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Penn Z Series Spinning Reels

Penn Z Series Spinning Reels

by Penn

Two models of Penn's Z Series Spinning Reels are back by popular demand: 704Z and a bail-less 706Z.

Price: $199.95
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Model
TD Code
Mono Cap. (yds/lb)Braid Cap. (yds/lb)BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine RetrieveWeightPrice
704Z
PEN-1204
405/12
345/15
235/20
600/20
465/30
335/50
115 lbs3.8:130 in23.5 oz$199.95 USD
706Z
PEN-1203
435/15
295/20
270/25
590/30
400/50
335/65
315 lbs3.8:133 in22.8 oz$199.95 USD
Penn Z Series Spinning Reels are back by popular demand: 704Z and a bail-less 706Z. No updates or changes have been made so that parts will be interchangeable with older models still being fished. Z Series reels are made in the USA at Penn's plant in Philadelphia.

704Z
  • Full Metal Body with graphite sideplate
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Machine cut brass main gear with stainless steel pinion gear
  • Machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • 1 Shielded stainless steel ball bearing
706Z, Bail-less model
  • Full Metal Body with graphite sideplate
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Machine cut brass main gear with stainless steel pinion gear
  • Machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • 3 Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
4.5 Stars based on 18 reviews
By Jason
Centereach, Ny
Time proven
July 8, 2016
And old classic time proven reel returns. Why Penn stopped production on these reels is beyond me.
ProsDurable and easy to maintain.
ConsNot sealed in any way.
By Viktor Jankowski
Howell MI.
Welcome Back!
July 1, 2016
Well! Well! Look who the cat dragged in! A blast from the past has returned (by popular demand) to the surf fishing scene. Penn recently has re-introduced the 704Z AND 706Z. And I for one. just had to have it in my most modest collection. Upon arrival, took it out for some light bass fishing and had some minor success. The Penn functioned perfectly and completed the job it was designed for. This test was only an introduction to the reel and not a torture test. Only time (and use) will prove the longevity of the 706Z. As for now...All I can say is...I really like it!
Pros(1) Reasonable price. (2) Brass and stainless steel worm gear drive. (3) Modern metallurgy, mostly metal construction. (4) Simple repair and maintenance. Great Penn Service. Please Note: I am just a simple fisherman, that no one ever heard of. No gain for me in anyway for statements made.
Cons(1) This following is not really a Con...Use this reel for what it was made for. Forget 600 pound Groupers. Like Dirty Harry once said. "Every man must know his limitations..." And every reel has it's limitations. This is one of those reels. Enjoy and use it for what it was made for. (2) The finish on the reel could stand some improvement. At least mine could...
By Haythum
Texas
Awesome real
June 26, 2016
awesome real still made in the USA great value and tough.
By Bruce Ross
Miami,Florida
Great old school reel simple,durable and still one of the best!!
May 13, 2016
I actually used 40b power pro braid on this reel:no wind knots,casts very well I think Penn might have actually improved on the gear quality Reel is smooth,tight and powerful An old friend returns,kudos to Penn for bringing the 704Z back!!
ProsSimple,durable excellent drag,good caster
ConsCan not think of anything Oh,I,am sure they could have altered the reel with more ball-bearings,etc Reel is great the way it is
By Mike
Long Beach, NY
Excellent surf reel
March 21, 2016
The 706 is a tried and true spinning reel. Maintenance is as simple as anyone can hope for. I have this spooled with 40# powerpro, on a 10.6 St Croix Legend, and it casts a mile. Priced perfectly and delivered quick.
ProsMaintenance, price point
ConsA little grinding on spool edge when dunked in sandy water
By Ken
Morehead City, NC
Time tested reliability in tough environments
March 21, 2016
Simple no frills durability with a classy Penn look
ProsSimple and heavy weight for beach use
ConsIt is heavy
By william griffenburg
Pennsylvania
Penn Z series never disappoints
March 20, 2016
same great qualities as the older model. the first bail-less reel purchased, still adjusting.
By Steve Ungaro
Southeast Pennsylvania
Solid "old school" Penn craftmanship
March 20, 2016
Great action with big fish
ProsSmooth bearing action Solid all metal construction
By Eugenia
Pozzuoli, Italy
It is a very durable reel
May 20, 2015
My Penn 706Z Series reel is a very durable fishing reel, I have drilled it to make sand flush out and I have been using it for 15 years and it is still going strong. If I ever need new parts, they are available now that there is a new release of the 706z. I love mine and you will love yours!
By Db
new york, NY
bailless
May 11, 2015
I got inyo thiss reel after I saw john skinners video. after an year of use. I found lots of solud feeling of tye reel. I know it is heavier than vam staal. But feels more solid.
By Margaret
Poughkeepsie, NY
Great back then, great now.
April 18, 2015
I had this reel twenty years ago, and now I have one again and it's still my favorite reel. I have it paired with an 11 foot lamiglas and I have caught a lot of big bass and blues!
By Alex
Solomons, Maryland
Ultimate dependable reel!
April 2, 2015
This reel is the most dependable reel under $500. If I ever have a problem, it is so easy to take apart and repair! Packed with grease, I can fish it totally submerged for hours.
By Db
new york, NY
classic surf reel
March 17, 2015
Z series I owned is sbiut 30-40 years old. This one came out I loved to buy the new one again. it looks exactly same but feels mire smooth. surf king's return..
By David
Palm beach florida
Penn z
June 16, 2014
Very nice spinner reel
ProsSmooth action
ConsNot the best for drift boat fishing in the case when a fish gets hooked on the way to the bottom.
By Joe
NY
Simple and great
April 18, 2014
Very straight forward design. The Z series of reels has a long standing reputation. Although it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of newer reels on the market, the Z series will provide years or service with little maintenance. Parts are cheap and easy to find. Straight forward design means anyone with low mechanical knowledge can breakdown, repair, and assemble these reels. Even while out on a trip.
By John
Long Island
Great reel
March 31, 2014
Like the title says. Great reel. Have it on my 10"0 lamiglass. Only issue I had was with braided line. I would get wind knots like crazy. Switched to mono and works great but might have been the braid I was using. I used all different size plugs. From 1/2 oz to 4 oz
ProsEasy access cover for maintenance.
By Bruce Ross
Miami,Fl
Still a "classic!"
November 16, 2013
I gave the reel a "test run" the other night in the Florida keyes Caught a large Mangrove snapper,good sized margate,7yellowtails(several "flags"), and the biggest ladyfish I have ever seen Weighed in at 51/2 pounds The reel feels slightly smoother than my old 706Z New reel has an added ball-bearing on drive gear Kudos for the folks at Penn to bring back this classic,loved reel
ProsSimple design with high quality parts Strong alloy frame and spool drag is excellent:smooth and consistent Ht-100 washer have good stopping power
ConsCan,t think of any Oh,it needs at least 10ball-bearings!!( Intended as humor!!)
By Rob
New york
Z704 is back
October 21, 2013
So happy penn brought this reel back. Definitely gonna be hitting the surf with this classic this fall
6 Questions & 6 Answers
Jim
from Yaphank, New York asked:
August 13, 2015
In the photograph of the spool I noticed that there is no black rubber gasket but rather that the spool is smooth. How does this affect the use of braid line. Will the braid slip? Does the spool require a backing of some sort and if so what should be used and how much?
Hello Jim. It is indeed smooth. To make it work with braid, all you would need to do is add a small amount of mono line to give it grip. You could also use a layer of electrical tape which would also make the braid go on perfectly.
Brandon
on August 14, 2015

