ROD BELTS????????????????

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OK, I have a Braid belt, Bulkyhard to travel with plastic plate that covers the groin from side to side, does have the gimbal and swivel up and down.. What have you USED and how is it size wise(lenth of belt) or can you use your own belt?
 

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Ha! Been waiting for this thread. I have everything from a full sit down unlimited harness with a drop down bent Smitty plate to a simple Smitty pad. I am now committed to ditching gimbles and only fishing with a pad or possibly a small plate. The reason for the pad or small plate is I use the belt to hold my dikes and pliers anyway and occasionally I can rest the rod butt there to avoid bruising. Other than that the rod will be held, placed under my arm( running;), or railed. The rods with gimbles will be capped and the plate will have the pin pulled.

At least that’s my game plan. Let see what some of the board veterans have to say.
 
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EXACTLY! That is the only reasons I use a small Tanaguchi
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OK, I have a Braid belt, Bulkyhard to travel with plastic plate that covers the groin from side to side, does have the gimbal and swivel up and down.. What have you USED and how is it size wise(lenth of belt) or can you use your own belt?
Been using the same Smitty pad sine 2005. Handy to have when you need it, small enough that it is not a bother when you don't need it. I have butt caps on all of my rods.
 
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chanvivek

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I have been doing some research on the same topic and have zeroed in on the aftco Socorro and the max force harness. Will use the belt alone when popping or jigging and when fishing for big tuna or marlin, will wear the harness and clip on the belt when needed. Would appreciate any advice on this. I was also thinking about the MC works tt for jigging and popping applications.
 
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Welcome back asshole! I use a Smitty pad on all my trips. I move to the rail when needed on a long-range boat. I never use a traditional belt/plate/harness and you rarely see them anymore.
 
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MC Works makes a very good rod belt. Lightweight, comfortable, and Stupid Expensive. Saltywater Tackle sells them.

I use it when throwing poppers on heavy spinning gear.
 
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hucklongfin

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Yeah, I too have the MC Works TT belt for heavy popping!
 
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MYSIX; I have basically the same set-up as you for the Large fish. I am 73 yrs. old, have BAD knees, and my back will bother me from time to time. Using the rail, for me, is not really an option. Everyone has their different style of fishing, and as I have gotten much older, the belt and plate works for me.
 
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For me the rail makes it easier and less brute strengh is needed. My rod does the work not my arms and back.
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Welcome back asshole! I use a Smitty pad on all my trips. I move to the rail when needed on a long-range boat. I never use a traditional belt/plate/harness and you rarely see them anymore.
Well how the hell are you? I have thought about you alot over the years. I hope time has been kind to you. That guy on the boat and being voted asshole #2 effected me more then I thought it would. I have not been out since BUT I booked the 16 day in Jan on the Indy, I could only hope you would be onboard also.
 
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OK, I have a Braid belt, Bulkyhard to travel with plastic plate that covers the groin from side to side, does have the gimbal and swivel up and down.. What have you USED and how is it size wise(lenth of belt) or can you use your own belt?
I've never used one in over 40 years of long range fishing! I'd be afraid my old time fishing buddies would think I'm getting soft! I've come back from trips with bruises from my kneecaps to chest, while trying to find a place that doesn't hurt to put the rod butt! I was just getting ready to say screw it, and get one! But thankfully rail rods came around and you could actually use the rail!!! Back in the day, you laid your rod on the rail, you would be asked non-polietly to remove your rod off the rail! My first cow was caught on a Penn senator with no rod belt! Things are much easier now!
 
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    Apron style belt for me $25 on Amazon. Rail is definitely my friend too. That was a trip! 10 premium tails over 50#, two 50+ YFT and bluefin. Thank you Brian Sims.

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    Flyrbr

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    if it flies, floats or... you got it
    Smittys pad to get stable and then rod butt under the arm pit or the rail. The rail is your friend but you have to be able to move
     
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    OK, I have a Braid belt, Bulkyhard to travel with plastic plate that covers the groin from side to side, does have the gimbal and swivel up and down.. What have you USED and how is it size wise(lenth of belt) or can you use your own belt?
    I have a Smitty's Spyder Harness and large drop plate. Use it when appropriate for cow YFT on 15-day trips. Have not used it in a few years since the BFT cows are closer and much easier to land. I believe in having tools available when and if the situation warrants their use. Rail, armpit, standing, kneeling, harness, etc... Using multiple styles on the same fish is okay by me.

    Whatever you need to land them makes sense as long as you get them on the boat!

    - Jeff Burroughs
     

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    I have a Smitty's Spyder Harness and large drop plate. Use it when appropriate for cow YFT on 15-day trips. Have not used it in a few years since the BFT cows are closer and much easier to land. I believe in having tools available when and if the situation warrants their use.
    I have the same spider harness and large bent drop plate. I fished with Smitty at Clarion. While I don’t plan on going back to using a harness I do wonder how I will be able to fish cow YFT with stout 7’ plus rods before they are up and down and have settled in. I recall some fish being a ways out. In that situation a plate would help and a harness would be even better. That said when the fish are moving the harness in particular can be a liability. And once up and down there’s nothing better than the rail.
     
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    Steve K

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    This is all I use. I sometimes wear it, usually leave it hanging somewhere. If needed, I’ll ask someone to get it for me. As soon as I’m up and down with the fish, I’ll either take it off or slide it around backwards. I always wear it while fishing the kite and use a shoulder sling, too.
     
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    Halfprice

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    I use the smaller Izor nylon triangle shaped belt. It works great and saves my bad back. For bigger tuna I use the rail. No more getting on my knees to fight the fish. The Red Roosters rails are kind of low for me, Im 6'4", so now I just sit on the rod butt. Its not pretty but it works for me.. Let the rod do the work.

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    JohnTFT

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    While I don’t plan on going back to using a harness I do wonder how I will be able to fish cow YFT with stout 7’ plus rods before they are up and down and have settled in.
    This - is the best statement in the whole thread.

    Rail rods are awesome tools for Cow fishing. When the fish stays on top they are not the best tool for the job.

    I fish with several people over 70 who use a modified approach to rail rods and harnesses.

    When the fish is straight out they stay in the harness and prop the foregrip on the rail. They are clipped in and the rod does a huge amount of the work. When the fish gets to the right angle, straight up and down or in the circles they are out of the harness and using the rail to their advantage.

    I have seen this technique be very effective for older anglers, anglers with back and knee issues and anglers who are just really tall.

    Dont discount the harness.

    For me its easy Smitty Spyder Harness and XL Special.
     
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    Apron style belt for me $25 on Amazon. Rail is definitely my friend too. That was a trip! 10 premium tails over 50#, two 50+ YFT and bluefin. Thank you Brian Sims.

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    That too is my first choice belt.
    But, I have been giving serious thought to a small triangular pad with a pin for Spinning rod fishing, as it seems to be good geometry..... I mostly use the rail or my left armpit -- to move esily along the rail as the fish moves.
    Tight Lines,
     
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    A belt may also be used. To lean a hip against the rail. While being part of the unison of the motion of the boat. While fishing

    Without the hip bone becoming black and blue
     
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