Penn Slammer III
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Author:  kingfish [ 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.

Pictures below.


Author:  Bobby [ 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 :)

Author:  kingfish [ 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.


Author:  h_venkatesan [ Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:24 am ]
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Kingfish, I wish you to catch some good fishes in Goa..

Author:  kingfish [ 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?


Author:  h_venkatesan [ 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?


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.


Author:  kingfish [ Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:47 pm ]
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I am glad that the Saragossa has performed so well for you.

What will you be using the size 6000 on?


Author:  h_venkatesan [ 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.

Author:  kingfish [ 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.


Author:  kingfish [ 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.


Author:  kingfish [ Wed May 17, 2017 4:21 am ]
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Just got the 4500 Slammer 3 after a lot of searching and waiting but it was worth it.

First impressions are of a solid reel, yet relatively light weight in the hands despite the all metal body.
It spins a bit tighter compared to the Daiwa 4500BG SW but that is to be expected because it has a lot of sealing to keep out the water.

Lovely 6.2:1 ratio for fast spinning of lures for speedsters such as tuna and other fish that like to chase fast running prey.

The drag is rated at 30lbs ! and the washers are of the new type, formerly used by Penn on their conventional (casting) reels.

This reel is used by kayakers who go out in rough waters where the reels get a thorough soaking and there seem to be no negatives from them, so it should be good for us land based anglers on the beach or in open boats.

Penn give a spare handle knob made of EVA material if one wishes to change the gold metal handle, handy in very cold weather or I suppose in the hot Indian sun!

The jump from the 4500 size to the 5500 size in this reel is pronounced in terms of weight ( 416 gram vs. 616 grams ) and I really feel Penn should bring out a 5000 size to bridge the gap.

See some pictures below.


Author:  kingfish [ Wed May 17, 2017 4:31 am ]
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Penn 4500 Slammer 3

Apologies for the fuzzy pictures, clarity is somewhat lost in the resizing process on the ipad.


Author:  kingfish [ Wed May 17, 2017 4:14 pm ]
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With the advent of these water resistant, all metal reels, with excellent drags at a price some one third that of a Stella , would it not be considered to be a good deal for anglers?

I have both reels and am increasingly questioning the rationale for a high end reel.Would one now buy a Stella or a Saltiga or a Van Staal as a status symbol only?


Author:  Bobby [ Fri May 19, 2017 9:35 am ]
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The Saltiga and Stella were very specifically designed to tackle very large GT and have the stopping power in a reef/rocky terrain. I remember many of my fishing mates who used to "try" to catch for these large GTs with the best reels available then could not stop these beasts and they just took you down to the rocks and cut you off. Besides the drags, it was also other parts on these reels that failed. The Saltiga and Stella were specifically "over engineered" to tackle these fish and in-spite of this you can look up several GT sites where even these reels have occasionally failed. So I have my doubts that the slammer would stand this test, having said this, I have not used the slammer so I am not really in a position to judge.

Author:  kingfish [ Fri May 19, 2017 12:25 pm ]
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You are correct, the Saltiga and Stella's are over engineered so that they can put the hurt on GTs and
large yellowfin tuna etc.

I believe some anglers are using the larger sized Slammer IIIs ( size 7500) to catch heavy yellowfin tuna in Panama and also to catch GTs ( called Jack Crevalle in those parts) in the Pacific Ocean region.

However, since the Slammer III has only been released about a year ago , the jury is still out on how long these reels will last if fished regularly for large, strong fighting fish.

Time will tell.


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