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PENN Slammer III Review-Spinning Reel




The PENN Slammer is back by popular demand, back as the Slammer III series!  This Slammer III series is built for heavy-duty fishing from boat, shore, surf or kayak; however you fish hard core!  Designed, tested and trusted by Charter and Fishing guides all over the world.  The Slammer III reels feature the new IPX6 Sealed system which keeps water, salt and sand out of the gear box and drag system.  PENN is also using the updated Slammer Drag System which now utilizes PENN’s proprietary Dura-Drag material.  The same Dura-Drag material used in PENN Internationals; “Big Smooth Drag Systems”!

 Here are some of the key features of the New Slammer III spinning reel series:


  • Full Metal Body, side plate and rotor
  • CNC Gear Technology; smooth out of the box and stays smooth under pressure.
  • IPX6 Sealed body and spool design
  • Sealed Slammer Drag system with Dura-Drag
  • 6+1 Stainless Steel bearing system
  • Super Line ready spool
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Instant Anti-Reverse
  • Techno-balanced body
  • Slammer III comes in sizes 3500, 4500, 5500, 6500, 7500, 8500, 9500 & 10500
  • Drag ranges of thirty (30) pounds 3500 size reel and Sixty (60) pounds 10500 size reel (Max drag)

 You may notice the larger gold handle in the photos of the new Slammer III reels.  I was on the test and design team for these reels for the last two years.  Yes I was wondering the same thing out of the box; “boy that handle looks odd, how’s it going to feel and fish?”  To my surprise it feels and works great.  It’s easier on your hands and fingers, makes it easier to hold the rod and not have the reel walk back and forth in your hands.  Also when reeling in fast or working a lure fast it’s easier to keep the speed constant with the easy control of the larger handle.  All models of the Slammer III reels come with the metal gold handle knob and an EVA foam knob as well in the box.  You can choose whatever you like to fish with!

 As a guide on the design and test team for the Slammer III I’ve been very impressed with the lasting smoothness and strength of this series of reels.  I’ve had them for just over a year & a half and they are still just as smooth as they were out of the box!  On my 3500 test size I’ve cuaght hundreds of deep water Flounders of one to six pounds with countless by-catch sharks, sea bass and grunts.  We also landed five Cobia over fifty pounds on the 3500 size Slammer III test reel! I’ll definitely have a set of these reels for next year’s fishing season, for sure!  The Slammer III series should be in your favorite Tackle shops mid-November; Showing up Now!

 f you have any questions of the PENN Slammer III series or any other PENN product please let me know or check out

 Thanks for reading and good fishing to you!

Capt. Jot Owens


Posted in Product Reviews on November 15th, 2016 | Comments Off

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