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Penn 50 vsw versus Penn VI SW

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Old 06-12-2018, 03:17 PM
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Default Penn 50 vsw versus Penn VI SW

So what's the difference between them? I see new one is lighter and narrower. I have a choice to make. Old reel free, new 1 for 185....its an award from fishing cub for largest men's tuna 2017
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:39 PM
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The VI series is lighter weight, new ergonomic handle, adjustable drag stop, Smoother drag curve, designed for fishing with a braid backing. I'd go for the VI, but it's hard to beat free.
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:45 PM
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I'm looking to own the reel for a lifetime (how much do I have left????). My 50T s are from the late 1980's...and feel is highly important. Most my fishing is stand up for tuna and a thinner reel is very appealing to me. I use to have 50TW's and sold them when I won 2 of the 50 VSW's....and I don't like them. Too heavy too wide...plus I hear some have failed in PEI under heavy load. Also I don't really need to downshift often. (but for my store the 50 single speed is out of stock).Plus lol I also have a 300 dollar gift card at that tackle shop so it's not going to be too 'hard' for me in the wallet.

Thank you for the info I am leaning towards VI. AND I'm also looking at the new 30 instead I see the retrieval per crank is about the same!!
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My understanding is that the VI has a completely redesigned drag system and different internally....I believe it went from a push to pull drag like many of the higher end brands.
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VISW series: Adjustable strike setting, SILENT anti-reverse (no clicking when reeling), 7-10%lighter , two speed button easier to adjust, angled lugs, 5 bearings vs 4 in the VSW.

Edit: I see you want a light reel with a smaller profile, try and get a Penn VISX instead of the wide, great drag curve in a small package.
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I bought 2 new 50W VIs and a 30W VI and we took them over to Bimini in April for some high speed trolling. Within the first two days, the handle broke on one of the 50s and the clicker broke on another. I returned them to the store for replacement but Penn didn't have any in stock so we replaced them for two new Tiagras. I couldn't believe two brand new reels "failed" almost immediately. Neither could the store manager who tried to sell us the Tiagras in the first place.
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:27 PM
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Well I've had one international fail on me, and it's all I've used since 1986. Yes they may need servicing and their handles may need upgrading but I'm from Philly so I have strong preference towards them
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Wow that's not an easy decision and there are a lot of choices! I could go

1. 50VISX but see it's got 25% less line capacity. (Maybe not an issue with JB HC?)
2. I could go 50VISW 1 speed only 100 dollar price difference (How can 2 sp and 1 speed weigh the same and appear to have same profile)
3 Go 30VISW 2 speed
4 Just sell the reel and do with out lol
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Big reel little reel with a lot more drag when trolling that reel is in the rod holder 99% of the time once you hook up on a nice fish the pressure does not change unless you want to use the combo for chunking jigging too I think it's time for a harness I am a old f--k too.
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The VISX series is designed for braid, its a smaller and lighter reel. Much nicer for fishing stand up. I'm going to be replacing most of my gear with this series, braid with a top shot of mono for tuna fishing.

If you need the line capacity the the VISW is your choice.
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Old 06-17-2018, 03:21 AM
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Vsx sounds like the reel you want...significantly narrower and designed to fish braid. If you’re fishing braid the vsw is overkill from a line capacity standpoint. First I heard the visx had a redesigned drag system, maybe look into that more but the v series have a robust and reliable drag system. I had been told they were mostly cosmetic differences. The weight thing is ridiculous IMO. It’s not like you hold these things all day casting them over your head. The tiny weight difference seems like a joke to me.
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