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Old 07-07-2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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Okay, I was taught to have some faith in Penn products. In the past few years I have had several medium-heavy & medium Penn rods snap my braided line due to damaged eyes. The eyelets have chipped and sharp insides or the inner ring just comes out. This has happened with 3 different models ($50-$75 range) and I am really tired of repairing them at Half Hitch. The best part is that it usually happens when there is a bigger fish on.

What happened to Penn quality? The only Penn rods I trust are my 15 year old Slammers ($100 at the time) and Senator series with all rollers.

Any advise on reliable brands/models for bottom fishing in the 100-200 foot depth. I use braid.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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I don't think the older Slammers were made to use braid. I have a few and noticed there are two diff sets of eyes. The one with the eye inserts that has the thin metal band around them are prone to have problems. Look for the ones with solid eyes. I'm sure the heat/friction with braid along with corrosion and normal wear and tear plays a big part. I found some combo deals years ago and still using them today with some eye replacements so I can't say anything bad about them. I'm guessing I have them for about 10yrs and I'm not that easy on them. Also the last 2 years I switched two of them over to braid and use one alot for jigging. I feel I deffinetly got my moneys worth out of them.
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I have one Penn with eyelets and have never had that problem. I've had a G. Loomis and St. Croix break eyelets and cut line, but that was from somebody cramming them into the rod box.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:24 PM   #4
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I personally have always used penn reels. They may sometimes be a little eexpensive, but i really have never had any major problems with them.
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i bought 2 330 with rods, 3 more peens 2 spin combos, eyes fell out of one on way home others came out in boat ride or 1st fish gave or sold every one i had. took one new rod i hadnt used yet took pinky finger pushed every eye off, juny, made in china, high dollar reels still good. if u notice they have braced all newer eyes on newer rods, but cerminic still falls out. ugly stick made in china havent had any eyes come off one of those. i bought all shimano tld 15,s and 20,s to replace them junkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk cheap penn rods
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Okay, I was taught to have some faith in Penn products. In the past few years I have had several medium-heavy & medium Penn rods snap my braided line due to damaged eyes. The eyelets have chipped and sharp insides or the inner ring just comes out. This has happened with 3 different models ($50-$75 range) and I am really tired of repairing them at Half Hitch. The best part is that it usually happens when there is a bigger fish on.

What happened to Penn quality? The only Penn rods I trust are my 15 year old Slammers ($100 at the time) and Senator series with all rollers.

Any advise on reliable brands/models for bottom fishing in the 100-200 foot depth. I use braid.

Thanks

Same here with the Slammers.

Won't buy another of those, but I LOVE the Penn Torque Jigging series. Sensitive and powerful. The Ugly Stik is hard to beat on a bang-for-the-buck basis.
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I have a 9' Penn I use for surf fishing... within the first 2 months, the grip came off. Within a year two guides had to be replaced. Wasn't too pleased with the last Penn reel I bought either; only lasted one season. (I clean my equipment after every outing) I switched to Shimano and won't be going back. The reels I picked up are SUPER smooth and the drag on both work flawlessly (almost 2 years old now)
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