9 Best Penn Spinning Reels [2021 Update]

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Penn are one of the world’s top fishing reel manufacturers and their range of spinning reels is no exception. The hardest part is deciding which Penn spinning reel to choose.

For anyone who has never tried a Penn reel I would highly recommend it – they have a unique feeling that showcases why they are famous for durability.

I have put together a quick review of the best spinning reels that Penn have to offer along with their key specifications so you can understand the difference. If you click on the link in the heading then you can see full length reviews of the individual reel for more information.

Penn Spinfisher

Penn Spinfisher VI reel is a spinning reel with an extremely well-built full metal body. It is ready to give you the durability that you need to use a spinning reel in saltwater – Be it the harshest saltwater or if you mistakenly drop the rod in the sand nothing is going to happen to the Penn Spinfisher VI spinning reel due to its enclosed body.

The extremely lightweight frame of the reel seals the gearbox and also the drag system within it.

Bestseller No. 1
Penn 1481262 Spinfisher VI Spinning Saltwater Reel, 4500 Reel Size, 6.2: 1 Gear Ratio, 40" Retrieve...
  • IPX5 sealed body and spool design
  • Cnc gear technology
  • Keeps expensive rods off the ground to prevent damage
REEL SIZE2500350045005500650075008500950010500
BEARING COUNT666666666
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB240/10 220/15 160/20310/10 270/15 220/20390/15 320/20 250/30500/20 380/30 335/40485/30 410/40 335/50530/40 440/50 400/65730/40 600/50 555/65730/50 670/65 435/80845/50 780/65 540/80
GEAR RATIO6.2:16.2:16.2:15.6:15.6:14.7:14.7:14.2:14.2:1
MAX DRAG LB15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg20lb | 9.0kg25lb | 11.3kg30lb | 13.6kg35lb | 15.8kg40lb | 18.1kg45lb | 20.4kg50lb | 22.6kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB255/6 175/8 140/10360/6 285/8 220/10425/8 320/10 235/12430/10 330/12 230/15390/12 345/15 205/20490/15 330/20 220/30455/20 310/30 260/40350/30 300/40 240/50435/30 360/40 255/50
RECOVERY RATE33″ | 84cm37″ | 94cm40″ | 102cm39″ | 99cm42″ | 107cm38″ | 97cm42″ | 107cm40″ | 102cm43″ | 109 cm
WEIGHT10.7 oz12.1 oz12.5 oz18.5 oz22.3 oz26.5 oz28.3 oz37.1 oz38.6 oz

Penn Passion

The Penn Passion spinning reel features a full metal body which gives it a lot of strength and durability. COmbining this with Penn’s RR30 rotor for low weight, it has the best of both worlds.

Like most modern Penn spinning reels it comes with HT-100 drag system for smooth casting and retrieval even when fighting large fish.

This reel is Penn’s visible support of the American Breast Cancer Foundation and provides financial support.

Bestseller No. 1
Penn PAS3000 Passion Lady's Spin
  • Penn PAS3000 passion lady's spin
  • Reel 3000 size, front drag, 5Brg
  • 165/10lb mono, 180/20 Braid. 5.2: 1
REEL SIZE2500300040005000
BEARING COUNT6666
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30360/15 260/20 185/30420/20 300/30 240/40
GEAR RATIO5.2:15.2:15.2:14.6:1
MAX DRAG LB12lb | 6kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg25lb | 11.3kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12270/8 220/10 165/12225/12 200/15 135/20
RECOVERY RATE27″ | 69cm29″ | 74cm31″ | 79cm29″ | 74cm
WEIGHT10.1 oz11.7 oz12 oz19.5 oz

Penn Slammer

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.

It has a very heavy duty drag from 30 pounds up to 60 pounds depending on which model is selected.

