Jigging and popping has evolved in the past 2 years, as the sport matures we see more anglers fine tuning their tackles and techniques.
Size is becoming a challenge and many are seeking beefier and heftier rods to subdue the fishes.
Couple of shops in the US, including us, follow the demands seek by many anglers to make catching “BIG” fish easier.
The reason for this write up is about the usage of a regular belt, harness and bucket or full harness.
We can see from the past 2 years that rods are taking a lot of abuse, popping and jigging rod are not originally meant to be used with a full harness or bucket harness, the full or bucket harnesses are meant for fishing stand up.
However, anglers can still use harnesses it if they wish to do so, but our advice is do not follow
the max drag recommended on the rod, If the rod is meant for 15kg max and it is in the bucket harness, we suggest the use of 12kg max.
Reason being, your rod is now sitting in a deeper or lower recess thus giving you a different fighting angle.
When you are fighting in a bucket harness and applying all that pressure with your body against the fish and if the fish decided to take off, the angle and the pressure on the rod is completely different whilst fighting on a regular belt.
If the fish decides to take a run, with a regular belt; you and your rod will be pushed forward or downwards or you can remove the rod from the belt, per comparison to bucket harness, the pressure is primarily on the upper fore grip of the rod, pretty much targeted at one point because it is strapped down to the harness. And using the full body weight of the fisherman as a fulcrum further increase the pressure on the rod.
Remember, these are jigging and popping rods not standup rods.
Sometimes you have no choice but to use a harness, but instead of using a full harness all strapped down we recommend the use of a regular belt with the harness only, in that case you can rest your arms and the rod angle is right.
Regardless of any brands, there is no such a thing as an unbreakable rod as things can and do happen sometimes ,and there are times, where is nobody to blame which is why, we call it accident
Paul & Sami