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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 www.pennfishing.com

 Thanks for reading and good fishing to you!

Capt. Jot Owens

 

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

Product Review-Salt Life Sport Optics

One of the most important and useful tools I use every day while fishing and honestly just about every day of my life are my sunglasses.  I mean really think about it, how many times you have walked out the door and immediately it hit you “need my sunglasses”!  Or even worse, head out fishing/hunting before the sun comes up, but when it comes up it hits you “oh no, I forgot my sunglasses”!  That’s a long day no one wants to go through and yes we’ve all done it!  This really shows how important a high quality pair of sunglasses is for any outdoor sport or better everyday life!
I’ve found a company that makes one of the finest pairs of sunglasses on the market today and you would not think at first it would come from the company that makes them.  Salt Life has introduced a line of Sport optics (Sunglasses) that are like no other on the market, yet reasonably priced for the quality pair of sunglasses your getting.  I know what you’re thinking; how and why are they better than most others on the market?
-Salt Life Optics use ZEISS lenses, for over 160 years ZEISS has been the world’s leading brand in precision optics.  Like NASA, Google Earth, Nobel Prize winners and Hollywood producers, outdoor lovers who wear Salt Life sunglasses can also enjoy the high quality of ZEISS lenses, the pioneers in precision optics.  ZEISS lenses are used by Hasselblad and Leica, the makers of the finest cameras in the world.   ZEISS lenses are being used in the James Webb Space Telescope which is going to replace the Hubble Space telescope in the next few decades.  The scope and Binocular of choice for the avid Hunter and outdoorsman is ZEISS.  So the ZEISS brand is a house-hold name amongst the American Sportsman.
-Frames made in Italy NOT China with premium TR90 material.   TR90 is a composite material that is lighter and stronger than most of Salt Life Optic competitors; you can feel the difference with their Italian made frames and the competitors.
-PPC: all Salt Life Optics lenses are made of Polarized Polycarbonate injected material that is lightweight, offers crystal clear vision, 100% UV protection and is scratch/impact resistant.
-Anti-Reflective AR5: Carl Zeiss invented AR technology; Salt Life’s five layers AR coating reduces glare and bounce back.   It’s the best I ever tried and I’ve tried a lot of sunglasses!
-Ri-Pel: this proprietary technology repels water, dirt, oil and dust.  It gives the lens a Rain-X effect so water, sun tan lotion and/or bug spray will be repelled off the lens and makes for easier cleaning.  Ri-Pel is a permanent repellent coating.
-True Color Recognition: ZEISS formulated our exclusive tints to allow colors to be seen naturally. Other lenses distort the color spectrum blocking reds and yellows so after hours of wearing the user may develop headaches.
-Salt Life Optic Coatings: all our coatings are vacuum sealed on so they are permanent and will not delaminate when exposed to salt water or extreme weather conditions.  Many of Salt Life’s competitors use a dipping process to apply their coatings and in time will delaminate.
-RX lenses: prescription lenses are available.  Salt Life is using a ZEISS lab with the latest technology so that the user enjoys the special tints and coatings ZEISS has created for Salt Life Optics.  They offer single vision, progressive and reader lenses.
I really could not believe my eyes, literally, the first time I put on a pair of Salt Life sunglasses, crystal clear is an understatement; for the first time really true color hues but with great UV protection!
A few weeks ago I was fishing off the beach a few miles, it was a flat calm day with lots of clouds with sun peaking through every once in a while.  The kind of day when there is a really bad glare on the water, yet the water was super clear.  A large barracuda rolled up beside the boat, I could see it very easily and when I said to my custom “wow look at that large barracuda” he could not see it?!?!  I took off my pair of Salt Life sunglasses and handed them to him (my customer) he could not believe the large barracuda just beside the boat!!!  The two things that blew my mind were that I could not see the barracuda without my Salt Life sunglasses and that he could not see the barracuda with the well known fishing brand sunglasses he was wearing before he put mine on.
Do yourself one favor go at least try on a pair of Salt Life Sunglasses, compare them to the brand you use now.  I sure you’ll be amazed by the difference in many aspects of the Salt Life optics to the ones you wear now.  Welcome to Salt Life Optics the way sunglasses should be made!
Check out the full line at www.biminibayoptics.com  or locally at Tex’s Bait & Tackle Shop 215 Old Eastwood Rd Wilmington, NC 28403 www.texstackle.com

Posted in Product Reviews on September 2nd, 2015 | Comments Off

Product Review-PENN Clash Spinning Reel

PENN Fishing tackle has done it again with the 2015 Best of Show Salt Water Fishing Reel at ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades).  It’s the new PENN Clash spinning reel series.  If you love a super smooth, light weight, but strong spinning reel you really need to take a look at the PENN Clash series.

