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PENN® General Purpose Round Levelwind Reels

   

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9M

Right

3.4:1

Line Capacity:
15/250

Braid Capacity:
20/470

Ball Bearings:
0

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
16.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
13
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209M

Right

2.8:1

Line Capacity:
17/360

Braid Capacity:
30/575

Ball Bearings:
0

Max Drag:
10 Lbs.

Recovery:
19.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
19
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309M

Right

2.8:1

Line Capacity:
20/450

Braid Capacity:
60/625

Ball Bearings:
0

Max Drag:
15 Lbs.

Recovery:
20.0"

Reel Weight (oz):
26
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  • Lightweight composite side-plates
  • Precision-machined stainless steel pinion gear
  • Brass main gear
  • Counter-balanced handle
  • Oversized paddle knob
  • Stainless steel levelwind

Perhaps the most popular and well-known saltwater inshore conventional reels in the world, Penn's General Purpose Round Levelwind Reels are ready for action. From flounder and stripers to snapper and grouper, these high-performing PENN Reels never fail to satisfy. Built with lightweight composite sideplates, these General Purpose Levelwind Reels feature precision-machined stainless steel pinion gear, brass main gear, counter-balanced handle with oversized paddle knob and stainless steel levelwind.

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Penn 309 Bought this Penn at sales person recommendation. Was looking at both the 309 and the Bass Pro Snaggin' Special. Sales guy said 309 was built more heavy duty, and that he has experienced some problems with the Snaggin' Special, and no problems with the Penn 209 or 309. I got home and within minutes noticed the levelwind catching on one side, which dissapointed me, but after spoolong it with 40lb mono, mounting it to a boat rod and using 2oz lead I took to yard. It casts well, and after few cast levelwind seems to be working - Maybe needed to be broken in and ran a little - but it is working fine. Is not high end, but functional. Will be using on big river few times year hopefully catching big catfish. Sales guy mentioned it would be great for 70lb + cats. We will see. Is a heavy reel, and on a silid glass Sturdy Stik it is a heavy combo, but for casting and setting should be ok. I'd say is decent reel for the money, but be prepared to have possible 'bugs' to work out. June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Value for the Money I have used Penn 309 reels for over 30 years for trolling. My latest Penn purchase brings my total of Penn reels to 10. They are well built, reasonably priced and get the job done. I have caught a lot of fish over the years with these reels and would be reluctant to switch to something else. December 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great reel I purchased a Penn 309 about twenty years ago and I am still using it. I used for several years on fishing trips to Fla. and for catfish at home. I think that for the price these reels are great. I have mine on a 7' OffShore Angler rod and it does a great job for big cats. Even 30 plus pound cats are no problem with this setup. What more can I say. September 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by good reels great high capacity reels for trolling lead line to get your bait down. June 24, 2013
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I do mostly pier fishing but also do some surf and boat fishing. Would this reel be a good all purpose reel I could use for all three types of fishing?
2 years, 3 months ago
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Yes, both are very good and sturdy reels. And, here is some advice so you dont get backlash. Divide the weight of your line by the length of your pole and use that much weight. So, if you use the 209 with 20lb test, on a say 8 foot pole. Use at least a 2.5 ounce weight. Or use as much weight as your pole can handle, Hope this helps.
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I USE MY 309 ON THE BOAT AND ON LAND AND HAVE NO PROBLEM WHAT SO EVER.. CANT WAIT TO TAKE TO THE COAST AND DO SOME SHARKIN..
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i saw someone else ask this and two people said it did and two people said it didnt saw does this reel have anti reverse?
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It does not have instant anti-reverse, but it has multistop anti-reverse, meaning there is little backplay before anti-reverse sets. Not bad or good, for bottom fishing is ok. If casting reeling lures instant is better, but this reel is not really meant for that - more a cast it and set it reel in my opinion.
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This series of reels was introduced in the late 1940's. They have a traditional anti-reverse (not instant). As in an anti-reverse dog & cog on the drive shaft.
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No the real does not have anti-reverse; you need to flip the lever our of free spool manually.
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I use 20 pound test line and want to cast over 50 yards... I am experiencing backlashes when I cast now.
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While I do not surf cast, I would say no less than 2oz lead required for decent casting. Prolly for 50 + yards would need 4-6oz lead. As for the backlashes, that is one thing with large trolling style reels, no extra cast control really, especially on the Penn General's. It's all about the thumb control. If using heavy line I'd recommend some kind of leather thumb gaurd or thimble, as it will burn your thumb casting.
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I use a 6-8 oz egg weight with my 309 and am able to cast out 100+ yards into 30mph wind, also to help with the backlash tighten up the breaks on the reel.
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you need a new reel. a spinning reel should do the trick. also, if you need somthing heavy like a levelwind, use a kayack
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1st of all using a conventional reel for 50 yrd casts sounds like your trying to set a casting record instead of getting your bait out there . For that distance buy a big spinning reel with a big line capacity and mark off 50 yrds in a field and mark it with something and practice casting to it with your big spinning reel instead
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The 209 is offered in a left-hand model.
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I just bought this reel. My first baitcast, so trouble was to be expected. I'm trying to learn how to tune it into the weight of my sinker/bait. I'm having problems with backlashing before it even hits the water. What kind of casting distance should I be able to get out of this reel? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Congratulations, you bought the most difficult to cast reel I have ever used! Your casting distance is relative to your rod length and action, line size, and how much weight you're using. For a beginner, the best setting for your spool tension, is when your bait barely drops when in free spool. I was lobbing baits 50 yards with 20 lb line, 7ft heavy rod, and a 2oz. weight without much difficulty.
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OK first , hang sinker and bait from tip of pole . The pull lever spool release back to feel wheel when the sinker bait falls to the floor to fast , tighten center spool adjustment cap on right side of reel opposite side as crank , tighten this cap more so next time you open free wheel the sinker and bait hangs there without falling , now untighten cap spool adjustment just slightly until if you shake pole down a little the sinker begins to lower very slowly in a controlled fashion , This will tune your sinker bait to the weight you have chosen for the reel , they dont give you this instruction with the reel do they ? So do this method every single time you change the weight and rig you fish with . Then of course slightly thumb the spool as the line goes out with the cast . Good Fishing !
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These reels are not easy to cast. Expect your share of backlashes. Don't try long casts, I don't try any longer then @ 50 feet.
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If it back lashing that bad, you should tighten the little silver knob on the right side of the reel (not the drag) this will slow down the spool a little to keep it from over spinning. and these reels will not go as far as a spinning reel, but the difference is only a few yards
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I do a lot of bay fishing for specks, reds, flounder, anyways I wanna know if you think it would be a good reel?
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This a great reel for these fish if you fish it only with bait or live bait , for these species . Its not a long distance casting reel so lowering bait from your boat or pier is a awesome choice for this reel , If you have a situation to have to cast a lot , then a strong penn spinning reel is better , if you drift bobbers with live shrimp then buy a penn inshore spinning reel Good fishing
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YES THIS IS A GREAT REEL FOR MOST OF YOUR INSHORE AND BAY FISHING YOU WOULD DO.
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its a little bit heavy duty for flounder and specks, but for big reds it is perfect
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The 209 model is offered in a left-hand model.
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There are no left handed ones in this model,,,but it is a really good reel
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No.
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The Penn General Purpose reel is more of an entry level reel. It is a basic reel with few models to choose from. I haven't seen any in left hand.

