Penn Slammer 3 Spinning Reel Review – Charter Fisherman’s Favorite
The Penn Slammer 3 is one of the most popular spinning reels manufactured by Penn. It is built for heavy duty fisherman, either by boat or shore.
The Penn Slammer III is a workhorse reel - it's metal construction makes it almost bulletproof. It is a favorite of charter fisherman as it will just keep working, not matter what you through at it. This also prevents it from warping or getting damaged from either a big fish or getting dropped.
It also has an IP67 sealed gearing system to make sure your reel internals stay dry and lasts for a lifetime. Just give it a quick rinse in freshwater at the end of the day and it will be clean and ready for tomorrow.
- Full metal body, sideplate, and rotor
- Cnc gear technology
- IPX6 sealed body and spool design
Table of Contents
Have a read through some of the key features of the Penn Slammer 3:
- Retrieve rate of 40 inches per crank
- High Speed Model at 48 inches per crank
- Full metal body, sideplates, and rotor
- IP67 sealed gearing system
- Dura drag sealed drag system
- CNC gear technology
The Slammer has Penn's proprietary Dura-Drag system - this is another example of Penn developing the future of fishing reels.
It has a very heavy duty drag from 30 pounds up to 60 pounds depending on which model is selected.
If you need a high drag then the Slammer is a great option - it is ideal for large offshore saltwater big game fish.
Dura-Drag washers contain a Phenolic bonding agent - this provides a water barrier and prevents the premature breakdown of the material.
Dura-drag is also pre-treated with a special formula developed by Penn engineers which improves the drag performance and gives it a silky, smooth feeling for the the entire drag run.
Adding fishing reel grease can even inhibit the performance of the Dura-Drag washers!.
There are a wide variety of models and reel sizes available, so this is the most difficult decision you will need to make. Below is a list of specifications of the Penn Slammer III from the 3500 to the 10500. The difference in line capacity (both mono and braid) is very different, as is the maximum drag they can apply.
The 3500 is perfectly suited for inshore fishing and the 8500 and above is ideal for blue water fish species.
There are also 2 x high speed models (HS) that I have not included in the list below for the 6500 and 8500 sizes. These are designed for anglers who need to retrieve their lures at high speeds, such as when fishing for tuna or wahoo. They have a higher 48 inch retrieve per crank.
The smaller 3500 reel is also only 13.9 oz compared with the 43.1 oz 10500 model.
You really need to know what your requirements are, based on the size of fish you will be targeting.
Penn Slammer III 3500
480 yds of 4 lbs
310 yds of 10 lbs
Penn Slammer III 4500
325 yds of 8 lbs
390 yds of 15 lbs
Penn Slammer III 5500
320 yds of 10 lbs
500 yds of 20 lbs
Penn Slammer III 6500
390 yds of 12 lbs
485 yds of 30 lbs
Penn Slammer III 7500
490 yds of 15 lbs
530 yds of 40 lbs
Penn Slammer III 8500
455 yds of 20 lbs
730 yds of 40 lbs
Penn Slammer III 9500
350 yds of 30 lbs
730 yds of 50 lbs
Penn Slammer III 10500
435 yds of 30 lbs
845 yds of 50 lbs
Penn Slammer 3 Review Video
If you want to see this reel in use, then have a look at this video review below:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the max drag on a Penn Slammer?
It depends on the model, but goes from 30 lbs in the Slammer 3500 to 60 lbs in the Slammer 10500.
What is the weight of a Penn Slammer?
It depends on the model, but goes from 13.9 oz in the Slammer 3500 to 43.1 oz in the Slammer 10500.
What is the retrieve rate of a Penn Slammer?
The standard Penn Slammer retrieve rate is 40 inches per crank, and goes up to 48 inches per crank in the High Speed (HS) models.
The Penn Slammer 3 is one of Penn's premier spinning reels. It is designed to be heavy duty and its metal construction will last a lifetime. It also has a very powerful drag that won't fail even when being tested against big offshore game fishing.
The Slammer is a favorite of charter fisherman and experienced anglers. If you are looking for a bulletproof reel and don't get scared away by the price tag, then definitely check this reel out.
If you have a Slammer III of your own and have your own opinion and experiences then please share in the comments below so that all fisherman can learn from your wisdom.