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Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels

Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels

by Penn
$249.95 - $349.95
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DescriptionBraid CapacityMono CapacityMax. DragGear RatioInches Per TurnAnti-ReverseWeightPrice
Slammer III Spinning Reel270/15285/830 lbs.6.2:137 in.Instant13.9 oz.$249.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel320/20320/1030 lbs.6.2:140 in.Instant14.7 oz.$249.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel380/30330/1240 lbs.5.6:139 in.Instant w/ Back Up22.4 oz.$269.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel410/40345/1540 lbs.5.6:142 in.Instant w/ Back Up24.3 oz.$289.95 USD
Slammer III High Speed Spinning Reel605/30
406.2:147.5in-24.7oz$299.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel440/50330/2050 lbs.4.7:138 in.Instant w/ Back Up29.2 oz.$319.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel600/50310/3050 lbs.4.7:142 in.Instant w/ Back Up30.8 oz.$319.95 USD
Slammer III High Speed Spinning Reel955/40
505.3:149.5in-31.3oz$329.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel670/65300/4060 lbs.4.2:140 in.Instant w/ Back Up40.9 oz.$349.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel540/80360/4060 lbs.4.2:143 in.Instant w/ Back Up43.1 oz.$349.95 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 28 reviews
By Don
Goldsboro nc
November 17, 2018
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
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 Whitacre
October 20, 2018
Superior Reel
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
June 26, 2018
Really tough for the money!
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
By Lonnie
June 18, 2018
Penn Slammer III
This is the most expensive reel I've ever purchased. Worth every penny. I don't care what my wife says.
ProsVERY smooth operation. The drag is incredible.
ConsBig gold knob takes a little getting used to.
By stephen
South Portland, ME
April 30, 2018
This reel is gorgeous. Paired with my st croix avid surf 8ft it’s a match made in heaven. Another couple weeks start putting it through it’s paces.
ProsSmooth, power handle is very nice
By Christopher
Johnston, RI
April 3, 2018
Great reel
Amazon reel great for catching stripers always had good luck with penn reels
ConsOn the heavy side
By Rudy
Florida Panhandle
March 23, 2018
Good first impression
The reel makes a good first impression, but the test will be its durability and its sealing against water intrusion. Comfortable. Smooth. I was prejudiced against the big handle initially, but it is a great idea and very comfortable. Good, level wrapping of the line on the spool. I like the bail design, which is unlikely to snap shut automatically with powerful surf casts. Balances well with my ten foot surf rod.
By Edhead
Ocean City NJ
February 9, 2018
About Time
Penn has finally come up with a quality waterproof system for surf fisherman. This reel is it with numerous seals and top of the line drag system similar to offshore reels along with brass gears they finally got it right. The average joe can now afford a quality reel that won't seize up after a couple of dunkings in the surf or sand. Monster blues in the spring have proven this reel to be the master of the beach. I have the 6500 and wanted a Van Staal but saw this in a demo online and said what the heck so far so good. This reel will last just like all Penn products if you wash and wipe down after use. I have all Z series that I still use today due to proper storage and maintenance.
ProsSmooth drag big handle Brass gears
ConsMaybe spool holes for drainage and manual pickup bearing option.
By Derek
Apopka, FL
December 15, 2017
Solid feeling reel
First time buying a penn spinning reel in over 20 years. Seems very very smooth and honestly very solid. Is quite a bit heavier than other similar sized competitor reels but it feels much more solid. Gonna try it as my go to live bait reel, balances out real nice on one of my Shimano jigging rods.
By Jonathan
Southampton, NY
October 28, 2017
Slammer 5500
Really love the reel as it has taken top spot in my rotation. Very smooth, great drag and line lay. Very strong reel and a work horse. Ive fished it all season and it kicked every fishes butt. I think this reel is another step in the right direction for Penn.
ProsSmooth, sealed drag and housing, great line lay and a great drag
By Drew
October 19, 2017
Slammer III 5500
Paired it with my St. Croix avid surf for plugging. Awesome reel handles everything I throw at it a little heavy for plugging but the reel is a tank.
By Matthew
Smithtown, New York
October 11, 2017
Great reel
I have used this reel for about six months. The reel is very smooth and sturdy. I've always been happy with penn products. The knob is also very comfortable.
By Brian
Portsmouth, NH
August 18, 2017
built to last
I have an first gen slammer 450 that has been solid since day 1. This reel is the same. SOLID.
ProsDrag ipx6 sealing rating great line lay bail doesn't flip
42 Questions & 42 Answers
from Maryland asked:
November 18, 2018
Are the sizes of the Slammer III similar to the Spinfisher V? I own a Spinfisher V 4500 and like the size. Also, the Spinfisher VI seems to be getting a lot of praise as is the Slammer III, do you consider the Slammer III to be superior? I do not fish the surf strictly off my boat. Thanks!
1 Answers
The slammer 3 are superior as in line capacity,drag, and quality materials used.
on November 19, 2018

from long island, ny asked:
August 22, 2018
i have a st croix mojo inshore 7' 6" rated for 3/4 - 2. Which reel i should go with the slammer III 3500 or the 4500?
1 Answers
The 3500 would balance out better with the mojo inshore but the 4500 will have more line capacity.
on August 22, 2018

