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i just want the waist support harness not the plate too. I have a tunamax and want to change the strap.
 

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Just buy a Smitty belt and plate.
If you have the smitty belt will any plate pretty much work?
I cant imagine there being that much difference in the plates...
I have an old plate that I could use.
 

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If you have the smitty belt will any plate pretty much work?
I cant imagine there being that much difference in the plates...
I have an old plate that I could use.


Yes. You will find a larger plate often works better.
The harness is seperate from your plate.
 

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This is what i am looking for, pelagique makes it, it's a support belt that attaches to the harness plate with drop straps. It's like the Braid Marlin harness, or the Smitty Spyder Harness without the strap that goes under your butt.

It's essentially a small kidney harness.
 

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That plate is too narrow for most people.

You need to be able to stand with your knees apart, feet planted at shoulder width and rock with the boat. The plate should stay in place. NOT slide off one leg and between your knees.

Small kidney belt... big back ache...

Listen to Snagged about what kind of setup to use. Black Majic is another good setup.

I know because I wasted my money on a kidney belt and small plastic plate.

Get the correct equipment or use the rail...
 

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What Snagged and DSG said.

But, you don't need the Smitty plate/socket if the Smitty belt's clips fit the plate you already have. You must, however, have a good "under-the-butt" belt (Smitty's is one; there are others) unless you're going to use the rail.

W/o a strap/belt/something for you to SIT in+against so that IT will hold the rod and allow you to fight the fish with your legs and butt, the belt+plate are little more than expensive fashion.
 

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So how wide of a plate is average? The one I have is about 15" wide. I have not had a problem with it before but have never fought a YFT from a headboat.
 

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I am looking to use the belt attached to the Tuna Max plate with a Spin outfit, Stella 20K and Super Seeker or Grafighter. The Plate in the picture is not what I'm planing on buying, just the kidney belt.

Do you all still think i should get the black magic style belt with a waist and under butt strap, in the long range style?
 

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I'm looking to expand on the simple belt harness like for GT fishing, instead of the plate at my waist, i want it a bit lower, but I won't be using straps on the reel, just a place for the gimbal.

But if the long range style harness is a better overall match, I'll go with that in the Smitty or Black Magic harness.
 

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What harnesses and belts are y'all using? Smitty, BM, for harness setups, and Tuna Max, Fisherman, Seven Seas for Belts only?
 

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I am looking to use the belt attached to the Tuna Max plate with a Spin outfit, Stella 20K and Super Seeker or Grafighter. The Plate in the picture is not what I'm planing on buying, just the kidney belt.

Do you all still think i should get the black magic style belt with a waist and under butt strap, in the long range style?

Yes, because when you get into serious fish with convential gear it pays for itself.
 

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That plate is too narrow for most people.

You need to be able to stand with your knees apart, feet planted at shoulder width and rock with the boat. The plate should stay in place. NOT slide off one leg and between your knees.

Small kidney belt... big back ache...

Listen to Snagged about what kind of setup to use. Black Majic is another good setup.

I know because I wasted my money on a kidney belt and small plastic plate.

Get the correct equipment or use the rail...

I agree on all points. learned the hard way. Jerry knows, he was there!
those little bitty plates dont work well.
1.) got a smitty's belt. definately better, because the butt straps don't
allow it to ride up, & keeps your back triangulated to the rod.
2.) When it came time for the plate, I was surprised @ how WIDE of a
plate I actually needed. I actually set myself up in the harness W. the correct,
yet most comfortable stance against a loaded rod. I then had my wife measure across my thighs @ aprrox. where the plate would be. 18.5"
pretty wide, as I'm not anywhere near a big guy. Mark @ Charkbait explained
to me that I need a plate 4-6' wider than my stance. in my case, it was
the Smitty's Extra-large long-range plate. i never needed a xtra large anything, but After lots of testing, Mark was right, & It's a perfect match.

long & short= spend the $$ & buy MORE than you think you need, you don't
want to regret it later, it hurts!:D
tight lines
-Brian
 
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