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Play Action Sports
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The firm that bought Braid...and brought back
and they are indeed distinctive. The belt strap
will work for most folks, the padding is sufficient for most
applications under 80 lb class gear. If you need more or
less room on the belt, pretty easy to adjust, trim or even add
material as needed. For most with a waist measurements from mid
20's to 40's the belt should work as she comes. The receiver is
gimbaled and can rotate (float) so you have control from more
anglers, nice for vertical jigging. Most everything in their
design is replaceable, but they are quality made so you
shouldn't be replacing parts years down the road. Their pad has
a fabric cover, not just the raw foam which can get hammered
while on a boat. Impression: These are nice belts to own, unique
finish, comfortable, functional.
quite a bit of time getting to know these folks while visiting
ICAST a couple weeks ago. Good folks, they knew they had
to improve upon Dennis Braid's more recent products. As can
happen when a firm plans to sell, Braid's quality suffered in
recent years. The guys from Play Action have brought back the
Marauders - properly rigged with strength. They will be
improving Braid's belts and harnesses too over time. But, I was
really impressed with some of their own rod belts, in particular
the new Mako HD series. Unique belts, like the ones I designed
some time back with the gimbaled floating receiver their design
actually takes things in more directions to aid comfort and
control. The firm actually is older than Braid, going back 7-8
years prior to Braid coming on the scene. They were primarily a
Florida and East Coast player, not common to see their products
out here in CA. But, in the case of the new Mako HD...I think
they have something pretty darn special.
The Mako HD belt is quite comfortable to
Smitty's Day Belts
Extra Large Big Game Belt
Smitty's Belt is hand crafted from the finest
materials. Due to the outstanding quality and
the durability of the Smitty's Belt, it will
last through many seasons of grueling
punishment! It may even be the last belt you may
ever have to buy!
aluminum plate is covered with a polyurethane
powder coat, which has the highest rating
against UV sun rays.
center insert is made of polyurethane and is
virtually indestructible. It is the same
material modern skate board wheels are made
from. The center should last a lifetime!
padded backing is closed cell neoprene to give
you the ability to fight large fish with comfort
as well as control.
with the heavy duty construction and materials,
the Smitty's Belt is so light, it actually
Smitty Day Belt is very suitable for tackle from
40-60#. it measures 11"x7" and is designed for
striped marlin, sailfish, large tarpon, wahoo
and king mackerel, and it does good duty for
most trips from 1-3 day range. This is a light
weight but strongly made aluminum belt. It
can be used with or without a gimbal pin, has a
quick pin release and also comes in a wide
variety of colors. The Day Belt comes with
a webbing belt. Colors available:
candyapple red, electric blue, gloss black and
Long Range Series
new Long Range Series belt
The LRS is
larger than the very popular Smitty's Large Day
Belt, and can be worn with or without a harness.
It was created for the angler that wanted a
light weight belt that is large enough to
disperse the pressure while wearing it with a
harness but could still do the job for those who
do not want to wear a harness. It comes
with a 2" webbed belt for those times you are
not wearing a harness.
The plate measures 14 1/2" by 10" providing good
distribution of pressure. The Long Range
belt is suitable for 4-10 day long range baja
Blue and Black 16"x10"
Smitty's Special Rod Belt
Another new gimbaled hand crafted rod belt has
passed the test with flying colors as an
outstanding and durable "Smitty" fighting belt.
This large gimbal plate is designed with a new
contoured shape to spread the pressure equally
over the thighs and help the rod belt remain
centered while the fisherman is moving around
the deck. The padded backing gives you the
ability to fight large fish with comfort.
IS THE PLATE TO HAVE FOR EXTENDED LONG RANGE
(And, these are the best rod belts made, bar
none. - Mark)
who like to run sustained drag pressure over 40
pounds, we will add extra bracing which will
stiffen up the plate while continuing to provide
comfort and support.
Blue and Black
Extra Large Special is approximately 19 3/4"
across and 10" tall
Large Special is 17 3/4" x 10"
Small Day Belt
Large @ $218, XLarge @ $227
Super Special based on same belt
Smitty's Spyder Harness
light-weight design can be worn comfortably all
of the weight of traditional harnesses!
ergonomic design removes ALL pressure off of the
solid brass and Stainless steel hardware; this
harness can handle any fish with ease.
in sizes for men as well as women!
Like all of Smitty's products, these harnesses
are hand crafted from the best materials and
designed to exceed even the highest standards!
When partnered with one of the Smitty's fighting
plates, the angler has a combination that
provides all day comfort as well added support
to land almost any fish!
HARNESS REDUCES FATIGUE AS IT ALLOWS THE
ANGLER'S BODY WEIGHT TO DO ALL THE WORK WHILE
POSITIONING THE ROD FOR OPTIMUM POWER LIFTING.
WITH SOLID BRASS SNAPS TO CONNECT TO THE ROD
BELT AND STAINLESS STEEL QUICK RELEASE HOOKS TO
SECURE THE REEL WHILE PROVIDING A QUICK RELEASE
FROM THE SYSTEM IF NEEDED.
WITH TACKLE UP TO AND ABOVE 135LB
If you'd like some information regarding
fitting the harnesses please click on this
to view a brief video.
NEW - Smitty has
introduced a new belt variant that's perfect for
a lot of guys, and is quickly becoming a
deckhand's best friend. For tuna in the
50# range it's dandy, for tackle up to 40-50#
you'll be right on target. Made from a heavy
neoprene, this belt is designed for the angler
or deckhand that is very active, but still wants
a little extra protection. This belt works great
for the fly-fisherman as well!
