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How do I match my reel with a rod?

First determine what species you'll be targeting, then determine which line/lures you'll be using to target these species. For example: you're targeting snapper using 10lb mono/20lb braid and ½-1oz lures/bait. Start by determining which rods and reels are ideal for this type of fishing. Spinning vs. casting reels: most anglers prefer spinning reels in this situation. Next is line class: if you look at the line ratings of our 4000 size spinning reels you'll notice that 10lb mono/20lb braid fall right in the middle of the recommended line class, so that's your reel size. You can also use line class to choose a rod. Our 4-7kg and 5-8kg line class in rods both fit this reel. Also look at the lure rating: the 5-8kg goes up to ¾ recommended lure weights and the 4-7kg rod goes up to 1oz. This information can help you choose between the two rods. And if you still can't decide, simply visit your local tackle shop where an employee can help walk you through the decision process.

What rod or reel is best used for specific styles of fishing?

That's a very broad question and varies depending on region, species, etc. For example, snapper on plastics involves repetitive casting typically calls for a 3000-4000 inshore spinning reel. Baitfishing anglers may prefer an overhead rod. You won't find an easy answer to this here, because it requires multiple questions and answers before we can point you in the right direction. We recommend visiting your local tackle shop where an employee can help walk you through the decision process.

What rod or reel is best used for specific species?

It all depends on how you are targeting them. Are you trolling, drifting, casting, or simply dropping down to the bottom? You won't find an easy answer to this here, because it requires multiple questions and answers before we can point you in the right direction. We recommend visiting your local tackle shop where an employee can help walk you through the decision process.

Which rods are best for use in saltwater?

All PENN reels are designed for saltwater fishing. We ensure that each metal is the correct material/alloy and coated/treated correctly to stand up to saltwater. All ball bearings used in PENN reels are stainless steel, and grease is used liberally inside all PENN reels on all moving parts.

Which reels shouldn't be used in saltwater?

All PENN reels can be used in both saltwater and freshwater. Our rods and reels are built saltwater tough, which makes them more than adequate for any freshwater application.