The new Clash comes in seven sizes to cover almost all fishing scenarios; inshore, near shore and offshore.  The design and look of this reel is smooth and clean; with lots of great features that I look for in a reel today.  We all know braided fishing line (superline) has gotten very popular for all types of fishing.  Hey its great stuff, small in diameter and super strong; but its hard on reels IE: gears and drag systems.  With the Clash’s CNC Gear Technology this delivers durability, smoothness and precision.   PENN’s legendary HT 100 drag and utilizing a wave spring in the drag knob of the Clash so you no longer bottom the drag out and lose the last 25% of your drag curve.  What’s the purpose of having forty pounds of drag if you can’t use the last ten pounds?

All Clash spinning reels come with braid ready spools, no backing needed for these spinning reels; you can put braid right on the spool with no worry of line slippage.  Speaking of braid, how about a Leveline system; this system with the correct combination of slow oscillation and appropriate spool dimensions deliver the perfect line lay on the spool.  This will help with longer cast and fewer wind knots.

Cap and Stats:

CLA2000: Mono cap yds/lb: 240/4   180/6   125/8 Braid cap: 210/8   180/10   165/15 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 10 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 8.2oz

CLA2500: Mono cap yds/lb: 255/6   175/8   140/10 Braid cap: 240/10   220/15   160/20 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 12 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 8.5oz

CLA3000 Mono cap yds/lb: 200/8   165/10   120/12 Braid cap: 250/15   180/20  130/30 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 15 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 10.2oz

CLA4000 Mono cap yds/lb: 270/8   220/10   165/12 Braid cap: 360/15   260/20   185/30 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 15 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1
Weight: 10.7oz

CLA5000 Mono cap yds/lb: 225/12   200/15   135/20 Braid cap: 420/20   300/30   240/40 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 20 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 16.9oz

CLA6000 Mono cap yds/lb: 335/15   230/20   210/25 Braid cap: 490/30   390/40   335/50 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 20.7oz

CLA8000 Mono cap yds/lb: 340/20   310/25   230/30 Braid cap: 475/50   390/65   345/80 Bearings: 8+1 Max drag: 30 lbs Ratio: 4.7:1 Weight: 27.2oz

Key Features to the PENN Clash Spinning Reel:

• Full metal body makes for a durable reel and keeps things lined up
• Superline Spool™ – No backing needed because of the rubber gasket keeps superline from slipping
• Techno-Balanced Rotor design
• Machined and anodized aluminum spool with Carbon Fiber wrap
• HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads with a Wave Spring to utilize the entire drag curve.
• 8 Sealed stainless steel ball bearings
• Infinite anti-reverse
• Heavy-duty Aluminum bail wire
• Spool design has line capacity rings.
• Leveline Oscillation system to help with longer cast and fewer wind knots

I was on the test team when PENN first started to design the new Clash line of spinning reels.  When I first got the reels, the look is clean, light weight and well built.  The Clash is noticeably super smooth out of the box, but what I found was after months of use, it’s still super smooth!  I fished the test reels hard, lots of Striped bass, Redfish, Flounder, a few Cobia and even a few larger sharks brought to the boat side with these reels.

As a full time fishing guide the spinning reel is my choice tool I use every day, it must work and work well!  When I look for a spinning reel, I look for the one that has a good price for what you’re getting; built well enough to last through a long day of a guided fishing trip or a super long day of a tournament and light weight is the cherry on top.  The Clash cost a little more, but you really need to weight out what you’re getting with the new Clash.  No one likes to pay too much for fishing gear, but if it works well it’s worth every penny!  I really like this spinning reel, check one out today at your favorite tackle shop.

If you have any questions about the new PENN Clash series or any PENN product, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Thanks for reading,

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com

 

Posted in Product Reviews on August 4th, 2015 | Comments Off

PENN Battalion Rod Review

PENN fishing tackle has taken inshore fishing to the next level with their new line of light tackle fishing rods the Battalion line.  The Battalion rods have everything you need in a light tackle rod and nothing extra that you don’t need to get in your way on a rod to get in your way.  These rods were designed, tested and still used today by light tackle anglers all over the world.  I was on the test team for these rods and from the first day I fished them; I really liked the way they handle and feel!

There are twenty models in the Battalion line and I’m sure you can find a rod or two that will match what ever kind of light tackle fishing you enjoy doing weather it’s inshore or near shore fishing.  One thing I look for in rods today is a rod that is built well, balanced in your hands and its feels good to fish with; I look forward to fishing with my Battalions every day I’m on the water.  The Battalion is the kind of rod that as soon as you pick one up you know it feels good.  We all have been to the tackle shop and picked up rod after rod some feel bad, some feel ok and some feel just right.  That is the way a PENN Battalion rod feels as soon as you pick it up, you know it’s the one you would like to fish with!

Here are some of the features that really make Battalions great rods:

• 100% 30 ton Graphite blank for incredible strength
• Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides
• Fuji Reel seats on all models with Fuji Skeleton reel seats on select models
• Carbon Shied; a unique twist of strands of carbon fiber that create a beautiful scale pattern on the rods.
• Twenty Models with seventeen spinning and three casting
• A soft yet durable rubber gimbal on the heavier models in casting and spinning.  The rubber gimbal works well without the worry of scratching the gel coat on your boat!
• Contoured cork handles on the lighter models and EVA on the heavier models
• Spinning models with lengths of 6’6”, 7’,7’6” and 8’  casting models are 7’
• MSRP: $99.95 to $119.95

During the test period of the Battalion rods I caught loads of Redfish, Flounder, Speckled trout, Bluefish and a few nice Striped Bass too.
The Battalion worked flawlessly for me during the test and design stages, It was a joy to fish the Battalion rods. These rods have the light feel of a well built rod, but with the power to bring in larger fish too.

One day I was out looking for Redfish around one of the local inlets in North Carolina I fish regularly, I was fishing with a Battalion seven foot eight to fifteen line class spinning rod (BATIN815S70).  I was catching a few mid slot Redfish three to six pounders, always fun on light tackle!  When all of a sudden my line started to run off the reel with good power and speed; what has picked up my bait now?  After a good fight time of fifth teen minutes or so; a very nice Bull Redfish popped up to the surface.  The Red was forty one inched long and weighted around thirty five pounds.  During the fight the Battalion I was using felt good, stable and strong.  Even today it still feels brand new even after the hard fight.

Check out the full line of PENN Battalion rods at www.pennreels.com or your local tackle shop.  If you have any questions or comments on the Battalions or any PENN products please let me know.

Thanks for reading,

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com

Posted in Product Reviews on February 21st, 2015 | Comments Off

PENN Battle II Spinning Reel Review

PENN Fishing tackle has been around for a long time and over the years has made some of the greatest fishing tackle of all time; I’ve still got PENN reels my grand farther used and they still work great!  If you are a avid fishermen, I’m sure you have noticed that PENN has been working hard on some new and exciting products lately.  PENN has had great success with the Battle line of spinning reels, this well built and affordable spinning reel has been hard to beat!  If you enjoyed the PENN Battle like I have, you’re going to love the new PENN Battle II line of spinning reels.

The new Battle II comes in eight sizes to cover almost all fishing scenarios; inshore, near shore and offshore; with the new 2500 size the inshore anglers will love it!  As we all know braided fishing line (superline) has gotten very popular for all types of fishing.  Hey its great stuff, small in diameter and super strong; but its hard on reels IE: gears and drag systems.  The Battle’s full metal body, side plate and rotor will keep precise gear alignment even under heavy loads.  And with PENN’s legendary HT 100 drag system which is keyed in the new Battle II’s; not only will this reel have a strong drag system it will last many hard fishing seasons.  All Battle II’s come with braid ready spools, no backing needed for these spinning reels; you can put braid right on the spool with no worry of line slippage.

