2013 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #2 Douglas Lake - Dandridge, TN, Apr 4 - 6, 2013

Opens angler has a need for speed

Brazier’s father carried him sauger fishing to the Tennessee River when he was a toddler. He has been an avid angler ever since, fishing ponds and creeks as a youngster. It wasn’t until 1986 that he took up tournament fishing.

At that time he was a manager at a subsidiary of Coors. He was either working at Coors or fishing or tweaking a prop or a jack plate or anything else that would improve a bass boat’s performance.

Thanks to Brazier’s motocross and maritime racing experience, he is uniquely qualified to get the most out of a bass boat. He could probably build one from scratch if he had to, including the outboard.

Brazier’s intimate knowledge of boats and his working relationship with sponsors as a motocross and maritime racer encouraged him to change professions. He quit his job at Coors and embarked on a professional bass fishing career.

For more than 20 years, he has made his living exclusively through the fishing industry. Besides fishing tournaments, Brazier helps design boat performance products, works promotional shows and occasionally helps out a shorthanded support crew at a tournament.

“You’ve got to make money for your sponsors,” Brazier stressed, “The economy is too tight for a company to give you money to just go fishing.”

Brazier’s current sponsors include Honda Marine, Legend Boats, T-H Marine, SPRO, Tuf-Line, CastAway Rods, Reaction Strike, Lithium Pros batteries, Power-Pole and Raymarine.

“I may not be the best fisherman,” Brazier said. “My goal has been to be the best promoter.”

A new venture for Brazier is a starring role in Charlie Ingram’s Fishing University television show, which airs on the Outdoor Channel. The format will have a friendly competition between Brazier and Ingram. Brazier will also provide a boat 'tech tip” each week.

“The tips will cover things like getting more speed and improving gas mileage and boat handling,” Brazier added.

A few years ago, Brazier made a serious run at qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series through the Opens. He would love to be an Elite angler.

Brazier lives in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., with Roberta, his wife of 26 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. The oldest grandchild, Chase, is 15. He calls Brazier “Partner” because the two are regular fishing partners.

Of his "bumpy" life, Brazier says, "I am blessed and content."