The Best PENN Spinning Reels Reviews

The Best PENN Spinning Reels Reviews

PENN is one of the most reliable fishing gear brands out there. The company has a deep history dating back to 1932 when it was first founded by Otto Henze. Otto set the tone right away with his drive and passion for revolutionizing fishing equipment with a focus on reels. In 1936, he created one of the most famous PENN reels, the Senator, which changed the way anglers fished for the big ones.

Over the past 80 years, PENN has evolved into something much bigger, and while product quality can often drop with company growth and outsourcing, this certainly wasn't the case for PENN. By 1959, PENN was already manufacturing 77 models of reels to the delight of many anglers who have come to love the company. Now with a much wider variety of tackle than ever, all of which is crafted with care, over 1,400 IGFA World Records are held by PENN models.

It's pretty clear that PENN is one of the top brands for spinning reels, especially saltwater spinning reels, but with such a large selection it can be really difficult to know which PENN spinning reel is best for you. Therefore, we have decided to provide our picks for the best PENN spinning reels at various price points, which will hopefully make the selection process a little easier for you.

Best PENN Spinning Reels - Reviews

  • Basic
  • Mid-Range
  • High-End
  • Pro
penn spinfisher v spinning reel


  • Full metal body, sideplate, and Techno Balanced rotor.
  • Sealed HT-100 Slammer drag system
  • Machined and anodized aluminum Superline spool with line capacity rings
  • Instant anti-reverse
  • 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • 20-40 pound max drag depending on size/model


  • A little more expensive
  • Water may leak through handle if not tightened properly
  • A little heavy

General Consensus

The PENN Spinfisher V spinning reel is where you start to get into PENN's higher-end spinning reels. This reel is a little bit beefier than some of their other models, particularly the Pursuit and Battle line of reels. This helps make it stronger and more durable, capable of hauling in larger fish, but it's also a little heavier for the physical size.

The design is meant to prevent any sort of water leakage, making it an ideal choice for saltwater fishing. However, just make sure all the screws are tight when you first use it, as some anglers have reported that slightly loose screws can allow water to seep in over time. This has been noted more-so around the handle, but hasn't presented a big problem to anglers overall.

The completely sealed Slammer drag system uses 3 HT-100 drag washers (one on top of the spool, two underneath), which allows for a max drag of 20-40 pounds while still holding up tot he test of time. Additonally, the full metal body and sideplate help keep everything aligned under the heaviest of loads.

Overall, we would recommend the PENN Spinfisher V spinning reel for anyone looking for a strong and durable saltwater spinning reel. The higher cost may make it a more difficult purchase for many anglers, but for those who can afford it, we definitely recommend it, as you still receive great value.

* For information about line capacity for each of these PENN spinning reels, please click on the links above for more information about each reel. The line capacity will depend on the exact size/model of reel you purchase, and you can view the line capacity for each size separately.