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97% Recommend this product (63 of 65 responses)
June 16, 2022
Similar to the battle series. Feels like a quality metal reel. Would use for freshwater. Clean it off after if you use at the beach.
good all around
June 16, 2022
Solid all around reel. Similar to the battle series. nice handle and cool color scheme.
By Shevy
Bay Area, California
Versatility and Quality CLASH5000
November 18, 2021
This Reel is a reliable workhorse, that can be fished in many ways, and can take the pounding the mighty pacific ocean dishes out. I fish this reel off of boats for rockfish and lingcod and it has the line capacity to fish deeper reef, and the saltwater spray has not effected it yet (bought 4 years ago). I also fish cut bait for big rays and sharks and this reel has the power to stop em', and the line capacity for runners. I handle rays in the 50-60lb pound rang with ease. I can also get out on the rocks and not worry about the conditions when using my clash. The thing just won't die, 100% worth my money.
ProsDurability Line capacity Versatility Strength
ConsWish there was a power knob
By Mike
Amazing reel
November 12, 2021
I’ve put this 4k size reel through torture basically and it still kicks butt. From 12+ Lb bluefish to 30lb Striper and numerous runoffs from tarpon in Florida, it still works. The tarpon burned up the drag a little but some penn grease helped that
ProsQuality built
By buster
Coos bay, OR
My favorite Penn reel for freshwater
July 13, 2021
bought a 2000 size for freshwater and its been great. Really like the concept gearing its smooth and still going strong almost 3 years later
By Emmanuel S.
Bermuda Island
Clash 4000 Powerful yet smooth and looks cool too!!
September 25, 2020
Lightest Penn at 4000's, I've ever owned! Penn products have been stepping up their game for the last couple of years... which is good :) Powerful yet smooth (Smoothest spinning reel Penn I have) and built to last for a long time!
ProsSmooth, Powerful and built like a tank, ohh! looks pretty cool too.
ConsNoting noted as of the moment really happy with the purchase!!
By Jacob
Penn quality
June 23, 2020
I've been fishing various Penns for years now. Mostly older spinfishers and the battle 2. But this clash is nice. Decided to jump on the deal and give it a try. Definitely the smoothest Penn I've ever used. Quality drag that you expect from Penn. Overall a solid reel
ProsWell built, good drag, smooth
By Fred
Santa Maria, Ca
Nice buttery smooth reel
June 3, 2020
Awesome smooth spinning reel , no problem cranking in the fish and at a good price
By Stephen
Pensacola, FL, USA
Super satisfied
May 14, 2020
Ordered the awesome PENN CLASH 4000, called the next day to add a spool full of braid and to my delight it was already shipped!! Not only is that awesome, the reel IS SO NICE. It looks so good,, really something to look at ,all the weight saving cuts and carbon fiber accent the classic penn gold. Looks awesome and the performance as good and better than you could expect. Extra smooth drag plenty of stopping power and those CNC'ed gears are so smooth and strong. It has done the trick on Pompano and redfish so far. And they have been upper slot red's. Reel will work for many applications ordering another 2 for bait rods!!! Awesome purchase from TACKLE DIRECT and A STAPLE BRAND LIKE PENN
ProsLooks Light Smooth and strong drag Cnc 'ed gears are tight and smooth
ConsNone for me
By taigue
Have had this reel for 5+ years
April 26, 2020
Have caught everything from bluefish to mahi. this reel is extremely durable and has never failed. drag system is flawless.
By Dave
Great spinner reel
April 14, 2020
Good for a little bit of everything
By Calvin
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
March 6, 2020
Not as smooth as Shimano but will last just as long!
By Tom
New Jersey
Fantastic inshore reel
March 5, 2020
Super smooth drag, lightweight, well balanced. The new mid-tier to higher end Penn reels are brilliant
By Reese
Great reel
January 31, 2020
This reel is great I use it for redfish and trout on eastern coast works great. Also a good Sabiki reel.
ProsVery strong built reel with good saltwater resistance
ConsNot as smooth as some shimanos competitors once strung (not really much of a problem though)
By Larry
long Beach, new York
Great Spinning Reel for the Money
January 9, 2020
I have been using this reel in the surf since Penn introduced a couple of years ago, putting it on a 10 foot GSB. I have tamed teen size bluefish with a drag that is smooth. It has stood up to sand and surf and has not failed me yet. It holds a fair amount of 30 or 40 lbs power pro. I liked it so much I got a second one to put on a 11 foot GSB. I highly recommend this reel for both 10 and 11 foot rods.
ProsIt is light and strong, holds a fair amount of 30 or 40 pound braid, and the drag is super smooth.
ConsNone yet!
By Kenny
Columbia, Maryland
Fantastic reel
December 31, 2019
I love the handle on these, it feels rugged and durable. Nicely paired my 3k with 15lb 832 and it slays inshore applications
By Dylan
Palm Bay, Florida
One of the best...
December 2, 2019
I have multiple of these reels a 2500, 3000, 4000, and a 5000. I love every single one of them and they all have performed flawlessly for me.
ProsLightweight, strong, cool design
Merrit Island, Fl
Home run Penn!
November 29, 2019
This Clash is one of the best reels penn has ever made! I own 4 of them! Penn really did their homework on these bad boys. I honestly can't find any flaw in them. Lightweight and strong with a great drag. What else do you want in a spinning reel used primarily for casting artificials? I also own a few slammer III reels and an amazing reel as well. Penn, has really stepped their game up over the last few years...
ProsLightweight, strong, excellent line lay, physically a good looking reel, and an affordable price. You can't go wrong purchasing a Penn Clash!
ConsI honestly can't think of any and I always have something negative to say when answering this question!
By Capt S.
Bonita Springs
Penn Reels
September 8, 2019
I’ve been a guide for 37 years and all I use is Penn Reels
By Toby
Lovin' it!
April 10, 2019
This Penn reel is a great investment in my & my children's fun! The drag is powerful and smooth. I really like the round knob handles that are supplied now instead of the old paddle of yesteryear. I may eventually upgrade to an aluminum knob but that will be down the road a bit. With Penn's reputation for longevity, I look forward to handing this one down to my son. I currently use a 45 GLS I purchased about 30 years ago...so I have every intention of seeing this one get handed to my Grandchild.
ProsStrong & smooth drag Good line capacity strong reliable construction it may outlive you...
By Brian F.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Clash 6000
February 18, 2019
Have Clash 2500 that accidently handled cobia up to 45lbs. Needed to upgrade. Awesome reels.
By Michael
Aiken, SC
Fantastic Reel
February 16, 2019
You can count on quality and reliability from Penn reels and this one hits the mark. Smooth operation and great feel gives excellent touch while fishing.
ConsThe picture shows a round handle knob but the reel came with the regular rectangular knob.
By Robert
San Pedro Ca
haven't used it yet
February 13, 2019
reel feels great, and im sure it will perform just fine
By Keenan
Rio Grande, PR
Great for the price
January 2, 2019
A bit heavy, what what 6000 is not. smooth reel. will buy again
By Richard
Penn what else can I say!
December 9, 2018
Wow super smooth reel. I just love fishing with this reel. Thank you tackle direct!
By Sonny
Awesome reel
November 1, 2018
Love it!! Going for the Slammer 3 next
By Racman
cape cod mass
Awesome reel
August 6, 2018
reasonable priced and has been a great striper and bluefish reel
By Curt
Sheffield, MA
Awesome reel for price!
June 23, 2018
Great reel. It's light, it's got a strong bail, and the drag is very smooth. Another dependable Penn reel. This is not a sealed reel so common sense dictates that you don't submerge it in salt water. Just rinse it off and keep it clean it will last quite awhile. A great reel as long as you don't need to worry about saltwater intrusion.
ProsLight, good drag
ConsNot sealed.
By Jurgen K.
Virginia Beach
Great saltwater reel
June 21, 2018
Perfect reel coupled with an Allstar Paraflex 7' medium spinning rod it can tackle most of the local species we fish for on the Chesapeake Bay.
By Brian
Portsmouth, NH
love this reel
May 29, 2018
The Clash is my go to reel for inshore striper fishing. It is smooth, durable, lays line very well and is super light. I match it with black hole 701L and can fish all day without fatigue.
Prosvery light, durable,
Consnone after well over 100 hours of fishing it in 2017.
By Robert
Staten Island, New York
Best Plugging Reel I've Owned In Years
March 3, 2018
I split my fishing time between the NY/NJ surf and Captiva Island. I need a reel that's going to subdue cow stripers, gorilla blues, bull reds, monster snook, jack, spanish mack...you get the picture. This is THE reel for the job. Spooled with 30lb superline, it is smooth casting, fast retrieving, and has a drag that tires fish out fast. I've been a Penn fisherman my whole life. This is one of the best Penn reels I've ever owned
ProsDrag Weight Capacity Handle (Rubberized is great in cold fall fishing)
By Michael
Apollo Beach, FL
Outstanding Reel
July 8, 2017
I've used the Penn Clash since it first came out and it still remains my favorite reel. I also own the a Slammer but I pick the clash for inshore and offshore. Best reel you can buy for the money you wont be disappointed.
Prossmooth drag very light can spool a lot of line
By Daniel
Locust Valley, NY
Smooth Drag, Powerful reel
April 16, 2017
Purchased the CLA2000 and its held up great striped bass fishing. Powerful and smooth!
