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 Post subject: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:24 am 
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I am in Goa just testing out the new Penn Slammer III fishing reel, which was recently brought out by Penn as an upgrade over the previous Slammer ( which was discontinued a few years ago).

I have the model 5500 on an 11 ft Shimano rod, for beach fishing.

I make no bones about it, it is a heavy reel and one feels tired after making continuous casts with this outfit. However, the reel is built like a tank and it will handle just about any fish from the beach that you will find in Goan waters.

It has solid internal gears and a powerful drag which will not let you down. Furthermore, it has been severely sand tested by a leading US angler and also been subjected to water dunking .... it has sailed through these tests.

If I were to rethink the situation, I would prefer a lighter 9 or 9 1/2 ft rod with a size 4500 Slammer III
for my beach fishing. Younger and fitter anglers need not worry as they can easily handle the heavier setup.

The reel is not quite as smooth as the Penn Clash and I personally dislike the gaudy gold handle/knob.
However, an EVA knob comes included with the reel so that I can easily switch these .

Overall, a nice sturdy reel, built heavy to take punishment and also able to handle the harsher beach conditions.

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Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:04 am 
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Is this a US made reel? It looks really good.

With Trump in charge now, maybe we will see more US made fishing tackle :)


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:05 pm 
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Sorry to disappoint you, Bobby. Made in China!

But have faith in Trump, he just may get the US manufacturers to bring their production back home.

I am sure quite a lot of anglers would be happy to see that.

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Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:24 am 
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Kingfish, I wish you to catch some good fishes in Goa..


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:34 am 
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Once again, thanks Venkat.

I did not have much luck shore fishing .... there were trawlers within 100 meters of me going parallel to the beach with their nets, so I did not have high expectations!

It was really an outing to get familiar with the Slammer III.

How is your fishing and your experience with the Saragossa, now that you have had it for a while?

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:03 pm 
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kingfish wrote:
Once again, thanks Venkat.

How is your fishing and your experience with the Saragossa, now that you have had it for a while?

Kingfish


Saragossa is a gem of a reel. No issues so far. Still with the same smoothness as day one.
I have accidentally dropped it in sand couple of times, but a rinse with water has taken care.
It is more than one and a half years since i bought it, and the need to open it has not raised so far even after dunking in surf.
Planning to buy on in 6000 size.

Regards,
H.Venkatesan.


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:47 pm 
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Venkat,

I am glad that the Saragossa has performed so well for you.

What will you be using the size 6000 on?

Regards,
Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:50 pm 
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I will use it for surf fishing with a 20# braid on a 9 footer.


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:28 pm 
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Good thinking.

I find that a lighter surf combination adds to the enjoyment of fishing because it is not so
heavy to make repeated casts, thus less tiring.

Kingfish


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 Post subject: Re: Penn Slammer III
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:44 pm 
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Just an update on the Penn Slammer III.

It seems to be very popular with anglers in Australia, so much so that the 4500 sized reel has sold out completely in just about every tackle shop!

I am going to buy one in this size but am advised that it may take several weeks before fresh supplies reach here.

Penn seem to be onto a winner.

Kingfish


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