Discussion in 'World Of PENN' started by fishfish, Feb 4, 2015.
Just lookin for feedback from guys who have fished this reel. Anyone???
Thx , Gerry
I've fished with it quite a bit of course, but maybe some of the many anglers who tried them out onboard one of our PFU long-range trips last year will also chime in.
i just bought one to fish lings and dropper loop yellows. i have high hopes.
The reel rocks. Great size. Smooth drags. Plenty of power. Easy to shift.
should be able to keep them away from the furbags with 40#'s of drag.
Just ordered a 40 last week , cant wait to try it yoyo style on the yellows down south.
that reel looks pretty nice, good size, just wondering why Penn didnt made a normal width 40 LDII?
looks taller than the FTH40 star drag almost same line capacity
The "regular 4/0" size is still popular in the mid-low price range models like the Penn Senator 113H2, as the size is of course very traditional.
Once you get into the $250-$300 price range [or higher], most anglers will presumably be using braid [or topshot over braid], and the additional capacity is not really necessary. The "narrow 4/0" 40N size holds 565/80 braid, which is already more than needed for most applications it fits within.
Additionally, the general advantages of a narrow reel apply, including easier levelwinding, reduced weight, and better balance.
There are exceptions among anglers who still fish straight mono, such as Hawaiian anglers chasing ulua who need to make long casts with straight 80-pound mono, and the "wide 4/0" size such as the Fathom FTH60LD2 and U.S. Senator US113W fit that bill.
You are correct that the star drag 40 and 40N lever drags both hold about the same amount of line, in general the new numbering system means that a given reel holds 300 yards of that pound test mono [in this case 40].
dang!! I should try another brand of braid line, my Jerry brown 80# braid line let me just put 400yds on the FTH40 star drag., it was put by hand really tight, I dont think a spooling maching will make the rest 165yds to fit there.
Catalogue spec for the star drag reel is 525/80, so not sure why yours is less.
Most of Penn's capacities were calculated using Berkley Big Game Braid solid.
can't trust/believe anything that has jerry brown on it.
I have caught plenty of fish on it, of course not a cow tuna or marling on the north sea of cortez, we dont have any monster fish here (but maybe a big black grouper or tresher can take your line your done if you have any light line)
but this JB seems a lot more thick than their comparative test on the rest of fishing known brands, I will look for that daiwa samurai braid or the berkley line, I have berkley on 20# test and its really really thin.
Sorry chief, totally over your head, jerry brown is the governor up here and a real puto. He's driving our state like a freight train going off a cliff.
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