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Penn Prevail Surf Spinning Rods

Penn Prevail Surf Spinning Rods

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Surf rods from 8 to 12 feet long, capable of slinging 6 ounces of lead weight plus a bait up to 100 yards beyond the breaking surf will ensure you'll make the big catch along the shore!

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Its not often you can find everything you want in a high end surf rod at half the price. The Prevail provides strength and performance with a two-piece graphite composite rod blank. Stainless steel frames with aluminum oxide inserts create a light weight and durable guide perfect for fishing mono or braid. The rubber shrink tube handle design provides a secure grip whether wet or dry. The Prevail is a perfect match for PENN Sargus, Fierce or Pursuit spinning reels or Squall star drag conventional reels. Check out the rod to reels combination chart to find suggested reel to rod combinations.
  • 2 piece graphite composite blank
  • Graphite reel seat
  • Stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts
  • Rubber shrink tube handles
4.5 Stars based on 28 reviews
By John
Claremore , Oklahoma
December 26, 2018
Great rod
I have had a few surf rod before and this one is the best one I have had in a long time. The long handle is really nice when you need to get your bait way out there.
By Henry Adams
December 22, 2018
Great Rod .
Great rod great price very well made happy with this purchase.
By Erick
November 3, 2018
Great Rod
It can handle what it says it can handle.
By Andrew
Jersey Shore
July 27, 2018
Great beginner surf rod
I have nothing bad to say about the Prevail. I have handled stripers, monster bluefish, and one big-ass sting ray with this rod with zero issues. No rod separation, no creaking, plenty of backbone. I rarely cast more than 2oz plugs, so i have not found the upper limit of its casting ability, but it will comfortably throw 1oz Mag Darters with no problems. It is my go-to nine times out of ten, and you will be hard pressed to be it for under $100.
By Paul
Silverhill, AL
May 5, 2018
Penn Surf Rod
It puts pampano on the table! Need I write more? Great rod.
By jaime sanchez jr
February 16, 2018
Penn surf rod
Meet all my needs and expectations, great surf rod for the price
ConsI wished I would�€™ve got it sooner
By Jack S
August 5, 2017
Love the Prevail
I own 3. Going to eventually buy 2 more. Bad reviews are for people that abuse their gear. Period. This rod is very nice for the price. Literally my favorite thing on earth is my 9' Prevail equipped with a Fin-Nor Megalite 60. Its the most versatile outfit I own out of about 20 complete spinning outfits. I have a rod for everything including a 4wt fly rod to a 13wt saltwater fly rod. From a 5' ultralight with a 250 spinner to a 12' Prevail and a Fin Nor Lethal 100 (10,000 size). I mostly to saltwater fishing nearly excludsively surf fishing. Transitioning from mountain streams and lakes to open ocean.

It's not how much money your gear cost. I've seen $300 rods break just as easy as $5 rods. Mainly it's how to care for your gear. I have rules. Never let the tip hit the ground (mainly when disarmed and leaning against a wall). Never store with the line reeled tight (hooked on an guide). Never leave in a car. Always wash good after saltwater (make sure water isn't inside of the blank when washing disarmed). Join the rod pieces with the quarter turn method and always wax the ferrules. Never overload the rod (if it's rated for 4oz, don't try to whip out 8oz as hard as your can). Don't set the hook with a hand above any guides (hands in the hand grips only because you risk overloading just the top section). Those simple rules will let a rod love a LONG time. My dad gave me a rod he got in the 80s and it's still catching shark.

The same care goes for reels. I have a Shakespear Sigma 80 2200ck model from the early 90s that STILL comes with me on the beach for catching pompano. Replaced the crank candle 4 months ago.

So with that rant, care for your gear and it'll last a long time.

The Prevail has a great action. The seat can have flex but that's because the butt section isn't reinforced. I personally like the entire blank having flex. Flex isn't a cheap feeling. That fluid and dynamic action lets the stress of hooking something big unload all the way to the butt cap.

Graphite reel seats are my favorite because metal ones are often over tightened AND believe it or not break easier because the lack of flex causes the metal to "crack" and break. I keep two worm-clamps and some zip ties JUST for this. Nothing is worst that a busted seat and a reel at your feet while hooked up on a fish. Never have I see a graphite seat break (except for a pole my buddy kept in his car in south Florida year round but I think he tossed a tackle box or groceries on top of this reel.)

The slim blank has a minimalist look yet the details on the gear shrink and aluminum butt cap fitted with a rubber shock butt... super intellectual look. The blanks wraps and dark red and black finish is nice to look at.

The action is nice. The heavy action 12' isn't sensitive enough for smaller fish like whiting. Don't get the 12' unless you need it for larger fish like shark and, striped, and tarpon. Once hooked up, small fish feel big and big fish feel as excepted on the fight. The medium weight is where the money is. I haven't tried to light weight versions. I probably won't because I'm not on the gulf. That's be a great rod for calmer waters.

