PENN Spinfisher VI Spinning Fishing Reels

PENN Spinfisher VI Spinning Fishing ReelsPENN has been leading the fishing gear industry for quite some time now, 1932 to be exact.

It was in 1963 that it came out with the Greenie series, the first generation of its spinning reels. A while later, it came up with the 2nd generation of its reels named Z series.

Then came SS series which was the 3rd generation of its spinning reels. Not so long after the launch of 3rd generation, PENN introduced its 4th generation SSm&SSg and then V series which was called the 5th generation of spinning reels by PENN.

With such a long lineage in the spinning reel industry, PENN has become a brand which is spoken good of by the grandparents and the grand children alike.

It’s after more than half a century now that PENN has again risen to blow your mind with its Spinfisher VI series of spinning reels. The series successfully put together a versatile lineup of fishing reels that has the good of all its previous series.

What we love particularly about this new series is that PENN doesn’t charge you much to enjoy all the newly introduced, much-loved features. The models in the series with a brand-new CBC gear technology and IPX5 sealed system comes at the similarly affordable cost.

One might question at this stage that what makes the new series different from the previous ones. The answer is they are made lighter in weight but sturdier.Its lighter weight and sleek design make it best suitable for staying comfortable on the longer fishing days out.

As illustrated from the chart below, the new Penn Spinfisher VI spinning reel has been introduced in 11 different models starting from the latest 2500 which is perfectly designed for tiny inshore creatures to a 10,500 which is excellent gigantic battling fishes such as Tuna, sailfish, Grouper and King Mackerel. The 4500 and 6500 models can also be chosen in a bail-less model which are crafted for those who like to fish without it.

Technical Specifications

ModelSize ClassApprox Mono Line Cap. (yds/lb)Approx Braid Cap. (yds/lb)Max Drag (kg)Gear RatioRetrieve (cm)Approx Weight (g)
SSVI 2500Small (Lake/River etc)255yds/6 175/8 140/10240/10
220/15
160/20
6.86.2:176303
SSVI 3500Small-Med
Lake/river light
Offshore
360/6
285/8
220/10
310/10
270/15
220/20
6.86.2:194343
SSVI 4500Medium Heavy
Inshore & light
Offshore
425/8
320/10
235/12
390/15
320/20
250/30
96.2:1102354
SSVI 5500Medium
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
430/10
330/12
230/15
500/20
380/30
335/400
11.35.6:199524
SSVI 6500Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
390/12
345/15
205/20
485/30
410/40
335/50
13.65.6:1107632
SSVI 7500Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
490/15
330/20
220/30
530/40
440/50
400/65
15.84.7:197751
SSVI 8500Extra Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
455/20
310/30
260/40
730/40
600/50
555/65
18.14.7:1107802
SSVI 9500Extra Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
730/50
670/65
435/80
730/50
670/65
435/80
20.44.2:11021052
SSVI 10500Extra Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
435/30
360/40
255/50
255/50
845/50
780/65
22.64.2:11091094
SSVI 7500LCSurf/Rock
Long Cast
650/10
480/12
430/15
850/20
590/30
490/40
134.3:194791
SSVI 2500LL
Live Liner
Small (Lake/River etc)240/10
220/15
160/20
240/10
220/15
160/20
6.86.2:176391
SSVI 4500LL
Live Liner
Medium Heavy
Inshore and light
Offshore
425/8
320/10
235/12
390/15
320/20
250/300
9.06.2:1102442
SSVI 6500LL
Live Liner
Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
390/12
345/15
205/20
485/30
410/40
335/50
13.65.6:1107760
SSVI 8500LL
Live Liner
Extra Large
Rock/Surf/Offshore
Boat
455/20
310/30
260/40
730/40
600/50
555/65
18.14.7:1107916
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Complete metal body
  • Sealed HT-100 Carbon fiber drag washers
  • Superline Spool-No backing needed because of the rubber gasket keeps superline (braid) from slipping
  • IPX5 Sealed body and Spool
  • Six (6) Shielded stainless steel bearing system
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Bail-Less in sizes 4500 and 6500
  • Long Cast in sizes 5500, 6500 and 7500.
  • Live Liner Feature available on sizes 2500, 4500, 6500 and 8500.

