Penn Spinfisher V SSV8500LL Spinning Reel

Penn Spinfisher V SSV8500LL Spinning Reel

by Penn
Price: $199.95
TD Code
DescriptionMono Capacity (yds/lb)Braid Capacity (yds/lb)BearingsMax Drag
Gear RatioLine Retrieve
Spinfisher 8500LL440/20
5+1354.1:14232.2$199.95 USD
A more advanced edition of the Spinfisher series reels. The Spinfisher V Series spinning reels are made with Penn's new Water Tight Design which protects the reel from saltwater making its way into the gearbox or drag system. The Spinfisher V Series reels have many improved features such as the rubber gasket that keeps superline from slipping. Another great feature is the line capacity rings, so you will always know how much line is left during a tough angling fight.

More Features:
  • New thicker heavy duty aluminum bail wire adds strength and durability
  • 5 Shielded stainless steel bearing system
  • Infinite anti-reverse (back up ratchet on 7500-10500 sizes)
  • Friction trip ramp prevents premature bail trip when casting
  • Stainless steel mainshaft and alloy main gear
  • Triple-supported and oversized stainless steel mainshaft on 9500 and 10500 models
  • Enhanced gear ratios on smaller sizes
4.5 Stars based on 252 reviews
By Ken
Bonita Springs, Florida--Oak Forest, I.
Fantastic Produict
January 27, 2019
I have researched saltwater spinning reels in detail.
When I came upon the 6500 bail less by Penn, there was no further searching. I'm skeptical of other's comments, but there were so many 5 *s, I thought I'd give it a try. Best thing I did. We live in Bonita Springs, Fl. most of the year. This reel is so great. The bail less is the greatest. I took a few casts to familiarize my self with, the technique. But boy it is effortless. What's the first thing to break on a traditional spinning reel? The bail spring, right? Well at least for me. No Bail, no spring .No problem. Highly recommend the bail less model..
ProsSee above
ConsNone yet.
By Joseph
bay shore, NY
Good enough
May 23, 2020
Good enough for my local dock hopping for tog or blues/bass but it feels very geary and not smooth. I still enjoy it because it holds a good amount of line has good drag and casts great.
ProsSpool size
ConsIssues while jigging and hooking up, handle spins backwards and have to get slack to fix it.. has happened to me and a friends
By Matthew
Clearwater, FL
Great reel for a variety of purposes
May 19, 2020
Surprising power in a live liner. Have pulled in some mackerel, grouper, snapper and mahi with this reel.
ProsStrong with serious backbone Live liner Smooth action
ConsVery quiet clicker on the live liner...if any noice is around you won?t hear it running out.
By Tom
New Jersey
Heavy Duty
April 7, 2020
While this is shore a workhorse of a reel, it is a big girl and can be cumbersome compare to some slightly more expensive alternatives in class, I use the 10500 for jigging for tuna.
By Sean
Hacienda Hts, CA
Great, but...
March 29, 2020
It’s a solid reel with quality parts. I do have one complaint with the live line feature. I was hoping that the live sardine could swim out using the bottom drag. I was using 50lb braid and with the complete free setting the sardine was not able to do so. I had to open the bail for the sardine to swim out. I did still caught a few yellow fin tuna but it didn’t work the way I expected it work. I had no problem reeled in the tunas thou.
ProsSolid reel with quality components
ConsLive liner feature didn?t work as expected.
By Joey
South Jersey, new jersey
Great reel
March 24, 2020
Had the opportunity to use the 5500 series reel fighting 100+ pound tarpon and it held up great. Perfect size for the job. Also used for stripers off the Jersey shore and has held up great through the years.
By Alan
Chesapeake Bay, MD
Best chunk/live bait fishing reel EVER!
March 23, 2020
I fish for Rock Fish (aka Striped Bass) in the Chesapeake Bay and have great success using the Penn Spinfisher 4500LL. The "LL" stands for live lining and means I can set my baits out, flip the live liner switch and sit back waiting for the line to scream off the reel. As soon as you turn the reel handle once, the drag kicks in to where you have it set and you fight the fish. no more adjusting the drag when there's a fish on the line, means more fish in the boat!
By Andrew
I hate the bail-less
February 5, 2020
I thought that it was a cool idea so I had gotten the bail-less model. I've got to tell you, I wish I could change that decision. The reel itself is a very good quality. It stood up to a decent stingray, and hasn't tarnished at all since my saltwater trip. The problem comes when I'm casting. At times the line will find it way into the arm and snap the cast short. My motto for the trip had become "son of a bail-less b****" whenever it snapped the cast short.
Prosgood quality Smooth drag Smooth reeling
Conscasting with the bail-less model is very fraustrating
By Chuck D.
Clayton, NC
6500LL is a beast!
September 13, 2019
Very powerful reel, can wrestle any critter out of the ocean I'm sure. LL feature is cool, works better off a pier than in rough surf.
By Alex
Lusby, Maryland
Decent pier reel
July 21, 2019
It’s a pretty good reel for pier fishing for stripers, croaker and bluefish. I’ve also handled some pretty big rays and it did a nice job. It’s super easy to self service too.
By Kweeks10045
Dallas, TX
Solid, tough, all Penn
July 14, 2019
I’ve got my 6500BLS mounted on a 7’ Allegiance II heavy rod with 40lb braid. Although this reel is typically used for surf fishing, it really works well when throwing heavy lures from a boat. Having the bail trip when slinging a 2-5oz lure can get pretty expensive when they fly 100 yards after breaking off. The bailless design takes a little getting used to, but when you do, it’s great. This reel is solid! For jack Crevalle, Bonita, Mahi-mahi, and even red snapper, it’s really a workhorse, especially for the price!
ProsTough and excellent value!
ConsSlightly heavy, but really not much of a con when you consider the durability
By Matthew
Fort Worth, TX
Great Reel
June 5, 2019
Exceptional reel, its heavy but is a workhorse never had any problems with any of my Spinfisher reels
By Ricky
SSV 6500 LL
June 4, 2019
The 6500 LL version of the Spinfisher is a good size for the boat/beach combo. I can plug the jetty for hours and also launch lures from the beach. The weight is a bit heavy but not so much that it wears you out after hours of casting and retrieving. The 39" retrieve is respectable and very smooth. Take care of your Penn gear with basic maintenance.

