Great Penn Quality / Small Line Guides
May 28, 2012
I use the 11 foot model for its primary purpose, surf fishing (and when appropraite, pier fishing). The rod is very nice and I like it's design, balance, and quality construction. I have it matched with a Penn Fathom 25N and found that this combination performs best with braided or smaller diameter copolymer lines. I can tell you that the rod does not cast very far with larger diameter, semi-stiff lines such as Ande 20 lb. test due to the smaller, but top quality line guides. I am not a fan of braided lines but I tried it the first time I spooled my reel. Eventhough I could cast almost twice as far with braid, after my first bird's nest (aka professional override), I abruptly removed it. Of course the rod was not at fault; casting a 25N is very tricky, as it highly sensitive due to its freespool design--but I love it!!! I have other 10 - 12 foot surf casting rods that casts farther but I love the feel and backbone of the Penn when handling larger fish--excellent leverage and power. Lastly, my line of choice for this particular rod is P-Line floroclear 20 lb. test copolymer. Overall, this rod / line combination casts far enough to suit my needs; therefore, I don't have any issues or concerns with the smaller guides.
Balance during casting
Cons:Would have preferred larger ine guides