ON SALE $20.52 OFFBestseller No. 1
Penn 1403983 Slammer III Spinning
  • Full metal body, sideplate, and rotor
  • Cnc gear technology
  • IPX6 sealed body and spool design
REEL SIZE350045005500650075008500950010500
BEARING COUNT88888888
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB310/10  270/15  220/20390/15  320/20  250/30500/20  380/30  335/40485/30  410/40  355/50530/40  440/50  400/65730/40  600/50  555/65730/50  670/65  435/80845/50  780/65  540/80
GEAR RATIO6.2:16.2:15.6:15.6:14.7:14.7:14.2:14.2:1
MAX DRAG LB30lb | 13.6kg30lb | 13.6kg40lb | 18.1kg40lb | 18.1kg50lb | 22.6kg50lb | 22.6kg60lb | 27.2kg60lb | 27.2kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB480/4  360/6  285/8425/8  320/10  235/12430/10  330/12  230/15390/12  345/15  205/20490/15  330/20  220/30455/20  310/30  260/40350/30  300/40  240/50435/30  360/40  255/50
RECOVERY RATE37″ | 94cm40″ | 102cm39″ | 99cm42″ | 107cm38″ | 97cm42″ | 107cm40″ | 102cm43″ | 109 cm
WEIGHT13.9 oz14.7 oz22.4 oz24.3 oz29.2 oz30.8 oz40.9 oz43.1 oz

Penn Torque

Penn Torque spinning reel is a premium heavy-duty boat fishing rod for big gamefish. With a maximum drag up to 60 lbs, this is a power reel that can handle powerful fish.

If we look at the largest reel size of 900, this can handle over 400 yards of 100 lb braid fishing line. This reel is built for tuna and other saltwater fish that are both fast and powerful.

It has a IPX6 sealed bearing system (as opposed to shielded bearings) which makes it water proof and corrosion resistant. This is exactly what you want from a saltwater reel.

Bestseller No. 1
Penn 1339434 5.5:1 Gear Ratio 38" Retrieve Rate Ambidextrous Torque II Spinning 5500 Reel
  • Country Of Origin: China
  • Product Type: Fishing Reel
  • Item Package Dimensions: 13.5 L X 21.4 W X 24.7 H (Cm)
REEL SIZE550075009500
BEARING COUNT101010
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB540/20 400/30 280/50470/50 390/65 340/80575/65 490/80 425/100
GEAR RATIO5.5:16.0:15.1:1
MAX DRAG LB40lb | 18.1kg50lb | 22.6kg60lb | 27.2kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB330/12  290/15  200/20490/15 340/20 300/25490/20 440/25 330/30
RECOVERY RATE38″ | 97cm50″ | 127cm50″ | 127cm
WEIGHT19.5 oz26.7 oz27.8 oz

Penn Pursuit

The Penn Pursuit is one of Penn’s most affordable spinning reels, and is perfectly suited for inshore fishing, lakes, streams, and rivers for both freshwater and saltwater.

Its lightweight makes it easy to carry and easy to use in water. It has a corrosion-free material, making it the best to use in all types of fishing waters. Also, it is a shielded stainless ball bearing to make the user have a very smooth operation.

Penn have also released the Pursuit III which has some advantages over the Pursuit II – The Pursuit III comes with the upgraded HT100 drag washers – this makes it more durable and reliable. It also has a 6.2:0 gear ratio compared to a 5.2:0 gear ratio.

Bestseller No. 1
Penn Pursuit III Spinning Fishing Reel, Black/Silver, 2500
  • HT 100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Lightweight and corrosion resistant graphite body
  • Sealed drag system: Sealed drag washers, always lubricated, always smooth. Slow oscillation gearing: Improves line lay and minimizes line twist
REEL SIZE250030004000500060008000
BEARING COUNT555555
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30360/15 260/20 185/30420/20 300/30 240/40490/30 390/40 335/50475/50 390/65 345/80
GEAR RATIO6.2:16.2:16.2:15.6:15.6:15.3:1
MAX DRAG LB10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 5.4kg15lb | 6.8kg20lb | 9.0kg20lb | 9.0kg25lb | 11.3kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12270/8 220/10 165/12225/12 200/15 135/20335/15 230/20 210/25340/20 310/25 230/30
RECOVERY RATE33″ | 84cm35″ | 89cm37″ | 94cm36″ | 91cm41″ | 104cm43″ | 109 cm
WEIGHT9.8 oz11.8 oz12.4 oz19.7 oz21.4 oz29.1 oz

