Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels

Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels

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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.$259.95 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.$334.95 USD
Slammer III Spinning Reel600/50310/3050 lbs.4.7:142 in.Instant w/ Back Up30.8 oz.Reg Price $319.95Our Price $223.95
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.Reg Price $364.95Our Price $244.95

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 82 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 Jody
North Carolina
No more Penns for me
July 20, 2022
I have purchased many Penn reels and the reel life has gone in the crapper. I still have some old Conflict and Spinfishers that are working but all of the new reels have purchased in the last year are awful. Especially the latest one a Penn Slammer 3. I used it for one weekend and now it is loud and when the handle is turned it grinds. Again, this was used for one weekend from a boat and was never dunked or even sprayed with saltwater. I always wash and dry all of my reels at the end of each day. It's not like these are an inexpensive investment.
  • Holds great amount of line
  • Quality and durability are awful
By Pyro C.
Snyder, TX
February 28, 2022
I now have the 5500 and 6500 Slammer III reels and absolutely love them. On the prowl for a 3500 and 4500 now but getting harder to find
By Zhang
January 26, 2022
Good for the big fish
By Chris
Swansea, MA
January 22, 2022
Used a 6500 standard for the first half of my year at the canal last season, swapped out the knob for the EVA. hammer of a reel, more drag than i could hold on too when i paired it with my 11ft 3-10oz black hole heavy surf 2
  • drag power.
  • durability
  • some people may say that it is heavy, for me i find that this is the max of what i like to use at 24oz, but for what it does and for the rod i use it is balanced very well.
By Alex
Well made.
January 21, 2022
Also bought the 5500. Can't go wrong with Penn Slammer3. Solid reel and well made. Great service from Tackle Direct. Thanks you.
  • Solid.
  • None
By Alex
Excellent reel
January 21, 2022
Another great Penn reel. Also bought the 4500. Well made, strong drag and smooth.
  • Well made.
  • None
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Slammer III 4500
January 9, 2022
Great surf reel with stout build and overpowering capabilities
  • Strength, build quality drag
  • Drag does not ever get completely resistance free
By ChuckD
Clayton, NC
Slammer III 4500
January 9, 2022
Reel was flawless fishing it in the surf. Didnít hook up on anything but I can attest that it felt smooth, was comfortable all day fishing with it and it paired well on a 10í battalion surf (first gen). Not a whole lot to dislike.
  • Durable, penn tough
  • Dura drag is strong so if you want to dial in a loose drag, that type of setting still gives a fair amount of resistance. I believe this was addressed in the III model
By Pyro C.
December 18, 2021
These Slammer reels are phenomenal. I fished for so many years with my old Penn SS reels and these Slammers are such a step above.
By Alabama F.
Gulf of Mexico
Penn SLAIII4500 Slammer III
October 14, 2021
Great reel for surf fishing.
  • Hold a good amount of braided line. Drag can handle fish above reel size with no flexing or torque issues.
  • None
By Ron
Penn slammer3 5500 reel
October 14, 2021
very good reel, planning on getting another one soon.
  • very good reel , great drag.
  • none
By Mike
Penn slammer
October 14, 2021
Works great real smooth
  • Price
  • A little bulky for the size
By Matthew
Awesome except...
October 13, 2021
The drag. High end is quite strong but low end stays pretty tight like pulling braid cutting your hand tight.
  • Everything except
  • low end drag
By Tim M.
Needed another for Florida
September 27, 2021
I've been using a SLAIII6500 to fish the surf of the south shore of LI for the last 3 years. I bought the SLAIII5500 for fishing the Atlantic coast of Florida. The IPX6 rating will come in handy standing in wait deep water throwing lures.
  • IPX6 rating. Solid construction.
73 Questions & 73 Answers
Alejandro Vargas
from Florida asked:
January 23, 2020




1 Answer
The 5500 would pair well with the 9'6 and the 4500 might actually be a better option as the reel is lighter has a good line capacity for surf fishing and a strong drag at 30 pounds†
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on January 24, 2020

from Blairsville Pa. asked:
November 7, 2019
I need a spare spool for my Penn slammer  lll.4500. Can I buy one ?
1 Answer
I am sorry, we do not carry those at TackleDirect however you can contact the supplier!
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on November 8, 2019

from Florida asked:
November 5, 2019
Would the 3500 model pair well on a star rod seagis 7í6 10-20lb
1 Answer
Yes the 3500 model would pair perfectly with that.
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on November 5, 2019

