The new version of the Pursuit reel by Penn has come out, superseding the previous model ll.
So what is it about this reel that it has received such good reviews? There are several factors.
Firstly, this is a cheap reel ( in price only), some models can be obtained for US$36 ! The higher range models are still in the $50 range.
One never thought there could be a cheaper reel than the Daiwa BG,yet still be comparable to it in
Secondly, it is a reel that is light due to its frame and rotor being made of graphite, although the spool and the side plates are of metal.
This makes it a joy to cast with all day without tiring your arms.
Thirdly, and this is the major change from its previous models, it has the superlative HT100 drag which is usually found on the higher model Penns (think Spinfishers and Slammers).
This puts out 15lbs of drag on the size 4000 model, more than adequate for most of our estuary and
I feel that this is an ideal reel for beginner anglers due to its low cost yet high performance.
It is also a good back up reel for the more advanced anglers on a trip, who can rest easy knowing that if their primary reel malfunctions then they have a decent reel to fall back on.
Furthermore, because of its lightweight this reel would suit the more elderly or physically weaker anglers who have a hard time making numerous casts in a session.
Finally, because it has a graphite body, it can be used for light saltwater angling without fear of rusting.
Just be sure not to dunk it in saltwater and to wash it with freshwater immediately you have ended the days fishing.
Some pictures of the reel and the box (giving specifications and line capacities ).