Penn Clash

The Clash’s gear system is its real talking point. Featuring Dura-Gear Computer Numerical Control machined gears it performs at a level you would expect from a more expensive reel.

The smaller models, the 2000 through 5000, use brass pinion gears and an aluminum drive gear, compared while the larger 6000 and 8000 models use a brass pinion and brass drive gear. These gears as well as stainless steel ball bearings provide excellent slip prevention.

ON SALE $17.42 OFFBestseller No. 1
PENN Clash II Spinning Fishing Reel Grey/Black, 2500
  • Full Metal Body and sideplate
  • CNC Gear technology
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
REEL SIZE10002000250030003000HS40004000HS5000
BEARING COUNT99999999
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB160/6 130/8 110/10210/8 180/10 165/15240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30270/15 195/20 140/30360/15 260/20 185/30410/15 295/20 210/30420/20 300/30 240/40
GEAR RATIO5.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:17.0:16.2:17.0:15.6:1
MAX DRAG LB9lb | 4.0kg10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 5.4kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg20lb | 9.0kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB275/2 135/4 105/6240/4 180/6 125/8255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12215/8 175/10 130/12270/8 220/10 165/12305/8 250/10 185/12225/12 200/15 135/20
RECOVERY RATE22″ | 56cm31″ | 79cm33″ | 84cm35″ | 89cm41″ | 104cm35″ | 89cm44″ | 112cm38″ | 96cm
WEIGHT7 oz 8.3 oz8.8 oz10.1 oz10.8 oz10.6 oz11.4 oz16 oz

Penn Battle

The Battle 2 is the definition of durability. It is made from high quality materials and designed to handle bumps, scratches, and big fish. This reel is built for serious abuse.

For people who have never used a Penn reel before you will notice the resistance when turning the handle is higher than that of a Shimano or Daiwa reel. This is due to the thick reel grease and fully metal rotor.

The Penn Battle is one of our most highly recommended spinning reels.

ON SALE $27.26 OFFBestseller No. 1
PENN 1338220 Battle II 5000 Spinning Fishing Reel
  • Durable, high range spinning reel ideal for conquering big saltwater game fish
  • Full metal body, side plate, and rotor and heavy duty aluminum bail wire offer exceptional durability
  • 4+1 stainless steel bearing system
REEL SIZE100020002500300040004000HS500060006000HS80008000HS10000
BEARING COUNT666666666666
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB160/6 130/8 110/10210/8 180/10 165/15240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30360/15 260/20 185/30410/15 295/20 210/30420/20 300/30 240/40490/30 390/40 335/50535/30 425/40 365/50475/50 390/65 345/80515/50 420/65 375/80770/50 710/65 490/80
GEAR RATIO5.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:17.0:15.6:15.6:16.2:14.7:15.3:14.2:1
MAX DRAG LB9lb | 4.0kg10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 6kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg25lb | 11.3kg25lb | 11.3kg25lb | 11.3kg30lb | 13.6kg30lb | 13.6kg40lb | 18.1kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB275/2 135/4 105/6240/4 180/6 125/8255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12270/8 220/10 165/12305/8 250/10 185/12225/12 200/15 135/20335/15 230/20 210/25365/15 250/20 230/25340/20 310/25 230/30370/20 335/25 250/30395/30 330/40 230/50
RECOVERY RATE22″ | 56cm30″ | 76cm33″ | 84cm35″ | 89cm37″ | 94cm43″ | 109 cm36″ | 91cm41″ | 104cm47″38″ | 96cm44″ | 112cm43″ | 109 cm
WEIGHT7.8 oz9.4 oz9.7 oz11.6 oz12.2 oz12.8 oz18.8 oz20.8 oz20.8 oz27.7 oz27.7 oz38.8 oz

Penn Wrath

The Penn Wrath reel is one of Penn’s entry level options at exceptional prices. It is lightweight and corrosion resistant with a graphite body and aluminum spool. The bearing are stainless steel and shielded (as opposed to sealed), and is available in a wide range of sizes.

