Penn Senator Trolling  Reels

Penn Senator Standard Trolling Reels

by Penn

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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TD Code
Mono Capacity
Braid Capacity
BearingsMax DragGear RatioLine Retrieve
2302.0:12989$399.95 USD
2351.6:129136$499.95 USD
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 12 reviews
By Kamaki
Quality made reel
February 14, 2021
Penn reels are well made. You can tell the people at Penn take pride in their products. Definitely would buy again however they last a lifetime of abuse.
By Torrance T.
September 20, 2020
Beautiful piece of machinery.
  • Love the new style handle.
  • None
By clayton
January 13, 2020
This reel is awsome for bottom fishing and trolling. holds up really well and has smooth reeling action.
By Van
Expensive but great reels
July 23, 2019
I have hundreds of hours on my Senators and they have never given me any problems. I have a bunch from the 80s too. Great reels.
By william
New Jersey
Nice to see made in the U.S.A again under Penn's name
March 26, 2019
We all Know Senators are true workhorse reels. we all know what they are capable of handling, and if you do not, just go and ask the old timers and they will tell you that Penn is the best. Nobody wanted to see the manufacturing moved to where quality is a secondary concern over price, and this rightfully annoyed a lot of loyal customers.
By victor j.
Howell Michigan
Fantasy Trip!
February 24, 2018
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.
  • Formidable 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...
  • Don't know yet!
Wentzville MO
13ft 2inch Hammerhead Shark
July 11, 2016
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.
  • Line capacity, reliability, big gearing, heavy duty construction and it's the reel from JAWS!!
By Nicholas
naples, FL
Trusty Workhorse
April 28, 2016
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
Great for Shark Fishing
March 31, 2016
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.
  • Reliable
  • Large line capacity
By Skip H.
Great Big Gamefihing Reel
September 28, 2014
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
great reel
January 8, 2014
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.
  • Smooth drag and lots of line capacity.
  • It's a heavy reel which can make fighting a large fish from a standing position hard.
By Jason
South Pacific
Awesome Reel Penn Senator 117L
March 21, 2013
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.
  • Easy to set Drag
  • Holds a ton of 130lbs Mono
  • Good sturdy handle which makes it easy to reel
  • The reel is big and a bit heavy, but that does not detract from the value and experience.
7 Questions & 9 Answers
from Alabama asked:
January 3, 2019
What rod would be best for the 117l reel that tackle direct sells?
1 Answer
Depends on the type of fishing, either straight butt or bent butt. The TackleDirect Platinum Hook Conventional Standup Rods are a really good choice.
Submitted by: Bernie on January 7, 2019

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

from Universal city,Texas asked:
March 27, 2021
Does anyone have any recommendations for an E-glass rod under 300 bucks compatible with the 12/0 or 14/0  with a large enough reel seat? I plan on doing some land based shark fishing and would prefer a rod in the 8-9 ft range without having to go custom if possible...thanks on any advice!
1 Answer
The Okuma Cedros A series rods would be a solid option at an affordable price point and would fit your reel choices. Only available it 6' or 6'6". 

Submitted by: William Larkin on March 29, 2021

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

from Islamorada, Florida asked:
January 13, 2016
what sizes do are these reels? 12/0 14/0?
1 Answer
Yes, they are 12/0 for the 116 and 14/0 for the 117.
Submitted by: David 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.
Submitted by: Customer Service on August 13, 2012
I put 1100 yards of 80lb mono on my 116L (12/0).
Submitted by: Kyle 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.
Submitted by: 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.
Submitted by: Rod on July 20, 2012 from Texas


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