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The Penn "Battle’s" striking cosmetics, durable design, and silky smooth drag is a few of the many reasons why so many anglers fish this reel. The Battle’s full metal body construction allows it to maintain precision gear alignment under severe punishment while its Techno-Balanced™ rotor ensures a smooth retrieve. From tuna to trout, the Battle was designed to perform and engineered to last.

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5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.8
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0  (5)
Durability 
 
3.4  (5)
Versatility 
 
3.8  (5)
Value 
 
3.8  (5)
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Overall rating 
 
3.8
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0

Battle 8000

This is my main sharkin' reel. I have this reel spooled with 475yds. of 50# braid and 10 wraps of 12# mono. I call this my "oh crud" buffer. I have only gotten close to being spooled once. It is nice to know I can pop that 12# mono, rather than loosing my reel or going turtle. I've caught a lot of stingray and sharks in the 3'-5' and it does really well. It has held up to being dunked any numerous sloppy surf launches. With 25lbs of drag, it really is a workhorse. I've put the brakes on some pretty big fish with this reel and have never been dissapointed.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Durable, smooth drag.
Cons:
Heavy.

Equipment Model

Model:
BTL8000
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(Updated: April 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
2.5
Craftsmanship 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
1.0
Versatility 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0

Penn "Battle" Spinning Reel

I fish a good bit - probably more than the average angler trying to get out once a week. If I could pull off twice I would.

I used the Penn Battle 2000 a good bit. I would say on 75% of my trips. It was maintained with the usual greasing/oiling annually and rinsed after each use.

After 11 months I sent the reel back to Penn - the reel started to corrode. Paint was bubbling near the grip to the rod. This was a know item for the earlier models and they seemed to have corrected that. For the cost of shipping - about $5 they replaced the part and sent me back the reel.

2 months later the bail stopped flipping over - part #1191648 the pivot arm needed to be replaced. This seems to be a know issue as well.

Regarding the problem, you had to flip the bail over manually all the way - versus a simple flip and have it pulled over automatically. When cranked it would go about 50% of the way - the bail would trip, but not go over completely. I opened the reel up and the pivot arm was not seating properly. I tried to fix it, but have given up.

I looked at sending it back for service again and I see that the quote is:

$10.00 for Handling and Diagnosis
$20.00 for Repair Labor
$8.00 for Shipping.

and

$?? for parts.

So at minimum $38 + $?? for parts; I'll call it $45

So overall the cost on the reel was about $150 for 1 year of use. It corroded pretty quickly and needed service twice.

At the end of the day I would rate the Penn Battle 2000 a do not buy for the serious angler. A maybe for the part time angler.

I did leave a honest (not a flame) review of the reel for Penn on their website. They contacted me and are replacing the entire reel for free. I did have to ship it up there - $6. So an A+ for customer service. C/C- for the product.

I did like the drag and the size, but the feel was never what I consider smooth. It was a bit stiff for my preference. I never had any wind knot issues, and did get on some good size fish on it. 32" red, 32" snook. Bunch of smaller ones...

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Light weight, Smooth Drag
Cons:
Handle Corroded, Bail would not flip
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(Updated: April 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Offshore work horse

I have been using the Battle 7000 spooled with 40lb Power Pro for my offshore trolling rig. this reel has the power to turn a running fish around and also be able to pull a bottom fish of the bottom and out of the reef or wreck. Its is a solid built reel but with that comes some serious weight. the line capacity is great and retrieve is smooth. Just writing this review has me ready to get this reel back on the water going after those smokers.

User Info

Waters Fished:
Offshore
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
lots of drag
Cons:
heavy
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(Updated: April 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Penn Battle

I bought a Penn Battle almost as a mistake about a year ago. I was at my favorite tackle dealer looking at Shimano or maybe an Okuma. The guy behind the counter handed me a Battle and told me this was his favorite reel for 2011. I have had Penns before, and they are just ok for me. I noticed that this one was a little heavier than most similar sized reels. It also had a superline spool, with a rubber strip that keeps braided line from slipping without the use of backing. The weight didn’t bother me because it has a full heavy metal body that seemed to be more rugged. It also had sealed bearings, a feature that is a must for kayakers. I decided to check it out and I bought it at the full retail price of $99.
I bought the 3000, spooled it up with 20lb Power Pro and paired it with a Deep South Redneck medium action rod. I immediately noticed the smooth casting and long range that has as much to do with the rod as the reel. The retrieve was also smooth and balanced. I used it several times for redfish and as always inevitably happens, dunked underwater a few times. The reel remained very smooth on both casting and retrieve. The drag was very smooth as well, easily handling the loads that some very nice redfish were putting on it.
Overall, I think the Penn Battle performed as well or better than most high end reels of the same size. Repeatedly dunking the reel in saltwater and not always washing it down afterwards cause havoc on higher priced reels, but the Battle took it in stride, remaining smooth and strong. I liked it so much, I bought two more, a 2000 and another 3000. The price makes this reel one of the best values as well, easily besting other reels in this price range.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Price
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(Updated: April 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Craftsmanship 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Penn battle: Solid series of reels in every size

Great quality for the price. These reels are great for the satwater fisherman that doesnt want to dump $250 just to have a quality piece of equipment. I have the Penn Battle reel in 2 sizes; the 3000 and 7000. I purchased the 3000 first, and was impressed by how smoothly it runs, even after being wet from kayaking an accidental dunk. I fish it with braid for bass, seatrout and redfish on a regular basis. Ive also used the 2000 for this same application, its pretty light, but a lot of fun.

Being pleased with its performance I looked again to the battle series when I put together my first offshore jigging combo, this time in the 7000 model. It is a little heavier than the more expensive reels on the market, but it gets the job done. I have caught some real monsters on this reel, including a 47 inch amberjack.

As an overview they are good reels, well worth the money.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Solid construction. Good price. Smooth operation.
Cons:
weight
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