You may have to go up to the GTi Levelwind Reel (costs $99) to get a left handed model.
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You now have a classic Penn Reel (without the level winder on it). The down side to not having a level winder is that you have to guide the line manually to make it wind back up on the spool evenly. It is hard to do that when you are fighting a fish, though.

If you have gone out fishing without the level winder, you by now realize what happens to the line as you reel it back in.
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if your talking about feathering the spool it acts like a centrifugal cast control but taking the levelwind off will increase your casting distance by several yards. good luck.
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i fish for mako, threasher , blue, and tiger sharks
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~yes but you should take off the level wind

mechanism. you could catch blues,

threshers and or some black tips
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Depends what you can afford and what you want to fish for. It is hard to guess what type of fish or what size fish is going to take your bait.

It also depends on what size reel you purchase, and what lb test line you are using. If you have a light reel, with light line, you can catch light fish..........
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depending on which reel your talking about the 209 is good for up to 200lb sharks and the 309 is good for anything bigger than 200lb.
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a pen special senator or senator would be better because the level wind can inhibit the rate at which line is pulled out of the reel. its ok for small sharks in the sound but in the ocean and at the pier you will need a reel thats not a level wind and can hold a great deal of braided line. i love them for spanish blues snapper and grouper though. there even good for small mahi-mahi and king mackrel.
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I fish for leopard shark & bat ray's w/mine no problem - love my penn reel
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209M or JigMaster?

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I fish jetties, piers and do a little surf fishing as well. Having trouble figuring out which one is best for me.
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jigmaster is for boats only , 209 is for pier only not jetties , get a inshore Penn spinning reel
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fishing from piers and jetties i would probably say to go with the 209 levelwind and to be honest it would probably make life alot easier on you with the 209 instead of the jm500.
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209m is good unless you are king or shark fishing. it can be used for small sharks and kings though.
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