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Old 01-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default penn 712Z input

any one have any input on if this is a good reel or not?

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Old 01-11-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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Doodoo! Old schoolers dont even try to defend a comparison between a modern reel and a z series Penn! Thats all... The only thing its got going for them is ht 100 drag washers.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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I respectfully disagree:

If you like the look and feel of vintage reels, this is a great light-medium tackle option. I just restored a Penn 705 Spinfisher, and I turn the handle on it every time I walk by just to hear the click. They're simple reels with few disposable parts, have real metal gears, tight tolerances and are virtually bullet-proof with a small amount of care. Parts are still available for these, although in decline, and if you get it, I'll clean it for nothing just to keep it going.

That said, I would have to agree with Neki on comparisons: If you look at a similar sized contemporary reel like a Shimano Stradic or even some less expensive options, there is no comparison.

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