Comes with a buckle
belt and can be worn on the spyder harness as
well. Please click on the
video above to see the
new belt, described and shown near the end.
Rod Belt Alternative
Like the old Rod Knobie, but
those not wanting the hassle
of wearing a rod belt, but
still not wanting to suffer
the bruised belly, the
Cush-It allows you to pull
harder while still
maintaining some comfort
down at the rod's butt as
leverage a fish. These are
made in Canada from a soft
but durable foam material.
The firm makes three sizes,
two of which fit into the
saltwater scene. The Large
Big Game model will handle
your larger rods, trolling
pieces or even deckhand
style rods, while the All
Species model will cover
your bait sticks just fine.
That's the size most folks
will probably want, no
doubt. Pricing is fair on
these when compared to the
older West Coast product
that went away a couple
years ago. I talked to the
owner of the firm a couple
months back and he wasn't
aware of the old Knobie,
came up with this idea on
his own apparently.
Certainly the materials used
are better and the way the
rods fit into the device is
a little different, but the
end result is the same, you
don't get bruised on the
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AFTCO ROD BELTS AND HARNESSES
AFTCO offers a couple interesting
products (perhaps in part based upon Smitty's popular designs). These
are well made for long range and private yacht use, with very good
construction, quality components and long term use.
Clarion Fighting Belt is geared to 80# to unlimited tackle use. The
super-thick, closed-cell EVA foam back pad is engineered to maximize
both comfort and leverage. When the belt is positioned relatively low
across the thighs, the load is distributed evenly for maximum pull when
fighting a big fish stand-up style. The foam bak pad is co-molded to a
gold anodized stamped aluminum front plate. They're super durable and
feature posts at each side to accept Quick Clips which snap the belt
straps for optional drop straps in place. The molded glass-filled nylon
gimbal pocket is engineered to quickly guide rod butts into an optimum
fish-fighting position. The gimbal pockets stainless steel pin is
designed to be adjustable for horizontal or vertical orientation. It's a
perfect match for AFTCO's MaxForce harness. It measures 19 inches wide
by 13 inches high. And, to top things off, if it falls over it even
The Socorro Fighting Belt is designed for
50-80# tackle applications. It features the same features and materials
as the Clarion, for stand-up style fishing of moderate line tests. You
can also use this smaller belt with the Maxforce harness.
The MaxFforce no doubt was based in part on the Smitty Spyder harness.
However, there are some differences in terms of additional padding.
the Maxforce with heavier gear, 60# up. The
MaxForce use of lumbar and sit-in pads distributes the load below the
hips, allowing the body to use maximum pulling leverage with good
comfort under heavy drag loads.
AFTCO also makes a very nice
shoulder harness for use with lighter lines in the up to 50# class. The
lycra polyester covered bio-foam shoulder and back-band padding allows
the load to comfortably be carried across the back of the angler and
allows the load to be carried by the shoulders and upper body rather
than arms alone. The harness attaches to your reel by way of carbiner
clips. The Maxforce bucket harness allows you to use your legs
and butt for leverage, the shoulder harness puts that load on the
shoulders and back. One size fits all with these products.
Izorline makes a wide range of products. Their
belt and harness selection is quite broad. I picked several of their best sellers to
stock in inventory, and will be adding some of their more expensive models soon. All
models listed offer very good strength and durability. They are quite comfortable,
and will perform well for years to come. While Izorline offers several belts made
from leather, I am only stocking the artificial leather rod butt rests. The
artificial product will last longer and put up with more abuse. If you must have the
leather, please contact me for availability.
IZORLINE ACCESSORIES: Straps, and Such
coming out with useful products. They make strap and harness systems that are
designed by fellow fishermen. Their tools are some of the most
practical on the market for
our application. And, their gloves are one of the niftiest items I've seen in a long time.
The three straps listed below serve some essential purposes. To help you keep your rods
together, safe, and easy for transport to and from the boat, the Rod Sling holds your
rods, securely attached with velcro straps, with a sling to use over your shoulder while
carrying. Next, Izorline's Rail Strap attaches to your reel, and helps keep your valuable
rod from taking a dip. This is an essential item to use on all trolling rods, especially
if you are working the water alone. The last item offered is another dandy tool,
Izorline's Reel Shoulder Strap. This item clips on your reel, allowing security and aided
fish fighting. You can still work your rod, cast, and have extra pull when fighting a big
fish. It's also a good security tool, while lazily working a bait, never being sure when
the big dawg will come up and take you for a turn around the boat.
Rod Carrier System (sling several rods over your shoulder, great for
transporting gear to the boat)
BUY! @ $14.95- This is a must-have item if you ride the
party boats, or carry several rods and reels to and from your boat. It's a winner.
BUY! Rail Strap (reel security at the
rail) @ $12.95
BUY! Rod & Reel Sling -
(shoulder strap system) @ $24.95
Izorlines Flexx Rap and Rod Straps
folks at Izorline sure know what fishermen need....
Flexx-Rap, Izorlines finger
protection wrap, is a very useful product. Like their gloves, these help protect an
angler from the common cuts associated with lipping a bass, leveling line, line cuts and
blisters. The material improves your grip, is waterproof and hypoallergenic.
Each roll is 1" wide and 5 yards long, enough to last a good long time.