The ICAST show will be here in just a few months [OK, in July!].
What new reels and rods [or changes/mods in current models] in the PENN lineup would you like to see?
I need some ammo for the product development meetings we will have there.
I am primarily asking about "west coast" ideas, though ideas and changes that make overall improvements are also great.
How about a reel like the US senators but smaller like jigmaster size and like the 501 etc. There is just something about how tough those reels are and how great the cast too! I work on multiple boats and I need tough gear and the US series is about as tough as it gets and they fucking work! Yes before the lever drag guys get all horny, I know they are bulky and heavier and have less drag and the fathoms have metal on them too. But I can confidently say that the US senator could get drag behind a car all the way to landing and still work.
Plenty of electronic units for the 2 speed reels to convert as an electronic.Northeast-coaster here. Couple things. I like what you have done with the higher end spinning reels as coffee grinders are still dominant here including Torque and Slammer, but it hasn't been enough to make me sell my Stellas or Van Staals. I think there could improvements the lower tier models from the Spinfisher down as they just haven't held up. My Daiwa BGs have held up great for inshore stripers, blues, sea bass, albies etc., and wish that penn would focus on a reel that was simple and durable in that price range. I sold a couple higher end inshore reels and bought a bunch of BGs and haven't looked back.
I can't wait to get my new Penn 70VIs wet this summer for trolling pelagics in the canyons and live baiting out east for giant bluefin. The only bummer is that it doesn't come with a reel cover like my Makairas did.
It would be great to see penn get back into the baitcaster market as I have been using Tranx/Komodos for my inshore jigging & bottom fishing needs. It would have to be durable like the komodo too...
I think that a 40N size star drag reel with an anti-reverse bearing and mechanical backup would be a great addition to the lineup. Having the infinite antireverse is a great benefit for jigging for pelagics. The whole deep dropping for tiles & swords is taking off like fire, and I think the 40N would be a good candidate for deep tiles at least. If you guys aren't already exploring that deep drop market then you are missing the bus!
Northeast-coaster here. Couple things. I like what you have done with the higher end spinning reels as coffee grinders are still dominant here including Torque and Slammer, but it hasn't been enough to make me sell my Stellas or Van Staals.