Penn SLAIII8500HS Slammer III Spinning Reel

Penn SLAIII8500HS Slammer III Spinning Reel

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Price: $329.95

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DescriptionBraid CapacityMono CapacityMax. DragGear RatioInches Per TurnAnti-ReverseWeightPrice
Slammer III High Speed Spinning Reel955/40
505.3:149.5in-31.3oz$329.95 USD

Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels represent a relaunch of one of the toughest spinners known to guides and captains the world over. Utilizing Penn's new CNC Gear Technology, with improved IPX6 sealing, and their proprietary Dura-Drag System, the Slammer is finally back!

Penn Slammer III Spinning Reel Features:

  • Full Metal (Diecast Aluminum) Body/Rotor Construction
  • CNC Gear Technology (All Brass)
  • Sealed Dura-Drag System (IPX6 SEALED)
  • Improved Gear Box Sealing (IPX6 SEALED)
  • Spare EVA Handle Knob Included in Box
5 Stars based on 38 reviews
By DJ A.
Offshore beast
November 19, 2019
I have 2 of these reels on custom 8ft rods. Primarily used for sight fishing while offshore trolling. Cast at a weed mat or see a lot of birds etc. Cast a big chugger, zip, zip boom fish on! And an unbelievable catch at that...a wahoo! Peeled off maybe 200yds, 65lb suf832 braid. And wahoo can hit ur bait at over 60mph. It was a blast and tasted great!
By Dylan
Palm Bay, Florida
Great reel
December 2, 2019
A workhorse of a reel and very smooth. Love that it’s sealed but not a big fan of weight, way heavier than my Clash
ProsSmooth, good drag, cool looking
By Kenny
Im a shimano guy but...
November 18, 2019
This reel is an absolute monster for the price vs it’s competitors. The amount of drag on this thing is enough to rip the rod out of your hand given big enough fish is on.

This is possibly one of the best Penn reels for price/performance ratio in the mid-upper range
By Nat
Get one .......
October 2, 2019
guys and gal's this is one tuff reel for the money ..... smooth drag for the long running kings or lock it down on the blues and flip them over the rail ...... yep pack them with 500 + yards of Braid for the long runners or 250 to 300 to lock that drag down ..... max that drag and pack the line on to hold it and your going to find there tuff on fish and anglers ..... i have a old 560 still kicking and pick up a 4500 and 6500 ...... both holding 600 + with a rod to match .....
Prossmooth reeling smooth drag
By James
Livingston , NJ
Awsome reel
August 26, 2019
Great reel. strong, smooth and just a beast of a reel.
By Jack
Georgetown, S.C.
June 15, 2019
Know wonder it won 2016 icast for saltwater I have 3 and they are great
By Ayman M.
Makkah, Saudi Arabia
True this is the Saltwater Fishes Slammer !!
April 9, 2019
Heavy duty spinning reel for larger species, almost water proof (IPX6 Sealed body and spool design)
The winner for the best new product at iCast in the category of “Best Saltwater Reelâ€.since 2016 !
Slammer III is the first spinning reel to offer the Dura-Drag material. Dura-Drag is a proprietary material that is even stronger than the HT-100 keyed carbon washers that you find in the Slammer Drag on the Penn Spinfisher V reels.
Pull your big fish with confidence !
By Matthew
Grand Haven, MI
Hard to Beat
January 26, 2019
Bought as my surf casting reel when i travel to throw teasers from the beach fly fishing. Very solid reel at an unbeatable price.
By Highland F.
Great Reel
January 25, 2019
Smooth, strong and surprisingly light. So far so good. Will update in the future.
By Don
Goldsboro nc
Awesome power and light weight
December 30, 2018
Love this reel over the Saragossa and saltist and that's hard to do.
By Don
Goldsboro nc
Best reel I've used to surf fish with over saltist and Saragossa . So smooth and built very well. Watch video of comparison of slammer 3 vs Saragossa or saltist. And I'm a Diawa man
November 17, 2018
Best spinning reel for heavy salt and strong drag system. I've used many penn and other companies reels and by far my favorite. Put a 4500 slammer on an 8' star stellar surf 1pc rod n enjoy. I've got 9-11 ft rods but prefer this setup over any. Love the slammer III 4500.
ProsAll is great
By Neil W.
Superior Reel
October 20, 2018
Smooth, durable, great drag. And even in the 3500 size is big enough for most big fish.
By Jay
Falfurrias, TX
October 10, 2018
Slammed some reds on this thing and handled it no problem. Can’t wait to take this to the jetties
ProsLight, good looking reel, not buttery smooth but smooth for a workhorse reel.
By Brian
Port Saint Lucie Florida
August 3, 2018
What more can you say?? It’s a slammer
By Canucmenow
Really tough for the money!
June 26, 2018
I bought a 3500 model and paired it with a Calico Jack 8’ MH stick and 20lb PP line. The reel is overkill for most inshore fishing unless you are targeting large stripers, bull redfish, large tarpon, or possibly sharks. That being said, it is a heavy reel for a 3500 size, but it’s built like a tank and offers a really heavy drag for this size reel. The only downside is the 220 yard of 20lb braid if you are looking for a light tackle option for tuna or possibly sailfish, especially on a regular basis. I can throw a Mirrodine XXL a confirmed 67 yards though, and it’s quite smooth to boot. Yes, a Van Staal VS can hold twice the line and weigh less...but it also costs 4x more. All that being said, every reel is a compromise. I Spinnfisher V 3500’s as well as larger offerings from Penn. When I want to throw larger lures to 30lb+ fish and I don’t have to worry about them running deep, this is my “go to†rig. Well built, well supported, great price point, and looks good to boot.
ProsGreat drag We?ll supported by Penn Great price point for this type of gear Sealed system
ConsLittle heavy for this line capacity
3 Questions & 3 Answers
Bob Singletary
from Corning California asked:
February 3, 2019
What does penn recommend for the best pole set up for this real. I will be using 30 pound mono. line and looking for a 61/2 to 7 foot rod.
1 Answer
The 7 foot medium or medium heavy St.Croix mojo salt rod will pair well with the SLAIII8500HS
Submitted by: Bernie on February 4, 2019

from Monterey ca. asked:
June 8, 2019
 Need a good pairing for a rod 65 pound braid expects us to be 80 to 150 pound class 
1 Answer
The 8500HS would be a great match.  Tons of line capacity, great drag and the increase in gearing makes gathering line a breeze.
Submitted by: CHARLES on July 26, 2019

Kaiden Ramsey
from OR asked:
July 11, 2018
How much 80lb braid can this reel hold? The 10500 only holds 540yds of 80lbs so if this reel holds the same, or more I'd like the smaller reel. Thanks!!
1 Answer
It will hold more...probably around 650 yards.
Submitted by: John on July 20, 2018


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