When putting together your own rod (as opposed to buying a reel and rod combo), you have to make sure you pick the right kind of reel. While the right allows you to control the line and sense the bite, the reel takes a huge beating when you’re fishing for game. This is where the Penn Battle Spinning Reel comes in.
First of all, this reel is tough. They are made for the really big fish, and considering their list of world records, it’s not hard to believe. The body is full metal, and it comes with a superline spool containing a rubber gasket that keeps the line from slipping. With the heavy fishing that this reel is made for, it is important to have a smooth drag. This is because the line may not be able to handle the pressure and snap. The drag washers of this reel allow for this smooth drag to occur during big fights. The main shaft is made of stainless steel, and it has 6 ball bearings. In addition, it has an infinite anti-reverse bearing.
Because of the large spool, it is perfect for holding a lot of line, both mono and braided. This is great for fishing in saltwater conditions, because many of those fish feed deeper under the water. Although it is a bit heavy, it works so smoothly that you forget about the weight. Use this reel on a strong rod, and you’re bound to have lots of fun with those fish. Surfs up!
In most of its history, the Penn Fishing Tackle Company was primarily a reel producer. Starting with a vision set by Otto Henze in 1932, he set out to push the limits for what reels could do. The reels that the company initially designed continue to inspire the reels of today, keeping their traits of advanced technology, strength, accuracy, and durability.
After nearly a decade of running the company, Henze died, leaving the company to his wife. A strong, independent woman, she took over the company and pushed it forward. At a time when many women were not even in the workforce, Martha Henze took over the company, and this audacity shows in Penn’s focus and product line.
The company set numerous world records for their reels. Their claims of strength were confirmed when Frank Mundus caught the largest Mako shark ever with a rod and reel in 1979 – the shark weighed 1,080lbs. Can you imagine? As of 2004, the Penn model reels held titles for over 1400 International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world records.