Penn 209 Level

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on November 2, 2011

Penn 209 Level

Getting the Most From Your Spinning Reel

You will always have customers asking questions and making requests about their spinning reels (and ones they want) if you make a living at a tackle shop. Most anglers want to learn how to spool their reel with line that offers heavier test. They also want to have better casting abilities and discover what line is best for which purpose. However, you don't have to be employed in a tackle shop to answer these questions and more.


In the spring in the northeastern part of the United States, new schools of bass can be found in the local rivers. This is the time that fisherman will be looking for heavier line to accommodate this type of fishing.  Most are convinced that they need 20-lb line or even heavier.  This is especially true of the novice angler – they are often ill equipped with a reel that isn’t sufficient for this type of line, but remain determined to try it.  Unfortunately, this will almost always end badly as reels are geared towards specific line weights.

Most fishermen would do well to review the side of their spools. Each reel has a recommended line length and line size.  Too often, fishermen exceed these limits only to discover that their casting is not what it should be. Like it or not however, spools are designed to hold certain diameter lines and only certain amounts.  Exceeding these limits will definitely create casting problems.  It’s important that all fishermen be aware of the limitations of their reels.  Monofilament lines remember the shape they take on when added onto a reel.  Exceeding limits means that the angler is running the risk of creating a batch of knots when casting and recalling line.  The heavier the line, the more it ‘remembers’ the original shape.  Opening the bail helps the line cast, but as you slow it down, it causes high friction levels.  If an angler doesn’t use some caution, they will spend the rest of their fishing day dealing with a tangled mess that can’t be cast no matter what they do.

Anglers would have a reel for everything in an ideal universe. Because this isn't a perfect world, I usually tell them to have a reel set for the heavy fish, at the least. If they can't afford this, or simply do not want to fool with it, I then recommend using braided line. Braided line offers a significantly smaller diameter than traditional mono, often nearly double the pound-for-pound test. This gives fisherman heavy line on a smaller-diameter spool without giving up a good cast. This thin diameter, combined with no memory retention and slippery coating, makes braided much smarter for improving cast distance. Nevertheless, the drawback is that it is not resistant to abrasion. To improve this, make sure to use a 3 or 4-ft fluorocarbon or mono leader, too.

One of the most common problems we see is spools that are not filled completely. This lack of recommended line greatly hampers your ability to cast, since it causes an undue amount of friction on the spool's outer lip once you release the line. Conversely, too much line also hurts your cast, so do your best to keep the spool filled to roughly 1/8 of an inch below the lip.


You don't have to have a degree in engineering to fix your spinning reel's problems once you learn the fundamentals of reel and line cooperation. Simply keep your spool filled adequately, learn recommended line size and length, and, if push comes to shove, use thin braided line to keep to the recommended amounts. After all, you will have a much better fishing trip if your reel is as it should be.



When you are deciding on which type of reel is right for you, doing the proper research is the best thing you could do. There are many manufacturers out on the market today, some of Penn's most popular reels include Penn International 975 and the Penn 209.

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