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Penn Z Series Spinning Reels

Penn Z Series Spinning Reels

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Two models of Penn's Z Series Spinning Reels are back by popular demand: 704Z and a bail-less 706Z.

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Mono Cap. (yds/lb)Braid Cap. (yds/lb)BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine RetrieveWeightPrice
115 lbs3.8:130 in23.5 oz$199.95 USD
315 lbs3.8:133 in22.8 oz$199.95 USD
Penn Z Series Spinning Reels are back by popular demand: 704Z and a bail-less 706Z. No updates or changes have been made so that parts will be interchangeable with older models still being fished. Z Series reels are made in the USA at Penn's plant in Philadelphia.

  • Full Metal Body with graphite sideplate
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Machine cut brass main gear with stainless steel pinion gear
  • Machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • 1 Shielded stainless steel ball bearing
706Z, Bail-less model
  • Full Metal Body with graphite sideplate
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • Machine cut brass main gear with stainless steel pinion gear
  • Machined and anodized aluminum spool
  • 3 Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
4.5 Stars based on 20 reviews
By Frank;
November 8, 2018
Amazing in it's price range. And Tackle Direct is considerably easier to get gear from than the snobs in some of the local tackle shops.
Most consider it a poor man's Van Staal. I wouldn't purposely dunk it, but I've had to on occasion. ( I underestimated the depth of the water during a short walk between rocks.) A little preventative maintenance is all you really need, along with possibly a bi yearly degreasing' cleaning and re-greasing of the cavity.It's a great first bailess reel for someone learning the technique. It pairs great with a rod from 9 to 11 feet. And is not so heavy to make it a real wrist killer. Most of my fishing situations require a lot of power to turn a fish from deep heavy currents. I've had no problems in it's first few sessions in the surf, jettisoned or canals in the Northeast.

Just don't try swimming with it.

ProsPrice point is good. Weight is ok.
ConsComes under greased from the factory. Needs instant modification if you plan on having it last.
By Jessie
waldwick, nj
June 20, 2018
Oh my God it's finally back.
When they discontinued this reel i had a fit. I have an older one and this thing is a time proven work of art.
Prosstill have my 2 older ones fro 10+ years ago. Require no maintenance. just keep on going. Sand, no problem. Dirt? no problem. Saltwater? no problem.
Conswish it was as cheap as the older models, but the must have updated it.
By Jason
Centereach, Ny
July 8, 2016
Time proven
And old classic time proven reel returns. Why Penn stopped production on these reels is beyond me.
ProsDurable and easy to maintain.
ConsNot sealed in any way.
By Viktor Jankowski
Howell MI.
July 1, 2016
Welcome Back!
Well! Well! Look who the cat dragged in! A blast from the past has returned (by popular demand) to the surf fishing scene. Penn recently has re-introduced the 704Z AND 706Z. And I for one. just had to have it in my most modest collection. Upon arrival, took it out for some light bass fishing and had some minor success. The Penn functioned perfectly and completed the job it was designed for. This test was only an introduction to the reel and not a torture test. Only time (and use) will prove the longevity of the 706Z. As for now...All I can say is...I really like it!
Pros(1) Reasonable price. (2) Brass and stainless steel worm gear drive. (3) Modern metallurgy, mostly metal construction. (4) Simple repair and maintenance. Great Penn Service. Please Note: I am just a simple fisherman, that no one ever heard of. No gain for me in anyway for statements made.
Cons(1) This following is not really a Con...Use this reel for what it was made for. Forget 600 pound Groupers. Like Dirty Harry once said. "Every man must know his limitations..." And every reel has it's limitations. This is one of those reels. Enjoy and use it for what it was made for. (2) The finish on the reel could stand some improvement. At least mine could...
By Haythum
June 26, 2016
Awesome real
awesome real still made in the USA great value and tough.
By Bruce Ross
May 13, 2016
Great old school reel simple,durable and still one of the best!!
I actually used 40b power pro braid on this reel:no wind knots,casts very well I think Penn might have actually improved on the gear quality Reel is smooth,tight and powerful An old friend returns,kudos to Penn for bringing the 704Z back!!
ProsSimple,durable excellent drag,good caster
ConsCan not think of anything Oh,I,am sure they could have altered the reel with more ball-bearings,etc Reel is great the way it is
By Mike
Long Beach, NY
March 21, 2016
Excellent surf reel
The 706 is a tried and true spinning reel. Maintenance is as simple as anyone can hope for. I have this spooled with 40# powerpro, on a 10.6 St Croix Legend, and it casts a mile. Priced perfectly and delivered quick.
ProsMaintenance, price point
ConsA little grinding on spool edge when dunked in sandy water
By Ken
Morehead City, NC
March 21, 2016
Time tested reliability in tough environments
Simple no frills durability with a classy Penn look
ProsSimple and heavy weight for beach use
ConsIt is heavy
By william griffenburg
March 20, 2016
Penn Z series never disappoints
same great qualities as the older model. the first bail-less reel purchased, still adjusting.
By Steve Ungaro
Southeast Pennsylvania
March 20, 2016
Solid "old school" Penn craftmanship
Great action with big fish
ProsSmooth bearing action Solid all metal construction
By Eugenia
Pozzuoli, Italy
May 20, 2015
It is a very durable reel
My Penn 706Z Series reel is a very durable fishing reel, I have drilled it to make sand flush out and I have been using it for 15 years and it is still going strong. If I ever need new parts, they are available now that there is a new release of the 706z. I love mine and you will love yours!
By Db
new york, NY
May 11, 2015
I got inyo thiss reel after I saw john skinners video.
after an year of use.
I found lots of solud feeling of tye reel.
I know it is heavier than vam staal. But feels more solid.
By Margaret
Poughkeepsie, NY
April 18, 2015
Great back then, great now.
I had this reel twenty years ago, and now I have one again and it's still my favorite reel. I have it paired with an 11 foot lamiglas and I have caught a lot of big bass and blues!
By Alex
Solomons, Maryland
April 2, 2015
Ultimate dependable reel!
This reel is the most dependable reel under $500. If I ever have a problem, it is so easy to take apart and repair! Packed with grease, I can fish it totally submerged for hours.
By Db
new york, NY
March 17, 2015
classic surf reel
Z series I owned is sbiut 30-40 years old. This one came out I loved to buy the new one again.
it looks exactly same but feels mire smooth.
surf king's return..
9 Questions & 9 Answers
from St. Augustine asked:
November 18, 2017
I apologize for asking a question on this reel, but can anyone tell me what reel this is and where I can buy another one? I attached an image of the reel I am talking about.
1 Answers
I can't really see the writing on the reel but you can call us @1-888-354-7335 to see if we can identify this reel for you.
on November 20, 2017

