Penn Clash II Spinning Reels have gotten a refresh for 2020. The original Clash was a series that was well received and covered a wide spectrum of fishing. Penn has decided to change their efforts and target the Clash II at inshore anglers as well as freshwater anglers who prefer an all metal reel to one with a carbon frame. The Penn Clash II features CNC gears that are better than ones that are stamped. The main gear is aluminum and the pinion is brass so it will hold up well against big inshore fish. Like most Penns, the Clash II features their HT-100 carbon drag system which is strong and reliable. They have an 8+1 stainless steel sealed ball bearing system with a hydrophobic line roller to prevent saltwater from causing it to fail. They have also incorporated their Clutch Armor system to keep saltwater and sand out of the key components of the reel. Another great feature is the slow oscillation system which will reduce dreaded wind knots, especially when fishing with very light braided lines. If you're a Penn fan and are fishing inshore for trout, redfish, snook, fluke or bass, try fishing a Penn Clash II Spinning Reel.
Penn Clash II Spinning Reels are available in six sizes. The 3000 and 4000 models come in two different gear ratios. The lower gear ratio has an EVA paddle handle but comes with a power knob in the box. The higher gear ratio models only come with a power knob.
Models: CLAII1000, CLAII2000, CLAII2500, CLAII3000, CLAII3000HS, CLAII4000, CLAII4000HS, CLAII5000
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I own several penn reels from conflicts to slammers so when I seen this one came out I happened to be setting up a new inshore setup so I decided to buy the 2500 series. I got to use it this past weekend and caught several reds and trout and as expected the reel handled very well. I did notice that compared to the conflicts the new clash lays the line more evenly back onto the spool which is one of the features. I would recommend this reel to someone wanting a new reel in this price range.