I got a new Spinfisher 6500LL because it was on clearance and the live line feature is great. I use it in place of my old 7500SS but that reel in still in service.

Side note --- Penn offers overhaul/cleaning/lubrication services for pretty cheap. Check local shops as some of them are authorized Penn service centers.

Fisherman's HQ in Ship Bottom, NJ can usually fix a wide scope of Penn reels. Maintenance helps the reel last long and stay in fighting shape. I have an old 7500SS that is 20 years old and performs like it's brand new.
Proslive line feature, sizes to choose from
El mejor reel spinning de Penn
April 22, 2019
La calidad del producto es exelente. No se equivoquen este reel es una herramienta de trabajo , lastima que no compre el 4500LL cuando estaba disponible
ProsSellado, todo en metal , mucho drag (20lb), balanceado
ConsEl costo pero el que quiere algo bueno paga
By Otter
Spinfisher 4500
April 12, 2019
Great reel for the price, smooth, very durable. Good for stripers.
Prossmooth good drag durable
Consa little heavy
6 Questions & 6 Answers
from cincinnati, OH asked:
May 17, 2017
Would a 7ft MH or H penn carnage II boat rod balance this reel
1 Answer
The 7' H Carnage Boat rod would best match and balance the Spinfisher 8500.
Submitted by: Donald on May 18, 2017

from New Zealand asked:
September 6, 2016
I hear there was some design issues about the Live liner system a year or so ago but I hear this has been fixed for this years models was wondering if anyone has any comments.
1 Answer
The reviews for the LL have been great for this years models.
Submitted by: Donald on September 6, 2016

Kevin Lin
from Florida asked:
August 17, 2016
Which model tsunami airwave elite braid spinning rod would suit this reel well. I will be using it at a pier and would prefer it to be 7-9 foot long
1 Answer
The 8ft Tsunami would go well fishing on the pier.
Submitted by: Donald on August 18, 2016

David Wright
from phx, az asked:
December 11, 2014
SSV8500LL - Looking for a 6-7.5 ft boat rod to balance off the large spinning reel. Want a strong stiff base with a medium light tip. Price is an issue
1 Answer
We recommend the 6'5 Penn Bluewater Carnage Pen-0990
Submitted by: Customer Service on December 11, 2014

John Lee
from Alabama asked:
August 30, 2014
What st croix surf rod would you recommend for this 8500 ll? Also what jigging/ boat rod would pair well with this?
1 Answer
For Surf rods, we suggest going with the SCR-1159 11' rated 3-8 oz. or the SCR-1160 12' rated 6-16 oz. They are large enough to handle the reel. As for a jigging rod, look at OKM-0215 or the OKM-0215.
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 1, 2014

from Worcester, MA asked:
June 11, 2013
What does LL in SSV8500LL stand for? Do the 7500 + models have infinite anti-reverse?
1 Answer
They all have an infinite anti reverse. The LL stands for Live Liner which is a secondary drag system that is used when fishing dead or live bait. The LL is available in 4500 6500 and 8500 sizes.
Submitted by: Customer Service on June 26, 2013


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