Fathi Saleh
from Dhofar asked:
July 6, 2018
Hello I need the upgrading penn slammer 3 5500's must be 2018 model only with line roller bearing and some upgrading item in the reel.. the 2016 model has only push line roller . Thanks
1 Answers
The slammer iii that we have in stock are the 2018 models. There may be a 2017 model mixed in there but if you would like we can always check for you before we ship.
on July 16, 2018

from Flushing, NY asked:
February 25, 2018
What size slammer 3 for st croix mojo jig 6€™6 mh for party boat fishing?
1 Answers
The Slammer 3500 would pair up with that St.Croix rod
on March 2, 2018

Mark from Middleton
from MA asked:
February 23, 2018
I'm looking to purchase a Century SS965 rod for smaller schoolies (1/2oz to 1oz plugs). Would you recommend the Slammer III in the 3500, or 4500 size? I will be using it exclusively for small plastic swim baits & small tins and topwaters. Thnx.
1 Answers
Hello Mark, the slammer III 3500 would be perfect for lighter lures and inshore schoolies on the SS965.
on February 26, 2018

Christine Nguyen
from asked:
May 15, 2017
I'm planning to purchase a Penn slammer Spinning Reel model 4500 as a birthday gift to my husband. Can you please give me the complete dimensions of the box that contains the reel? (Since We will be celebrating his birthday in Canada, I need to know the dimensions and weight of the box to make sure my suitcase doesn't exceed the weight limit). Thank you
1 Answers
7 inches length 5 1/2 width 2 1/2 height Box itself with the reel weighs 1 lb 6.4 oz
on May 18, 2017

Daniel Stephens
from Connecticut asked:
November 24, 2018
What is the spool diameter on the Slammer 3 7500 and 8500?
1 Answers
The spool diameter of the Slammer 3 7500 is 2.7 inches. The diameter of the Slammer 3 8500 is 3.0 inches.
on November 29, 2018

seve gomez
from Outer banks North Carolina asked:
November 4, 2018
i was wandering what would be better for cobia a 5500 or 6500 cause ussaly i use a 6000 but i know the slammers are pretty large reels
1 Answers
The 5500 size reel is is basically like a 6000 size, It should be perfect for that style of fishing.
on November 5, 2018

from Germany asked:
November 2, 2018
Hello, which reel would you propose for the surf rod Tica Dolphin UGSA (9'0'', line wt. 10-25 lb, lure wt. 1/2-3 oz, medium power, fast action)? Thanks!
1 Answers
The 4500 Slammer III will pair well with that rod.
on November 3, 2018

from Pernambuco asked:
August 19, 2018
Gostaria de saber se o produto vem na caixa original?, E também queria saber se o produto já vem com a atualização 2018?
1 Answers
sim e sim
on August 20, 2018

Penn o
from Austraila,Brisbane asked:
June 10, 2018
Would a 2-4kg rod match well with the 3500
1 Answers
Yes that would work well.
on June 12, 2018

from Bradenton, fl. asked:
May 24, 2018
Between the slammer 4500 and saragosa 5000 which one is an overall bigger reel? Looking to pair with a bullbay reel animals 7'4 15-30 heavy/fast rod. Fishing gulf coast florida from canoe/kayak. Thanks
1 Answers
The Saragossa is a little bit of a bigger real in size compared to the 4500 Slammer. the Saragossa weighs in at 16 ounces where the 4500 is 15 ounces.
on May 25, 2018

from Charlotte, NC asked:
May 19, 2018
What size slammer pairs best with the medium weight carnage II jigging/spinning rod running 30Lb braided line for offshore bottom fishing? I€™m trying to decide between the 5500 and 6500.
1 Answers
I would recommend going with the 6500 for the line capacity and the drag.
on June 6, 2018

from Suffolk County, NY asked:
April 21, 2018
Hello, I have a Tsunami Air Wave 9 foot rod TSAWSS902MH. What size slammer do you recommend? Also can I get I spooled by you with 30lb test?
1 Answers
The Penn SLAIII4500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be a great reel to use with the Tsunami Airwave 9' rod.
on April 25, 2018

