Penn Authority Overview (Best Saltwater Reel At iCast 2022)
I got the chance to meet up with Capt. Jot Owens at iCast 2022 to dive deeper into the new Penn Authority Spinning Reel!
This is a new reel in Penn’s lineup and is almost a step above the Slammer IV.
Not to mention it won Best Saltwater Reel this year at iCast!!
Check out more in the video below!
Penn Authority Overview [VIDEO]
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Penn decided to take it up a notch and design an IPX8 fully-sealed top-shelf spinning reel.
In technical terms, the Penn Authority can actually be submerged in water at a meter deep for 30 minutes or less and still function as normal.
This reel can take on the occasional dunk and big splashes or spray.
Penn Authority Details
There is a 13-bearing system within the reel crafted with stainless steel gears.
This reel also has a fully-supported pinion coming off of the spool with two bearings to keep the gears in place.
This is all in an effort to increase the longevity of the reel so it stays smoother, tighter, and together for a long time.
With all of these upgraded details combined with full seals, this is a workhorse of a spinning reel.
There was a point in time in the industry a few years back when fully-sealed reels meant you had to compromise smoothness.
So then the question becomes, “Can you hold and fish this reel all day long?”
Yes, you can but because it is sealed extremely well with higher-grade materials, there is some weight to the reel.
Which is to be expected of a reel with so many bearings and seals scattered within.
Solid materials don’t stand much of a chance of penetrating the reel’s inner gears and with IPX8 sealing, it is well sealed to prevent water contamination as well.
Double-ball bearing support on the pinion offers rigidity to prevent any jostling or wiggling in the alignment of the gears.
This is working in tandem with arguably the highest-grade gearing material that you can use on the market today.
High-Speed Models & Reel Sizes
The Penn Authority is available from a 2500-size all the way up to 10500.
Additionally, Penn created high-speed models of this reel in 2500, 4500, 6500, and 8500-size reels.
The high-speed 2500 reel has a 7:1 gear ratio which is super fast for a reel of that size.
Moreover, the Authority also features Penn’s Dura-Drag.
The drag systems with Dura-Drag stay smooth and don’t wear out or freeze up.
All of the sizes, except for 2500, come with both a Hypalon handle and the metal handle for you to choose from.
Stainless Steel Gears
It is an incredible feat to mass produce stainless steel gears which is why it is not done often if at all.
The machines used to craft these gears get beat up and dulled in the process.
It is not industry-standard because it is not cheap to do.
These reels retail in price from $499 to $599.
With the 2500 starting at $499 working its way up in price and size from there.
Capt. Jot Owens believes this is a phenomenal spinning reel in the under $1000 range.
These reels feel like thousand-dollar products that come in a few hundred dollars short of that mark.
This is a kick-it-around reel with a lot of sealing and refinement.
If you want to invest in a product that will last you a long time, then you might want to look further into the Penn Authority.
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are the big versions (8500 &1050) castable for surf?
Technically, yes. But the effectiveness of these reels for Surf Fishing applications will entirely depend on the length of the Surf Rod, and how far apart those guides are on that rod.
If you are wanting to use this as a “Set” Rig with bait(s), then an 8500 would be more than enough!
But if you plan on throwing lures all day long from the Surf, I really think a 6500 would be the largest I’d consider for just about any species you’d plan on targeting (Tarpon, Bull Redfish, Giant Striped Bass, etc.). If your goal is to target Sharks, then a 10500 would be the way to go, but overall I’d suggest using a larger Conventional Reel for that species.
We fish the 8500 slammer for most of our sharks off the shore. They ate definitely castable and pairs with the 15 foot Berkley Medusa and Eyelash Viper rods.
Nice reel but way out of my price range. I have a Shimano Aero Stradic 4000 I purchased when they 1st came out. (Early 90’s I think) paid $99 then and I still use it. With proper maintenance on your reels and rods they can last a very long time.
The Name in reels for sixty years at least
Thank you for doing an assessment
Does this mean it’s time to replace my Penn ‘greenies’?
Will be looking for these at fishstrong.com
These likely will not be available in our store until sometime early 2023. Fingers crossed we can change that, but just wanted to be transparent.
Will you guys be carrying these reels?
Working on it, Brother. It probably won’t be until late this year or early next year though.
Hi Justin, I’m wondering about this reel and would like to give you my honest answer as to what I think. It is bullet proof for sure and beautiful. It is heavy and may not be a reel I won’t to throw all day for sure. With light tackle I can’t see using my dollars or time for a reel that is going to wear me out. Also, it is beautiful (again). Maybe, too pretty to use and/or to take it out of the house at $500 to $600 for size 2500 reel. Now, if I was a tournament pro, then yes, because they would be giving me one to use. 🙂 I can’t see Luke honestly trying to sell this reel in a video when he is a person that represents a down to earth person with a love for the sport. I don’t think I would stock any except maybe two….they would be given to Luke and Joe to enjoy! 🙂
Hahah. I can see your perspective, Thomas. Joe & Luke tend to prefer lighter-weight reels for the style of fishing they do 90% of the time. But the goal of Salt Strong is to encompass what ALL Inshore anglers want/need for their adventures, and for that reason I think it’s important we have this type of product represented in our tackle store. It will be something we revisit as we move closer to opening up a physical shop.
The weight will be a deterrent for many, including myself. I am impresses by the features though.
The weight is definitely a factor to consider before purchasing.
Well made reel…especially making a stainless steel Gear and pinion! The IPX8 rating is amazing! Yeah gotta agree with Chistopher on his comment…way overkill for inshore fishing! Heck my Penn Pursuit III and Fierce II and III reels have been splashed and dunked in saltwater several times. I took them apart, washed and re greased them, and still works great. At that price point and weight…is it worth it for inshore? Nah! The most I go is the Spinfisher VI and does good enough!
Appreciate the feedback, Franklin! I tend to agree for the most part, the Spinfisher VI is a great reel at a competitive price point. I think those looking to invest in a reel that will last a lifetime with very little maintenance may lean towards the Authority.
Great review, as always, Justin!
I’ve got a bunch of Penn reels and they’ve served me well, from kayak to surf. $500+ is over my limit because I don’t live near salt water and those excursions are limited, not a daily or weekly event. Maybe it’s just luck, but a lot of Diawa reels have to be spooled/unspooled repeatedly and add/remove those pesky washers to spool line correctly. I’ve not had spooling issues with the Penn reels…yet!
Good point, Rob. There are plenty of $100-200 reels out there that are excellent.
I have yet to experience a line lay issue with the 6 Daiwas that I own. It might be the way that I spool my reels under tension…or maybe it’s just luck? Not sure either way. I’ve had great success so far. Both Penn & Shimano do make reels that lay line very well too.
Sure thing, James!
Who the heck needs a $500 reel to catch snook, trout, redfish? You can try and justify the price til you’re blue in the face. It’s still NOT worth the price.
Fair point, Christopher. The reel is not made for everyone. But there are still some anglers that choose to purchase the Flagship Series of any company. I’m personally more of a $200 price point angler myself, since I feel that price range offers a good bang for buck investment for what’s available on the market right now. But I won’t fault those that decide to jump into this class of a reel.
How to buy it?