Penn fishing reels have been and integral part of fishing’s history and now a big part of it’s future too. Penn has developed, tested and launched several new models of reels; the Torque Lever Drag 2-speed and the Squall in a lever drag and level wind version.
Lets start with the Torque whose body is machined from aluminum and anodized for protection. It features a stainless steel pinion and main gear and has six shielded stainless steel ball bearings. A lightweight forged aluminum spool will hold plenty of line of any type, while the sealed Dura-Drag system will wear them down smoothly without the jerky drags that cost you fish. The Quick-Shift two speed system will allow you to pick up line quickly when needed, but downshift for more torque when you need it most.
I just fished a Torque recently in Palm Beach. We were dropping four pounds of lead down in 700 feet of water to chase tilefish. Thanks to the “torque” of the Torque, we were able to crank up the golden tilefish and the weight with ease. Well not easy, but as good as it could be without electricity. This was not its normal use, but the Torque will make a great trolling or live-bait outfit and comes in four sizes. The Quick Shift feature worked well going back and forth between hi and low gear.
The Squall line adds two new versions. The Squall Lever Drag 2-speed and the Squall Level Wind feature lightweight graphite frames and sideplates. This keeps the reel feather light for both comfort and ease of use. They retain the forged aluminum spool and stainless gearing. The lever drag offers the same two-speed capability as the Torque, while the level wind features on the Level Wind model keep the line on the spool nice and neat. This reel features a star drag with HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers. I recently used the Level Wind to catch snook, tarpon, snapper and dolphin. The reels are so light and the drags were silky smooth. The Squall makes a great outfit for many styles of fishing.
All three versions have graduated spool-sides to help you keep track of how much line is off and back on the reel during the fight. Pair any of these with the new Ally Boat rod or the Rampage Jigging rods and your future will be a fishy one.