a factor in a lot of guys not catching huge bags but a lot of guys had good days. The Smallmouth bite on Rice Lake right now is amazing and played a huge roll in our day. Staying patient with the fish was a big factor in our success. It seemed like our fish moved in and out of our area so knowing we could only catch one or two before having to leave and come back was a pattern that we had to follow. We caught all of our fish in the same area but it took all day, 8 hours of fishing to do it. I can't wait to go back and fish the event again.
GFN: What are your future plans for your YouTube channel?
That's an interesting question. I really like the process of filming and editing footage. At the moment my YouTube channel is just a place to put some of the videos I have messed around with. I wouldn't say there is much of a plan at all for it at the moment.
GFN: I will be following Jamie and all of his fishing adventures. You can too on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.