spinning reels

red010480red010480 Posts: 304 Officer
I am looking to purchase a couple new open face spinning reels. Looking for feedback on the **** fierce series as well as the penn battle series. These wil be used in offshore fishing. Any feedback would be appreciated

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  • EgkidEgkid Posts: 103 Officer
    There's a couple threads going around involving the battle already, most(including me) will say the battle is the best bang for your buck. Others will recommend a shimano spheros or saros instead. Look up the threads(all on the first and second pages) "$120 reel" and "inshore spinning reel for under $150" there's also one called "penn battle 5000" between these three threads you should have all your answers about the battle. I can't comment on the fierce as I've never used one though. Goodluck.
  • TunanorthTunanorth Posts: 125 Deckhand
    Compared to the Fierce, the Battle has:
    HT100 drag
    2 extra ball-bearings
    Superline spool
    Heavier bail
    Figure that each of the above adds $10 to the price, plus it has a little extra "bling".
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  • red010480red010480 Posts: 304 Officer
    Well, I purchased 2 of the penn battle sereis reels. Hope I made the right choice.
  • CodySCodyS Posts: 243 Officer
    Both are pretty good.... I have a 2500 Feirce on my light 6ft snapper rod for fishing around bridges in my yak. Holds up great and is super smooth and are a great price.
  • joshuajoshua Posts: 206 Officer
    The fierce are good reels but if you stuck on penn I would spend the extra on a battle or sargus....if you wanna stay in the price range of the fierce take a look at the shimano sahara it may not be quite as "beast" looking but it is much more comfortable has stronger drag than the fierce and much smoother and than most penns.
  • Navy_FishingNavy_Fishing Posts: 811 Officer
    I hgave been using the Okuma Avenger Baitfeeders (30 and 50) and they are all the reel I have needed to battle large Gag grouper and large snapper up to 15 pounds. They are a fraction of the price and perform just as well, in my opinion. I also own a Penn Fierce 5000 and it seems to do well enough with grouper and AJs.
  • joshuajoshua Posts: 206 Officer
    what size reel are you considering getting??
  • seachasseachas Posts: 66 Deckhand
    daiwa coastal 3500,,all others suck
  • cprcpr Posts: 9,170 Admiral
    I hgave been using the Okuma Avenger Baitfeeders (30 and 50) and they are all the reel I have needed to battle large Gag grouper and large snapper up to 15 pounds. They are a fraction of the price and perform just as well, in my opinion. I also own a Penn Fierce 5000 and it seems to do well enough with grouper and AJs.

    ****, I was looking at Okuma Avenger 40 spinners today they were going for $32. I should have picked up one.
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  • CodySCodyS Posts: 243 Officer
    I have a Okuma Avenger 30 I think it is and I always get windknots with it for some reason.... when there is no wind. Never had any problems with the same line on my Fierce or Stradics.
  • Navy_FishingNavy_Fishing Posts: 811 Officer
    Never had a wind knot with mine. But they are not overspooled and I don't cast light lures into the wind, so maybe that's why i have been so lucky.
  • Permit RatPermit Rat Posts: 2,282 Officer
    joshua wrote: »
    The fierce are good reels but if you stuck on penn I would spend the extra on a battle or sargus....if you wanna stay in the price range of the fierce take a look at the shimano sahara it may not be quite as "beast" looking but it is much more comfortable has stronger drag than the fierce and much smoother and than most penns.

    I first bought 2 Shimano Sedonas for small bonefish and dinnerplate permit in Mexico. I gave a report on them in another thread. In short, one reel got totally submerged in salt water and I purposefully did NOTHING to this reel, except give it the same normal rinse as the other one. Now 6 months later, and that reel is still perfect. I was very impressed by this $60 reel.

    I then bought a Sahara, which costs about $20 more than the Sedona. The only difference in the 2 reels is the handle. I can see the Sedona's chromed pot-metal handle, pitting and corroding in time, whereas the Sahara's is solid aluminum and should last.

    So I say that Joshua is right on with his assessment, at least as far as the Sahara is concerned. I see no reason to pay the money for the Stradic, much less the Stella. My only concern with Shimano as a whole, is their line capacity. In many cases, where you are in fishing situations where a fish might take hundreds of yards of line in one run, (at least in their past models), it would have been safer to step up one size in Shimano reels, to accommodate for that. In the lighter setups, like for bonefish, tarpon and permit, using the next size up in reels, often made the outfit feel bulky and out of balance. But since the OP is looking for offshore tackle options, I feel the difference should be negligible.

    I have never used a Sahara in the larger sizes. But if they perform like the smaller ones and have enough capacity, then I would not hesitate one second.
    .......Rick

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