Impression and Quality

Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Reel is one of the topmost reels as far as the impression of its design is concerned. And this design is attained using a sequence of gaskets made of rubber in the reel.

Apart from giving it a sleek look, it allows the consumers to conduct various activities such as riding in the surf or dipping the fishing reel deep down in the surf.

It is made possible because the inherent design enables it to keep the components of saltwater away from the drag system and the gearbox.

As for durability, Penn Spinfisher allows you to spray your reel down with a hose at the end of fishing operations. Also, its ipx5 feature tries to prevent salt, debris or sand from getting stuck into the gears. Both these traits help a long way to keep your reel rust-free and last longer.

Performance

For increasing performance, its CNC Gear™ technology is a significant feature in this new generation of Penn reels. Its gear system is made more precise and lubricated to deliver better performance.

While choosing your Penn VI reel model, you may check what the gears are made of. Penn offers both brass and aluminum gears in this series. While both prove t be excellent materials to give a smooth gear system, which is enabled to sustain under heavy pressure; brass gears in the models ranging from 6500 and above gives you improved durability and strength.

Moreover, its full metal body along with the side plate keeps its CN gear aligned even under heavy loads. Its computer-controlled gears called CNC are especially aimed at providing precise smoothness during fishing operations.

To provide a stable pillar for the reel to rest on, the metal body and the side plate are made from high quality material. This also makes sure that the hooked bass will not get a chance to overwhelm the spool and run out.

Furthermore, the aluminum ball wire in Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Reel is incorporated in the design, especially to withstand heavy loads and offer utmost stability and durability. The real benefit of this design can be seen when it is slammed against a hard object, you will find the aluminum bearing intact at its place, it doesn’t bend at all. This is important as the bent bail means bad management.

Casting

You can cast up to 100 miles with the Penn Spinfisher VI using its super line spool. While it may appear hard for you to comprehend this kid of endurance, it should assure you a high-end functioning reel for a longer period without any wear or tear or any sort of malfunctioning.

We should acknowledge here that Penn’s competitors do not offer such durability.

What’s more, the rubber rings don’t let your line slip. This eliminates the need to use mono as a beginner if you are using braid to spool up.

Retrieve

With its instant-anti reverse bearing that comes with 5 stainless-steel fluid reeling, 5+1 aluminum balls, Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Fishing Reel retrieves extremely smoothly in any saltwater battle. It offers the anglers an instant anti-reverse system which means complete control over the fishing line. You can well spin it smoothly ahead when required and pull back in no time.

For better retrieve, PENN has incorporated in this new generation of reels sealed bearings which help to attain more powerful and easier pull, which makes your fishing a lot smoother and enjoyable.

To add to this, PENN made its spool completely sealed with 100 drag situated right at the top of the spool and the other two at the lower end. This entirely sealed spool renders Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Reel a better stopping power, thus making the operations seamless.

Pros
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Novel IPX5 sealed body and spool design
  • Penn SpinFisher VI allows you to choose between bailed and bail-less reels
  • Perfectly even line-lay
Cons
  • The drag might be extremely high even when set to the lowest settings. At some point, you may have to feel your fishing line manually.
  • With multiple small components contributing to make up the reel, they can be a lot noisy, especially when using the anti-reverse ball bearing.
  • Paint may start flicking off after some time.
  • The arm of the bail may get loose with time.

 

These minor demerits aside, the product is an awesome pick with all its innovative features. The few quibbles mentioned can be easily outweighed by numerous advantages.

Conclusion
For many reasons, Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Reel should remain at the top of your spinning reel list. Apart from being convenient and simple, this saltwater spinning reel offers a range of flexibility level for different consumers.

Its full metal body, the HT-100 drag system, the anti-reverse technology, aluminum Superline spool, shielded bearings and fully water sealed design will surely make your next fishing spree extremely pleasurable.

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