Tear 'em up with this frighteningly powerful new reel from Penn. Solid metal body keeps gears aligned even when under load, while the Fierce Spinning Reel's four stainless steel bearings, Techno-Balanced™ spool, machined-aluminum handle and Soft Touch knob together facilitate smooth, consistent retrieves. Model FRC2000 comes with a sleek, low-profile handle knob.
Rated 5 out of 5 by bluestripers good reel
the 4000 size is good for striped bass,bluefish, sea bass, porgy,fluke,snappers, and blackfish. it is also very smooth and the 4000 does not have the power handle though like the 5000+ sizes.
July 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JayDiAnglin Great reel for the price.
I bought the Penn Fierce 4000 combo with the Fierce rod. So far it's been a champ. I can't say I have lots of fish catching experience with this particular reel but I have definitely used it and it works as great as when new. For laziness I have not washed it down after saltwater fishing but that doesn't stop it. Still fast and looks great. Have spooled it with 30 lbs powerpro braid, as well as 10 lbs mono. If you want a "good for most situations" rod and reel for an affordable price get the Penn Fierce. The models go from 2000 I believe up to 8000, 4000 being mid range and good for both light and heavier.
July 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by co1111 Nice
Bought this for occasional trips to FL (inshore)or to AK (salmon). Since I don't use big equipment frequently, I don't want to spend too much. This really fit my criteria well. I have the 4000 and it seems quite strong. I think the drag felt really smooth and line came onto and went off the reel very smoothly as well and I never had a rats nest even though the cheap line loved to kink and bend. Brought in small fish (<10 lbs) w/o effort. Had a shark on, and it really felt solid.
No complaints about the reel. From a solid week of fishing it has no signs of wear. Hopefully it lasts many more trips. Time will tell.
Next time I'm going to buy better line.
July 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mcw1092 Great Reel
I bought a 4000 and an 8000 and caught several big kingfish and big spanish with the 4000 and decent sized lemon and bonnet head and gag grouper with the 8000 and they both performed like champs. both got completely soaked on the boat and are both as smooth as ever
June 30, 2012
Go big or go home - If your using mono then you want the big reel for line capacity. Especially if your using anything over 20lb test. If you plan on using braid you can get away with a smaller reel which will be more lightweight.
I am looking for a reasonably priced spinning reel that will be able to catch surface fish (kelp bass, calico bass). I also want it to be able to do some deep (150 to 300 feet) fishing for rock cod or California sculpin (so I don't have to change my rod and reel). Is this a good choice, and which model would suffice? 5000 or 6000?
For a medium heavy stick I would probably use either a Fierce 5000 or 6000. A 5000 will get the job done. I have a 4000 and you can fit up to 30 lbs braid, you really don't need more than that. The 7000 and 8000 are a lot bigger, definitely for the big fish so it would be a waste having that and not really using it to its potential.
The Sargus was made as an affordable alternative to the Battle which is why they look alike. So the Sargus is a step down from the Battle, and the Fierce is a step down from the Sargus. But the Fierce is very well made. It is very affordable and has the all metal design just like the Sargus and higher scale Battle. If money is an issue do not feel bad getting a Fierce, it is great.