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a strange new product that just might find a home with some of our
clients. Slicing through a finger, or getting spectra burn while
leveling line on a conventional reel is not uncommon. Some guys use
Izor's Flex Wrap, some use a glove, some take their chances... But, for
I think this little device might be something well worth considering.
It's a one-finger-glove, just covering up to the first joint with a
small leather cap. The product is MADE in the USA, designed by
fishermen, works on either the left or right hand, and available in
three sizes. The large size will work for most of us, the small for
women and kids, the extra large for guys with major league mitts.
Like the old Rod Knobie, but
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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
CharkBait Fighting Belts
Here's another excellent new product, a
CharkBait exclusive rod belt of superior
design. Our new rod belts are made from
aircraft quality aluminum and feature a
floating gimbal for secure comfort when
fighting a fish - no matter the angle ahead of
you, jigging, far out, or tight to the boat.
Nice design, and great comfort too, since our
fighting belts use a 4"
wide strap for added back support. The large
metal plate and soft foam pad protect the angler
from bruising during a hard battle with larger
grade fish. I used a prototype on our 4 and 8
day charters last year, and frankly loved the
new belt. It's a very nice product, and since
we're directly involved with the production
and import, the value is better than any other
retailer can achieve. If you do some
comparison shopping, you might want to compare
what we are offering to Alutecnos Dolce Vita
belt - ours is more comfortable, has a
supportive back strap, and we are offering it
for a much better value (noting that other
folks sell the Alutecnos for about $140!)
of hard to tell from the picture to the right,
with my wife displaying the belt, but the
gimbal receiver allows the rod to stay secure
whether the rod
is pointing up or out: that's security, and
You would expect this
belt to sell for over $100, not here, and there's no better value
and no better product on the market for
anywhere near that price. Given the integral
supportive belt, this product will fit anglers
with waists up to 40-42" - no more. The
receiver will handle rods with a butt diameter
of up to 1.5" no more.
Our rod belts
are available in Blue, Black, Silver, Gunsmoke and of
course our distinctive Red! And, ours come in
a nice mesh storage bag for safe keeping when
they are not being used. The bag allows for
water evaporation, as well as protection for
the rod belt. The bag and belt have our name
proudly posted, no doubt an advertising
gimmick designed to let folks know where you
got the piece. But, that's one reason the
price is so darn reasonable! Really, if you are
an average sized guy or gal, fishing tackle up
o 60#, I think you are going to love the belt.
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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
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"
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.
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.
Ninja Belt is a very good design. It's also the best value on the market in terms of
a quality medium tackle belt. The aluminum belt features excellent padding, I mean
excellent. The bright finish of the blue or gold aluminum is great looking and
tough. The gimbal will accommodate all rods with gimbals or not, unlike at least one very popular
competitor's similarly sized piece. The Ninja will impress you, I'm sure of
that. It's a great belt, very comfortable in use, and excellent long term
Ninja Belt @ $49.95
Ninja Belt - Full Size @ $149.95
-Suitable for 80-100# tackle use
New contoured Sumo Full Size Belt.
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! @ $12.95- 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) @ $9.95
BUY! Rod & Reel Sling -
(shoulder strap system) @ $19.95
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.
used to be the standard out there, but they have not advanced
one bit over the past 15 years and if anything their weaknesses
in terms of construction have grown more noticeable. The soft
pad separating from the plastic plate seems more common these
days, and other manufacturers have simply done more to innovate
and offer value.
Manta Belt #30101 - The Manta Belt is very versatile and rugged, and can
save you a lot of wear and tear fighting a big fish. It features a unique contoured
back, and a non-slip rubber padding on the back surface. Braid supplies the belt
with or without the gimbal pin. My suggestion is to get the one with the gimbal -
you can always take the bolt out, but it's something you want to have - especially as you
move up in line class. This version of the Manta is designed to be comfortable
whether the angler is seated or standing. Velcro waistband adjusts for almost any
girth. Match this belt with the 30700 Marlin harness.
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You certainly do not
have to purchase the harness to enjoy owning and using this belt, most of the time I
probably don't use my harness when I'm using this product myself. But, there are
times when having a full "system" approach makes an awful lot of sense. I
purchased the 30700 harness to go along with my own Manta, it's been a good
purchase. I've used mine for everything from tuna, sharks and even rockfish.
Fishing from my own boat, dropping a gangion with 10 lures and a 5 lb. weight down 1200
feet, can be a lot of work. Using the belt and harness really makes the job more
efficient. So, I guess I've had double duty from mine, seeing service both in
the winter time and summer seasons.
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Pro-Manta #30200 - You can handle up to
30 lbs. of drag pressure with this belt, Braids most popular model.
(Frankly for my 2 cents I'd say more like a comfortable
15-20#'s-dms) This version of
the Manta displaces more force to your legs and thighs. It is only available with gimbal pin (which can easily be removed). Top quality components are used
throughout, as you'd expect from Dennis Braid. This belt is a good match with the
30500 or 30700 harnesses. I've owned a 30700 for
a few years, covered some lighter duty use when I needed a bit
more support and did not want something cumbersome.
Stand-Up Fishing Systems
- the products below use a
combination belt/harness system designed to be used together, displacing the forces
associated with fighting big fish to areas of our anatomy that can handle higher loads.
That means, these systems use your legs to help you gain leverage in fighting a
fish - a big fish.
Brute Buster Belt #30900 - This is the belt to go
with if you are using 50-100 class gear. This belt is very comfortable, and like the
other belts listed, is awfully durable as well. The belt is adjustable from 26-56
inches. It's designed to be worn low, across the upper thighs for increased
leverage. The gimbal belt is backed by air filled foam, and has a non-skid
surface. Use this belt with the #30950 harness.
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Belt #30300 - You can apply up to 40 pounds of drag pressure with this gear,
fishing 50-80 lb. tackle quite nicely. The receiver accepts any rod butt or
gimbal. The wide one piece pad spread out the forces of
fighting a big fish.
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Power Play Rod Belt #30350 - This is for the guy with
big ambitions...the fellow who's spent a chunk of time in the gym in preparation for
fighting the big ones. This belt is designed for the stand-up angler who fishes
80-130 lb. tackle! The Power Play gives great back support, and is designed to use
the "bucket system" harness. Use this belt with the #30800
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Drop Straps (2 Pk) - for lowering
the rod pad a few inches for better leverage
Order This Item! @ $19.95
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Accessories page for a wide
selection of fighting gloves.