The Penn Spinfisher V SSV8500 Spinning Reel is serious business, sporting a beastly 35 pounds of drag thanks to Penn’s HT100 VersaDrag system, and 5 shielded ball bearings that give you that smooth feeling of much more expensive reels. The Spinfisher SSV8500 has 7 seals placed strategically throughout the body and drag system to keep saltwater and sand out, making sure your Spinfisher V will perform under extreme conditions. Use your Penn Spinfisher V SSV8500 Spinning Reel from the boat for large pelagic species like tuna, wahoo and amberjack, or from the surf for large stripers, redfish, or even shark.
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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.