Penn Spinfisher VI Review: Pros, Cons, And Updates
It’s reel review time!
Looking for a tough, new spinning reel?
Then you’ve got to check out the Penn Spinfisher VI!
In this video, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of it so you can see if it’s the right reel for you.
Check it out below!
Penn Spinfisher VI Review [VIDEO]
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Here are the pros and cons of the new Penn Spinfisher VI:
- Yardage marks on the spool to let you know how much line you have out
- High-quality HT-100 drag system
- Fully sealed spool and gearbox
- Heavier than many comparable reels
- Not as smooth as many comparable reels
- Old-school design
It’s also important to note that Penn makes two versions of the Spinfisher: the standard and the long cast.
The only difference is that the long cast has a taller spool, which allows you to cast farther.
This is especially great for surf fisherman that want to toss their lures 100 yards out from the beach.
These days, most companies are trying to design the lightest, strongest, smoothest reel.
That’s not Penn’s goal with the Spinfisher VI.
It’s a tough reel that can take a beating and still perform just like the day you took it out of the box.
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I own Penn Spinfisher V SSV7500 model, mounted on a 12’ Shakespeare Big Water Heavy Duty Surf Rod Ugly Stix,, I also have the Spinfisher V 5500 model minted on a 7’ Shakespeare Big Water Heavy Surf Rod, as well as a Penn Battle II 3000 model on a 6’ medium action Shakespeare Ugly Stix. I do not fish with anything other than these set ups. THEY ARE GREAT TOGETHER, reliable , strong, capable , and durable. I will be on the Atlantic side of Florida in two weeks and I hope to slay some monster fish,,ie,, King Mac., Drum, Snook, Shark, etc…
If I do not slay a freezer full it will be my fault,, not my fishing gear’s fault.
Happy Fishing Y’all !!! 👍🤠
One up for the Penn reels. Very tough, trouble free provided you maintain them after every trip, simple mechanism , spares are easily available. That’s all I own and suits my style of surf casting and resting in the sand spike. But for those into UL fishing the Japanese models could be more suitable. I would never buy anything other than Penn for the time being. The reels I own are over 4 years and not a single component has been replaced. I DIY the occasional greasing and cleaning , still smooth as out of the box. May be I’m a fan boy ❗️
Guys, Can you tell me what Google version you are using for your pre trip planning? Mine doesn’t seem to be as clear as yours. Thanks. JOD
Im a new member, first review watched, very educational. Agree with one other that it would be good to let us know where this prices out vs other competitors and also good to know who are some of its competitors. Cant wait to see more videos like this, thanks a ton!
Love penn reels that’s all I use
You spent six minutes clanging all the bells and whistles and never once mentioned the price range, always a bad sign in my shopping experience.Not one of them features will drop a dime in my pocket,if I cannot afford it stays on the shelf.I’d be interested @ under $100…VERY interested @ under $50
Nope they are more than $100.00.
My Penn Spinfisher V SSV 7500 reel cost me $145 , I paid $15 shipping ( eBay) and $11.00 tax
This very same reel can run $260 depending on where you purchase. Helluva reel, can land pan fish or a 80 Shark. “ It’s the “s**t “,,, will last a lifetime with simple maintenance like rinsing the sand and salt water off after you finish fishing for the day. It has 6 steel ball bearings and is completely sealed ,, so none of the elements can penetrate the gears or mechanism . ALL PENN REELS ARE BUILT WITH THIS CONVICTION,, don’t go out and spend $70 and have to replace that scandalous reel in a year or two,, invest in your fishing gear a little, you won’t be sorry.
I grew up on Penn reels of all kinds and “inherited” all of my Dad’s fishing gear. In fact I still use one of the Penn Spinfisher reels that was my Dad’s favorite. That reel has to be over 30 years old. So I am very partial to Penn reels for sentimental reasons as well as their durability. I don’t need another spinning reel, but when has that ever stopped someone from buying another one? After watching Mark’s review, I’ll be adding a Spinfisher VI to the reel collection.
Excellent review Penn reels are built like tanks use and rinse for years of dependable service.I own several Penn 650 and 750 reels that I’ve used and abused for years and still get the job done.
Well, I like Penn, they are a great reel!!!
I fish in S. Fl. My Spinfishers are used perhaps 1 to 2x per week when the weather cooperates. So these reels are used, a lot. Over the past 12 or so years, I have moved away from everything else to strictly Penn Spinning reels. The Spinfishers are the best of the lot. I now have over a dozen Spinfisher’s (including severa V and VI series) from the 2500 to the 8500 including a few LL models. I much prefer the LL reels but that is another story.
I cannot comment on “smoothest”. The Spinfisher’s are way smoother than my Shimano’s. They have a tighter feel and less gear chatter than my old Baitrunners (3500, 4500, 6500) and my new 4000OC. The Spinfishers are holding up much better than all of my other brand named reels.
But best of all, these reels last, and last, and last. I have never had a Penn reel fail when landing a fish. Another advantage is that some of my reels are now over 40 years old, and Penn still offers replacement parts. Try that with any other brand reel.
May be these reels are not the “best” according to some reviewers. But to me, these are the best reels for the money without question.
I totally agree with Stephen. I love these reels. They may not look as sexy as some of the other reels out there, however when I am on the water either by myself for with a buddy, the sexiness of my reel is not a topic. Period. Is it going to get the job done? Yes it is. Can I depend it it? Yes I Can. Great Reels – IMHO!!!