Joseph Piduch
from New Jersey asked:
January 8, 2019
Do you sell the bail-less kit for the 704z?
1 Answers
Unfortunately we do not.
on January 9, 2019

William Ammon
from Blairsville Pa. asked:
November 4, 2018
I just got the 706Z . should I fill up with marine grade grease before taking surf fishing this weekend.
1 Answers
You don't have to but it is also a good idea.
on November 6, 2018

from Yaphank, New York asked:
August 13, 2015
In the photograph of the spool I noticed that there is no black rubber gasket but rather that the spool is smooth. How does this affect the use of braid line. Will the braid slip? Does the spool require a backing of some sort and if so what should be used and how much?
1 Answers
Hello Jim. It is indeed smooth. To make it work with braid, all you would need to do is add a small amount of mono line to give it grip. You could also use a layer of electrical tape which would also make the braid go on perfectly.
on August 14, 2015

from Abu Dhabi asked:
July 29, 2014
hi, dose the bail less will effect my casting distance?specially that i never use to it but i really want. please advise.Tanks
1 Answers
The bail less will not affect your casting distance. It may take a few hours to get used to though. You will need to "educate" your finger to catch the line at the end of your cast and place it on the line roller.
Customer Service
on July 29, 2014

from Miami asked:
May 30, 2014
Why go ball-less?
1 Answers
Fewer parts that get in the way and can break. Very easy to get used to. Once you go bailless, you will never go back.
Customer Service
on May 30, 2014

from bronx n.y asked:
February 18, 2014
which one is better?? 704Z or 706Z .... and why??
1 Answers
The 706Z is a bail-less model. The 706Z is also a little larger in size to hold more line. The 704Z is the bailed model and is a little lighter in weight. Both reels have the same drag rating.
Customer Service
on February 19, 2014

from CT asked:
October 15, 2013
Any lefty options available for either model?
1 Answers
From the information we have been given so far pertaining to the new release of the Penn Z series there is no left hand model available as of now. So far, we have not been given further information from Penn as to whether or not there are going to be left handed models.
Customer Service
on October 19, 2013

from Atlanta GA asked:
October 7, 2013
Whats a good pole for the 706Z reel I fish from a pier
1 Answers
The Penn Prevail 9' is a good rod to match with the 706z. It's a light rod and has the length to give you good casting distance but it isn't too long to lose its functionality while fishing from a pier.
Customer Service
on October 8, 2013


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