Penn Spinfisher VI SSVI6500 Spinning Reel

Penn Spinfisher VI SSVI6500 Spinning Reel

by Penn

With the addition of Penn's CNC Gear Technology and IPX5 seals, the Spinfisher VI is a top contending spinning reel in its class.

Price: $229.95
Model
TD Code
DescriptionBearingsGear RatioMax DragMono Line CapacityBraided Line CapacityWeightPrice
SSVI6500
PEN-1678
Spinfisher VI 650065.6:130lb390yds/12lb
345yds/15lb
205yds/20lb
485yds/30lb
410yds/40lb
335yds/50lb
22.3oz$229.95 USD

The Spinfisher VI is the newest edition in a long line of Penn reels known for durability. The most recent Spinfisher boasts the same rigid full metal body and HT-100 Drag system that made the previous Spinfisher a top performer. What's new is that the Spinfisher VI has an improved water resistant rating, meaning its internal components are even less susceptible to damage from water intrusion, as well as the implementation of Penn's CNC Gear Technology, giving you ultra-precisely machined gears for unparalleled smoothness and durability. Penn has added two new models to the Spinfisher line-up with the 2500 size and bailless 4500 size, giving surf, inshore, and offshore anglers a Spinfisher VI that will fit any application imaginable. If you are looking for a highly durable, high performance spinning reel at an affordable price, the Spinfisher VI is the reel for you.

Key Features:

  • 5+1 Shielded Stainless Steel Bearing System
  • HT-100 Drag System for smooth, long lasting drag even at extreme drag pressures
  • CNC Gear Technology
  • Brass Pinion Gear on all models
  • Aluminum Main Gear (2500-5500)
  • Brass Main Gear (6500-10500)
  • Nylon Rotor (2500-5500)
  • Aluminum Rotor (6500-10500)
  • IPX5 Seal Rating (Highly Water Resistant)
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse
  • Interchangable Handle between left and right-hand retrieve
  • Bailless, Live Liner, and Long Cast models available in select sizes
5 Stars based on 61 reviews
By Whip
Savannah, GA
Reliable
July 31, 2022
Smooth drag and flawless performance, even better than the previous generation
By Joseph
Media, PA
WOW
July 28, 2022
This is a GRAND SLAM reel at this price point. The 4500 is a great multi-purpose size, enough to hoist double-digit fluke from the Shrews and handle hefty stripers off of Block Island. You can take it and jig bait fish with sabiki and immediately swap rigs for blues, trout, stripers, flounder. Typical bullet-proof Penn quality, Tackle Direct has outstanding retail level support as far as shipping, questions, etc...so don't hesitate to buy here!
Pros
  • great price
  • multi-functional
  • Penn Quality
By HUGH
Great Bay
Has been bulletproof
July 20, 2022
I am loving this reel for the back bays, I have caught fluke, bluefish, weakfish, sea robins, and even a giant snub nosed ray on this reel. The drag is great and it casts great when throwing metal at those toothy blue fish when you see the birds working the bait. Over all a great addition to the arsenal.
By Frank
Lords Valley, PA
Excellent for Large Striper
July 1, 2022
My wife bought me this for Christmas and I've caught several stripers on the surf with the 6500. Drag ran perfectly and reel is proving to be a tank!
Pros
  • Penn Quality
Cons
  • None
By Tom
James Island, SC
Penn Spinfisher
June 20, 2022
Awesome reels, a great reel to use at the jetties for Big Spot tails. I will also be using them for Tarpon soon. Overall a great reel that I paired with an Ugly Stick rod.
By Frank
Lords Valley, PA
Excellent Reel
June 7, 2022
I used this to pull in a few stripers this May on a 9' medium action rod. All were over 44". The fish were really hard on the reel. Ripped tons of line off through 15-20 minute fights on the surf. In the end we got everyone of them on the beach!
Pros
  • Smooth
  • Strong
  • Reliable
Cons
  • Not fully sealed
By Dan
ROCKPORT, MA
Nice and Smooth
May 11, 2022
I'm really enjoying this reel on my 9' St. Croix Mojo Surf and it's been great over the past 3 seasons. I've landed some nice slot sized Stripers here in the North East and it has handled larger fish well. This is my first bailless reel and it's working well for me. Can't beat the price point when comparing to other bailless reel brands!
Pros
  • Smooth
Cons
  • None so far
By William
Georgia
good:)))))))))))
May 11, 2022
i really lke so much
Pros
  • soo good not bad
Cons
  • me reallylikeso no cons
By Ron D.
Staten Island, NY
Great Reel for Surf-Casting Lures
May 10, 2022
I bought this reel on the recommendation of an experienced surf-caster who uses it to throw lures for stripers and blues. I load it with 30-lb. PowerPro and have taken it out on a few trips. It's paired with a 9' Tica Dolphin Surf, I also purchased here. Though I've not caught fish yet, the reel is very high quality for a good price and is well suited to the task.
Pros
  • Light, sealed system, good quality (the protestations of those who rag on Penn notwithstanding).
Cons
  • No spare spools for the IV series! Only the V. If you want to have spare spools, get the V.
By Philip
Nj
The best ever
February 7, 2022
Strong a life time of fishing with this one
Pros
  • Smooth and strong
Cons
  • Needing a bigger handle
By Ernest
Monkton, MD
Super solid reel
January 24, 2022
Wonderful reel. Has stood up to summers jigging for rockfish and winters catching jacks, bonnetheads etc
By Chris
Swansea, MA
slammer 9500
January 22, 2022
i got a 9500 to go target bluefin tuna.
i used 100lb power pro maxquatto, it took 500 yards of the stuf with dacron backing

the last model had the slammer drag in it, i wish this one did too, but the ht100 had no problems pulling in a rec size tuna. the handle is also comfortable
Pros
  • price point for these reels is great.
Cons
  • they are a little heavy, but there is a model for everything you could need.
By Tommy
Georgetown, DE
Best baitrunner
January 15, 2022
Best bait runner style reel love it
By Steven
WA
Solid product
December 7, 2021
Casting is awesome and with large line capacity I target large fish with it.
By Tony S.
Louisville KY
Great Reel
September 6, 2021
Needed a saltwater reel to bounce jigs and jerk baits off of the rocks and pier. This was the ticket.
2 Questions & 2 Answers
Jeff Malany
from cape coral fl asked:
March 22, 2019
what is the best  rod for the reel
1 Answer
A good all around rod would be a 7' 6" mh to heavy fast action, it really depends on the technique and what you're fishing for. 
Submitted by: Bernie De Graaf on March 28, 2019

Thomas Vihtelic
from Cassopolis, Michigan asked:
February 19, 2020
Will this reel pair well with an UglyStik BigWater XH 5'6" rod (80-130 lb line) for offshore fishing?
1 Answer
If you are talking about the an Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning rod that has an 80-130lb line rating the 6500 or larger Spinfisher VI would pair up well.
Submitted by: Brian on March 9, 2020

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