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Penn International VSX Series Reels

Penn International VSX Series Reels

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Mono Capacity
Braid Capacity
Max Drag
Line Retrieve
Per Crank
24 lbs/36 lbsHigh: 5.0:1
Low: 2.5:1
High: 38 in
Low: 19 in
33 oz$529.95 USD
30 lbs/42 lbsHigh: 4.3:1
Low: 1.7:1
High: 36 in
Low: 15 in
41 ozReg Price $549.95Our Price $449.99
38 lbs/50 lbsHigh: 3.8:1
Low: 1.6:1
High: 37 in
Low: 15 in
60 oz$599.95 USD
44 lbs/56 lbsHigh: 3.1:1
Low: 1.3:1
High: 34 in
Low: 14 in
76 oz$649.95 USD
80 lbs/100 lbsHigh: 2.2:1
Low: 1.2:1
High: 38 in
Low: 21 in
176 oz$1,299.95 USD
Penn International VSX models are constructed to achieve the extreme drag ranges expected by anglers fishing with super-braids. Unlike other products that advertise their high-potential drag settings but fail to inform you that these drag settings result in drag curves that are anything but angler friendly, and have a high potential to pop lines, pull hooks, and result in lost fish, Penn VSX models have been engineered to achieve these extreme drag settings while maintaining an appropriate and smooth drag curve throughout the entire range of the drag-lever. Simply put, Penn Engineering at its finest.
Penn International® VSX Series Reels feature:
  • Machine-Cut, Heat-Treated Stainless Steel Main and Pinion Gears, and Drag Cam
  • Powerful Double-Disc Drag with 150-Degree Drag Quadrant
  • Graduated Push-to-Turn Preset
  • One-Touch Shifting
  • Four Aircraft-Grade, Sealed, Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Machined, Gold Anodized One-Piece Frame
  • Forged & Machined Spool and Side Plates
  • Stainless Steel Reel Stand