Michael A
from Pompano beach asked:
October 26, 2019
I have the 4500 can I pair it with shimano teramar heavy 8ft or what rod is best for them 4500. Also nothing to expensive up to 150$$
1 Answer
Shimano Teramar would be a great pair with this perfect versatile heavier set up, If you were looking to go slightly less expensive check out Star Stellar lite surf rods in models 7ft 6" and 8ft.†
Submitted by: Alyssa Madosky on October 26, 2019

from Boston, MA asked:
May 23, 2019
Dear Tackle Direct, 

Which rods are a good fit for slammer 3 6500HS? Targeting Striper on the Cape Cod canal. Mostly Jigging and using jerkbaits, maybe a bit of plugging and surf fishing. 

My budget is $350, but if the quality is increasing insignificantly with a higher price tag, i would like to stay below these numbers. 

Based on reviews from various forums, i feel that these rods are good, however i do not mind any other recommendations. 

tsunami airwave elite

st croix mojo

st croix avid

odm jigster

lamiglass xsra1205

star rod paraflex 


1 Answer
The odm jigster and the St.Croix avid surf 10 1/2 to 11 foot would be your best bet and a great pairing for the slammer3†
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on May 24, 2019

from Md asked:
March 18, 2019
Howís it going. Iím planning on buying a Penn Carnage ll 7í heavy action boat spinning rod thatís designed for braided line and Iím trying to decide between the Penn Slammer III 7500 or 8500. Iíll be putting 50# braid on it and itís for catching large black and red drum in strong tides at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
1 Answer
The 7500 would be a good choice for the 7 foot Penn Carnage.†
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 21, 2019

from NJ asked:
January 15, 2019
I have the penn slammer 3 6500 and plan on pairing it with a Tsunami Air Wave 11foot rod TSAWSS1102H. Is this a pretty good pairing? I usually do inshore fishing from the beach piers and jerries.
1 Answer
It is a very good pairing, the reel has a good line capacity and drag strength paired with the 11 foot TSAWSS1102H
Submitted by: Bernie on January 16, 2019

Mohamed hussain
from Maldives asked:
December 18, 2018
Am looking for spool , Did u have Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels spool thats 6500 model
1 Answer
We don't sell the slammer 3 spare spools
Submitted by: Bernie on December 19, 2018

James Carroll
from Southern california asked:
December 17, 2018
What would be best the 6500hs or 8500hs for wahoo, yellowTail and yellowfin. Down off the coast of Baja California. And which rod to pair it with?
1 Answer
The 8500hs would be your best reel because of it's versatility, that paired with a 7' 2'' Shimano Terez.
Submitted by: Bernie on December 19, 2018

from ND asked:
December 17, 2018
I am trying to target medium to large GTs (land based fishing). I have a 8' XXH Daiwa demon blood rod and would like to know what would be the best match for mostly throwing med and large stick baits and poppers? I was looking at the 8500hs
1 Answer
The 8500hs is a good choice while heavy it does provide a great line capacity and drag power of 50lbs
Submitted by: Bernie on December 17, 2018

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 Answer
The slammer 3 are superior as in line capacity,drag, and quality materials used.
Submitted by: Bernie 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 Answer
The 3500 would balance out better with the mojo inshore but the 4500 will have more line capacity.
Submitted by: Bernie 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Bernie on July 16, 2018

from Flushing, NY asked:
February 25, 2018
What size slammer 3 for st croix mojo jig 6‪6 mh for party boat fishing?
1 Answer
The Slammer 3500 would pair up with that St.Croix rod
Submitted by: Bernie 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 Answer
Hello Mark, the slammer III 3500 would be perfect for lighter lures and inshore schoolies on the SS965.
Submitted by: Bernie 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 Answer
7 inches length 5 1/2 width 2 1/2 height Box itself with the reel weighs 1 lb 6.4 oz
Submitted by: Bernie on May 18, 2017

Donald Zachariasen
from cape coral fl asked:
March 14, 2022
What penn slammer 111 spinning reels would be best for catching snook -red fish and trout
1 Answer
Hi Donald, The Penn Slammer III Spinning Reels have been discontinued. However I would recommend a Penn 3500 Slammer IV Spinning Reel. This would be a ideal size for your inshore fishing applications for redfish, snook, and trout. Please let us know if theres anything else we can assist you with. Tight Lines.
Submitted by: Brendan - TackleDirect Customer Service on March 15, 2022

from India asked:
October 7, 2021
It is useful for long distance seashore casting?
1 Answer