By Tyler
January 9, 2017
I have the 2500 size and have fished it heavy for a year. It still works good. Only issue I'm having is wind knots, I'm using the rated braid # and I can't keep a full spool
ProsSmooth Good drag Light
ConsWind knots
By Nicholas
Pittsburgh, PA
Excellent Drag
November 16, 2016
This reel has a very smooth and strong drag. The reel was used for massive rays in Ocean City with the drag cranked to max and the reel handled the stress, heat, and extended runs like a champ. The reel has no issues with casting, no wind knots. The reel also took 500yds of Berkley 65lb Pro Spec line when I spooled it, I was very impressed. The reel has an excellent spool capacity and with 30lbs of drag plus a machine brass gear, this reel is a winner as far as mid priced reels go.
ProsDrag, line capacity, ease of use, castibility, weight for the size.
By Nicholas
Pittsburgh, PA
Excellent All Purpose Reel
November 16, 2016
I have used this reel for chunking on my 12ft Avid Surf and the line comes off with ease, no wind knots either. I then turn around this winter and threw the reel on a 7ft 9in Okuma Cruz and had no problem throwing musky crankbaits, I was thoroughly impressed by the power of this reel. The drag works very well too. I should note that the reel took 300yds of 65lb Sufix 832 with ease in case any one wants any ideas about the line capacity.
ProsDrag, castibility, cranking power for a spinning reel, solid construction, line capacity.
By Kyle
nantucket, MA
Powerful reel, drag sticks right out of the box and started making noise after 3 weeks of use
October 15, 2016
Would be awesome if the drag was smooth like other reels
By Alex
Pozzuoli, Italy
Fluke and Light tackle
September 18, 2016
Perfect reel to use for fluke and lighter striper fishing. Holds a nice amount of line and has a very nice drag. Matches perfectly with my 7' Mojo surf. That setup has brought in more fish than anything else this year and its still going strong. I have dunked it by accident twice and there hasn't been an issue. A+
By Alex
Pozzuoli, Italy
My favorite Penn ever
August 4, 2016
Just got this earlier this year and I am impressed! Super smooth, awesome gears and comfortable handle. Performed well all spring and I am looking forward to the fall.
By Terry
Dana Point Harbor, California
Catches west coast bluefins !
July 29, 2016
Drag worked great on a 100# class bluefin ! It's casting and reeling ability worked out perfect for surface poppers. I am not a spinning reel fan, so I was surprised. The reel did well on long fights.
ConsI missed my 2 speeds !
By Jos├┬ę l.
South padre island texas
Great reel
June 13, 2016
S├┬║per smooth put 240 yds Of 65lb power pro Great for surf And boat reel
ProsS├┬║per smooth, strong
By Herb
Fort Myers, FL
June 12, 2016
Awesome reel! Super smooth and has ability to land big fish!
By Herb
Fort Myers, FL
June 12, 2016
Awesome reel! Super smooth and holds a ton of line!
By Mark
Demorest, Ga
Very nice reel, smooth drag
June 1, 2016
Very nice reel, smooth drag
By John F.
Sky Valley, Ga.
Light Reel that performs like a heavy weight
May 22, 2016
Have caught grouper, snapper, trout all on this reel. Was able to enjoy casting to trout all morning and then go offshore when the wind died down and muscle grouper out of the rocks. Light enough for my little boy to use all day and strong enough to catch all kinds of fish. Love it
ProsLight weight, smooth strong drag
By John F.
Sky Valley, Ga.
Strong, Smooth, Fun
May 22, 2016
Love the reel. Hooked into a 14lb. STRIPER, handed it to my 8yr. Old son and watched as he landed his largest fish to date. He was thrilled to catch it and I was happy the drag performed the way it did. Would recommend this reel to even if it wasn't on sale but being on sale makes it a no brainer.
ProsLight weight, great drag,
By Alan
Penn Clash 3000
May 19, 2016
Have only had this reel for 3 weeks. It is very smooth with a good drag. Time will tell on durability. Price was also very good from Tackle Direct.
By Tim
Great Reel
May 16, 2016
I purchased two for inshore salt water fishing. I spooled one with 15 lb and the second with 20 lb braid. The line capacities were very accurate. I paired the reels with St. Croix Mojo medium inshore rods The outfits both cast like a dream are rugged yet vey light. The gearing is very smooth and the drag is a proven design. I've use them on one fishing trip (caught Spanish Mackerel) so far and time will tell about durability but I've had good experience with Penn Slammer and Battle II reels. I believe the Clash compares very well with some of the more expensive Shimano reels. I will be buying more over time to replace my older inshore reels.
ProsTotal design for light weight and good drag system; the reel is very attractive as well. Good value for the money - at least at the Tackle Direct price.
ConsNone that I can find
By John
Nothern Virginia
Awesome Reel
May 7, 2016
Very smooth with plenty of stopping power. Handled a 42lb cobia with no problem
By Cabe
Rome, GA
Great reel
April 28, 2016
Reel is smooth and exceptionally strong. Would buy this again.

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