zebco reels vs. penn

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by sharpshooter95, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. sharpshooter95

    sharpshooter95 New Member

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    Why do baitcast reels such as the penn 209 appear more in the catfish world than normal zebco reels. Is there any major difference besides that one looks cooler than the other and can hold more line?:eek:oooh:
     
  2. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    QUALITY!


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  3. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    Randy hit the Nail Right On The HEAD!!!!!
     
  4. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    That's about like putting a Rolls Royce against a V.W.:roll_eyes: No comparison.
    After saying that{ WELCOME to the BOC.}
     
  5. FLATHEAD STEVE

    FLATHEAD STEVE New Member

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    Agreed!!!! I can't bring myself to say both brands in the same sentence, NO COMPARISON!!!:wink:
     
  6. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

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    It would be like going to cut down some trees. Would you rather take a hand saw or a chain saw? Both MIGHT get the job done in the long run, but you're probably going to ruin the hand saw and be disappointed with the results in the long run. Welcome to the BOC
     
  7. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    yes welcome to the BOC had a brain fart or i would have welcomed you erlyer
     
  8. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Jared regardless of all thing's fish with what ever you have and have a good time doing it! Yes there is a huge difference between the two but they both reel in fish and will put food on the table :smile2: Fish On
     
  9. alton

    alton New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from Alton, IL.
    In response to your question, I would have to say the biggest difference in the Zebco and the Penn 209 would be the gears and drag system. If your main focus is on catching smaller fish in the 2-10lb range, the Zebco's have proven for years they will do the job. If you target larger fish 20lb and over I would suggest the Penn over the Zebco's. Good luck.
     
  10. riverbud55

    riverbud55 Well-Known Member

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    First off welcome to the BOC, The difference between a penn 209 and a normal zebbco(what ever that is:eek:oooh:) would be like the defference between a Weatherby 300 mag, and a Daisey bb gun, one being the real thing and the other a toy :wink: yep they both shoot and can kill a rat:smile2:
     
  11. Joey6500

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    It would be a funny sight seein somin slingin out a 14 inch carp and 4 oz of lead with a zebco:big_smile:
     
  12. Joey6500

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    Welcome to the BOC!
     
  13. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    I won't disagree with my BOC Brothers,but myself personally I was raised on Zebco's. They do make a Saltwater Reel. As for monster cats I can't say, I'm still searching for one.Welcome to the BOC,come on in and kick your shoes off and set a spell.:smile2:
     
  14. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Jared Welcome to the BOC, from So. Illinois. You have recieved a lot of good answers to your question.:0a18::0a25::0a25:
     
  15. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Jared.
     
  16. greg

    greg USCA - STAFF Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Not that I am picking a fight or anything, But Zebco is a division of W.C. Bradley Co Who also owns Quantum Van Staal And Fin-Nor in addition to Zebco. I personnally like my Zebcos and Quantums and would not trade my Fin-Nor for any Penn.
     
  17. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    First Welcome to the BOC !!! Now here is my opinion on your question. Penn reels have been around a bit longer than Zebco. A lot of us started out with Zebco and wanted to be like dad that had that big old round reel. Penn is probably a far superior reel for big fish because that's what they were designed for. I can remember back in the late 50's early 60's when Zebco 33 was the craze of most fishermen that I knew of.
     
  18. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    gears for one thing,i mean a penn and zebco thats apples and oranges really.now i swear by the older zebco 33s i still have a few from when i was a kid and they were given to me by my grandfather who had them lord knows how long before passing them down.but they dont make them like that anymore,most companys make things with the cheapest parts they can buy even if it effects there quality.
     
  19. sharpshooter95

    sharpshooter95 New Member

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    I know that penn rocks and zebco doesn't compare. But what about the designs? What makes the baitcast models such as the penn 209 or 309 better. If they were equal in quality what would make the baitcast system better?

    Thanks for your time!