PENN® Fierce™ Saltwater Spinning Reels
A feel worth far more than it costs
For the money, this is an excellent product. I've had the 6000 for ten months now and I take it saltwater fishing once or twice every week. It get's a lot of use, in other words, and although it's not nearly the most expensive reel I own, I do consider this to be my primary fishing reel. Let's start with versatility. This reel is best suited for medium sized saltwater fish (I'm primarily a saltwater angler, so I'm writing from a saltwater point of view#, fish like bull reds, black drum, and 3-4 foot sharks. Earlier this year I caught a 40 lb. bull red with this reel and I felt comfortably in control of the entire battle. However, you can use this reel, even the large 6000, for lighter species as well. It's a good blend of strength and power without being an overly large reel. It has a decent drag, decent line capacity #I have about 250-ish yards of 65 lb. power pro braid on it), and a rock solid frame. I made the mistake of leaving my rig outside while gar fishing a few months ago and a longhorn steer actually ran over my reel and it still fishes like it's brand new! It doesn't rust easily, stays functional despite the abuse a frequently used saltwater reel takes, and most importantly, it brings in big strong fish. I would pay $100 for this reel without a second thought, so it's priced far lower than it actually should be. Buy one and catch some fish.
October 26, 2014
I bought this reel to go with my 9' ugly stick gx2. I wanted something for about a 100.00 bucks that was functional but wouldn't break the bank. The plus is that this color scheme really compliments itself and is a good looking combo. As performance goes the reel is smooth and when catching decent size surf perch it's flawless. A couple days ago I went on a half day boat and brought this combo intending to try for some calico and sand bass on a bottom rigged dropper loop. About 2 minutes after I reached bottom a school of yellow tail came through and I was accidently hooked into a monster. I fought the fish for about 10 minutes before he broke off from my 15 pound mono. The fish that were brought to the deck were 15 to 20 pounders. During the fight the drag was butter smooth and easily adjustable on the fly. I feel if I had had braid and a rod with more backbone this reel would have no problem landing that fish. Buy one and you won't be disappointed
October 24, 2014
For what you pay...
you get a great reel. I used this reel to bring in lots of big fish. It was flawless; got fully immersed in salt water, dropped in sand--you name it. This reel took all kinds of abuse and kept on running smooth and powerful...enough for most fish anyway. However, a 37 inch bull red WAS enough to strip it's gears and end my day of fishing prematurely. I've upgraded to a Penn Battle II because honestly, for as much inshore fishing and big reds, drum and shark as it landed me, it was a good buy. I'll continue to buy Penn reels for salt water. As a matter of fact, I am buying another Fierce right now for a "guest" set up for my dad/friends who visit.
October 23, 2014
Great Inshore Reel
While this reel is not quite as good as the discontinued Sargus, or the Battle, it is a few bucks cheaper and works nearly the same, so it is definitely worth it if you ask me. I have lots of inshore reels, lots of which work better than this one, but this one keeps it cheap and simple, which I like. I have my three with the 3000 size, spooled with 15 pound monofilament backing, and 30 pound braid main line.
September 1, 2014