The Penn Slammer III spinning reels can be used for surf or seashore fishing.† Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on October 7, 2021

from San Diego asked:
September 30, 2021
What is a nice rod to pair with the penn slammer three 5500
1 Answer

The Penn Slammer 5500 IV (III is discontinued) will pair nicely with the St.Croix Mojo Inshore spinning rod JIS76MF.† Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

Submitted by: Rick - TackleDirect Customer Service on September 30, 2021

from Florida asked:
June 19, 2021
Would the 6500 pair well with the 9 foot star paraflex surf rod?
1 Answer
Yes these two will pair well together.
Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 21, 2021

from Longport NJ asked:
June 16, 2021
Would the G Loomis IMX Pro Blue 844S pair with the Penn Slammer 8500?
1 Answer
Those two would pair well together
Submitted by: Paul Olah on June 16, 2021

from Santa Maria asked:
April 9, 2021
Hello I had a question Iím planning on using ugly stick BW conventional rod for crab snaring 10ft extra heavy 15-60 line weight  6-12 oz lure weight Iím be using 50lbs braid and anywhere from 4-6-12 oz of weight so my question is what size reel do I need 7500,8500 or higher to support the weight?? Please and thank you. 
1 Answer
You'll need a spinning rod, not a conventional rod for these reels. If you use a spinning rod I would suggest the 8500 for that application.†
Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 9, 2021

from Santa Maria California asked:
April 7, 2021
If I have a 10 ft pole heavy duty using it for crabs it hold 1-8oz what size reel would be best for my pole ?? Iím using 50lbs braid or 30,40,50 mono mostly but want to try braid ??
1 Answer
If you're using a spinning rod I would suggest an 8000 or larger size reel.†
Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 8, 2021

Dr. Steven D. Messerschmidt
from Alaska asked:
April 3, 2021
Best rod match for penn slammerlll 8500HS

1 Answer
It depends on what you're fishing for. For surf fishing I would suggest a 12' surf rod, other than that I would need to know what type of fishing you're doing.†
Submitted by: Billy - TackleDirect Customer Service on April 5, 2021

Reese Matthews
from Bradenton Florida. asked:
March 23, 2021
What size Penn slammer would you recommend for a UGLY STICK TIGER LIGHT? I believe the rod is 14 to 40 lb. pier fishing in the gulf of mexico.
1 Answer
The Penn Slammer III 7500 or 8500 would both work well for pier fishing.†

The Penn Slammer III 8500 Highspeed reel will pick up line a lot faster than the regular 8500 or the 7500 so you may want to consider that.†

Submitted by: William Larkin on March 23, 2021

Nick Purdy
from North Carolina asked:
March 11, 2021
Hey i have a question. what are some good shark reels like the slammer but is not as pricy?!  Anything under $200 to exact because I'm on a budget and I don't want to go out and buy a 10000 size reel for 365 bucks.


1 Answer
I would go with the Penn Battle III 8000 or 10000, depending on how much line capacity and drag you'll want.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on March 12, 2021

from OK asked:
February 27, 2021
Would the Penn Slammer III 3500 pair well with the Penn Rampage RAMBW1530S70 rod? I plan to use it in texas for redfish and similar size fish. I already have the Slammer III in 5500 model and 9500 and want something in a medium range. THANKS
1 Answer
The 3500 could work, but I would go with the 4500 size for a better balance.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on March 2, 2021

David Reyes
from north carolina asked:
February 2, 2021
what size would be good cobia and king fish throwing x raps and buck tails on a custom rain shadow  1088 
1 Answer
I would go with the 5500 or 6500 size.
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on February 3, 2021

from Spain asked:
January 4, 2021
I have a St. Croix Triumph Surf 9 ft travel rod and a G.Loomis Greenwater GWR9819. Which Penn Slammer 3 reel will be a good fit for each of them?.
1 Answer
The 5500 Slammer would be a good fit for the 9' St. Croix. A 4500 Slammer would be a good choice for the G-Loomis Greenwater. You could actually get away with a 4500 on the 9' as well, but the 5500 would balance better.†
Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 5, 2021

from Norwalk, ct asked:
January 3, 2021
Whatís a good jigging rod to pair with a slammer 4500 for Long Island sound fishing. Thanks!
1 Answer
A great jigging rod that would pair with the Slammer III 4500 would be the Tsunami Slim Wave Rod 7' M or MH power, or also the†Jigging World Nexus Spinning Rod.

