For as long as we can remember, fishing has been an integral part of our lives. It’s a passion that has been passed down through generations, from both sides of our family. We have always believed in the importance of using top-notch fishing gear to make the most of our time on the water and in the great outdoors. When it comes to choosing fishing equipment, there’s one brand that has consistently stood out among the rest – PENN. The legacy of PENN fishing and their commitment to quality is unmatched in the industry, and the latest addition to their arsenal, the Spinfisher VII, enhances their reputation. As the Bastard Smith Brothers., we want to share our experience using the Spinfisher VII and why it has become a reel we cannot leave at home.

Before delving into our experience with the Spinfisher VII, it’s crucial to highlight why we choose PENN as our brand of choice. The history of PENN and its gear is steeped in a tradition of excellence. For over six decades, they have been dominating the saltwater fishing market, catering to anglers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. PENN’s commitment to innovation, durability, and performance has earned them a spot at the top of the industry, making it an obvious choice for passionate anglers like us.

We have been fortunate enough to witness the evolution of the Spinfisher series over the years. Our father’s father used a Spinfisher, which was passed down to our father and still lives in the shed now. With each new iteration, PENN has raised the bar, introducing cutting-edge technologies and features that enhance the fishing experience. The Spinfisher VII is the epitome of this continuous improvement, blending the best of tradition with state-of-the-art advancements.

From the moment we got our hands on the Spinfisher VII, we knew it was something special. The IPX5 sealing offers incredible protection against saltwater intrusion, providing us with the confidence to tackle some of the harshest marine environments. Whether we were battling beasts from the depths or letting the reel ride in the spray, we were amazed at how well the Spinfisher VII maintained its performance.

The Full Metal Body and side plate of the Spinfisher VII kept the system in perfect alignment, even under immense pressure during heavy fights. The CNC Gear™ technology, with its all-brass main gear, helps to deliver a smooth and precise feel, allowing us to effortlessly handle hard-fighting fish. We could feel the quality and reliability with every turn of the handle.

One of the standout features of the Spinfisher VII is the HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers. The proprietary heat-dispersing grease ensures maximum longevity, with the ability to pull over 100 miles of line without any wear on the washers. This kind of reliability is crucial when chasing after big game fish that demand every bit of strength from the gear.

The 5+1 sealed stainless steel ball bearing system provided an exceptionally smooth retrieve, reducing friction and increasing overall performance. Combined with the Full Metal Body, this reel exhibited outstanding durability, making it a perfect companion for our rugged fishing style.

The Superline Spool with Line Capacity Rings is another great addition, coupled together with the improved line clip design, making the Spinfisher VII especially useful for securing heavier line and leader, minimizing loose line and tangles.

With a full suite of sizes to choose from, including a 2500 all the way up to a 10500, choosing the right Spinfisher VII for our specific needs was made easy. No matter what was needed we knew we were getting a strong performing reel backed by PENN’s 10-year warranty.

In conclusion, our experience with the PENN Spinfisher VII has been nothing short of exceptional. It embodies the spirit of the Bastard Smith Brothers, strong, tough and dependable while continuing Penn’s legacy and tradition of saltwater domination. We have tested it out against some of the hardest fighting species that Central Queensland has to offer and with the utmost of confidence can say that every feature of the Spinfisher VII has been purposefully designed to deliver top performance and durability. Whether we are casting from the shore or dropping it deep, this reel has proven to be a valuable asset in our armoury. PENN has once again proven why they are the brand of choice for anglers worldwide, and the Spinfisher VII stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence.


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