Cap and Stats:

BLTII1000: Mono cap yds/lb: 275/2  135/4  105/6 Braid cap: 160/6  130/8  110/10 Bearings 5+1 Max drag: 9lbs  Ratio: 5.2:1 Weight: 8.1oz

BTLII2000: Mono cap yds/lb: 240/4   180/6   125/8 Braid cap: 210/8   180/10   165/15 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 10 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 9.8oz

BTLII2500: Mono cap yds/lb: 255/6   175/8   140/10 Braid cap: 240/10   220/15   160/20 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 12 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 10.3oz

BTLII3000 Mono cap yds/lb: 200/8   165/10   120/12 Braid cap: 250/15   180/20  130/30 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 15 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 12.3oz

BTLII4000 Mono cap yds/lb: 270/8   220/10   165/12 Braid cap: 360/15   260/20   185/30 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 15 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1
Weight: 12.8oz

BTLII5000 Mono cap yds/lb: 225/12   200/15   135/20 Braid cap: 420/20   300/30   240/40 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 19.8oz

BTLII6000 Mono cap yds/lb: 335/15   230/20   210/25 Braid cap: 490/30   390/40   335/50 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 22.1oz

BTLII8000 Mono cap yds/lb: 340/20   310/25   230/30 Braid cap: 475/50   390/65   345/80 Bearings: 5+1 Max drag: 30 lbs Ratio: 5.3:1 Weight: 30.2oz

Key Features to the PENN Battle II Spinning Reel:

• Full metal body, sideplate and rotor keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads
• Superline Spool™ – No backing needed because of the rubber gasket keeps superline from slipping
• Machined and anodized aluminum spool
• HT-100™  Keyed carbon fiber drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads
• Stainless steel main shaft
• 6 Sealed stainless steel ball bearings
• New paint process to stop paint lifting and chipping.
• Infinite anti-reverse
• Heavy-duty Aluminum bail wire
• New spool design that’s helps with less wind knots and has line capacity rings.

I was on the test team when PENN first started to design the new Battle II line of spinning reels.  When I first got the reels, the look of them is clean and well built.  The Battle II is noticeably super smooth out of the box, but what I found was after months of use, it’s still super smooth!  I caught loads of flounder, redfish and striped bass on my test reels and fish after fish the Battle II’s stayed smooth.

As a full time fishing guide, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and tournament angler; I’ve seen quite a few spinning reels.  Day in and day out, I fish with spinning reels and my clients use them too.  When I look for a spinning reel, I look for the one that has a good price and built well enough to last through a long day of a guided fishing trip or a super long day of a tournament.  Over the years of fishing, I’ve found that you get what you pay for in any fishing tackle, but who wants to pay “too much” for tackle; no one!  You want a spinning reel that will stay smooth and have good smooth/strong drag season after season; right?  If this sounds like the reel you are looking for give the PENN Battle II line a try.

If you have any questions about the new PENN Battle II or any PENN product, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Thanks for reading,

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com

Posted in Product Reviews on July 24th, 2014 | Comments Off

PENN Conflict Spinning Reel-Review

PENN Fishing Tackle has brought another great spinning reel to the fishing market, it is the new PENN Conflict spinning reel.  If you love your PENN Sargus or Battle you’re really going to love the Conflict!  PENN has been working hard to come out with some very good tackle and I feel that they hit a “homerun” with the PENN Conflict.  Here are some of the features that make the PENN Conflict stand alone as a great reel.

The Conflict’s great looking and durable design with a super smooth but very strong drag are a few of the reasons some many anglers will love to fish this reel!  Conflicts full metal body allows it to maintain precision gear alignment under severe pressure while you are fighting that trophy fish.  The Techno-Balanced rotor (reinforced graphite on 1000-4000 sizes) ensures a smooth retrieve every cast.

Key Features of the PENN Conflict Spinning Reel:

• Full metal body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads (5000, 6000 & 8000 only)
• Superline Spool™ – No backing needed because of the rubber gasket keeps superline (braid) from slipping
• Machined and anodized aluminum spool
• HT-100™ Carbon Fiber drag  washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads
• Line Capacity Rings
• 7+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearings
• Infinite anti-reverse
• Techno-balanced™ rotor gives smooth retrieves
• Machined and anodized aluminum handle with foam knob.
• Heavy-duty Aluminum bail wire.

By keying the proprietary HT-100 Versa-drag washers into the spool PENN was able to use both sides of each drag washer giving the Conflict higher max drags, more range and smoother start ups than the competition.  PENN’s HT-100 washers are greased with our proprietary PENN grease for longevity.

