An extremely popular reel here at J&H, the Penn Spinfisher V SSV6500LL Live Liner Spinning Reel is a beast of a reel. Anglers on Long Island love this reel as you can use it in the surf for both plugging and baitfishing applications, as well as on the boat for serious snag and drop bunker pod fishing. The latter has produced numerous cows of over 50# off the South Shore of the island. Featuring 9 seals, the SSV6500LL is perfect for surf fishing as it can withstand dunks in the drink and sand without letting any grime or gunk into the internal gearing or drag systems. Speaking of the drag system, the SSV6500LL uses Penn’s trusty oversized HT-100 drag washers, and will put out an impressive 30# drag, more than enough to stop the largest bass. Anglers down south can use this reel targeting bull redfish with live shrimp or while tossing crab baits at silver kings off the coast of Florida. The Penn Spinfisher V SSV6500LL Spinning Reel features 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings that stay smooth after years of rugged use, and a heavy duty thick-gauged wire bail system that won’t trip when throwing heavy baits.
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If you are looking for taking some serious fighting fish on then this reel is the ticket. With such reliability in Penn you can assure that the drag will hold up to even the biggest sport fish. The bailless version gives that power in a version where surf casters may need it. Only drawback is it is heavy and the handle knob should have been an EVA one instead of the cheap plastic. Penn most likely cut corners in areas to keep the price down and what I noticed is they didn't cut the price in the most important areas. Awesome reel!!!
Best reel I've ever owned. I beat it to death in the surf and it never fails. Just rinse it in fresh water after you're done and you'll never have a problem.
This is a great reel. I'm glad Penn still produces this line. I purchased the 4500 LL from josh and i do not regret it at all. No wind knots, the bail doesnt close on you at all. i landed a 31" redfish in the florida grass flats and it hit like a train. the drag is very impressive and strong. it takes little increments to increase the pressure on the drag. you dont need to crank the drag knob 3-4 turns. quarter turns and youre set. the reel is a little on the heavy side but because lf the weight, it has strength and durability. great reel and would recommend to anyone whos looking for a bullet proof reel may you be a beginner or advanced angler.