Keen followers of angling gear will perhaps be aware that Penn have recently launched a newer version of their popular Spinfisher series of reels.
The new model is named the Spinfisher VI (or Spinfisher 6) and it is quite a radical departure from the
The main feature is that it has a comprehensively sealed body and spool, rated to IPX 5 standard.
This stands for "Ingress Protection", meaning that the reel is protected against reasonable sand and
water intrusion into its internal parts.
In practical terms, I have seen on YouTube the reel being buried in sand and then swished clean in the ocean and immediately put into action, without any issues whatsoever. It will be able to withstand a firm hosing after use, without fear of water finding its way into the innards of the reel.
The manufacturers are at pains to emphasise that this does not mean that the reel can withstand usage
under water ( something relevant to striper anglers in the USA). However, for us it means that if we are
shore fishing, say in Goa or Chennai on a windy day, then spray and sand being blown around and any
saltwater splashes on this reel will not be of concern .... we can go home and just hose the reel with fresh water and it will be as good as new.
The second new feature is that that it uses CNC gear technology, which makes the gears more
" durable,smooth, precise ". The reel really does feel smooth when the handle is turned, with none of the stiffness encountered from the sealed components that one would expect.
The Spinfisher VI was on sale here in Australia a few days ago and I was able to pickup the 4500 model
at a very good price. The reel was on sale at A$199 but one could avail of a $30 discount, so the price
came down to $169.
Included with the offer was a free 150 meter braid line (Fireline Ultra8 Carrier), which retails for $35 in
This was by far cheaper than anything in the US, where the reel would have cost A$ 220 with shipping costs not included. In any case, the US online retail giant does not ship to Australia anymore.
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