Cap and Stats:

CFT1000: Mono cap yds/lb: 275/2   135/4   105/6 Braid cap: 160/6   130/8   110/10 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 9 lbs Ratio: 5.2:1 Weight: 7.8oz

CFT2000: Mono cap yds/lb: 240/4   180/6   125/8 Braid cap: 230/8   180/10   165/15 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 10 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 9.5oz

*CFT2500 Mono cap yds/lb: 255/6   175/8   140/10 Braid cap: 240/10   220/15   160/20 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 12 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 9.8oz

CFT3000 Mono cap yds/lb: 200/8   165/10   120/12 Braid cap: 250/15   180/20   130/30 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 15 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 11.3oz

CFT4000 Mono cap yds/lb: 280/8   220/10   165/12 Braid cap: 360/15   260/20  185/30 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 15 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 12.0oz

CFT5000 Mono cap yds/lb: 225/12   200/15   135/20 Braid cap: 420/20   300/30   240/40 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 19.0oz

CFT6000 Mono cap yds/lb: 335/15   230/20   210/25 Braid cap: 490/30   390/40   335/50 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 21.5oz

CFT8000 Mono cap yds/lb: 340/20   310/25   230/30 Braid cap: 475/50   390/65   345/80 Bearings: 7+1 Max drag: 30 lbs Ratio: 5.3:1 Weight: 28.1oz

*New Size

I was one of the field testers for the new PENN Conflict during the design stage and here are the features that I enjoy while fishing this reel.   The Conflict has a lighter weight which you can feel when casting for hours on the water.  When I was fighting fast running fish like Spanish mackerel or False Albacore the drag stayed smooth and kept its setting throughout the entire fight.  While I was fighting hard but slower running fish like Redfish and deep water flounder the drag was smooth and stayed set even when fish would not want to come off the bottom.  I really enjoy the feel of the new foam handles, which are round with a flat finger surface on the 1000 to 4000 and a round larger design on the 5000 to 8000 sizes.  The Conflict has clean look to it with a black body and anodized titanium gray look on the spool and side plates.   And with the new 2500 Conflict size, this reel is the perfect size for all my inshore fishing needs.

I believe the PENN Conflict is going to be one of the best spinning reels PENN has ever made; I know that is a strong quote, but trust me this is a solid reel!

Check out all of PENN’s great fishing products at www.pennreels.com

Thanks for reading my review, if you have any questions on the Conflict or any PENN product let me know, I’ll be happy to answer them.

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com

Posted in Product Reviews on September 24th, 2013 | Comments Off

PENN Spinfisher V Spinning Reel Review

So after fifty years of great spinning reels Penn is going to blow your mind again with, yes you guessed it, the Spinfisher V series of spinning reels!  I know; why fix something that’s not broken, it is more like taking what is good and making it great!  Penn has really put together one versatile line of spinning reels with the new Spinfisher V series.  From the Flounder catching SSV3500 size to the Sailfish kicking SSV10500, yes that’s right a 10500 size reel with a max drag of forty pounds!

You asked what makes this line different from the older Spinfisher series?  There are a lot of very good features in this new line and I will lay them all out for you soon, but one that really gets my attention is the water tight design of these reels.  There is a total of six seals (nine on the live liner models) used to create the new Water Tight Design in the Spinfisher V series.  Whether you dunk the reel in the surf or let it ride in the spray all the way home, you don’t have to worry about saltwater getting in the gear box or drag system.

Here are some of the other great key features of the new Spinfisher V series:

• Full metal body, sideplate and rotor
• Sealed HT-100 Slammer drag system
• Superline Spool-No backing needed because of the rubber gasket keeps superline (braid) from slipping
• Friction trip ramp prevents premature bail trip when casting
• Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
• Five (5) Shielded stainless steel bearing system
• Infinite anti-reverse (Back up ratchet on 7500-10500 sizes)
• Line Capacity Rings
• Live Liner Feature available on sizes 4500, 6500 and 8500.

