Penn MB2050C66 Mariner Boat Fishing Rod Review

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Penn Mariner Boat

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Product Review

The Penn MB2050C66 Mariner Boat Conventional Rod stands at 5’6” in length. Built with a fiberglass core, it is strong and sturdy. Fiberglass rods, while considered obsolete to some, are actually great tools. Noted for their strength and durability, fiberglass rods are typically used for trolling (a style of fishing in which a line is dragged behind a moving boat). This is because a fiberglass rod is not known to be sensitive, and trolling does not require sensitivity. Present-day fiberglass rods are built to be more flexible than older generations.

With a great balance, the Mariner Boat feels lightweight in your hands. As a one-piece rod, this rod is very strong. It comes with a snug EVA grip that is split. Of course, with Penn being a great innovator in products, this rod is unique in its adaptability.

I would recommend using this rod for trolling (boat fishing), bottom fishing, surf fishing. It is made to last and prevent erosion. Recommended for more advanced fishermen, this rod will help you catch those bottom-feeders such as halibut. Combine this with a Penn 113H or a Penn Fierce 4000 reel for maximum effectiveness.


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Company Mini-History

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.


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Dustin also writes about health at Strong Bastard Project and folding bicycles at Foldable Cycle.

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Dustin also writes about health at Strong Bastard Project and folding bicycles at Foldable Cycle.