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View Poll Results: Reels. Shimano Vs Penn Which manufacturer do you prefer for reels?
Shimano 73 40.33%
PENN 69 38.12%
No preference I like both 36 19.89%
No preference i like neither 3 1.66%
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:18 PM
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Hey Zim,

Was looking at those fingers of yours. Looks like someone has taken a hammer
to them or is that some sort pf torture you practice...

Zing...

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Old 05-18-2008, 11:43 AM
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yea, my wife commented i shoulda held it up with other hand (or not taken a pic at all with that dink) got hurt at work week before and all three fingers were like that. aint livin till ya crush the digits!



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I have a Penn and a Shimano......the Penn seems more reliable and like it will last longer.....a workhorse as some call it. But at the same time, the shimano is a lot "smoother".....smoother drag, smoother operation.

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shimano is definately a smoother reel but the penns are are the gm of the sea. penns are easy to clean, easy to tune-up and relatively easy to get parts for(at least around this way). anyway, found you guys a few months ago and this is by far the best fishing site around.
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Hey Zim,

Was looking at those fingers of yours. Looks like someone has taken a hammer
to them or is that some sort pf torture you practice...

Zing...

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It's black nail polish - Didn't you know Zim is Emo/Goth ?
The saltwater spray washed off the black eye makeup and tiny black tears

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I own a baitrunner and two spheros, love them! My vote is for shimano!
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I only wish I was gonna be around 50 years from now. I would like to see just which reel was still around and still fishing - the Penn or the Shimano.
My money is on the Penn.
I fish most every day with a Penn squidder made before WW2 that belonged to my Dad.

OH the Bass taken with that reel.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:45 AM
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Penn and Shimano both super reels reliable, cost effective,
the Okuma is pulling in there at a close 3rd....at a better price also.

Van Staal If youre giving it away I will take it otherwise I wouldnt buy it....even if I had the cash!!!!........
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I couldn't vote, there are too many unmentioned variables to take into consideration

Depend a LOT on the Penn, some are great like the Greenies and Z's and some are crap like a lot of the new made in China models.

The exact same can be said for Shimano, the low end reels are real trash and will be lucky to be in one piece at the end of their first season in the surf while the higher end stuff can be pretty nice and will last for years (just try not to dunk em too much)
What are the better models of Penn and Shimano? We won't need to mention the models that don't make the cut. I have, and like my Shimano 4500 and it sounds like the 3500, 4500, 6500's are all good.
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Van Staal If youre giving it away I will take it otherwise I wouldnt buy it....even if I had the cash!!!!
After you fished one for a while Phil and everything else thats out there you might just change your mind.
There is no comparison to the Vs and the Zees. Maybe the stella . All of the other spinning reels for surfcasting is either ancient with possible issues or inferior in some way.
Otherwise the only option IMHO is the 704Z or 706 - good plugging reels for a 10 or 11 foot rod.
The Quantum Cabo PT 50 is a nice reel for plugging 9 foot rod.
Other guys love Daiwa. The only Daiwa spinning reel I've owned is the emblem pro. A pretty nice reel for distance.

The only ones you can dunk really are the VS and Zs and other modified reels like the z series.
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I just bought a new Penn Sargus 6000. Was only $85....I know they say that you get what you pay for....but for 85 bucks this seems like a great reel.
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keep us posted about the sargus reel as we have not evaluated the new penn. that handle worries me as i can bet it is cast aluminum and not solid. take off the bail knob and what is the bushing made out of? brass i am betting.



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Default Re: REELS? PENN Vs Shimano

I'll let ya know as soon as I use it some more....never fought a fish on it yet but the drag seems pretty good so far.....

and I'm assuming it's brass as well but I'm not too sure...I'll let ya know when i find out
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so rick, you already have a shimano baitrunner(s) and you seem to like them awfully well as your plug (which i have yet to test) is currently top three in the zim plug contest. the true winner is it;s swimmability and how they work in the water. i have but one left to receive before i take em all out and do an eval./ perhaps jim will come down and toss some out with me. will hope to do it begining of next week.



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