Reel capacities etc:

Model                              Mono Cap                                               Braid Cap                                           

SSV3500 390/4 • 250/6 • 210/8   230/10 • 215/15 • 165/20   5+1    20 lbs    6.2:1    30(in)    13.4(oz)
SSV4500 300/8 • 250/10 • 185/12   365/15 • 280/20 • 200/30   5+1    25 lbs    6.2:1    34(in)    14.0(oz)
SSV4500LL* 300/8 • 250/10 • 185/12   365/15 • 280/20 • 200/30   5+1    25 lbs    6.2:1    34(in)    16.2(oz)
SSV5500 360/10 • 270/12 • 240/15   425/20 • 320/30 • 250/40   5+1    30 lbs    5.6:1    35(in)    20.4(oz)
SSV6500 330/12 • 300/15 • 210/20   430/30 • 340/40 • 280/50   5+1    30 lbs    5.6:1    39(in)    21.3(oz)
SSV6500LL* 330/12 • 300/15 • 210/20   430/30 • 340/40 • 280/50   5+1    30 lbs    5.6:1    39(in)    23.8(oz)
SSV7500 440/15 • 300/20 • 210/30   430/40 • 360/50 • 320/65   5+1    35 lbs    4.7:1    36(in)    26.9(oz)
SSV8500 440/20 • 300/30 • 250/40   650/40 • 540/50 • 470/65   5+1    35 lbs    4.7:1    42(in)    29.5(oz)
SSV8500LL* 440/20 • 300/30 • 250/40   650/40 • 540/50 • 470/65   5+1    35 lbs    4.7:1    42(in)    32.2(oz)
SSV9500 360/30 • 300/40 • 220/50   630/50 • 540/65 • 490/80   5+1    40 lbs    4.2:1    39(in)    38.3(oz)
SSV10500 415/30 • 350/40 • 255/50   750/50 • 670/65 • 580/80   5+1    40 lbs    4.2:1    42(in)    39.8(oz)
 

 

I was very lucky to be on the test team for these new Spinfisher reels and I can truthfully tell you I was impressed with these reels right out of the box.  They have a very clean, powerful and traditional, yet new, Penn look to them.  The reels are smooth while turning the handle, but still have the power to crank in big fish.  The drag system is super smooth even on the highest drag settings.  I put some very high drag pressure on the larger Redfish I caught with the SSV5500 and larger sharks on the SSV6500LL; with that said the drag kept its setting through the length of the fight and stayed smooth!  I caught loads of keeper flounder and Speckled trout on the SSV3500, over fifty Bull Redfish on my SSV5500 and some large Sharks and Cobia on a SSV6500LL (live liner).  And after all that work the reels are still smooth and ready to go another day on the water of hard fishing! 

If you enjoyed the Spinfisher series of the past or you’re ready to purchase a reel that will last a long time; take a good look at the new Spinfisher V series.  I believe that this reel is going to turn quite a few heads in the fishing world and you’ll be happy you have them in your arsenal of fishing tackle.

Check out Penn’s full line of great Rods, Reels and Accessories at www.pennreels.com

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about any Penn products just let me know.

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com
captainjot@captainjot.com

PENN: Let the Battle Begin!

 

Posted in Product Reviews on July 18th, 2012 | Comments Off

Penn Fathom Star Drag Review

 

It’s really amazing how fishing tackle has come so far in so little time; super small braided line, yet stronger than steel, fish finders that show you clear high-definition photo like image and fishing reels that come in a super small size yet produce huge drag powers.  These are just a few examples of what the fishing industry is coming out with these days and guess what; it’s only going to get better in time.  With that said, now you the angler has got to make the decision on how much you spend and what you get for your money on fishing tackle.  Let me introduce a reel that is a power house in a small and yet affordable package; it’s the Penn Fathom Star Drag series.

Here are some of the great features that the Penn Fathom has to offer:

• Full metal body and sideplates
• Lightweight aluminum spool
• Machine-cut marine grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion.
• Live spindle with free floating spool
• Patented Versa-Drag  system with HT-100 washers
• 5+1 Shielded stainless steal bearing system
• Instant anti-reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet
• Line Capacity Rings
• Internally adjustable centrifugal braking system

The revolutionary Live Spindle design is the reason the new Fathom star Drag is the most castable reel in the market place. The improved configuration allows the spool to spin independently of the spindle and pinion gear, which significantly reduces friction experienced from the extreme acceleration of the spool when casting.  Other reels using a “fixed spindle” design slow the rotation of the spool and reduce casting distance.  Additionally the Live Spindle improves the retrieve of the reel because the spindle and pinion do not need to turn relative to each other during heavy loads unlike “fixed spindle” reels that result in a difficult retrieve and erratic drag.

