Penn BTLII2500 Battle II Spinning Reel

Penn BTLII2500 Battle II Spinning Reel

by Penn
Price: $99.95
Model
TD Code
Mono Cap.
(yds/lb)
Braid Cap.
(yds/lb)
BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine Retrieve
(in)
Weight
(oz)
Price
BTLII2500
PEN-1331
255/6
175/8
140/10
240/10
220/15
160/20
5+112 lbs6.2:13310.3$99.95 USD
Battle II spinning reels have Penn's HT-100 Versa-Drag washers keyed into the spool which allows both sides of each drag washer to be used. This gives the Battle II higher max drags, more range, and smoother start ups than the competition. All HT-100 washers are greased with Penn's proprietary PENN grease for longevity.
  • Full Metal Body, sideplate, and rotor
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • 5 Sealed stainless steel ball bearings
  • Instant Anti-Reverse bearing
  • Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • Superline Spool
  • Line Capacity Rings
4.5 Stars based on 118 reviews
By moto
North bend
Salt water capability is why I bought it
November 27, 2021
penn makes solid reels for any water conditions. Battle is a great real for salt water fishing.
By Shevy
SF Bay Area
Piece of Junk
September 16, 2021
I am a big fan of PENN but I despise this reel in particular.

This reel ceases up very easy, I always rinsed and used PENN Rod&Reel cleaner after saltwater use and it still ceased up and started to grind (was never dunked or dropped on sand). This reel is also not smooth at all, and is heavy, if you are looking for a work horse reel this isn't it. If you use it here and there then it will last.

Better off getting a Battle 3, BG, or spend a little extra and get a Clash or Spinfisher.
Pros
  • Line Capacity
Cons
  • No seal, poor quality, crap components
By Charlie
Ohio,USA
Smooth Locomotive
May 6, 2021
Last summer one of our party hooked something 'big' on the bottom of a freshwater lake that felt like a log until it started towing the 17 1/2 foot boat with three people. For 30 minutes the slow ballet of push and pull went on until the body of a large snapping turtle came to the surface. The hook was stuck in the shell and with some thrashing around it was clipped off, and the turtle disappeared. Throughout, the Battle II performed like a fine surgical tool.... smooth, easy to control, without grinding, and ready to do it all over again the moment the action stopped. All of my reels are PENNs... and people ask "Why do you spend so much money on one brand." All I can say is, "Come hook a big snapper and see for yourself?" Besides they don't rust, and they always look good.... even the 20 year olds I'm still using.
By jim
,
nice and strong
April 27, 2021
a very strong and nice reel for price. a little heavier then most of my reels same size but it is a balanced reel. very smooth and strong. i would recommend this for any striper or hybrid fishing.
Pros
  • strong, smooth, and affordable
Cons
  • a little heavy
By David
,
Great value
April 1, 2021
For the money this reel rocks. I was trying to run a Fierce ii for a long time, but those kept breaking. Finally stepped "up" to this reel and I'm so glad I did. Primarily used for catching bait from my kayak, but I and others have used it for jigging off kayaks here in Hawaii. Won't break the bank, and so far I'm not sure if it will break at all.
Pros
  • Cost effective, reliability.
Cons
  • For what I'm using it for, I have no complaints
By Bobby A.
GA
Penn BTL 3000
February 15, 2021
Great reel Good action
By Sebastian
Naples, FL
amazing
December 16, 2020
doing great so far no problems with it
By Keith R.
Fleetwood NC
Works Great!
November 8, 2020
Great reel for light tackle fishing
By Leon
Randallstown, MD
Great reels for Chesapeake Bay fishing.
November 2, 2020
I have 2 Penn Battle II (2500 & 3000) on Ugly Stick Lite Pro rods! Can't beat the combo!
Pros
  • HT-100 drag is fantastic!
By Lao T.
River edge, NJ
Great Reel
November 1, 2020
I bought the Battle II 6000, and have been using it almost once a week for porgy, sea bass, fluke and now stripers, almost everything the sea has to offer here in North Jersey. I even tried it for cod in 150 feet water off Rhode Island. The reel is smooth and tough, with zero problem. I bought a Battle III, and will try to see if there is any difference.
Pros
  • Strength
Cons
  • None
By F0urTw3nt33
Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic Little Reel Puts The Heat on Big Fish
October 31, 2020
I have one of these badass little reels filled up with 30lb powerpro. I use this reel every time I visit Florida for all of my inshore fishing needs. Snappers, snook, small tarpon, bonefish, redfish, making bait, spanish mackerel etc.... On the west coast I exclusively use it to throw light surface lures like waxwings and stickbaits to schoolie yellowtails and calico bass. I did one local half day trip out of Long Beach last year and landed 4 15-20 lb yellowtail on it. The deckies were casting heavy irons and each got one but just couldn't get the distance or accuracy to present to the breezing fish that I was able to with the light spinning gear. I had a sea lion grab one yellow by the tail and i fought him for it for about 15 minutes. I got the fish back from him after another sea lion came up and bit the fishes face, they proceeded to fight each other as I cranked that yellow in across the surface as fast as I could. A couple holes in the head and a couple in the tail with the meat perfectly intact. This little reel stood up to a 500+lb sea lion and didn't skip a beat! Couldn't ask for more, I disassembled the whole reel afterwards and I couldn't see any wear marks on any of the gears or anything like that. Put it back together and its still operating at 100%.
Pros
  • Small
  • Strong
  • Smooth
  • Inexpensive
  • A truly great value
Cons
  • If you don't already have this reel. That's a con.
By Joe D.
NJ
Great value
October 22, 2020
I have been a Penn guy for a long time and have tried out the majority of their reels. This reel is by far the best value. For the price this reel is made great and holds up well against bigger fish. My favorite part is how smooth the drag on this reel is.
Pros
  • Value
By Ed
El Dorado Hills, California
So far, so good
October 18, 2020
Fished with it on several occasions… Leopard sharks and bat rays. Love the reel… Retrieves smoothly/quietly. Looking to buy another… Possibly a Battle II 6000
By Ken
Yulee, FL
Solid reel
October 17, 2020
This is an excellent reel for the money. It is smooth and have zero issues. I love Penn reels.
By John
LBI NEW JERSEY
Pennbattke4000
October 15, 2020
Great real with 30lb braid with 7/6 st croci medium rod on beach
Pros
  • Great for the money
Cons
  • None so far
4 Questions & 4 Answers
Josh
from East Coast asked:
January 16, 2016
what size penn battle would be best for inshore fluke/flounder fishing?
1 Answer
I would do the 2500 or 3000 with 15lb braid.
Submitted by: David on January 18, 2016

Gene
from Philippines asked:
June 16, 2015
What size is the spool?
1 Answer
Hello Gene. This is a 2500 spool and the monofillament capacities are as follows: 255 Yards/6l b. 175 Yards/8 lb. 140 Yards/10 lb. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.
Submitted by: Brandon on June 16, 2015

jim
from Pass Christian, Mississippi asked:
May 6, 2015
What is the line capacity using 30 lb braid for the BTLII2500 reel? Looking for a great saltwater speck and red reel.
1 Answer
Jim, the capacity wall be in the 140-150 yard range.
Submitted by: Frank on May 6, 2015

joe
from bradenton asked:
July 30, 2014
What rod would you reccomend for this that is under 110$.
1 Answer
Check out the Penn Legion spinning rods. They are under $100 and have great action.
Submitted by: Customer Service on July 31, 2014

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