Meet Jay Brainard

Raymarine Pro Ambassador


Home Lake: Grand Lake O' the Cherokee's, OK
Favorite Lures: Strike King Baby Burner and Strike King Rodent
Favorite Techniques: Skipping Docks, Flippin' and Crankin'
Favorite Lake: The next one.
Previous Job: Professional Bull Fighter

Jay Brainard was raised on a farm and ranch in Enid, OK. Baseball, football and gymnastics took up most of his time but free time was spent catching bass in a spring fed pond in his front yard. When the bass weren't biting at home Jay would jump in the farm truck and head to one of the many farm ponds near by. The closest being his grandfathers a quarter mile away, where he happened to catch a bass that weighed just shy of 8lbs before he was 8 years old.

Jay began fighting bulls his sophomore year in high school, which led to a successful career in rodeo. His first year as a pro cowboy Jay set the standard for stunts over bulls by becoming the first bullfighter to successfully backflip a Mexican fighting bull without being touched (click to watch). The next year he was Reserve Champion in the Federation of Freestyle bullfighters competition(click to watch). Other accomplishments include winning the Ultimate Bullfighter freestyle bullfights in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and two top ten finishes in the International Finals Rodeo Cowboy Protection Competition, as well as articles in E-Town Magazine and Maxim Magazine in Russia. Even after his rodeo days Jay was featured in a Hesston Tractor commercial during the 2012 and 2013 National Finals Rodeo on GAC! Protecting bullriders and taming Mexican fighting bulls took Jay all over the United states from Kansas out to Carolina Beach and South Texas to Yellow Stone. He wasn't just rodeoing on these long road trips. Jay fished every lake or river that he could when he wasn't in the arena.

Jay also spent every day during the rodeo off season fishing Grand Lake and finally decided to make a career of it. He began fishing every tournament he could in North Eastern Oklahoma and Missouri.

His first year Jay finished 5th in the Nichols/Triton standings with a 300 boat field.

Since then Jay has added several other tournament trails to his schedule and placed 2nd during his first Bassmaster Open on Ross Barnett. And that was only the beginning. He continued on to become Bassmaster Central Opens 2015 Angler of the Year and qualify for the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series. Stay tuned for more as Jay takes his fishing to the next level.

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