originally posted to Pro Angler’s Journal
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 has 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, well built 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 become very popular over the last few years. It is great stuff; small in diameter and super strong but it is 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 and 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 of 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 (est. thirty-five pounds) Bull Red Drum popped up. We netted, snapped photos, tagged and released the giant. After the fight, I 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.
As a full time fishing guide, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and a member of the Penn research & development test team; I have 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 through my 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 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 a try. Check out the Penn Battle and all of Penn’s great 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 your questions.
Capt. Jot Owens
Penn Reels Elite Staff
Ranger Boats Pro Staff