29 Reviews
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93% Recommend this product (27 of 29 responses)
By Mike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Solid reel
November 19, 2021
Picked up a few this past offseason and they’re perfect for trolling Striper
By Rasheed
Charlotte, NC
October 14, 2021
It is exactly as discribed.
By Nathan
December 14, 2020
You could throw this thing of a skyscraper and it wouldn't break.
By Anonymous
Wilmington De
Penn 113 h2 sp
October 10, 2020
As always penn rock solid
ProsPrice and durable
By Amanda
Dallas, TX
long lasting great reel
September 17, 2020
We own a charter company and these reels are our go to for a lighter tackle, great quality !
By Tom C.
Great reel
August 18, 2020
Can’t beat this reel for the money.
By Van
Great old school (style) reels!
July 23, 2019
I have hundreds of hours on my Senators and they have never given me any problems. I have a bunch that are at least 20 to 30 years old as well that are still in my rotation. Great reels.
By Alarider
Mobile, AL
Penn Senators are the best value money can buy!
July 20, 2019
I, like many others, have been using Penn Senator reels for over 30 years. They last longer than any others and are simply the best value in fishing reels you will ever find! Get some.
ConsYour children will want it!
By william
New Jersey
Always had senators and these and they are great!
August 21, 2018
had one for over 20 years and it is still going as good as the first day.
By Jessie
, NJ
Time tested and truly legendary reel.
June 15, 2018
Great reel for catching small tuna and smaller sharks. My father and his father grew up using Penn reels and had a bunch of the Senators. My grandfathers old Penn is still going to this day and the reel is older than me (33), with little to no maintenance other than a little bit of oil here and there and a good freshwater spray down after saltwater use.
ProsCant beat this thing. You abuse it and it laughs at it.
Conswish they made it in different colors, but I get it's the iconic Penn maroon
By Kevin
Central Point, OR
Dependable reel.
March 3, 2018
Lots of big fish caught, regular maintenance, never a problem on the water.
ProsLast you'll have to buy. Parts are easy to get.
By Beau
Dickinson, TX
Great Shark reels for the Gulf
October 4, 2016
I use these for land based shark fishing and do very well on bull sharks and Blacktips
ProsGood Line Capacity Solid reel
By steve
great reel for the money
August 10, 2016
have two f these reels on senator rods used for wire line jigging great set up for the money
By Jason
Centereach, Ny
Great reel
August 3, 2016
I don't boat fish much anymore, but when I do I love using my Penn senator.
By Haythum
Still the legendary Senator
June 26, 2016
Works great. plenty of parts good for the money.
By Wade
Lihue Hawaii
Penn 113H2LW
April 28, 2016
Great reel for the price. Did not get to use it yet but I know that it will do just fine.
ProsCan't beat the price. Bought it on sale
ConsI stripped down reel and it was just caked on with blue grease. I took most of it off and put grease at the important spots. Now reel free spools way better
By joseph
Pavilion, NY
Penn #1
March 10, 2016
bought this for an upcoming offshore trip to the Gulf of Mexico. no doubt it will work great. I have 12 other Penn reels,several over 40 years old,and they are still working like new.
Prosprice,line capacity,built solid
By Tony
Pasadena, MD
Nice Conventional reel
December 1, 2015
Great reel for the price. The reel is strong and durable to withstand inshore and light offshore conditions for bottom fishing. This was my first conventional reel without a level wind. Had no issues so far.
By Jared
Raynham, MA
Classic wire line jigging reel
April 24, 2015
This has proven to be a great reel over the years. Perhaps I am biased since I grew up wire-line jigging off Sow and Pigs/rest of the Elizabethan Islands but I love this reel. If you are looking to troll monel/stainless/lead core then this is a true workhorse of a reel that will last you years. If you are lucky enough to find an old stainless spool grab and replace 8O)
ProsRuggedness, longevity
ConsThey no longer come with a stainless spool (hard to find now).
By Ethan
Awesome Real. Owned many of these. Last forever it seems. Great product
April 20, 2015
Buy It
ConsNothing really
By Philip
Swampscott, MA
Old Reliable
February 16, 2015
My father grew up using penn senators and he taught me to always use them. They are strong, reliable, and meant to take a beating. At this point I've accumulated so many that if something breaks I have parts for it and they are simple reels to care for. On my boat all you will see on my conventional rods is senators for the most part in various sizes for different purposes.
Prosstrong, durable, reliable, simple
Consno infinite anti-reverse
By JukeJoint
Raleigh, NC
Classic Wench
December 22, 2014
What a nice reel, great drag, built like a tank, easy to repair....fantastic. Great for big trolling spreads and heavy weight. I'm gonna try shark fishing off the beach with this one next...should be fun. I have no worries it can handle it, just if I can.
ProsSuper tough
By John
Tampa, Fl.
Penn reliability
November 22, 2014
Been using senators since the early 70's as a boy. Was a great dependable reel then and still is today. Impossible to beat the bang for your buck you get with these special senator reels.
ProsGreat drag, line capacity and low cost
By David
Hutchinson, Kansas
Great high quality all around reel
June 21, 2014
I use this reel for big catfish. 40lb line and this reel can conquer every huge cat I caught no problem. Very smooth and the drag will certainly stop the run.
Prosgreat line capacity. Power to spare
By jerrry
clayton, NC
April 12, 2014
this was my first offshore fishing reel. it is a super simple designed reel. with very little practice you can take it completely apart and fix anything that ever goes wrong with it making it last forever. I still carry mine in my tackle bag in case one of my new reels were to mess up.
Prosprice, indestructible, super simple design, easy to work on.
By Kayden
Austin, TX
Penn Special Senator 113H2
February 27, 2014
Amazing kayak reel for kings, cobia, and decent sized shark. Great snapper, and grouper rod off the kayak at the rigs.
ProsVery strong drag, and a very nice reel.
By John
Harbeson, DE
Great, smooth reel
October 28, 2013
Used this reel this past weekend for tog fishing. Very smooth and great reel for the money.
By Matt
Penn 112h2
January 7, 2013
Been exactly the reel I've been looking for. Great drag settings and it's make pulling sea bass out of the wrecks this winter a breeze
By Elias
Rethymnon, Crete
Clasic reels, the best value for money
August 3, 2012
I would not review a classic reel, but it happened to catch a bluefin approximately 80 pounds using a Penn113H, with 500 yds Powerpro 50 lb, and I was impressed one more time from the capabilities of the reel. I use it since 2004, and I have catched more than 50 big fish since then
ProsThe drag system The reliability of the reel The line capacity the weight the durability
Consthe handle knob, but it can be improved

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