Rated 2 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5 out of 5 by OffshoreMinded 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
Rated 1 out of 5 by Gettnbent so disappointed
used my 4500 3 days.I was out rockfishing the bay when i went to set the hook it was like all the gears stripped out of it.I returned it for a Shimano baitrunner wish me luck
July 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by bill2233 very dissapointed
I bought the 6500. Used this reel once, and it worked. the second time I used the reel, I used the line lever for the first time and the whole thing locked up. It broke pretty easily, I didn't even have a fish on, just let my bait go at the beach. Pretty disappointing to see others having the same problem.
January 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MikeFishes239 C'mon Penn!
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