Best Fishing Belts
To save you the shopping hassle, we have compiled a list of our top five fishing belts that will be great fishing companions and don’t cost a fortune.
The Angler’s Choice like the name suggests is a top-notch fishing belt and boasts of exceptional durability and fighting performance. It comes with a unique rod butt oval notch, a low-profile Velcro waist strap, and a heavy-duty screw to hold the rod. It is also very affordable and emphasizes a minimal design for lightweight performance.
- Very durable and lightweight.
- Easily adjustable.
- Heavy-duty performance.
The Ogrmar fighting belt comes with a unique design and is especially suited to large fish and standup fishing. It features a main rod holder attached to a wide spongy back strap for comfort, an extra pair of straps that attach to the reel for mechanical advantage, and a heavy-duty rod screw. It is great for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, is very adjustable, and comes in a low-profile color that won’t stain easily.
- Exceptional comfort.
- High mechanical advantage, great for large fish.
- Easily adjustable, highly durable.
This fishing belt comes as a harness, belt combo, and delivers unparalleled comfort and is especially suited to standup fishing. It features a heavily padded EVA shoulder and back harness, an ABS plastic belt with a neoprene padded back, and a screw for holding the rod in place. Its harness also comes with extra straps and D rings that attach to the reel and a quick-release buckle for convenient use and is easily adjustable for the perfect fit.
- Very comfortable.
- Delivers high mechanical advantage.
- Easily adjustable, heavy-duty performance.
Another product from Ogrmar, this fishing belt comes with a low-profile and is built for complex manoeuvers when reeling in fish. It sports a padded interior for the most comfort, a 90-degree adjustable rod holder, and comes with an adjustable strap for the perfect fit. It also includes a quick-release buckle for convenience, is very lightweight, and is ideal for both freshwater and saltwater fishing.
- Excellent flexibility.
- Very adjustable.
- Lightweight, very comfortable.
This fishing belt comes with a 360º ball mounted rod holder for the most flexibility and control for complex manoeuvers. It is built from lightweight ABS plastic, features an EVA padding for comfort, and features an easily adjustable waist strap for the best fit. It is lightweight, highly durable, and comes with a large notch that can accommodate most fishing rods.
- Superior degree of freedom.
- Lightweight and very durable.
- Compatible with a host of fishing rods.
Fishing Belts Buying Guide
Fishing belts are handy tools for anglers who want to make the most of their fishing trips. They give the angler good leverage and reduce strain when reeling in catch allowing you to fish for extended periods without getting fatigued quickly.
Our buying guide reviews the best fishing belts on the market based on their specified features and tested performance to give you the best options to choose from. We then take it a step further to outline the particular factors you should consider and qualities you should look out for in a fishing belt before you make a purchase.
Comfort and Fit
Any fishing belt you go for must be very comfortable as you will be wearing it for extended periods. It should come with an anatomical profile that conforms to the shape of your torso and should not have any sharp edge that may cause discomfort.
It should also come with an adjustable strap so you can ensure a snug fit. Most high-quality fishing belts come with soft padding that sits on your torso for added comfort.
The materials from which your fishing belt is made is another important factor to consider. It should be lightweight, very durable, corrosion-resistant, and should easily handle the strain that is generated when reeling. ABS plastic and polycarbonate are the common materials you’ll find in a fishing belt.
ABS plastic is the most affordable and meets the outlined criteria. Polycarbonate fishing belts are lighter and tougher than ABS plastic belts but more expensive.
Another important factor you want to consider when choosing a fishing belt is its compatibility with your fishing rod. In general, fishing belts come with a rod adapter that holds the bottom of the fishing rod with a heavy-duty screw. You should always check the sizing specification of the waist belt to ensure it can accommodate our rod before you make a purchase.
Degree of Freedom
The degree of freedom your waist belt grants your fishing rod is another important factor to consider. In general, most waist belts allow rotation in the vertical plane for reeling but will often require more notion from the angler should the fish move in the horizontal plane from side to side. To handle this, some waist belts come with a notch mounted in a ball joint to allow movement in all directions. With these, you can move the rod and perform complex maneuvers without having to physically move as much.