Penn Battle II Offers 20% More Spinning PowerWith new spinning reel engineering techniques improving, there’s always a high level of curiosity to see what these new techniques have to offer. It’s also particularly interesting to see how a new model stacks up against an old one. So when Penn decided to refresh the old Penn Battle and release the Penn Battle II Spinning Reel, it had a lot to live up to.
In a highly competitive spinning reel market, fishing tackle brands are essentially battling each other to produce an exemplary reel that not only offers high end features and cosmetics but also great pricing and outstanding value, so is this new Penn II Reel placed to win the battle? Can the revamped Battle II separate itself as the go-to model for all anglers; from light freshwater species to big saltwater specimens?
Improvements in the Penn Battle II
The 1000 is the smallest and lightest reel in the Penn Reels range which is excellent for spinning with light lines and rod lengths such as 7-8ft. This reel has a gear ratio of 5.2:1, has a line capacity of 135 yards of 4lb line or 105 yards of 6lb line and has 5+ ball bearings. The 2500 falls in the mid range and is perfect for Bass fishing or medium sized Cod. In terms of size, the 2500 has a bigger rotor and spool than it’s predecessor; has a higher gear ratio of 6.2:1; takes 255 yards of 6lb line or 140 yards of 10lb line and has 5+1 ball bearings. These gear ratios allow for greater precision when fishing smaller baits, shads and lures so the 2500 will be a favourite with inshore anglers.
Going up to the 8000, its all about taming the giants of the ocean. Species such as Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish can be stopped with Penn’s newly designed drag system. The 8000 Battle takes 340yds of 20lb or 230lb of 30lb however it’s built to handle thicker lines and braids. It also has a gear ratio of 5.3:1 and 5+1 ball bearings.
Battle II Reel New Developments
Another development in the Penn Battle is an increase in the drag by 20%. This increase in pressure is made possible by ‘keying’ Penn’s HT-100 drag washers into the actual spool which changes the dynamics of it’s operation, namely the ability to use both sides of the washers therefore increasing the maximum drag force. This essentially lets you stop a fish in it's tracks. However with great drag force comes the problem of determining how much line you have available when playing a fish, so Penn have came up with the clever idea of added line capacity rings. These become visible as line peels off the reel and lets you see how many yards are left on the spool therefore helps in your decision to move with the fish, retrieve or let out more line.
Why Buy the New Battle II Penn Reel
With increased drag pressure you have 20% more power in reserve to put a stop to stubborn fish. This is thanks to Penn’s HT-100 Versa Drag washers which have been keyed into the spool therefore allowing both sides of each drag washer to be used. Ultimately, you get higher max drag, more range and smoother operation than reels in the same class.