Hope PENN comes through-Broken reels
Two weeks ago, I hooked a 34 inch Red on a Penn 4000 Captiva. The reel is about 4 years old, but has had limited use since I was living out of state at the time. Over this summer, I have landed several bottom slot reds, and 7 in the 26-27 range, and then this beast. This one weighed in at 14lbs! Well, as soon as he made his first run, the reel frame twisted about 30 degrees. I ended up with the rod butt in my armpit, holding the front face of the reel housing with my right hand, while working the pole, and cranking with my left. This went on for over 10 minutes, and I was STRESSED beyond belief about losing this fish. The fish was landed, and then released of course. All this occurred only two hours after I my dad had a Penn 2000 completely fail him. His event was almost funny, since his battle only lasted 10-15 seconds. However, it was his first snook hook up since the mid-70's, so I couldn't laugh. Today, I dropped both reels off at a new outdoor store in Inverness (Mcpherson's), who offered to contact Penn for me. The gentleman stated that Penn is aware that they have some quality issues right now, and that he believed they would "make it good". I am really interest in the Penn Battle, but only if they make it right on these two failures. I was also told the owners of Penn divorced, and that the wife took over the company for some time. It has now been bought back by the ex-husband.....? maybe Penn is coming back?