New at ICAST 2022: PENN Authority spinning reel

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PENN Authority -
New king of saltwater spinning reels
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Columbia S.C. (July 12, 2022) – Leading American tackle company PENN Fishing makes a huge splash in the premium reel category by announcing the new PENN Authority, giving competition to the highest end spinning reels in the market.
The new PENN Authority sets the standard for best-in-class saltwater fishing reels, designed for overall refinement, power and maximum performance. Perfect for the angler that spends serious time on the water and demands a high-end reel that answers to any situation, the PENN Authority boasts an impressive IPX8-rated sealed body and spool that allows the reel to be submerged 1-meter for 30 minutes and stands up to the most extreme saltwater exposure and spray and wash without suffering water intrusion.
When an angler can’t afford to fail, this reel does not compromise strength or power. Using the best materials on the market, the CNC Gear technology with a stainless steel gear train and pinion gear is designed to be better supported overall to allow for long-term durability. It is machined out of a solid piece of metal, ensuring exact alignment, smooth long-term performance, and maximizing torque when trying to get that last wind on a hard-fighting fish. The full metal body, side-plate, and rotor keep gears protected and eliminates flex in the reel’s frame ensuring rigidity under the heaviest loads.
The Leveline slow oscillation system produces a tight line lay for improved casting and reduced occurrences of wind knots - with a 12+1 bearing system for smooth retrieve with additional bearings in the spool that lends support for the drag when under heavy pressure.
When the hammer slams down, the Slammer drag system with Dura-Drag offers maximum drag pressure and features silky smooth carbon washers which eliminate hesitation even under extreme drag settings. The washers are impregnated with a phenolic bonding agent to reduce wear. This combination brings the fight to any big-game fish, leaving zero power behind.
“We designed the Authority to be the ultimate premium reel, focused on overall refinement, smoothness, and power.” Says Ben Joyce, Sr. Category Manager “Using the best materials to support our reel systems and create maximum performance, we took the best of the PENN reel technologies and then leveled them up by focusing on the smallest details like the screwhead style, backup systems, and how we supported the gear systems. Our benchmark for this reel is to be better than the leading premium reels in the industry.”
The Authority reel super spinner far surpasses the durability and performance required and comes into the market with sizes ranging from 2500–10500 making it the most durable best-in-class reel on the market. Four high-speed models are also available (2500-4500-6500-8500).
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Key Features:

· IPX8 Rated
· CNC Gear Technology w/ Stainless Steel Main and Pinion Gear
· Slammer Drag System with Dura Drag
· Leveline Slow Oscillation System
· Spare Hypalon handle knob
· 12+1 Stainless Steel Bearing System

Available: September 2022
Price: $499.95 - 599.95
 
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Field testing!

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Not your Grandfather's spinning reel! [more field-testing]

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Authority 4500.

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What spinning rod is that?


Three different rods shown:
Grouper- Battalion II Slow Pitch 450gr. spinning model
First YT- Carnage III "Popping" rod CARBWIII50100S802
Second YT- Carnage II 7-foot 15-30 spinning rod
 
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Can't wait to see a reel teardown on one of these!!
IPX8 sounds good, I wonder what they did with the line roller assembly. Hopefully a different design altogether than the Slammers.
As someone who works on my own reels, I like the addition of Torx screws.
Also is it me or is the the gear box a bit larger on the Penn Authority to accommodate a larger main gear(set)? I hope so! If this is the durable tank of a reel that it is made out to be then I will be keen to get the 6500HS for topwater. I don't care about weight in that size. Anybody moaning about Penn higher end reels being heavy are missing the whole point IMHO.
Cheers!
 
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I caught a 100#'er on a 5500 size reel the other day. The gearing was so torquey and smooth and the drag was steady and consistant. I'm sold.
 
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I caught a 100#'er on a 5500 size reel the other day. The gearing was so torquey and smooth and the drag was steady and consistant. I'm sold.
Was it private boat or sport boat. I think spinners are better on the private boats where it’s easier to chase and maneuver.
 
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Having experience with neither but having researched both, looks like the Authority is not as well sealed but significantly smoother.
The bigger question is:

How does authority compare to Penn Slammer IV DX, which is fantastic already.

1. Who benefits from the IPX8 vs IPX6?

2. Is the extra support and rigidity even noticeable in smaller sizes 5500 and below.

You could almost buy two slammers for the price of one authority.
 
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The bigger question is:

How does authority compare to Penn Slammer IV DX, which is fantastic already.

1. Who benefits from the IPX8 vs IPX6?

2. Is the extra support and rigidity even noticeable in smaller sizes 5500 and below.

You could almost buy two slammers for the price of one authority.
The reason I *will* be a buyer on these when I've passed on the Slammers so far is these have a fully supported pinion. The extra sealing is nice. All stainless gearing? Awesome.
 
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The reason I *will* be a buyer on these when I've passed on the Slammers so far is these have a fully supported pinion. The extra sealing is nice. All stainless gearing? Awesome.
I believe the extra support is in play in the larger sizes where you run higher drags to target trophy sportfishing…. But is it needed on the smaller sizes where you aren’t stressing they line and drag as much. Even if a 2500 size has 30# max drag, you aren’t running the drag that high on 20-30# braid and whatever leader. So is the extr spool. Extra spool support bearing even needed.
 
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I am going to keep my Slammer 3 4500 and 'gosa 6k but defo eyeing the Authority 6500hs for fishing big poppers for the ss gears and fully suppported pinion. I hope the line roller design is much better than the Slammers'!!!
 
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