You will be surprised at how good this reel is considering its price.

Bestseller No. 1
Penn Wrath Spinning Fishing Reel - WRTH4000C
  • Lightweight and corrosion-resistant graphite body
  • 2 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant anti-reverse bearing
REEL SIZE250030004000500060008000
BEARING COUNT333333
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30360/15 260/20 185/30420/20 300/30 240/40490/30 390/40 335/50475/50 390/65 345/80
GEAR RATIO6.2:16.2:16.2:15.6:15.6:15.3:1
MAX DRAG LB10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 5.4kg15lb | 6.8kg20lb | 9.0kg20lb | 9.0kg25lb | 11.3kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12270/8 220/10 165/12225/12 200/15 135/20335/15 230/20 210/25340/20 310/25 230/30
RECOVERY RATE33″ | 84cm35″ | 89cm37″ | 94cm36″ | 91cm41″ | 104cm44″ | 112cm
WEIGHT10.5 oz12.2 oz12.7 oz21 oz22.8 oz30.5 oz

Penn Fierce

Durability is what will bring you back to the Penn Fierce II over and over. The reel is ideal for dragging and casting with a balanced rotor and excellent side plating.

The Fierce II can suit different anglers with very different needs, coming in a range of sizes and with a wide range of supporting features.

The reel is well balanced and ruggedly built. The Fierce II is designed to minimise, or even eliminate, slippage when the lines are under heavy drag. The reel features a carbon dragging regulator attached to its head to further increase durability.

ON SALE $10.00 OFFBestseller No. 1
PENN Fierce III Reel
  • Full metal body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads
  • Techno balanced rotor gives smooth retrieves
  • 4 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
REEL SIZE10002000250030004000500060008000
BEARING COUNT55555555
BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB160/6 130/8 110/10210/8 180/10 165/15240/10 220/15 160/20250/15 180/20 130/30360/15 260/20 185/30420/20 300/30 240/40490/30 390/40 335/50475/50 390/65 345/80
GEAR RATIO5.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:16.2:15.6:15.6:15.3:1
MAX DRAG LB9lb | 4.0kg10lb | 4.5kg12lb | 5.4kg15lb | 6.8kg15lb | 6.8kg25lb | 11.3kg25lb | 11.3kg30lb | 13.6kg
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB275/2 135/4 105/6240/4 180/6 125/8255/6 175/8 140/10200/8 165/10 120/12270/8 220/10 165/12225/12 200/15 135/20335/15 230/20 210/25340/20 310/25 230/30
RECOVERY RATE22″ | 56cm30″ | 76cm33″ | 84cm35″ | 89cm37″ | 94cm36″ | 91cm41″ | 104cm44″ | 112cm
WEIGHT7.8 oz9.5 oz9.9 oz11.8 oz12.5 oz19.6 oz21.4 oz28.7 oz

Conclusion

Penn are one of my favorite reel manufacuters. If you have never tried one before then you will be shocked the first time you do – they have a famously unique retrieve feeling. You can feel the durability through the mechanical action while cranking the handle.

Their range of spinning reels suits almost every situation and you will find one that suits your own personal requirements. If you know the type of fish species you are targeting, the depth, the size, and your budget then you can easily narrow down your options within Penn’s range.

If you own any of these reels and can offer your own insights and experience then please leave a comment below so that we can all learn from your wisdom.

Happy fishing!

Russ Egan
 

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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