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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.
I have the 8000 and 4000. The 8000 is a monster and can take a beating. I just got the 4000 and it's doing it's job just fine so far. I research the heck out of saltwater reels before buys them. I believe the are by far the most bang for the buck. My only complaint is I wished Penn would beef up the bail a little. No problems out of it but I got my eye on it. Probably a cheap fix if something happens. Hope this helped.
February 6, 2012
very good reel for the price
I needed a second heavy spinning reel after my son kept borrowing mine. It performed well at Murrells Inlet and at the Dry Tortugas. So it has been a very good reel for the price. I would like to see them rough up the spool where the line is attached. I had braided line slip when a big fish was on the line (as if the drag was broken). However the fix for me was to wind the line tightly on the first few passes after tying in to make sure it grips the spool. Any reel to take my abuse and still hold up is a good reel especially for the price.
January 28, 2012
This reel has durability etched into every aspect of the reel, nice and smooth, excellent drag pressure for the price and overall one of my favorites for a reel that I know will not fail me. I've caught snook, reds, a couple nice size bonnetheads and whatever else and it really does stand up to Penn quality, even though a China sticker is on it, its all about the strick standards doesn't matter where its made because materials are the same, excellent product.
November 25, 2011
solid metal and smooth operation priced like a graphite reel. it just casts and cranks really well. only used one season so far but its the go-to reel due to feel and strength. nice drag, too. i like the weight.
November 23, 2011
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.
was thinking the 5000 and pairing with a shakespeare ugly stick BWS1100 10" or would the 4000 with a BWS1100 8"0 be a better choice? i'm new to this and do a lot of fresh water fishing crappie and bass so would like some input from u guys. thinking fish for whats good eating flounder and spanish macks maybe sheepshead is supposed to be good eating
I use the 3000 for macs all the time and I really like it. Since it is all metal they can get heavy. I have a 5000 and its just too big and heavy for inshore. The 4000 would be nice as well but I prefer the 3000. I use powerpro 15-20lb braid and it handles fish and small sharks like a champ.
The 5000 would be the best. Overall amzing reel i got a sandshark in Buzzards bay along with some huge stripers.I would pair it with any 9'-11' medium to medium heavy spinning surf reel maybe a beefier one.
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