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3/18/2013 1:48:50 PM

I have always liked and preferred Penn Reels for my deep sea fishing adventures. They have always delivered on their advertising promises. Bottom fishing which is mostly what I do in the ocean, requires sturdy and dependable equipment. Other manufacturers sell hit or miss options to this equipment. I will stick with it until it fails me...
Reviewed by: Edwin R. Baxter



3/17/2013 1:46:37 PM

Part are readily available and reasonably priced. Designs are usually simple and you could maintain the reels yourself without too much problem. If you want, you could even tweak those reels to increase the drag power. The reels are usually sturdily built and they will last almost forever if properly maintained.

A lot of Penn saltwater reels are heavy in weight compared to today's reels. They are also a little bulky. Some penn reels aren't as easy to cast compared to reels of newer design.

I'm guessing the reel was a Penn 209 level wind. I am not certain the current price. Around 3 years ago, you could find Penn 209's for around $15 to $25 depending on the condition. For a new 7' Ugly Stik casting rod, the going price is around $40. There's also an Ugly Stik Tiger; those rods are $65+.

By the way, reels that look good on pictures might not be that great sometimes. I've purchased a very shiny Penn 146 that looked great on pictures with lots of saltwater corrosion. The flash made A LOT of corroded spots vanish on the picture.
Reviewed by: James W (Utah)



1/23/2013 1:50:16 PM

I've been using the Penn reels for over 40 years.
Reviewed by: Stubborn Leprechaun