If you’re looking for a good-sized reel to cover a lot of bases, you can’t go wrong with a 50. They’re great for jigging up big fish off the bottom, kite fishing, tossing baits from a long-range boat or trolling up game fish.
The latest 50 to come from PENN, the Squall 50LD, falls right in line with that versatility, but this reel is much lighter than most of the other 50s on the market. The Squall 50 LD features graphite side plates to remove some weight, making it one of the lightest reels in its class. But this “lightweight” is built to battle the heavyweights!
PENN uses forged and machined aluminum on the spool for more weight reduction, and the main and pinion gears are made from stainless steel. To keep the reel running smooth, PENN uses a 5+1 shielded stainless steel bearing system and the Dura-Drag includes washers that virtually eliminate hesitation, even under extreme drag settings
You can adjust the Versa-Handle depending on the fishing you’re doing — extend the handle for power or shorten the handle for more speed. It’s easy to make the change.
You can tell that PENN put a lot of thought into this reel. They made the lever drag button flat so it sits flush with the top of the reel, that way your line can’t wrap around the drag lever. Pretty smart. You can also store the harness lugs flush with the reel if you don’t need them. If you want to use a belt or harness, you just take out the Switchblade Harness Lugs. Another cool feature.
The clicker has two settings, which is great for kite fishing or slow-trolling live baits when you want the clicker to just keep the reel from dumping out line in full free-spool. There’s also three line capacity markings on the spool so you will know how close you are to the knot when a big fish takes off for the horizon.
The SQL50LD feels light in your hands but well made. It weighs in at 27.4 ounces and has a max drag of 20 pounds (15 pounds at strike). The gear ratio is 4.3:1 allowing the angler to retrieve 35 inches of line with each crank, and you can store a lot of line on this 50. It holds 1,050 yards of 50-pound braid. It’s also not going to break the bank with a suggested retail of $180.
For a really great outfit, match the Squall 50LD up to one of PENN’s Bluewater Carnage Rods.
To learn more, visit www.pennreels.com.