The guides are kinda generic. Typical low budge rod guides. Not sure of the brand. I haven't lost an insert yet. The guides are smooth. Braid hasn't cut into the guide yet. They haven't gave me problems. None of them are loose or spin. The overall feel of the guides is smooth on the cast. If you lose a tip guide insert, you mishandled the rod. I use my 9' to sling plugs and poppers on the beach and I whip them out there all hard and stuff.

I'll buy more. I'd rather get 3 of these than one fancy top shelf rod. I catch a lot of fish with this rod. Heck, the other morning my girlfriend and I couldn't get our rods in the sand spikes. We were hooking up within seconds our shrimp hit the water. Pompano rigs with 5oz sputniks. 25 fish in 2 hours. Majority of the time was putting more bait on and explaining to tourist that the sting rays won't kill them. And we had to take a break to drink our beer...

So if you are a beginner, budget minded angler, or pro... get one of these rods in your life. I haven't seen a bad review that wasn't the factories fault. Also TackleDirext know how to ship rods. Some of these A-holes on seller sites thru Amazon or other crap dealers don't put enough packing... and that means when the underpaid package handler working at FedUPS is rough, that tip guide is gonna get some pressure put on it. Not with tacklesdirect. Got 5? Rods from them.
By BigE
Sacramento california
December 14, 2016
Gets the job done
I bought the penn prevail with the blacktiph combo and the rods does good with the penn 8500 spinfisher spooled with 30LB backing and 65 power pro for main line use this for sturgeon and heavy current when I need throw large baits and sinkers has good backbone for hauling in them heavy fish
ProsThrows heavy baits with no problem , and is incredibly light weight with plenty back bone to have a strong hook set into those lunker size fish ,
ConsHeavy and kinda off balance >WHEN< you add those bigger reels Good rod but wouldn't be my first choice And made in China really penn Would I said worth the money if you think so I'd rather wait the extra while to save up for a better rod ,
By Paul stettnisch
New jersey
April 6, 2016
Nice rod
I fished this rod and I am pleased with the handling and feel
By Jim
Murrieta, CA
August 1, 2015
Good rod
I paired this rod up with a Penn Fierce 5000 and it's very nicely balanced. I'm using it for fishing off the rocks and jetty at a lagoon near me and it performs well. Long casts, loads up well with a 1oz weight and a fishfinder rig with live bait.
ProsLight, good action and balanced nicely with my Fierce 5000.
ConsIt's rated to handle up to a 2oz lure but I don't get the casting distance I want with that much weight.
By b pop
new york
July 8, 2015
good for the money
well made and performed as expected
Proswas a good combination with purchase with the spinning reel am new to surf fishing and I thought I did pretty good for my first time out as to distance and location using in south America
By Christopher
Long Beach, NY
May 24, 2015
Love this rod for 90% of my S.Bass fishing
9€™ Med. Great rod. Penn replaced a defective Spinfisher rod with this one. I€™m glad it broke. This is a better rod.
By Albert Sawyer Sr
United States
May 17, 2015
Big rod
Nice bid rod for my Penn SSV9500. The rod casts heavy rigs well beyond my expectations. Wes notvsure about the rubber grip, but it truely does grip better when wet over my othrr cork handle surf rods. Purchase is always a breeze, and arrives ideally before posted date.
ProsLight well built, nice feel
ConsNone I have found
By Alex
California, MD
April 25, 2015
Very nice rod at it's price
I use the Penn Prevail for chunking, I personally like it a lot. I have caught nice fish and some occasional sharks with it.
By Db
new york, NY
February 9, 2015
I fished this rod for 2years
still great shape and no problems so far..
Worth the price as all penn rod does..
20 Questions & 20 Answers
Mark Gardner
from KY asked:
December 4, 2018
How long is the butt section on the 8' model?
1 Answers
From the reel seat back is 17 inches
on December 5, 2018

Skip Hoffman
from Springfield, PA asked:
November 27, 2018
Would the 10' Prevail match up with my hefty Shimano 4500B Baitrunner? Would you recommend that combo for baitfishing the surf with bunker on a fishfinder rig with a 4 ounce pyramid sinker (typical MidAtlantic beaches)? Would this rod quickly tire me out casting and working SP 15F Minnows?
1 Answers
Yes, that will pair well.
on November 27, 2018

from Melbourne Florida asked:
November 29, 2017
Hi there, would the 9'0 12-20lb model pair well with a penn fierce 6000 with 40lb braid for beach fishing and throwing artificials like jigs and swim baits at Sebastian?
1 Answers
The 9' prevail 12-20 lb line class rod would be a good match paired with the Penn Fierce 6000 for the application you would be using the combo for.
on November 30, 2017

from Staten Island,NY asked:
October 22, 2017
Can you please tell me how much the 9€™ rod weighs ?
1 Answers
The Penn Prevail 9' weighs 13.6 oz.
on October 24, 2017

from Port Elizabeth asked:
September 25, 2017
What rod length will be suitable for a BG 6500
1 Answers
The 11' and 12' models would be the most appropriate size for a BG 6500.
on September 26, 2017