Sherif
from Abu Dhabi asked:
July 29, 2014
hi, dose the bail less will effect my casting distance?specially that i never use to it but i really want. please advise.Tanks
The bail less will not affect your casting distance. It may take a few hours to get used to though. You will need to "educate" your finger to catch the line at the end of your cast and place it on the line roller.
Customer Service
on July 29, 2014

John
from Miami asked:
May 30, 2014
Why go ball-less?
Fewer parts that get in the way and can break. Very easy to get used to. Once you go bailless, you will never go back.
Customer Service
on May 30, 2014

benny
from bronx n.y asked:
February 18, 2014
which one is better?? 704Z or 706Z .... and why??
The 706Z is a bail-less model. The 706Z is also a little larger in size to hold more line. The 704Z is the bailed model and is a little lighter in weight. Both reels have the same drag rating.
Customer Service
on February 19, 2014

Ed
from CT asked:
October 15, 2013
Any lefty options available for either model?
From the information we have been given so far pertaining to the new release of the Penn Z series there is no left hand model available as of now. So far, we have not been given further information from Penn as to whether or not there are going to be left handed models.
Customer Service
on October 19, 2013

Jim
from Atlanta GA asked:
October 7, 2013
Whats a good pole for the 706Z reel I fish from a pier
The Penn Prevail 9' is a good rod to match with the 706z. It's a light rod and has the length to give you good casting distance but it isn't too long to lose its functionality while fishing from a pier.
Customer Service
on October 8, 2013

 
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