Penn Graph-Lite Reels

Discussion in 'Reels' started by Snap Draggin, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. Snap Draggin

    Snap Draggin Junior member

    I have been looking at the various reels by all the respectable manufacturers. I like the price of the Penn Graph-Lite, but I am wondering how they hold up. Are they even close to the International Big Games in durability?
  2. xs_tackle

    xs_tackle Senior Member

    Don't own any; haven't used them. I'm not inclined to try graphite body reels for 2-speed service. Comments on the Allcoast tackle board are inconclusive. But you should search "Penn and Graph-lite" to see for yourself.

    If you want to experiment or be a trail blazer, here's your chance. For reliable service over the long run offshore, I'd stick to all metal 2-spd reels and stay away from lightly or poorly anodized aluminium bodies. If your reel breaks down in ordinary service during the warranty period, maybe Penn will make it right (except for the trip on which it broke down and any others that happen before Penn gets the job done). This is not to disparage Penn, but to call attention to the limited value of warranties.

  3. alantani

    alantani Senior Member

    i typically recommend penn kg 10/15. penn gld 20/30 and shimano tld 20/30 for drag applications of 20#'s of drag at strike or less. within these ranges, i think the reels function quite well.
  4. Cliffshot

    Cliffshot Junior member

    I have a Penn 15 KG and a Penn 10LD. Love the reels. very srong for weight and size. I use the 10LD for jigging set up (I like the luggs) on a 7 ft. Tsunami rod. Caught big AJ's nice black fin and even a couole of sharks on jig to over 100#s. The 15Kg is rigged ot fish 60# for Tuna etc. I have caught a number of 60--90 # yellow fin Big Wahoo on the troll etc.

    Before these I had a Penn 15LD and caight a 120# yellow fin behind a shrimper on the Dolphin. Took me an hour and a half. Don't recommend that LOL! I upgraded as stated above shortly after that ordeal.

    I also own an Avet 50SDS. It is my go to Tuna chunker, but when the bite requires lighter leader's etc. I don't hesitate to use my Penn 15 KG.

    I personnally believe that the Penn Gold 30II is a much stronger reel than the Shimono TLD 30II. Read the west coast boards (Bloody decks etc.0 and you will see that those "Shimono lovers" are upgrading them to the tunes of hundreds (increased drags etc.). NO NEED IN MY OPINION WITH THE PENNS.