International® 16VSX
Designed for the extreme angler, the 16VSX is intended for Big-Game Anglers fishing super-braid lines with heavier drag settings.
   • Penn Extreme Drag Cam (28-lb@Strike Max)
   • Metal Rod Clamp
   • Harness Lugs
   • Application-Specific Designed Gearing
International® 30VSX
Designed for the extreme angler, the 30VSX is intended for Big-Game Anglers fishing super-braid lines with heavier drag settings.
   • Penn Extreme Drag Cam (35-lb@Strike Max)
   • Metal Rod Clamp
   • Harness Lugs
   • Application-Specific Designed Gearing
International® 50VSX
Designed for the extreme angler, the 50VSX is intended for Big-Game Anglers fishing super-braid lines with heavier drag settings.
   • Penn Extreme Drag Cam (45-lb@Strike Max)
   • Metal Rod Clamp
   • Harness Lugs
   • Application-Specific Designed Gearing
5 Stars based on 8 reviews
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
July 31, 2017
Not as much line capacity as 12LT
I purchased a 12VSX recently, and had it spooled with 80lb braid. I was a little shocked that it holds less line (about 75 yards) than my old Penn International 12LT. The 12VSX is a super nice reel, just whish they gave it a deeper spool given it's overall size. Probably should have gotten the 16VSX for slightly more line capacity.
By Eric Dula
Boca Raton, FL
March 3, 2017
Penn International VSX12
One if the best reels I have used. I have it in a Crowder ESU7030 20-50lb ppole with Power Pro 8 slick 80lb blue braid. Great for deep drop on the reef or light trolling for Mahi, tuna or kingfish. Penn is the only way to go!
ProsSmooth, heavy drag when you need it. Light weight reel for the long fights. Not as wide as other international like my sw50 so it's easier to guide the line back on.
ConsPrice is a little high, but we'll worth it. Take care of a Penn and you will pass it on to your kids!
By Scott benevento
United States
August 8, 2016
why buy anything else
I didn't need the full size 50 and this was perfect plus you cawhy buy anything elsen't go wrong with an international
ProsIt's an international what else can you say
ConsThere is none
By Randall Hayes
La Porte Texas
April 7, 2016
Awesome Reel
I first used these reels in Cabo , after fishing off different boat and using different tackle , I really liked these the best . With Breaded lines there is not need for double wide reels and it is easier to guide the line when fighting a really big fish ! With a large live bait they deck hands could cast out to the Marlin coming into the spread . Which were reeled to the boat , Have a nine foot striped blue marlin full body mount hanging from my ceiling to as proof there reels can whip the beast of the sea to the boat ! I had shopped around and the price at Tackle Direct is off the hook , Great service, fast shipping , friendly people to talk to on the phone and they even filled the reels with line for free with the promotion code !
ProsThese reels are built like a tank and loaded with features , awesome reels
ConsI just got two and your trying to decide ! Break open the wallet and make the purchase !
By Gary
Acton, CA
December 30, 2015
West Coast Long Range
This is a solid 80# line class tuna reel fishing polyester braid, a topshot and live bait, with enough metal to dissipate the heat. It casts. It's topless. It has all the features the pickiest of fishermen want. Don't believe me, call Cal Sheets who has been a Penn mechanic and machinist for more than 20 years. He loves these reels too. Twenty years ago you would have had to use a 50W to get this kind of drag and the same capacity with nylon mono.
ProsImproved drags, drag profile, shifter
ConsPro and con, lots of metal.
By Cecil
Fort myers florida
April 8, 2015
Built like a battle ship. Made for a lifetime. Aircraft aluminium body, forged spool. A joy to fish with
I fish for big grouper, Kings, Amberjack and sharks 70 times or more a year. Shift to low gear and enjoy the fight. Bought a two speed torque for my wife because of the lighter weight. Need to choose a rod with the reel on it to get the balance you like. Once I switched to two speed reel it is hard to fish with a one speed on the bigger fish.
ProsRugged, built for a lifetime, quality, American made, smooth drag, high drag ratings, can choose VSX or VS if you have a preference for braid or mono. Very smooth reel body for those who like to palm the reel in the left hand while fishing. Easy to keep baits on in strike zone in a verity of fishing situations.
ConsWeighs more than torque two speed, more expensive than granite models.
By LIly
December 28, 2013
Great product
I highly recommend this product
By Elias
Rethymnon, Crete
August 7, 2012
A very good reel
One of the two top saltwater reels. Yes you guessed right, the other one is Japanese. I own a 30VSX, equipped with 400 yards, 100 lb Powerpro, plus 60 yards monofilament. I have caught, several Bluefins and a lot of Greater Amberjacks. Great reel, no problem, after 8 years of heavy use.
ProsSmooth retrieve The drag never fails Durable clicker with beautiful sound satisfactory capacity, for braid line
ConsIt could hold more line
2 Questions & 2 Answers
from Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa asked:
November 20, 2016
Hi there, I am from South Africa and Unfortunatly dont get the vsx 12 here, so it is hard to determine the actual size of the reel.. Is it about the same size as the torque 40 star drag? Or a lot bigger? Could you perhapse give the dimensions or even photos for comparison purposes? I am really interested in buying a set and shipping them here. In addition to the above what penn rod combination would you suggest for this reel if you were trolling and drifting with live baits for tuna, wahoo, dorado etc? Many thanks.
1 Answers
Sorry that we could not provide pictures. The Penn VSX 12 is noticeably bigger (11 ounces) and the Penn Ally Boat Rods would pair well with Penn VSX 12.
on December 1, 2016

from Gainesville, FL asked:
December 31, 2014
What would be the best rod match with the vsx12 for Florida Gulf bottom fishing for mainly grouper and snapper?
1 Answers
There are many rods that will work well with that reel. We suggest you check out the Penn Blue Water Carnage (PEN-0986). It is light, powerful, and designed exactly for the kind of fishing you want to do.
Customer Service
on January 5, 2015


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