Line Capacity Rings are another new feature of the Fathom Star Drag.  These rings eliminate the question of how much line you have left when casting or fighting a fish.  The three lines on the spool flange let you know when you have 1/3rd, 2/3rd or a full spool of line.  Also if you re-spool often these lines give you benchmarks for backing or topping your super lines with monofilament which will help eliminate wasted time and line.

I was one of a handful to test these reels in the design phase of this reel and I was impressed with the Fathom Star Drag form the beginning.  I looked forward to fishing them every chance I got, they are so smooth and you can cast them a country mile!  I as well as my customers caught some very nice fish on the Fathom Star Drag reels.  We caught a Tarpon on the FTH25N that weighted an est. eighty-five pounds as well as a lot of very nice Bull Redfish over thirty-five inches on the FTH12 reel.  I feel that these reels will be a good fit for the surf fisherman to the offshore jiggers and the live bait boat fishermen too; you can do so much with these reels due to there variety of features and sizes.

Please take a look at all the new fishing products from Penn at www.pennreels.com  If you have any questions about any Penn product please let me know, I’ll be happy to answer them.

Thanks for reading and good luck fishing,

Capt. Jot Owens
Penn Reels Elite Staff
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

Posted in Product Reviews on February 13th, 2012 | Comments Off

Product Review-Penn Legion Rods

Penn has taken inshore light tackle fishing to the next level with their new line of light tackle fishing rods.  Let me introduce the Penn Legion series.  The Legions have everything you need in a light tackle rod and nothing extra that you don’t need to get in your way on a rod.  These rods were designed, tested and still used today by light tackle anglers all over the world.  I was on the test team for these rods and from the first day I fished them, I really liked them!

There are 19 models in the Legion line and I’m sure you can find a rod or two that will match what ever kind of light tackle fishing you enjoy doing.  One thing I look for in rods today is a rod that is built well, balanced in your hands and its feels good to fish with; I look forward to casting my Legions everyday I use them.  I don’t have that feeling in the back of my head thinking, “I wish I had a different rod to use than this one”.  I have owed rods in the past that just did not do it for me, the Legion is far from those rods; it’s a pleasure to cast every time!

Here are some of the features that really make Legions great rods:

• 100% 30 ton Graphite blank for incredible strength
• Fuji Hardloy guides on all models
• Fuji Reel seats on all models
• Carbon scale; a unique twist of strands of carbon fiber that create a beautiful scale pattern on the rods.
• 19 Models with 16 spinning and 3 casting
• A soft yet durable rubber gimbal on the heavier models in casting and spinning.
• Cork handles on the lighter models and EVA on the heavier models
• Spinning models with lengths of 6’6”, 6’9”, 7’, 7’3”,7’6” and 8’  casting models are all 7’
• MSRP: $99.95 to $119.95

One personal story I have with a Penn Legion medium spinning seven foot rod, is a 54 pound cobia that decided to eat my bluefish jig this last June.  I was out on a beautiful afternoon with my wife just cruising outside of Rich’s Inlet NC; very close to Wrightsville Beach, NC.  I saw a school of menhaden and lots of bluefish working the school of menhaden just outside the inlet.  So I casted my jig in to the school of menhaden and something, much bigger than a bluefish picked up my jig.  After a twenty minute fight and a very tough time of gaffing; we got the 54 pound cobia in the boat.  And what do you know it was caught on a Penn Legion medium spinning rod with a Penn Battle 3000 spinning reel!  The Legion did great under the pressure of a 54 pound Cobia and the twenty minute fight and the Penn Battle spinning reels was just as smooth too after the fight!  That is one day I’ll never forget!

Check out the full line of Penn Legion rods at www.pennreels.com or your local tackle shop.  If you have any questions or comments on the Legions or any Penn products please let me know.

Thanks for reading,

Capt. Jot Owens
www.captainjot.com
captainjot@yahoo.com

Posted in Product Reviews on November 9th, 2011 | Comments Off

Penn Battle Spinning Reel-Product Review

Penn Fishing tackle has been around for a long time and over the years has brought some of the best rods and reels to the world market.  If you are an avid fishermen, I’m sure you have noticed that Penn had been working hard on some new and exciting products lately!  Let me share one with you that is going to be Penn’s new hot, built well and affordable spinning reel.  I would like to introduce the Penn Battle spinning reel.

