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Penn Senator Trolling  Reels

Penn Senator Standard Trolling Reels

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Standard Trolling Series - Penn Senator Reels are the world's most powerful star drag reels -- rugged offshore workhorses that have amassed more IGFA big game world records than all other makes combined.

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2302.0:12989$399.95 USD
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Standard Trolling Series - Penn Senator Reels are the world's most powerful star drag reels -- rugged offshore workhorses that have amassed more IGFA big game world records than all other makes combined.
5 Stars based on 7 reviews
By victor jankowski
Howell Michigan
February 24, 2018
Fantasy Trip!
Ok it's been a very long winter, and I have not had the opportunity to actually confront the "Great White" that haunts our 26 acre pond here in Howell Michigan. Fantasy set aside...At first impression it appears to be made very well and extremely competent to handle anything that roams the Seven Seas, This coming summer (God Willing) I hopefully will be able to put it to a mighty test in the absolutely wonderful beaches of Panama City.
ProsFormidable and apparently powerful for the beast that dwells silently in the abyss, Or something like that...And a great talking piece when the fishing crews arrive to break bread and tell mighty tales of wooden ships and men made of iron...Or something like that...
ConsDon't know yet!
Wentzville MO
July 11, 2016
13ft 2inch Hammerhead Shark
1st time out caught a 13ft2inch Hammerhead shark from the beach on vacation.I took baits out by kayak about 450 yards, shark took another 400 yards on its 1st run.I had the star drag on full during that run.The reel heated up so hot that I had to dump water on reel and line...and it just sizzeled like bacon it really was unbelievable.I'm gonna buy another soon.I can't say enough great things about this reel.For land based shark fishing it's my 1st choice.Shark was tagged and released.
ProsLine capacity, reliability, big gearing, heavy duty construction and it's the reel from JAWS!!
By Nicholas
naples, FL
April 28, 2016
Trusty Workhorse
The 12/0 is beefy but manageable. I think the majority will be able to fish with this without having to be strapped in (depending on the rod you couple this with of course). Therefore making it perfect for grouper and/or shark fishing off a boat. It has enough drag to stop most 300-400 pound groupers from diving into the wrecks, but also holds enough line to accommodate the long runs taken by 10 foot + sharks (you won't have to anchor up to chase them down as often). The reel has few moving parts hence few points of failure. Basic maintenance will likely keep this reel catching fish for decades. 12/0's are what I usually fish with while on a boat and have had great success with them (largest grouper - give of take 500lbs / largest shark - 13ft). I like them so much I just bought another one.
By Jake
March 31, 2016
Great for Shark Fishing
This is my go to reel for land based shark fishing. This reel has served me well for many years, and I expect it to serve me well for many more to come.
ProsReliable Large line capacity
By Skip Harris
September 28, 2014
Great Big Gamefihing Reel
I own several of these reels in both this 14/0 and 18/0 for my Charter Boat Business and we use them pretty hard for cranking in big fish. They are very reliable, but if one does have a problem shipping it back to the Penn Factory for a rebuild has a very quick turn around time.
By Kyle
Big Pine Key, Florida
January 8, 2014
great reel
I love this reel. Smooth drag and lots of line capacity. I put it to the test against a big tiger shark and it held up great. I recommend ALL Penn Senator reels.
ProsSmooth drag and lots of line capacity.
ConsIt's a heavy reel which can make fighting a large fish from a standing position hard.
By Jason
South Pacific
March 21, 2013
Awesome Reel Penn Senator 117L
Awesome reel! Bought this reel to replace a smaller reel that wasn't quite up to speed for the fish in the south Pacific. But the Penn Senator 117 was up to the challenge right out of the box. On March 12, 2013, was the first day I used the reel for trolling and it caught 3 big Mahi Mahi and 3 big Wahoo (Ono) each wieghing between 25 and 40 pounds each. The reel was extremely smooth.
ProsEasy to set Drag Holds a ton of 130lbs Mono Good sturdy handle which makes it easy to reel
ConsThe reel is big and a bit heavy, but that does not detract from the value and experience.
6 Questions & 8 Answers
from Alabama asked:
January 3, 2019
What rod would be best for the 117l reel that tackle direct sells?
1 Answers
Depends on the type of fishing, either straight butt or bent butt. The TackleDirect Platinum Hook Conventional Standup Rods are a really good choice.
on January 7, 2019

from Alabama asked:
February 26, 2018
Made in the USA?
1 Answers
Yes, this reel is made in the U.S.
on March 2, 2018

from MA asked:
February 6, 2018
Is this reel right hand retrieve?
1 Answers
The Penn Senator Standard Trolling Reels crank from the right side.
on February 7, 2018

from Islamorada, Florida asked:
January 13, 2016
what sizes do are these reels? 12/0 14/0?
1 Answers
Yes, they are 12/0 for the 116 and 14/0 for the 117.
on January 14, 2016

Brian McKenna
from Whitman, Massachusetts asked:
August 12, 2012
How do you properly cast these reels? What type of line should be used?
2 Answers
These would not cast well.
Customer Service
on August 13, 2012
I put 1100 yards of 80lb mono on my 116L (12/0).
on August 26, 2014
from Big Pine Key, Florida

Doc Mike
from Boca Grande Fla asked:
April 30, 2012
Is this reel big enough for Goliath Grouper?
2 Answers
The reel has more that enough line capacity and with the low gear ratio will have plenty of pulling power to get them off the bottom.
Customer Service
on May 1, 2012
To answer your question (yes) just make sure you match the reel with a equaly heavy rod. Rod in Texas.
on July 20, 2012
from Texas


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