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Penn International Baitcasting Reels

Penn International Baitcasting Reels

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Model
TD Code
Line Capacity
(yds/lb)
Gear RatioWeightPrice
975CS
PEN-0125
340/154.5:115$299.95 USD
975LD
PEN-0127
340/154.5:115$297.46 USD
975CSLD
PEN-0126
300/154.4:116.2$297.46 USD
Every Penn International baitcasting reel features a lightweight, one piece forged machined aluminum frame. The spool is machined from solid bar stock aluminum. Both smooth, contoured side plates are forged, machined aluminum. The frame, spool and side plates are finished with Penn's trademark gleaming gold anodized finish, for the durability, corrosion resistanc and good looks saltwater anglers demand.
Penn International 975CSLD Baitcast
Combining the castability of an open-framed reel with a powerful and smooth lever-drag, the International Baitcast 975CSLD is ideal for lighter tackle challenges. Holding true to Penn reliability, performance and quality, the International Baitcast 975CSLD features stainless steel main and pinion gears for unsurpassed power. Ideal for light-line fishing, and proven on Albacore, Striped Bass and Redfish; the 975CSLD is the reel of choice for light-tackle, big fish catching anglers.

Penn International 975CS —
Casting Series Version of Popular International 975 Baitcaster

The 15- to 20-lb. class 975CS is ideal for a wide variety of inshore and offshore saltwater applications. With no level wind mechanism, the 975CS provides superior casting distance — ideal for reaching blues and stripers in the surf, tempting tarpon or reds on the flats or flylining live baits to school-sized tuna and dolphin. West Coast anglers will also find Penn’s 975CS tailor-made for battling tough island yellowtail, white seabass and calicos.

Penn International 955 and 975 Baitcasting Reels.
The new narrow spool 955 is engineering for light tackle saltwater fishing. Providing the perfect balance of finesse and firepower, this 12-lb. class reel is ideal for casting light lures and live baits to tough inshore gamefish. The new 975 has the power and line capacity to beat the baddest dish from the backcountry to the blue water. The versatile 15-lb. to 20-lb. class is tough enough to handle heavy duty inshore to medium offshore fishing for school tuna, yellowtail, dolphin and more.

Tough...and Beautiful.
Every Penn International baitcasting reel features a lightweight, one piece forged machined aluminum frame. The spool is machined from solid bar stock aluminum. Both smooth, contoured side plates are forged, machined aluminum. The frame, spool and side plates are finished with Penn's trademark gleaming gold anodized finish, for the durability, corrosion resistance and good looks saltwater anglers demand.

The Guts to Take It.
Inside every Penn Internationl® baitcasting reel you'll find a machined, stainless steel main gear and pinion gear, delivering unparalleled strength and a fast gear ratio.

No Going Back.
A special one way roller bearing provides "infinite anti-reverse" for rock solid hook sets and silky smooth performance. No handle slop or "kick back" whatsoever.

Smooth Flying Ahead.
Two aircraft quality sealed stainless steel ball bearings, plus a third one way rolled bearing give the Penn International baitcasting reels unequalled smoothness.

Other Quality Features
  • Penn's proven positive level wind system (not on CS models)
  • Zirconium oxide line guide with titanium nitride coating
  • Positive push button free spool
  • Auto engage with a turn of the handle
  • Adjustable, three-level centrifugal brake casting control
  • Quick take-apart for easy service
  • Recessed stainless steel reel stand
  • Loud, firm clicker
  • Soft grip handle
  • Precision machined stainless steel spindle
  • Intenationl® soft storage bag
5 Stars based on 8 reviews
By Jessie
nj
January 9, 2019
This is honestly my go to reel from fluke to pitching for Mahi Mahi and I LOVE IT !!!!!!
I have mine set up on a Tsunami Trophy jigging rod rated for 30lb - 100lb and spooled with 65lb braided and the thing is a beast. Fluke, no problem. 15lb blues, no problem. 30+ stripers, no problem. Mahi Mahi, never had an issue. Ive even boated a brown and thresher shark which were around 3 feet and 100lbs each on this reel, and it did it with ease. My only complaint is that the line release button can stick sometimes, which is quite annoying.

ProsGreat all around reel that performs bigger than what is advertised or what you pay for it. Beautifully made reel that is just solid and will not disappoint.
By Pete
PA
July 17, 2017
975 LD
I just got this reel but have not had a chance to use it yet but I have used other PENN Internationals bait casting reels and they score high with me.
By Edwin H.
Florida
May 13, 2017
975
I have 4 of the same reel I love the non level winde better
ProsEvery thing
ConsNon
By Al
Fayetteville, NC
November 13, 2016
This reel delivers!
I was skeptical to use for surf fishing, concerned with issues of tangling after casting. However after a couple of adjustment, the back-slash was under control. I use it on my 11', but may do as well, if not better on longer poles in launching the load. Very impressive.
ProsSmooth drag. Solid construction.
ConsA bit heavy for all-day use. Recommend placing on a sand spike.
By Andrew
West River, MD
May 21, 2016
Money in the Bank
My favorite light tackle jigging reel and a magnificent fluke reel to boot. Takes braid with no issues. Have pried 25 pound stripers off the bottom jigging with this reel.

Worth the tariff.
By Tom
RI
January 9, 2016
Solid reel
Great reel for bottom fishing, smooth operation, very durable and nice drag.
By Andrew
West River, MD
December 6, 2014
Simply Outstanding....which they should be considering the tariff
I own two of these reels, the 965 and the 975CS. By far the best Penn reels I've ever owned. Use them for light tackle jigging and for fluke fishing...I especially like the 975CS for fluke fishing as you can easily control the release of extra line with your thumb after the initial bite. Have pried 40 inch stripers off the bottom of the Chesapeake with no issue. Have owned the 965 for almost 11 years, it is made like a tank. Both handle 20-30 pound braid with no ill effects. Only wish they were cheaper...
By Larry
Philadelphia, PA
August 13, 2012
A solid product
This reel is solid, well built with the feel of a larger, more expensive product. The drag is smooth and the operation easy. It's comfortable to use and effective for a wide range of targets, from flounder to striped bass and blues. This reel will get a lot of use, for sure.
4 Questions & 3 Answers
Mike
from Westport ky asked:
February 8, 2018
Are these reels made in USA?
1 Answer
The Penn International Baitcasting Reels are made in the USA.
Submitted by: Donald on February 9, 2018

andres
from ca asked:
September 17, 2017
what is the max drag on the 975CSLD?
1 Answer
The max drag on the Penn 975CSLD International Baitcasting Reel is 12 lbs.
Submitted by: Donald on September 19, 2017

Thomas Makofske
from Central NY asked:
January 26, 2015
Looking to put together a rod with the penn 975cs. I fish mostly freshwater, but utilize surfcasting techniques, throw mostly lures 3/4-2.5oz, and occasional bait. Fish from a boat also. I am planning many trips to the cape for striper, blues, what ever will bite. Want a set up that will blend for both, sorry for the tall order. Thanks Tom

Glenn Speer
from Phillipsburg NJ asked:
January 16, 2015
What is the best surf casting reel for distance casting out from shoreline. Make, Model number and cost. Thanks, Glenn
1 Answer
Of the Penn Internationals, the 975CS will be the best choice (PEN-0125). If you look at other brands, the Avet SX MC (AVE-0108) is great and less expensive than the Penn.
Submitted by: Customer Service on January 19, 2015

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