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Old 07-05-2020, 09:15 AM
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Default Offshore Saltwater Spinning Reel suggestions with strong drag and gears

We have Penn Spinfishers V 6500 that we use with braid (65 lbs) to fish some wrecks in 120 ft of water. Keep breaking the main gear inside the body, seems to be a cheaply made gear (pot metal), replacement is only $13 and easy to replace. Looking for something a little stronger and suggestions that won't break the bank account? or if anyone knows of an aftermarket gear which is of higher quality.

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Really liking the Shimano 12000D I picked up on a Chaos Rod combo deal. no issues and has landed some really nice heavy grouper from 130+ feet on multiple occasions.
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Really like my Quantum Cabo's for everything offshore, but I know some people swear by the Saragosa's. My Cabo's have held up for 11 years with zero issues. I have no first hand experience with the Gosa's so can't really advise on them.
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Wasn’t there an upgrade for the gears on the spinfisher v’s you could get that were made out of better material? Send a message to penn and see if you can still upgrade the gears instead of buying new reels.
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Just saw that on YouTube, will order a main gear for the spinfisher VI and try it out.

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Slammer 3.
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I use a Diawa BG 6500 for most of my offshore spinning stuff. It's the size of an 8000 from other brands. It has 33 lb of drag. It's much tougher than my Penn 750s. The main gear has not had any problems over the past 3 years. Maybe that's because I use the rod to fight fish rather than the reel.
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I have many BG reels also great reels but same situation. Also use the rod to fight the fish what ever that means. We catch a lot of big fish in Miami and the Keys.

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Originally Posted by jsirven View Post
Also use the rod to fight the fish what ever that means. We catch a lot of big fish in Miami and the Keys.
If you're constantly breaking main gears you are most certainly NOT using the rod, you're "winching" with a spinning reel. Instead of lifting the fish up with the rod, lowering the tip, and picking up the slack you've just created with the reel, you're "winching" with the reel against the full weight/pressure of the fish. You can't do that with spinning reels without tearing sh!t up.

My coworker is a charter captain and his customers strip gears in spinners on a fairly regular basis. Had a guy break the handle off a Penn squall last week, cut his arm up pretty good. This is from them not knowing how to properly fight a fish. Lift up, reel down....

If you prefer to winch them in, buy a two speed lever drag or a star with a low gear ratio. They are designed to winch.....

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I'm going to have to agree with mdees88 on this.
Yes the gears are cheap pot metal.
But if you're lifting with the rod and just taking up the line as you lower the rod back down. It shouldn't be an issue.
I have 3 BG's That I use for bottom fishing and haven't had any issues with the gears.
And I've caught some decent sized AJ's and Grouper from over 200 feet of water.
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My Penn Battles have held up well internally. Corroding a little around the reel seat.
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My slammer 3's handle big Grouper ,Snapper and AJ"s.Way better than Spinfisher,Battle.I have only had one handle break in a year of charters.It was a guy just trying to crank instead of lifting then reeling on the way down.I always keep extra handles with me.The reels have been solid and quiet.Capt.Mike
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Originally Posted by bigbender View Post
My Penn Battles have held up well internally. Corroding a little around the reel seat.
Also cheap pot metal gears.
I own 4 Battle II's.


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Low retrieve but high power for deep jigging go to SPHEROS 8000...or 10k more braid, is 98% saragosa.
....But your BG 6500 is monster 29.5oz (as shimano 18k/20k, lethal 100 or penn 8500)
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The PENN Spinfisher VI has all machined CNC gears and is an incredible reel for the dollars. PENN upgraded the gears several years ago. I am now running 4 Slammers and feel they are the best offshore spinning reel I have ever used.
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Slammer iii has decent bronze gears. More money but won't shear on a fish. New BG coming out with bigger gears. Might be worth a look.
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Spheros... or if budget allows, Saragosa.
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The main gear on SSV and SSVI are not interchangeable. The SSVI has a machines gear that is much better quality. There are aluminum and bronze main gear upgrades for the SSV available at Mystic Parts. You want any of the options for #8

https://www.mysticparts.com/PennParts/PennSSV6500.aspx
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If you want to just get a new reel I like the Slammers, Spheros and Saragossa. Penn parts are typically easy to get from Mystic Parts so that’s the deciding factor for our charter boats but I personally have Shimano Saragossa. I prefer the Saragossa but they are twice the price of the SSVI so I can’t justify getting the shimanos when the SSVIs do very well for us.

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