Rated 5 out of 5 by JRfan Great reel the best!
I have always liked penn reels! But this ones tops cause you can maintain it . It allows you to keep things well oiled and working like new!!
October 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by RudyH Very good reel
I bought it because I do a lot of wading in salt water, and occasionally dunk my reel accidentally. I like the access port, which is truly easy to use.
Casting is excellent. Works great with 10# Fireline Crystal using the size 2000 reel.
Smooth. Very well made. Comfortable and light. Excellent drag.
No regrets so far. Have been using the reel for a few weeks, fishing frequently. Can't comment on long-term durability, but construction is up to par with my other Penn spinners, and they have been my most durable reels.
August 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carliandres Built tough!
Got one CQR4000 and two 8000´s....excelent reels, a little bit pricey.
Very nice drag!
March 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Stripermaniac Built like a tank but as slow as one
PROS: solid construction, easy access port for maintenance, GREAT DRAG SYSTEM
CONS: PRICE, slow gear ratio
I recently landed some trophy size snook and a 7ft lemon shark using the 7000 size on 40lb powerpro. Even with the drag tightened nearly all the way this drag system performed flawlessly. The lemon shark nearly spooled me as it stripped nearly all the line and we had to pull anchor and chase it.
The biggest problem was how slow the reel's ratio is. I was cranking as fast as possible and I still could barely get line back as the boat moved toward the fish. Eventually I gained back enough line but the line recovery was so slow that it really put me at a disadvantage during the 20 minute fight.
I was told that the Battle series has the same drag system, which begs the question. Why so expensive? Especially considering it is no longer American made.
It is still a brute of a reel and can withstand some serious punishment. For the money I would go with a battle or a Shimano product.
February 28, 2012
I know two people who have used this reals since their introduction and the "trap door" has never accidentally swung open. Even with minimal care and saltwater abuse I hear that these reels are still pretty bullet proof.
Can sand get in? Yes, absolutely if the door is open but this reel can withstand a "dunk" better than most.
There are more abuse resistant reels on the market, like the Daiwa Black Gold but this comes at the expense of tighter tolerances and smoother operation.
Exclusive to the Conquer reel is the EAS™ (Easy Access System). A single screw secures a rear hatch that when open provides full access to the gearbox making it easier than ever to service and lubricate gears and bearings. This allows anglers to provide quick maintenance in the field or while travelling, and makes it possible to get back to fishing when you don't necessarily have all the tools to completely break down the reel for service.
You can see the screw in the photo on the Bass pro web site of the Conquer Reel.