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DFN20LW

Right

4.3:1

Line Capacity:
20/275

Braid Capacity:
40/450

Ball Bearings:
4

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
22.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
17.8

Description:
Level Wind

DFN25LW

Right

4.3:1

Line Capacity:
30/225

Braid Capacity:
50/450

Ball Bearings:
4

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
24.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
18.8

Description:
Level Wind

DFN30

Right

6.0:1

Line Capacity:
40/250

Braid Capacity:
50/600

Ball Bearings:
4

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
24.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
19.3

Description:
Non-Level Wind

DFN40LW

Right

3.6:1

Line Capacity:
40/285

Braid Capacity:
65/580

Ball Bearings:
4

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
26.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
21.6

Description:
Level Wind
  • Stainless steel frame rings
  • Line capacity rings
  • Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates
  • Forged-, machined-, and anodized-aluminum spool
  • Machine-cut marine-grade bronze main gear
  • Hardened stainless steel pinion
  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • Four shielded stainless steel bearings
Stainless steel frame rings enhance rigidity to prevent frame-flex, and line capacity rings make spooling easy. Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates; forged-, machined-, and anodized-aluminum spool. Machine-cut marine-grade bronze main gear with hardened stainless steel pinion. HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers. Four shielded stainless steel bearings.
Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this reel I love this reel... I have pulled up huge amberjack, nurse shark, hammer heads, goliath grouper and this huge Red Snapper yesterday! I now own 4 of these reels and have not had a single problem with them. June 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Look closely.... Good reels. A have two 40w. One is flawless. The above mentioned fails, I have found, have been caused by letting line out and then engaging the lever BEFORE the spool has stopped. I had to do a field repair on one and found the locking lever inside the reel had folded up. Easy repair. But should've happened on the first trip. They still fight well, just be carful on engagement of the spool. May 29, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Can't handle a 16 pound Barracuda!!! I was out on my first trip with this reel and hooked a 16 pound barracuda. After pulling it half way in, the reel made a weird sound and each time the barracuda made a run, the handle coiled in reverse, as if it were not locked in. I'm sending it back to Penn to see if the warranty covers. Good thing it wasn't the 60 pound wahoo I was looking to catch! I would have had a hard time pulling it in by hand. August 13, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by broke first use My son caught a stingray with the 40 lw ( fist fish caught with it). and there was a loud "POP" . The drag was set and the reel wouldnt stop reeling in reverse, maybe we just got a bad one , caught many stingrays on my 10+ year old 320gti and never have had a problem , think we will look for a different model Penn, than the defiance June 11, 2013
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specifications for dfn30

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Are the specs correct for the DFN30? Does it have a 6:1 gear ratio?
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look at the product page
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Yes, it is a star drag, non level wind and the gear ration is 6:1 per Penn.
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Yes the Daiwa Beefstick Casting Surf rod would work with this reel.
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I was thinking of getting the defiance 25 for inshore fishing for Calicos and also would also use it for surf fishing. Would this reel do the job?
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Surf fishing, get a spinning reel. Easy casting.
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not for surf
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No, need a casting reel for the surf, not a conventional reel. Something like a penn torque star drag reel
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Might be a little more reel than you need.
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I'd choose a spinning reel for cast. These types of reels are used more for drop and trolling.
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Although I haven't attempted surf fishing with mine yet, I do plan to do so in the near future. I believe this reel will do very well for surf fishing. Just remember, if your going to do alot of surf fishing, the rod action and length is just as important as the type of reel.
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if you are doing some surf fishing

consider the defiance 30 because of the

non-level wind.the reel is very smooth and

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