Question about Penn 209LC

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by kitsinni, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    I got a Penn 209LC the other day and have not used it yet. I noticed when I was playing with it that if the reel is in free spool and you turn the handle it won't engage the spool. Is this by design or is there a problem with my reel? If you manually engage the reel by flipping the lever it works fine. It won't really make much difference for what I will use it for but I would like to know if this was by design or not.
     
  2. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    My regular 209 is the same way.
    My buddies is the same too.

    So that's three that work like that.
    I guess that's just how the Penn is designed.
     

  3. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    Ok well that is good to know. Thanks!

    I use them for drift fishing anyway so it won't really matter. I don't like to drag baits drifting so I use line counters to know exactly where my bait is. It works great especially when the river changes depths a lot.
     
  4. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    Won't your finder pick up your bait?
    I know the HDS7's do, pretty neat to see actually.
    Even better when you see an arch moving upwards towards the bait. :smile2:
    Either way, let me know how the LC treats you. I came real close to buying a 7000i with an LC.
     
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  5. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    I have the cheapest lowrance made I think they would be around $50 new if they sold them without a boat package. It is good for picking out depth and that is about it. I do all my fishing the old fashion way and just use the finder as a depth finder. I will probably get a HDS7 early next year though.
     
  6. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    You have purchased the work horse reel of choice. The Penn 209 has to be manually engaged by flipping the lever. Great reels.
     
  7. ammo warrior

    ammo warrior Member

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    Thanks for posting the question. I am learning about bait reels and noticed that they work in different ways...interesting
     
  8. MedicMike

    MedicMike New Member

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    I think you'll find that only "true" baitcasters engage when one turns the handle (like an Abu Revo). Otherwise, on star-drag conventionals, they all have a free spool lever. On lever drag conventionals (like a Penn International), one slides the drag handle forward to the desired setting to begin a retrieve. For example, the Abu 7000C3 will engage when the handle is turned, but the 7000iHSN has a free spool lever.
     
  9. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    dont be like me and forget to engage...feel like a real dumba%$ when you set teh hook on the badboy thats been taking your line across the lake and you hear zrrrrrrr ZRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !! backlash and snap the line:smile2::confused2::sad2: