I wrote in the past that to some extent we deserve criticism when it comes to high end gear. No, not pushing you to buy it, we would never do that. But writing about it almost exclusively. Why is that? Because until recently there was just few of us doing this and I wrote most of it. And I always told you that I won’t write about stuff we don’t try.
And also because I rather write about what I own. And after fishing for twenty years or so, I accumulated some decent gear. Nothing unusual about that. I know guys who have fished for few years that have better stuff than I do. But you have to admit, if I put you on the spot, asked you to review a reel you owned for five years, or the one you have to get acquainted in few months, which one would you chose? No one wants to write stuff and look like an ass later because they did not take time to test it.
Now that I have little less on my plate, I feel like I can give certain things more of a fair shake. Although I fished with St Croix Legend, CTS Vapor Trail and Century Stealth in recent years, this spring I fished with nothing but new St Croix Avid rods. More on them in September issue of SJ.
And although I am blessed to own zb,vs and PENN Torque , they were all shelved this spring in favor of a reel with a $159 price tag on it.
I always thought that “downscaling” the reel would be impossible thing to be fair about it, but I was wrong. What I never took in the consideration was that 90% of my fishing does not require a fully sealed reel that can often be tighter to turn than most reels because of its seals. I never really gave much thought that most of my excursions onto sand end up with reels being only splashed but rarely ever submerged.
And even if I did dip it, this $159 reel is designed to take it. What am I talking about? PENN Spinfisher V.
This reel has received criticism (way too much in my opinion) on the internet know-it-all boards because of its claims to be a sealed reel. Most of the criticism has come from those who claim that its seals are not as dependable as reels that cost 6 times as much. Now read this sentence again….it’s not suppose to be a reel that cost 6 times as much, its suppose to be a awesome $159 reel. You want a solid waterproof capabilities? PENN makes Torque for that. You want a solid reel for everyday use that won’t break the bank? Then Spinfisher V might be something you should look into. I am still fishing with it till fall so I won’t say what I like or dislike about it quite yet..
What did you say? You are not fishing with a stinking’ bailed reel? Your knuckles are too big?
Have no fear. In addition of 706Z bailess reappearing in the stores in September and Penn Torque also being available in bailess version, Penn is releasing a Spinfisher V Bailess Reel in November of 2013. It just happens that the reel we are testing is a bailess version. And by the way, only the 6500 model will be made in bailess version.
We are happy to say that they designed the whole bailess thing out of one piece, no manual conversion kits, no unbalanced wobbly results.
Take a look for yourself in this short video