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SUBJECT: # 39813: Best Tuna standup harness

Submitted by Gerry, SFHP from VIRGINIA on 12/22/2006 5:32:00 AM

Trying to get an idea about who makes the best harness/fighting belts for yellowfin. Is Braid the best?

  1. 12/22/2006 3:28:00 PM Submitted by MikeF from FL says the one I have
    The one I have is older and the name is gone. I think it was sold by Berkley. But it looks like the Braid one. The key is to wear it low and have a long rod butt. I used to have one of the shoudler harnesses but I hated it. If the fish get that big you need to be in a chair. 200# is about all I can take standing. But then it's been a while since I was anywhere ths tuna get that big.

  2. 12/22/2006 9:55:00 PM Submitted by capt ken ( from FL says Smitty's Spyder Harness.
    Better take a look at Smitty's belts and harnesses. I stayed on a 150# or so YFT for an hour or so back in August and never really broke a sweat.

    There is a strap that fits undey your butt that you sort of sit in and use your body and legs to fight the fish. It takes all of the strain off your lower back.

    I've used harnesses for lots of years but none come close to Smitty's. It is super light so I can wear it all day with no problem. I made a little rig so I can use my spinning rod with the harness. A hundred # YFT on a popper is a hoot until he is straight down about 150' and won't come up. The Smitty's Harness sure helps.

    If you come back down this way, give me a call.

    Don't know what is wrong with the way I have to sign now.


  3. 12/28/2006 4:31:00 PM Submitted by Fisherboy from VA says I have the perfect solution

    Invite me out on that cat of yours and I'll fight the fish for you. All you have to do is gaf them. How easy is that?

    FB: Came to the saltwater board by mistake.

  4. 12/28/2006 5:03:00 PM Submitted by MikeF from FL says capt ken
    I looked at the Spyder Harness. It looks good. Is the lower strap really comfortable, it looks a little odd. I would hate to buy one and hate the feel. Unfortunately none of my buddies have one. Maybe I can find a dealer around here so I can try one on.

  5. 12/28/2006 8:10:00 PM Submitted by capt ken ( from FL says Spider Harness
    I haven't been on a fish much more than an hour and a half with one but it handles a 50 Wide just fine. These harnesses are mighty popular in San Diego.

    I have a similar harness made by Normark that works fine too. Unfortunately, Normark used crappy hardware that rusts fast.

  6. 1/1/2007 7:44:00 PM Submitted by Richard ( from LA says Second Cap'n Ken's rec
    I have used the Smitty's on about 8 trips now and my opinion is that is the most comfortable one out there. it doesn' look as padded as a braid, but having worn both there is absolutely no difference in feel when you are on a fish comfort wise. the smitty's is also much lighter and more comfortable to wear all day. I also like the smitty long range belt to go with that harness

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