Eddie Rosado
from Puerto rico asked:
April 16, 2018
Best slammer ll l for terramar 8' heavy rod
1 Answers
The Penn SLAIII5500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be the best fit for the Teramar 8' H rod.
on April 20, 2018

from Toronto, Ontario asked:
April 15, 2018
What size slammer III would work well for an Okuma Nomad NT-S-703M-MH Rod? I typically use 40lb braid and a 60lb fluorocarbon leader. There seems to be a big jump in size from the 4500 to the 5500. Thanks
1 Answers
Either size would work, but the 5500 size would likely be the best fit for 40 lb braid to 60lb fluorocarbon applications.
on April 20, 2018

from Stuart, FL asked:
April 9, 2018
What size Slammer would you recommend for tossing to dolphin?
1 Answers
The 5500 Slammer would be a good size reel fishing for dolphin. This reel has enough line capacity and durability your looking for.
on April 10, 2018

from Florida asked:
March 23, 2018
What would be the best rod to pair with the 6500 for offshore? Thanks.
1 Answers
The Shimano TZS72MHBLK Terez Spinning Rod Black would be a good match pairing it with the Slammer 6500 for offshore use.
on March 27, 2018

John Theobald
from Loudon Tn asked:
March 21, 2018
What size and weight rod for surf fishing with a 8500 slammer lll reel would you recommend?
1 Answers
The St Croix Mojo 12' would be a great rod to pair with the Pen Slammer 8500 for a overall great surf fishing experience.
on March 21, 2018

from CA asked:
March 14, 2018
Hi, I have a Penn Battle 4000 which unfortunately spent some time under water while fighting a fish. It has now become useless. I am looking at the Slammer III but was hoping you could recommend me a reel to match my St. Croix 7'6 MH travel rod. I don't want anything too heavy but I like the idea of the fully enclosed/waterproof gear box of the Slammer. If you recommend the Slammer, which size to pair with 30# braid? Thank you.
1 Answers
The Penn SLAIII4500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be a great match pairing it with the St Croix 7'6'' travel rod using 30 lb braid.
on March 20, 2018

from New Jersey asked:
March 13, 2018
i have a tsunami trophy 10 ft/mh fast rod , whats the best size reel for this rod or even any other reel
1 Answers
The Penn Slammer 4500 size reel will be a good reel to match with the Tsunami 10' MH. the two matches up nicely for surf fishing and even jetty fishing.
on March 16, 2018

from Portland Maine asked:
March 12, 2018
I have a st croix avid surf 8ft rod. Used for lighter stuff...I had it paired with an older stradic 5000 wondering if the 4500 is similar in size? Thanks
1 Answers
The 4500 Slammer is built bigger and heavier than the older stradic 5000's were built.
on March 14, 2018

from Delhi asked:
March 9, 2018
I'm using a Penn slammer3 9500. Is it compatible with daiwa emblem pro 11' surf rod? Pls guide.
1 Answers
The Daiwa Emblem 11' would be best used with a size 6500 Penn Slammer. The 9500 is intended to be used as a offshore reel or paired with heavier rod.
on March 9, 2018

Jesus Camacho
from Brownsville, Texas asked:
March 4, 2018
What would be a good rod to pair up the 10500 for land based shark fishing?
1 Answers
The St Croix Mojo 12' would be a great rod to match with the Slammer 105000 for surf fishing for sharks.
on March 6, 2018

from Brooklyn, NY asked:
February 27, 2018
I€™ll be fishing the cape cod canal when the season starts. I€™m looking for a light setup that can handle 3 - 7 oz lures to battle big fish. What size reel will fit the St Croix Mojo Surf MSS110MHMF2?
1 Answers
A 5500 is generally what we would suggest to pair with an 11 ft. rod, however, being that you are fishing the canal you may want to step up to the 6500 size for the additional line capacity and slightly faster retrieval rate.
on March 6, 2018

from Long Island, NY asked:
February 24, 2018
I have st croix mojo jig 6€™6 mh (lure weight 125-200g) spinning rod... that I want to use for party boat jigging for stripers. What size slammer 3 reel do you recommend?
1 Answers
If you plan to use a 30# braided line I'd suggest the 4500. With any thicker diameter braid or monofilament I'd suggest stepping up to the 5500 in order to get an adequate line capacity.
on March 2, 2018

from Cape May, NJ asked:
January 17, 2018
An you recommend a surf rod to pair with the 5500 in the $100-$200 price range. Would be used with 30lb braid to throw plastics (1-3oz).
1 Answers
The Penn BATSF1530S11 11ft 2pc Spinning Surf Rod would match well with the Penn Slammer 5500 throwing 1-3 oz plastics.
on January 18, 2018

from New Orleans asked:
June 23, 2017
If I were to buy the biggest penn slammer do you guys think it would be able to handle blue marlin
1 Answers
Given the line capacity, max drag, and how well the reel is constructed, I'd say its a good option for a blue marlin spinning reel.
on June 27, 2017

from CALIFORNIA asked:
June 4, 2017
What size is comparable to saragosa 6000?
1 Answers
The 5500 will be the most equivalent size to a Saragosa 6000.
on June 5, 2017

from Malaysia asked:
May 21, 2017
Hi, which slammer have the same size to a 6000 penn conflict?
1 Answers
The Slammer III 5500 will be the closest in size to a Clash 6000.
on May 26, 2017

