The big trip that you have been saving and planning for is almost here. When you have that dream catch on the line you want equipment you can depend on. Light weight and extremely durable, Smitty's Belts have a plate for any size fish. From the 25lb. Salmon to the 2000lb Great White there's a Smitty Belt for you.
On the West Coast anglers sometimes rest the rod on the rail when fighting a big fish. This was once frowned upon by big game skippers, but it has now become a technique of its own. Hanging one leg over the rod or kneeling on the deck with the rod under the shoulder not appeal to everyone because fighting a fish this way can be very uncomfortable. For these anglers the harness is still the best method for fighting a big fish.
For private boaters the harness is still the best system. Very few private boats have the high heavy duty rails that are featured on commercial sport fishing boats.