Submitted by: Austin Kearney on January 5, 2021

from NY asked:
October 29, 2020
Which size slammer is best for tuna jigging in the north east on a 6í xh rod ?
1 Answer
I would recommend the 6500, 40# of drag should suffice with 400+ yards of braid capacity.

If you think you need more stopping power or line capacity I would go up to the 8500

Submitted by: Alex T on October 29, 2020

from Grand Isle Louisiana asked:
October 25, 2020
Will the Penn Slammer 3 10500 pair well the the carnage 2  12í?
1 Answer
This would make quite the heavy duty set up, which would work fine if you're fishing with large baits for large gamefish or sharks
Submitted by: Alex T on October 27, 2020

from Connecticut asked:
May 6, 2020
Where is this reel manufactured?
1 Answer
Hello Bob,†

This reel is made overseas in China.†

Submitted by: B. Smith on May 11, 2020

from Delaware asked:
December 14, 2019
Best size slammer for a 9ft st croix mojo medium action.
1 Answer
For casting, I'd say the 4500. There is a significant jump in size and weight between the 4500 and 5500, which is worth keeping in mind when comparing.
Submitted by: Ryan on December 17, 2019

from Princess Anne Maryland asked:
November 17, 2019
Currently have a Star Rod Handcrafted 8-14 lb line 12 lb mono which in your opinion is a better Fit Slammer III 3500 or 4500 or maybe a Clash 4000 Thanks
1 Answer
We suggest going with the Clash 3000 or 4000. Both of them are lighter than the slammer and should hold more than enough line for you.
Submitted by: KRAIG FRIEDMAN on November 18, 2019

from Philadelphia asked:
June 12, 2019

i recently purchased a Penn Slammer III 4500.

im looking to pair it with 7' St Croix inshore rod or in fact any other rod?. what would you suggest for albies, blues, stripers bonitos?

1 Answer
Hi Sir! Thanks for the question! What you suggested would be a perfect fit for what you are fishing for.†
Submitted by: Christopher Riegel on July 1, 2019

from Woodbury NJ asked:
April 5, 2019
What model would pair best with a TVS66mh?


1 Answer
Depends on what you are fishing for, how much line you need, etc. Give us a call or chat us so we can help you with a few suggestions based on your application.
Submitted by: Rebecca Redington on April 8, 2019

Daniel Stephens
from Connecticut asked:
November 24, 2018
What is the spool diameter on the Slammer 3 7500 and 8500?
1 Answer
The spool diameter of the Slammer 3 7500 is 2.7 inches. The diameter of the Slammer 3 8500 is 3.0 inches.
Submitted by: Rebecca 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 Answer
The 5500 size reel is is basically like a 6000 size, It should be perfect for that style of fishing.
Submitted by: Ricky 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 Answer
The 4500 Slammer III will pair well with that rod.
Submitted by: Rebecca 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 Answer
sim e sim
Submitted by: Chris on August 20, 2018

Penn o
from Austraila,Brisbane asked:
June 10, 2018
Would a 2-4kg rod match well with the 3500
1 Answer
Yes that would work well.
Submitted by: Ricky 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 Answer
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.
Submitted by: Ricky 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? I‪m trying to decide between the 5500 and 6500.
1 Answer
I would recommend going with the 6500 for the line capacity and the drag.
Submitted by: Ricky 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 Answer
The Penn SLAIII4500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be a great reel to use with the Tsunami Airwave 9' rod.
Submitted by: Donald on April 25, 2018

Eddie Rosado
from Puerto rico asked:
April 16, 2018
Best slammer ll l for terramar 8' heavy rod
1 Answer
The Penn SLAIII5500 Slammer III Spinning Reel would be the best fit for the Teramar 8' H rod.
Submitted by: Donald 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 Answer
Either size would work, but the 5500 size would likely be the best fit for 40 lb braid to 60lb fluorocarbon applications.
Submitted by: Devon on April 20, 2018

from Stuart, FL asked:
April 9, 2018
What size Slammer would you recommend for tossing to dolphin?
1 Answer
The 5500 Slammer would be a good size reel fishing for dolphin. This reel has enough line capacity and durability your looking for.
Submitted by: Donald 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 Answer
The Shimano TZS72MHBLK Terez Spinning Rod Black would be a good match pairing it with the Slammer 6500 for offshore use.
Submitted by: Donald 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 Answer
The St Croix Mojo 12' would be a great rod to pair with the Pen Slammer 8500 for a overall great surf fishing experience.
Submitted by: Donald on March 21, 2018


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