PENN Spinfisher V Live Liner Spinning Reels
I purchased the 4500LL to pair with my ugly stick GX2 and the 6500LL to pair up with my Penn 7'0" Power Stick. Both reels paired up nicely, even weight distribution and cast like a dream. On the 4500LL, I use Magibraid 30# braid and on the 6500LL, I use Magibraid 50# braid. I don't see how anyone had a problem with these reels. Both of mine are powerhouses. I have pulled up 6 pound drums and 3 to 5 pound Chavelle Jacks with the 4500LL without a hitch. With the 6500LL Chavelle Jacks from 4 to 10 pounds. Both reels have a live liner runner(bait runner) and I used them all the time without a problem. No locking up. No gears stripping or slipping reels. These reels are 2 of the best reels I own and would highly recommend for those who want reliability, dependability and power to bring in the fighters
December 16, 2014
I love Penns. I have always stranded by their product. Except for this one. I was at the pier when i noticed my 6500LL flew into the corner and almost went into the water. A tarpon had hit my thread and the level liner locked up on the reel :/ It gets worse. As i first setup on the tarpon (About 120#'s) The actual drag had locked up on the reel! i tried everything. Amazingly somehow i got the tarpon in. Afterwards checked reel still full of grease (only used it twice) I am ashamed of this Penn product compared to the old spin fisher. I love the look and feel but i feel as if it was cheaply made.
October 8, 2013
I broke a Salt Striker reel during Tuna battle and HAD to buy new reel and picked one of these. The last days of the tournament were just off the hook with fish bite on. The American Spirit and crew put me some Tuna and Kings and this reel performed awesome. I really like that you can adjust the free live drag separate from fighting drag. As the other reels go bad I will be getting more of these as replacements. Very well built and not hard to clean up after trips.
December 15, 2014
Another one out of the park for Penn!
I have been using the Spinfisher V series for over two years now and swear by them; I highly recommend them to my friends and co-workers. A few months ago I bought the 8500LL, my first live liner. I was nothing but impressed with it while surf fishing on a 12' Penn Prevail rod and landed some big Bull Reds and the occasional shark. I used the live liner occasionally but I didn't see much use for it for the style of fishing I was doing. This all changed when I booked a 30hr offshore trip...
The live liner is the only reel I will use for offshore fishing. Kingfish, warsaw grouper, red snapper, vermillion snapper, blackfin tuna, and of course yellowfin tuna were all caught using my 8500LL spooled up with 65# Power Pro. How was this so useful? When you are dropping, deep dropping, and jigging it is beneficial for you to let your line out fast but still maintain a degree of tension between your terminal tackle and your pole. With the live liner open and the drag adjusted for the jig or rig, you can let it drop, very quickly, at a controlled rate and if it gets pounded by a tuna, you won't miss the fish like you would on normal spinning reels because you're forced to have the bail open.
Let's talk about tough. My 8500LL, on an FTU rod, pulled a 30# warsaw up from 600 feet down. It also fought BFT and YFT for about nine hours, including a 25 minute fight with an 80# yellowfin.
Buy this reel. I don't know what happened to these other reviewers with damaged product and you always hate to see that from such a reputable name, but I have had no bad experiences with Penn gear. Again, if you're considering this reel or if you are looking for a bulletproof, waterproof, tough, solid, fish-wranglin' machine; you've found it.
August 28, 2014