Customer feedback was the key to the development of the Penn International 80lb 2 Speed 80VSW. Penn’s engineering department was challenged by the owners to create the next generation of lever drag reels. So they hit the docks and tackle stores to find out exactly what anglers were looking for. The result was the International V series probably the most reliable and user-friendly reel on the market.
One of the key points raised by charter skippers and anglers while Penn’s engineers were researching this range was the lever drag system. A ratcheted lever was introduced to eliminate the problem of ‘drag-creep’ caused by hours of trolling and diesel engine vibration. This means that if a huge fish is hooked, you can be sure that the amount of drag being used is the amount that you have preset – there’s no room for error when it comes to slowing down a steam train!
The push to turn preset drag system too was a direct request from charter skippers to stop ‘unknowing anglers’ from adjusting the drag while the skipper and crew weren’t watching.
Some of the key features in this range include four Stainless Steel ball bearings (six in the 80VSW model), push button twin speed gearshift and a loud ratchet alarm.
The ergonomic frame shape makes playing fish far more comfortable than ever before, and the oversized power handle helps when cranking in line as a fish runs towards you. Although the larger models are designed for big game fishing, the smaller 16VS and 30VSW models are perfect for all manner of European fishing situations. If you want to own the best that money can buy, then the Penn International V Series will deliver far beyond your expectations.
|Model||mono capacity||number of bearings||max drag @ strike||High speed gear ratio||low speed gear ratio||line retrieve per crank low speed||line retrieve per crank high speed||weight|
|80VSW||950yds / 80lb||6BB||40||3:1||1.4:1||19in/483mm||43in/1092mm||111oz/