Penn reels

The choice of the Penn multiplier coils is completely justified because the coils of this firm are strong, have a reasonable price, and the manufacturer provides service for the maintenance and repair of their products, even if it is a coil 30 or 40 years ago. Many anglers have a good opinion about Penn’s products, however, not everyone is able to independently choose a model that best suits their needs. This article is for them.

Choosing among some trolling multipliers Penn some specific model, the first thing you need to do is decide which “family” of coils it should belong to – “Level-wind” or “Conventional” (traditional multipliers). Both types of multipliers have both advantages and disadvantages.

The “Level wind” coils have a special mechanism that allows for super-level, “level” winding of the line, even in the case of winding with great effort. The scraper of these coils moves from side to side in front of the rotating spool, and in accordance with the rotation of the spool. The line is laid in even rows from side to side, its turns do not subsequently “fail”.

These coils have two significant advantages over Penn’s conventional multipliers.

Firstly, even laying of the line is carried out without the intervention of an angler. This quality is very useful if on board your boat you have inexperienced anglers who are not used to working with the multiplier. Such people can spoil everything, confusing the line, which is twice unpleasant when it happens during the disembarkation of a huge sea bass (English rockfish – Latin Sebastodes).

Secondly, such multipliers allow approximately to calculate the length of the released forest, which is important when trolling. Knowing how many forests are selected (or discharged) for one “cycle” of laying (about the side to the side of the spool), you can multiply this number by the number of cycles and get the total length of the etched wood.

Knowing the length of the released wood is useful when fishing for several rods, as well as if necessary to return the bait to the same distance from the boat after removing the fish or replacing the bait.

To the relative disadvantages of the multipliers Level Wind can be attributed to their great complexity, and therefore somewhat lower fault tolerance in critical situations and less wood consumption compared to traditional multipliers.

Multipliers of the traditional design Concerning the multipliers of the traditional design (Conventional), here we get a mirror image of the advantages and disadvantages of the Level Wind cartoons.

These coils have a simple design, a large amount of wood, they are simply repaired if necessary and practically not rejected, even in difficult fishing conditions. But these coils also have drawbacks. In order for the forest to fit neatly, we need experience, in inexperienced hands it is possible to “hammer” the spool without selecting the entire forest from the water.

Now that we have briefly discussed the merits and demerits of both types of Penn coils, we can begin a more detailed review.


Multipliers PENN LEVEL WIND The most popular model is Penn “309” and identical to Penn “209”. These reels are reliable and well suited to local conditions – Penn “309” – for “medium” and “heavy” trolling, and Penn “209” – for “light”. Look at the table at the end of the article, which shows some of the characteristics of these coils.

Among the other coils with the Level Wind forestry system, which are well suited for trolling, you can point to the latest carbon-fiber multipliers of the “Gti” series. The coils “320” and “330” in this series correspond to the dimensions and characteristics of the Penn “309” and Penn “209” coils.

The cartoon series “Gti” also have a high gear ratio, useful when you need to quickly wind up the forest, especially when it comes to replacing rigging, and not about fishing. Undoubtedly, when it comes to trolling with the use of significantly sailing rigs that create the effect of a water anchor or the emergence of large fish, such as a large and strong sea bass, it is more useful to have a coil with a lower gear ratio, since it will be more powerful.

Despite this, the multipliers of the 209/309 series and the 320 Gti / 330 Gti are well established and work well in most emerging situations, so they can be advised as a good choice of reliable and convenient.

Traditional multiples – PENN CONVENTIONAL REELS

Traditional multipliers are PENN CONVENTIONAL REELS. As for Penn’s traditional multiplier reels, we can recommend the four most suitable models: the simplest and undemanding “Long Beach” 60 and 65, or “Special Senator 3/0” and “49L Mariner” (now sold in the group ” Senator “).

Penn’s “Long Beach” coils are available in a series of five sizes, but only two “minor” versions – “60th” and “65th” – are popular. Thirty years ago Penn’s “Long Beach” cartoons were as popular as the “309’s” now. They were the “coils of choice” for trolling in those days among the fishermen of the Sheppik. These were truly “unmade” products. Light, powerful and cheap. The “65th” model differs from the “60th” only in a slightly wider spool, and therefore with more wood capacity, but I prefer the narrow 60-ki spool, and its capacity is quite sufficient.

Recently I heard that the captains of some charter fishing boats are moving from Penn “309” to traditional Penn “Senators” of the third number (3/0 size). The reason for this is most likely that recently it has become fashionable to catch on strongly sailing rigging, creating too much resistance for the “309”, as well as increasing trolling speeds. The power and draft effort of the “Senators” is undoubtedly higher, therefore, the above replacement of the gears has occurred.

Penn “Senator” – it seems, is the most famous series of marine multiplier coils, among all the multipliers in the world. Even people in Kansas who have never been to the sea, imagine, at least roughly, how they look – after all, such a coil was shown in the Jaws!

For catching in our conditions only the smallest of these coils are practically justified. The “older” species are too large and unjustifiably heavy for catching sea bass and other local fish.

Penn Multipliers Penn “Senator” model 112H is the third number (3/0-size) of the coil, which provides high-speed rewinding of the line. The brake system of these cartoons is more powerful, precision-working and more sensitive to tuning than the younger Penn models.

The standard handle is large enough to hold it in your hand. Most serious anglers in our places are quite happy with this coil. Some choose the “Senator” of the fourth number, but this decision can not be considered justified, since this coil is great for these places.

Its place is on trophy fishing Big-game. As for me, the permanent favorite for catching sea bass in the Bay, I consider “Senator” 3/0 with a standard gear ratio. The standard handle of this coil is a little too small, but it can be easily handled with it. But the coil itself is ideal for trolling. Unfortunately, the company removed this model from production. For myself, I bought one of the last, and it was in 1995.

Another coil of a well-known company, requiring consideration – 49L “Mariner”. This high-profile narrow-coiled reel is originally designed for trolling, and – deepwater, using steel or lead-trolling cords.

The “Mariner” model is very popular on the Great Lakes for catching steelhead salmon, which has to be found at a depth of 100-200 feet. Despite all of the above, this coil is suitable for our places, especially when the grouper prefers to stay where deeper. The coil has a narrow spool with sides of increased diameter. Undoubtedly, the Mariner is not a basic reel, and not a basic necessity, however, in the arsenal of a serious angler who prefers to catch trolling on thoughtful gear, she can find her place.

Before I finish the conversation about Penn’s trolling multipliers, I can not help but mention the new development of the engineers of this company – the carbon-fiber coils of the Penn “GS” series.

These coils are similar to the cartoons of the “Gti” series, but do not have the Level Wind forestry mechanism. Despite the fact that these are excellent coils, their gear ratio is too high (6: 1) for catching trolling in our places, although they are perfect for catching a pelamid.

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