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Old 06-27-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Evidently a couple years ago I bought a Penn Battle 6000 and shelved it. I found it this afternoon when cleaning new in box.

What are y'all's thoughts of the Battle vs Spinfisher V?

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Old 06-27-2014, 11:25 PM   #2
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I have the 3000 for inshore fishing for reds and big trout and love it. Also have the spin fisher 6500 and it's a great king rod
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:32 PM   #3
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I like the penn battles for two reasons. First they get the job done and second they are cheap. We have caught several yf's lately using battles and they had no problems with the long runs. The drags stayed smooth though out the day. Did I say they don't cost a arm and leg.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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I've had both in the 8500 size. Both are very solid reels! I prefer the spinfisher v since it has more power and I believe a little more line capacity. I've been able to catch bull reds on both with easy even though I only caught one on the battle. I had 2 8500 spin fishers and didn't need another that size since I only bought it to help out a friend but I would of been more than happy to fish with it as my main gear if I didn't have the spin fishers.
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I've got a Battle 3000 and I was wondering if anyone else has had issues with wind knots? I bought the reel used and don't know how long the braid has been on it, but I figured I'd throw it out to the group. Thanks, GT
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I've a Battle 5000, it has already thrown the anti-reverse bushing spring once, thus locking up the cup/housing.
Otherwise it has performed quite well on some nice fish, e.g. 30#+ Bull Reds & Big Uglies, but that one malfunction has me leery of it.

I'll stick with my collection of older 'Made in the USA' Penn SS Spinfishers.
I just bought a nice 4500ss to add to my collection.

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I've got a Battle 3000 and I was wondering if anyone else has had issues with wind knots? I bought the reel used and don't know how long the braid has been on it, but I figured I'd throw it out to the group. Thanks, GT
Wind knots aren't the fault of the reel/spool.
Its the nature of the beast with thin/light braids, especially casting into the wind.
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:19 PM   #7
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I have five battles, three 3000s and two 4000s. I like them a lot. The drags have been great and they'e still very smooth on the retrieve. For 100 bucks it is hard to go wrong. I would definitely say the spinfisher is a tougher reel, fairly well sealed with a heavier drag system, but it is going to run you a little more per model and is slightly heavier. I have a few of them as well. Conflicts and Torques too.

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Old 06-28-2014, 02:42 PM   #8
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Yeah, I have a Battle 6000 and it's great.

While Chris is right, if you take care of a Battle it will last you a while...that is, don't dunk it, etc.



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I have a 7500 and 8500 Battle. Used the 8500 for the last year and a half jigging and bottom fishing. Put it thru a bunch of tough AJ's & Sharks and still going strong.
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I just bought a Battle 5000 and it performed well in the Gulf as well as the bay. It makes for a perfect flat line reel with the stock 15lbs. mono it has on it. I may respool it with some heavier braid and see how it handles bottom fishing, but for now, it fulfills my purpose nicely.
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