Jonathan Hughes
from Phoenix Az asked:
September 7, 2017
I have a penn fierce 2 6000 with 50lb braid and I was wondering which rod would be best to pair that with. And I also have a penn fierce 2 4000 with 20lb braid which rod would be best for that one.
1 Answers
Hello Johnathan. The Penn PRESF1530S10 Prevail Surf Spinning Rod would pair with 6000 and the Penn PRESF1220S80 Prevail Surf Spinning Rod would pair with the 4000 size reel.
on September 7, 2017

from Quebec asked:
July 11, 2017
What is the weight of the 11' model?
1 Answers
The Penn Prevail rod weighs 1 lb 2.4 oz.
on July 12, 2017

Allan p
from Honolulu hawaii asked:
March 21, 2017
What rod would be better for me to start popping and artificial baits around 2-4oz this or the battalion surf thanks and mahalo
1 Answers
The Penn Battalion would be a better fit for the style of fishing and for the amount of weight you will be using. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
on March 21, 2017

from Md asked:
February 18, 2017
Does the lure rating on the rod include bait weight or is it weight of the sinker excluding the bait?
1 Answers
I would recommend the total amount of weight being used including weight of the bait to match the rods lure weight or add just 1 oz. Example if the rod is quoted for 1-5 oz, the total amount that should be used is 1 - 6 oz in total weight.
on February 21, 2017

from Maryland asked:
February 18, 2017
The 11 foot said 2-6 ounce lures. Can I use 6 ounce weight and a piece of bait or is it all together equal 6 ounces?
1 Answers
The rod will be ok using up to a total of 6 oz on the rod, including the weight of the bait for the best action of the rod.
on February 18, 2017

from Maryland asked:
February 18, 2017
is the 11 feet rod 6 oz plus bait? or does the total weight have to be 6 oz?
1 Answers
For the Penn Prevail 11' will be ok to use a 6 oz weight plus chunked bait.
on February 18, 2017

from Stoughton mass asked:
February 15, 2017
I've looked at sqaundran 2 and prevail 11 ft they feel very simarler I like them both what's the difference beside price
1 Answers
The quality of the blank is a bit better with the prevails and the Penn Prevail has different handle selections for different size rods.
on February 16, 2017

from Maryland asked:
January 23, 2017
is the 11 feet rod good for chunking bunker for stripers? the rod looks really skinny im afraid it will snap on a cast. i will be throwing 4 oz and bait
1 Answers
The Penn PRESF1530S11 Prevail Surf Spinning Rod would be a good fit for chunking and using bait for surf fishing.
on January 24, 2017

from FLORIDA asked:
December 12, 2016
Is the heavy action 12ft model 8+bait? Ideally trying to find a cost friendly surf rod to match the new BG8000 to cast for sharks.
1 Answers
The Penn PRESF2040S12 Prevail Surf Spinning Rod would be suitable casting 8oz plus bait weight. You would be losing distance on your cast the heavier the setup is.
on December 13, 2016

from Long Island, NY asked:
May 16, 2015
cant decide weather or not to go with 10 or 11 foot looking to pair it with a battle 6000 and use to for mostly plugs and jigs but for also sometimes throwing bunker will be throwing mostly into the surf
1 Answers
Stephen, It really depends on the weight of the lures you plan to throw, Each rod has a specific weight range for throwing plugs. I would recommend going with the 10 FT its going to be a lighter rod and most likely have the lure rating you will need to throw plugs all day long.
on May 19, 2015

from Atlanta,Ga asked:
March 26, 2015
I'm looking to purchase an 8' Prevail rod for pier fishing. I want to get a reel that will hold approximately 300 yards of 20 lb test mono. I will be free lining cigar minnows off of a pier. What reel would you recommend for this rod. Thanks
1 Answers
Hello Joe. The Penn Battle 8000 would be a perfect reel for you! They can be seen here: http://www.tackledirect.com/penn-btlii8000-battle-ii-spinning-reel.html Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
on March 28, 2015

from Ohio asked:
March 16, 2015
Will the 8 or 9-ft Prevail Spinning rod fit inside a 3-inch rod tube for air travel? What is measured length of largest guide plus the rod blank?
1 Answers
Henry, The overall width including blank and guide is 2"3/4 inches wide.
on March 17, 2015

from Massachusetts asked:
January 20, 2015
What is the weight of the 10' model?
1 Answers
The weight of the 10' foot model is 1 pound .08 ounces.
Customer Service
on January 21, 2015

from Turkey asked:
December 30, 2014
made in USA or not?
1 Answers
No. It is not made in the USA.
Customer Service
on December 31, 2014

from Dubai asked:
September 28, 2014
Kindly let me know if this is a salt water rod?
1 Answers
Hello Raj! This is indeed a surf fishing rod. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Customer Service
on September 28, 2014


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