The Penn Senator 117L Star Drag Reel is a superlative laden superbeast – the biggest, baddest, heaviest, strongest, deepest, most heavy hitting Senator on the market. By far. This reel is wanted for the abduction of more grander marlin than any reel in history simply because of its longevity – sure most people use the updated International series these days, but from the days of Hemingway until just a few short years ago, this was the chosen reel of the true giant hunters. Quint famously used this monstrosity in Jaws, and for good reason – the 117L will hold well over 1000 yards of 130# monofilament, or if you’re feeling a little loco, about 2 and a half miles of 130# braid. That’s funny when you say it out loud, trust me. When fully spooled up, it weighs about as much as a 2 year old child, and you can use your Penn Senator 117L Star Drag Reel as a counter-weight for setting snares to capture the Predator. Penn has outfitted the 117L with heavy duty HT-100 drag washers that mercilessly pump out 35# of back-breaking drag, more than enough to stop even the largest marlin, tuna, shark, and swords. The main gear is a high-strength marine grade bronze alloy offering, designed to withstand the extreme force a world-class billfish can exert.
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