Shiva S
from Trinidad, West Indies asked:
May 14, 2017
Have a 10' Penn Carnage II Spinning rod; what's a good size reel to match?
1 Answers
The Slammer III 5500 would be the most appropriate size for a 10 foot rod.
on May 16, 2017

from Staten island ny asked:
April 17, 2017
My fiance birthday is coming up I know he was looking to get the Penn slammer 3 10500 reel. What is a good fishing pole to go with this reel. He fishes of the boat and pier. I want to get him a good fishing pole to go with this reel. Thank you
1 Answers
The Shimano Terez Spinning rods H or XH power would pair well with the Penn Slammer 3 10500.
on April 18, 2017

Roland pacheco
from New Jersey asked:
March 26, 2017
I have a St. Croix Triumph Surf 7 ft rod medium power. Which penn slammer 3 reel will be a good fit for it.
1 Answers
Either the 3500 or 4500 size reel would be suitable for the St Croix Triumph 7ft. I would advise not going bigger than those reels. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
on March 28, 2017

Bob M
from Westerville OH asked:
March 7, 2017
What Penn Slammer III Spinning reel would you recommend for a St Croix Premium Surf 10ft medium power mod-fast action (PSRS100M2)?
1 Answers
The Penn Slammer 6500 would be a great fit for the St Croix Premium Surf 10 ft M rod. Thank you for considering TackleDirect for your fishing needs.
on March 8, 2017

Blaze Macaitis
from Plattsmouth, Nebraska asked:
February 19, 2017
Which model of these reels would compare to a Daiwa Saltiga 8000?
1 Answers
The Slammer III 8500 is the most equivalent size to the Saltiga 8000.
on February 20, 2017

from Pretoria, South Africa asked:
January 30, 2017
Does the 8500 hava a manual or automatic bailarm?
1 Answers
Andre, Hello this reel has a manual bail.
on January 30, 2017

from Ft. lauderdale FL. Eastern shore MD. asked:
January 28, 2017
I've got a star segis 7' m/h. what slammer III would you recomend for 8-25Lb stripers/blues/reds and small tarpon/ and snook seasonaly?
1 Answers
I would recommend the 4500 size in the Slammer III for this rod.
on January 30, 2017

Carlos Sandoval
from Great Neck, New York asked:
January 27, 2017
What would be the best rod from the surf on a 4500?
1 Answers
The St Croix MSS90MMF2 Mojo Surf Spinning Rods would make a great match with the Penn Slammer 4500.
on January 27, 2017

Nick Costa
from Massachusetts asked:
January 25, 2017
Hi I have a St.Croxi Ss106h2 10"6 Heavy MOD-Fast Action Ben Doerr Surf System Wat is the best match Slammer 3 for it...
1 Answers
The Penn Slammer 6500 and the St. Croix 10' 6'' would make a well balanced combo.
on January 25, 2017

Eliseo Sandoval
from New York, New York asked:
January 5, 2017
Hey, I have an 8 foot st. Croix triumph surf rod... which would be the best choice! Thanks
1 Answers
The Penn SLAIII4500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be the best fit for the St Croix Triumph 8 ft.
on January 6, 2017

from Maryland asked:
December 31, 2016
In the description it lists the bearings and drives as sealed - I fish a lot off of jetties, and am constantly getting dunked. On several occasions I've had to break a reel down and re-grease it after it stopped working after it was submerged. Is this reel waterproof? In other words, can I crank it underwater like I can a Van Staal 150VM?
1 Answers
The Penn Slammer 3 is not meant to be cranked consistently under water. I would advise not cranking this reel under water like the VM's.
on December 31, 2016

from CT asked:
December 25, 2016
I am debating between the Shimando Saragosa SW6000 (As recommended size for my St. Croix 10ft Triumph.) or a Slammer III, For surf fishing in the Northeast. What size Slammer III would be suitable match for my rod? - Thanks in advance.
1 Answers
The Penn SLAIII6500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be the best size Penn Slammer for the St. Croix 10ft Triumph.
on December 30, 2016


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