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Penn 500L Jigmaster Fishing Reel

Penn 500L Jigmaster Fishing Reel

by Penn
Price: $79.95
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Max DragGear RatioLine Retrieve
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500L Jigmaster
275yds / 30lb154:127 in22 oz$79.95 USD
Penn Jigmaster - preferred by live bait anglers because of its high-speed retrieve and quick-take apart frame, useful for changing spools when fishing conditions dictate.
The Penn Jigmaster was one of the earliest designed casting reels from Penn and is still going strong as a favorite casting reel for anglers fishing the Albacore Day Boats on the West Coast, as well as Kingfish anglers in the Southeast. The Jigmaster features a quick take-apart feature that allows anglers to change spools (and line classes) while on the water. This little trick has saved more than one or two fishing trips for anglers, when the fish become line and leader shy, and scaling down of tackle is required. Needless to say, keeping a spare spool or two on the boat or in the tackle box is a great idea, and allows anglers to move up or down a line class in a matter of seconds.
  • Quick take-apart frame makes it easy to change spools with different line weights.
  • Black-anodized aluminum spool.
  • Durable and lightweight composite side plates.
  • Manganese-bronze main gear.
  • Stainless steel pinion.
  • Ht-100 powered Drag System.
  • Counter-balanced handle with oversized fighting knob.
  • Corrosion-resistant chrome-plated external parts.
5 Stars based on 7 reviews
By Alan D Teague
November 13, 2018
Simply the best.
For the size fish I am bring in with this real (tunas up to 45, yellow tail to 35 pounds) and usually fishing with 25# Big Game line. I have the option to go to 30# and even 40# with the quick change of the spool. I don't doubt with 30# a fifty to sixty pound tuna would be possible however when the fish start averaging fifty I go to a larger real.
Prosquick change spool. easy maintenance and dependability, really smooth drag with good line capacity.
Conshave not found one.
By Jessie
July 10, 2018
I have had an old Jigmaster for like 20 years
Grandfather left it to me when he passed so i don't use it anymore out of respect, but it is as smooth as the first time i used it as a kid on his boat.
By V J. R29
Bronx Ny
March 29, 2018
Reliable, Durable, Maintainable !
I started with a Jigmaster 500 in the early 80's, this reel, undoubtedly is simply the best reel for the money. It is EASY to maintain, easy to clean rinse and lube after every fishing trip with a (1) spring loaded screw to open and close. I have hooked up with gorilla blue fish, stripers and medium size wahoo, without a doubt, for the $$$, Penn jigmaster simply the best ! Can't go wrong.
ProsEasy to maintain, very little maintenance
By david
lake worth, FL
May 7, 2015
first conventional
this was my first ever conventional reel and still my favorite its very strong and holds a great amout of line
By cristian
Lake worth, FL
April 22, 2015
all my life
i have had this reel all my life and its great for the price it was one of my first conventianal reels and stills in perfect shape caught me some smoker kings on this reel
By Erlan GOmez
Los Angeles, CA
October 27, 2014
Classic Workhorse
This is a classic reel. If use it within its specifications, this reel can last a lifetime. 30 - 40lb test line no problem. I have many reels that I rotate but I always take my Penn Jigmasters out with me. It is a proven reel and the single screw take down makes changing spools super easy. If it breaks, parts are readily available and maintaining it is simple.
ProsEasy spool change for line class change Easy Maintenance with parts readily available Many upgrades available for those who want to modify them
ConsHandle can be improved
By michael
Lizella, GA
August 26, 2014
A classic that will always have a place with my gear.
It's hard to give a star rating on this reel. In a market with reels like the tld, avet, and so on, it is big, heavy, outdated, and nowhere near as smooth. That said, I still love the classic look and feel, and you will not find a tougher more versatile reel for the money. Penn's drag material is incredible! There is a tremendous amount of aftermarket support for this reel making it one that can be truly customized to your liking. The quick take apart feature is awesome. Turn one screw by hand, then lift and twist and the reel comes apart into 3 main pieces which makes rinsing with freshwater a snap. Another great thing about that, is that if you have multiple spools and your thumb slips on a cast, instead of spending the next hour untangling it, just reel it in, cut the line, and swap in a fresh spool! I own a saltist, an avet, and an accurate...and I still keep 2 of these ready to fish.
Prosdurable classic design unlimited custom parts available value
Conssteep learning curve for casting
3 Questions & 4 Answers
lee goldsmith
from hesperia, ca asked:
June 24, 2018
Is this available in a left hand version?
1 Answers
Not any longer, Penn discontinued it in left hand.
on June 27, 2018

from Rapid City, South Dakota asked:
August 8, 2014
How does the line on the reel distribute equally on the the spool? Is there a part on the reel that moves back and forth at the 4:1 ratio?
1 Answers
The line has to be lined back and forth manually with your thumb.
Customer Service
on August 9, 2014

from new durham, NH asked:
April 1, 2014
would this reel be ok to use for trolling off of a down rigger?
2 Answers
OK, yes. But not the best use of that reel. It's really meant for jigging / live bait fishing. If you like Penn then the Squall or GT series would be a better choice for fishing off the downrigger.
Customer Service
on April 5, 2014
In Hawaii, we use this reel for Ulua fishing after we upgrade them with tiburon frames and spools. Since the Ulua is a strong fish, we need bigger spools for holding 80 pound line and stronger frames than the given one.
on April 2, 2015
from Hawaii


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