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Old 02-08-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Fighting Belts? Best one for Amberjack, grouper bottom fishing

Hey guys,

I want to take my dad fishing out on the Gulf. I got a charter lined up but the only problem I see is his age and lack of strengh. He is pushing 70 and is not quite as strong as he used to be. We are going for Amberjacks, Grouper, Kings bottom fish. Mostly fishing 150 - 200 ft of water.

Can anyone recommend a great fighting belt that does not require the rod to be gimbled or have a gimble on it.

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Theres a number of inexpensive fighting belts that will do. Tsunami, Calcutta and many others manufacture belts with and without gimbal pins. Of course, most of the belts have pins that can be removed to allow for a non-gimbaled rod
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Theres a number of inexpensive fighting belts that will do. Tsunami, Calcutta and many others manufacture belts with and without gimbal pins. Of course, most of the belts have pins that can be removed to allow for a non-gimbaled rod

Not really worried about pricing. I would spend up to $200.00. Its for my dad and I would use it the rest of my fishing days as long as it lasts. I just want him to get good tork on the fish and also be extremely comforatble.
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The best ones IMO are those made by Smitty or Braid. Braid produces some new carbon fiber belts that are strong and light.
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Just curious, what do you have against gimbal belts? Locking the rod and preventing twist is what's going to help get the most torque on the fish. A cheap gut bucket is great if you have the grip and wrist strength to hold the rod straight and prevent twist. It sounds like in your case he may be best suited with a belt that also has a back brace to clip into the top of the reel. That way he can use his legs and body weight to fight the fish.
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Are you wanting just the belt or a harness as well?
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Just curious, what do you have against gimbal belts? Locking the rod and preventing twist is what's going to help get the most torque on the fish. A cheap gut bucket is great if you have the grip and wrist strength to hold the rod straight and prevent twist. It sounds like in your case he may be best suited with a belt that also has a back brace to clip into the top of the reel. That way he can use his legs and body weight to fight the fish.
If I had to guess, the original poster probably has an inexpensive bottom rod that doesn't have a gimbal

Otherwise, I agree with all your comments. Cheap rod/belt/harness equals hardly any pressure on the fish and a lot of pressure on all the wrong areas of your body-lower back and the arm holding the rod. Bad form.

If the rod butts are gimbaled, I recommend either the smitty belt with OTR harness, or the black magic harness and belt (awesome combo), or even the braid power play harness matched with the power play belt. When fitted properly, the rod butt is between your thighs, and the harness sits under your thighs and ass. And there is ZERO lifting with your left arm and NO work done with your back. If it hurts to reel in fish, you're not fitted properly to your harness and belt. You want to be sitting in an invisible chair the entire time, that is what proper standup technique looks like.
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Second the Black Magic. Best rig on the market.
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The money you spend on cheap belts that will just end up hanging from the leaning post is much better spent on a quality standup belt and harness combo that you can use for any fishing application from bottom fishing to standup tuna/marlin/swords. The less energy you use with proper gear (and equally important-properly FITTED), the more time you can spend putting fish in the boat instead of bitching about lower back/arm pain the next day.
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Smitty or black magic x3
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