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Old 02-18-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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I was curious if anyone had experienced with the PENN 525 Mag? If so, what do you think about it. I know that it got replaced with the Squall.

Can the 525 Mag be used as surf fishing?
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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The 525mag was designed specifically for surf fishing. They are excellent casting reels. Ive owned one along with the regular 525gs reels and think highly of them both.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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What about the line capacity? I currently have the DAIWA Sealine SL30SH.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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The 525 is rated to 275yds of 15lb mono. I have two 525s (non mags) and have 300yds of 16lb high seas black widow on one and 220yds of 20lb Ande on the other.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:00 PM   #5
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I've got a 525 Mag if you'd like to try it. If you like it I'll make you a deal. It's freshly rebuilt and rocket fast. I was an Ambassadeur guy, but like the more substantial feel of the 525. It's all Chris' fault. The Okuma Contoura is less popular and out of production, but another very similar reel. I've got one of those you can try as well. Check out the new Penn Squall 12, too. That's the direction I'm going.
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The 525s can be bullied and beat up. No real worries of a scratch or any crap like that
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:44 PM   #7
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The mags are great for surf fishing. I can also attest to the new squalls, I own two of them. the 15 and the 40. The 40 is killer for bottom fishing. Have personally tackled a 65lb red drum and a 75lb amberjack on it. She hasnt seen deep dropping yet but its only a matter of time. I use the 15 for flounder, tog, sheeps, striper and sea bass, really anything smaller game. Great reels and they do cast. The versa handle system is great too when you are taking on big amberjack, gives you leverage to be able to put the pressure on. Matched up to a torque jigging rod, mine has cuts in the foregrip from the braid digging in... Good luck and definitely check them out
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So, what is the difference between the Mag and the GS version? Which would you prefer for a casting capability? As much as I would consider an Abu, but I would be more conservative yet want it to be reliable...
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The mags are great for surf fishing. I can also attest to the new squalls, I own two of them. the 15 and the 40. The 40 is killer for bottom fishing. Have personally tackled a 65lb red drum and a 75lb amberjack on it. She hasnt seen deep dropping yet but its only a matter of time. I use the 15 for flounder, tog, sheeps, striper and sea bass, really anything smaller game. Great reels and they do cast. The versa handle system is great too when you are taking on big amberjack, gives you leverage to be able to put the pressure on. Matched up to a torque jigging rod, mine has cuts in the foregrip from the braid digging in... Good luck and definitely check them out
Togs? there is Togs here in Florida? I guess I need to find them...used to fish for them quite a bit up north. Especially stripers....
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The mag was technically in the GS series. It is just a 525gs with a magnetic braking system added whereas the regular 525gs just has a centrifugal brake.
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