The Battle comes in seven sizes to cover almost all fishing scenarios; inshore, near shore and offshore.  As we all know braided fishing line (superline) has gotten very popular over the last few years.  Hey its great stuff, small in diameter and super strong; but its hard on tackle IE: gears and drag systems.  The Battle’s full metal body and side plate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads.  And with Penn’s legendary HT 100 drag system; not only will this reel have a strong drag system it will last many hard fishing seasons.  All Battles come with braid ready spools, no backing needed for these spinning reels; you can put braid right on the spool with no worry of line slippage.

Cap and Stats:

BTL2000: Mono cap yds/lb: 260/4   210/6   140/8 Braid cap: 260/8   225/10   170/15 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 7 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 9.6oz

BTL3000 Mono cap yds/lb: 250/6   170/8   140/10 Braid cap: 275/10   205/15     170/20 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 10 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 11.6oz

BTL4000 Mono cap yds/lb: 280/8   230/10   170/12 Braid cap: 335/15   275/20   205/30 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 13 lbs Ratio: 6.2:1 Weight: 12.6oz

BTL5000 Mono cap yds/lb: 250/12   220/15   190/17 Braid cap: 405/20   305/30   250/40 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 20 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 20.3

BTL6000 Mono cap yds/lb: 320/15   280/17   220/20 Braid cap: 445/30   365/40   310/50 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 20 lbs Ratio: 5.6:1 Weight: 21.8oz

BTL7000 Mono cap yds/lb: 390/17   310/20   280/25 Braid cap: 505/40   430/50   360/65 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.3:1 Weight: 27.8oz

BTL8000 Mono cap yds/lb: 390/20   350/25   260/30 Braid cap: 550/50   450/65   390/80 Bearings: 6+1 Max drag: 25 lbs Ratio: 5.3:1 Weight: 29.2oz

Key points to the Penn Battle Spinning Reel:

• Full metal body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads
• Superline Spool™ – No backing needed because of the rubber gasket keeps superline from slipping
• Machined and anodized aluminum spool
• HT-100™ drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads
• Stainless steel main shaft
• 6 sealed stainless steel ball bearings
• Infinite anti-reverse
• Techno-balanced™ rotor gives smooth retrieves
• Machined and anodized aluminum handle with soft touch knob

Let me tell you a little experience I had with a Penn Battle 2000 spinning reel.  I was on a Flounder charter trip this summer; we were fishing around Masonboro inlet, NC.  I was watching my client’s fish, baiting hooks and measuring Flounder when all of a sudden one of my customers starts screaming about all the line that was running off her 2000 Battle.  Now you have got to keep in mind we are anchored in twenty-five foot of water in a four knot current running away from the boat.  The “fish” was running hard and I felt it was probably a sting ray but it started to shake its head (rays don’t do this).  So I tightened the drag down and my client held on and reeled hard for over twenty minutes.  Finally a forty-one inch Bull Red Drum pop up; we netted, photo, tagged and released the giant.  After the fight picked up the 2000 Battle we had caught the nice Red on and checked the drag and smoothness of the reel; it was still like it just came out of the box.  Here is a photo of the Bull Red we caught that day.

As a full time fishing guide, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and on the Penn research & development test team; I’ve seen a few spinning reels.  Day in and day out, I fish with spinning reels.  When I look for a spinning reel, I look for the one that has a good price, but also is built well enough to last my through charter clients and tournament fishing.  Over the years of fishing, I’ve found that you get what you pay for in any fishing tackle, but how wants to pay “too much” for tackle (no one)!  You want a spinning reel that will stay smooth and have good smooth/strong drag season after season; right?  If this sounds like the reel you are looking for give the Penn Battle a try.  Check out all the great Penn Products at www.pennreels.com

If you have any questions about the Penn Battle or any Penn product, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer you questions.

Thanks for reading,

Capt. Jot Owens
Penn Reels Elite Staff
Ranger Boats Pro Staff
www.captainjot.com
910-233-4139

Posted in Product Reviews on October 10th, 2011 | Comments Off
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