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Old 05-02-2006, 02:31 PM
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what liveliner is better, penn or shimano?
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Old 05-02-2006, 02:38 PM
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I can't say that I have used the penn, but I have owned 4 shimano 3500's for over 10 years and they still work flawlessly. They have a very decent track record. I have had alot of trouble with penn spinning reels over the years, but I have heard that they have fixed their issues.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:16 PM
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Just an FYI also, if it matters to you, but all Penns are now made offshore. Not sure where, China, Taiwan, who knows, but they may take a while to get up to speed.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:46 PM
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Fishegg - 5/2/2006 3:16 PM

Just an FYI also, if it matters to you, but all Penns are now made offshore. Not sure where, China, Taiwan, who knows, but they may take a while to get up to speed.
not All penns are made offshore. The internationals are still made in the USA.
and the penn slammers and liveliners are still made in the USA (at least the gold handle version)

Many consider the slammer and liveliner series one of the best spinning reels penn has made.
The liveliner has a full metal body, ht-100 drags above and below the spool, the liveline functions works manually ( some guys like the manual use vs. how the baitrunners work, both are great working functions)

The baitrunner has a great reputaion among guys on this forum. It is a lasting reels that will perform great.

I dont think you can go wrong with either reel, but I personally like the penn liveliner and slammer series because of its great durability, extremely smooth, its full metal body( I dont really like graphite reels too much) and a great drag. I also like the manual liveliner function vs. the baitrunners funtion.

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Old 05-02-2006, 04:59 PM
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Old 05-02-2006, 05:25 PM
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I just bought a brand-spanking new Senator 4/0 and in big bold letters on the box and sideplate it says MADE in the USA.
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:07 PM
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You may want to consider Cabela's Salt Striker bait runner. Great reel for the money and quite a bit less then the 2 mentioned.
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:53 PM
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Don't want to sound snobbish, but you get what you pay for (most of the time). If you are going to be using these reels hard, get either the Penn (don't have a liveliner, but am nothing but impressed with my SLammer) or the SHimano (never used the baitrunner, but Shimano makes a quality product). If these won;t be used too hard, and you don't want to spend a huge amount of money, an offbrand would probably be fine. We've got some Bass Pro trolling rods and for the amount we use them, they perform great, but if we trolled for tuna every weekend, i'd want something better. You might also check out some of Quantum's PT stuff, don't know if they have any baitrunner features, but Boca's are very nice reels.
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I was hoping to hear the Penn was as good. I have the Baitrunners in all 3 sizes, and it may be quite a while before I need another one. I have a 260 Slammer now two years and it is IMHO the best spinning reel Penn has built yet. I've had many of both the 'Z' and the 'SS' versions, the slammer is smoother and casts much better that it's predecessors.
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Old 05-06-2006, 03:33 PM
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I use both the Penn 9500SS and the Shimano liverunner reels for offshore Yellowfin tuna.Both hold around 300yards of powerpro 80lb test line and work great for casing top water plugs for yft.I never had any problems with any sofar other they being spooled only once!That sucked,was on the hook,lump season and couldn't drop the anchor ball fast enough.Know what a 150-200lb tuna can do?
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