Nice addition to Penn
May 21, 2013
These were my first Penn V's since I had always used slammers and SS models and I am very pleased with the performance. I have caught stripers in the 20-30 lb class this spring on both reels I purchased and found them be dependable and the drag is a huge improvement.
Pros:Drag, the HT100 drag is outstanding in these reels. Anti-reverse, after all the trials of Penn's SS models with a poorly engineered anti-reverse dog these are a huge improvement.
Cons:I'm not sure if it is the grease directly form the factory or will turn out to be a minor problem but they tend to turn rough. I use lures at night when fishing stripers and you have to turn the reel so slowly it's painful to draw a strike, it's during the retrieve that I feel both reels turning rough - not nearly as smooth as the Penn Slammers right out of the box. It may be a mere maintenance issue but it is an issue out of the box.