I have used a few Penn baitcasters in saltwater but the ones I used were Senators. These were for trolling or bottom fishing but would not cast. I would like to know of some models they make that are good for casting. Thanks
The 9, 109, 209 and 309 are all good, the 140 145 146 Squidder and the Surfmaster and Beachmasters are well thought of for casting... as are the Jigmaster 500's. I know there are others, and their spinning gear also has a good reputation, although I have never used a Penn spinner... The Senator is as good a trolling reel as there is out there, and most any of the above reels could also be used for trolling....
The Penn 220 and 230 GTO's are not too bad for the money. However, I dont think they will cast with the 209's or 309's. I recently bought a 210 off ebay and it will cast a mile. These I dont believe are in production anymore but if you can find one in great shape like I did, Id highly recommend them. They will cast with the best of them. rspd507
if you have an educated thumb already i would go with the squidder or 500 they are both non-levelwind which is one less thing to go wrong and will land any catfish you will hook into and both cast like rockets the only question left would be line size and capacity , using mono larger line i would go with the 500 or if using braid the 140 should hold plenty of say #80 power pro which has #20 diameter .
I would go with the 310GTI or 320GTI. I have used them for years and Penn stands behind their product. I sent one to them last year that was 15 years old to be reconditioned and it came back like brand new. They are a great reel but I'm slow switching over to the Shimano Tekota, what a powerhouse!
How well any given Penn casts depends on when it was made. Older Penns had chrome plated brass spools, which were heavy, and very prone to over-runs (backlashes). Penn's answer to the problem, at the time, was plastic spools, but they had problems of their own.
I haven't looked at new Penns in a while, but I'm under the impression that most have aluminum spools, which improves things, considerably.
I have 2 309's and 1 209 there pretty decent for the money, hold a lot of big line and if your good with a bait caster you should be alright with the 209 and 309 they are a little more tricky to cast than a abu for say but I use them everytime I go out.
A USA made PennSquidder is the way to go. Get one on EBAY .
One time a few years ago in the 60's I was fishing Marthas Vineyard with my squidder and a 10 ft surf rod casting rod for Blues. An old salt yelled I was casting to far unless I was trying to fish off off France.
I later asked him where tp park my VW bug and he said " Pahk ya cah by the habah!!! I looked puzzled and then I realized he meant Harbor!!! They talk funny like the Chappaqiddick Kid:angry:.
That squidder took a lot of fish and I could cast a mile with the plastic spool. A little harder with the metal spool. Carried a bunch of extra spools with line because when you run 50 ft and cast all your might it either goes a bunch or backlashes a birdsnest! Reel has quick takedown for quick spool changes.
Used braided nylon not mono. When I used mono it worked but more lashes....:smile2: