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PENN Affinity III Longcast Fishing Reel - Carp, Pike and Catfish Big Pit Style Long Distance Reel

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Some sort of emcast handle prob cheapest though needs be the right colour to complement the reel. I remember some people on here bought emcast handles for the avocast. Still not getting everybody raving about these reels. They are good value and they don't look too bad, but that is about it in my eyes. Saying that the only experience I have of them is a friend got some gold lipped ones on a whim instead of his Basiairs. 1 broke and the other 2 didn't stay on there long I don't think it matters where anything is made, if its made right. I believe the daiwa entoh is a Japan made reel, and the set I bought last year were nowhere near as well made as the affinity they replaced, or the new ones I've got now and i dont want to read about daiwa rods ive had a truly bad weekend two reels went walkies from my car and ive done this to one of my infinities

Ive just tried my daiwa spod reel handle, fits spot on, only thing is it got a bit of silver on, but all folds nicely, and can still use spod reel with penn handle on.Wether pure fishing, or whoever distributes them, will be able to help with spare parts in the future is debatable; especially as the European carp market must be minuscule in comparison to the USA and Oceania market they also flood with new models all the time. The latest addition to this popular range, offering you the very best in build quality and materials . A big pit large capacity design allowing you to cast and fish at serious distances. Built to cope with the demands of modern day carp fishing, incorporating the reliable HT-100 full carbon drag system and a ultra strong titanium mainshaft. Further weight savings have been made with lightweight machined aluminium carbon spools and even a custom carbon carbon handle grip. Additional nice touches include two line clips allowing you to clip up to and accurately fish different spots at different distances.

What is your take on the performance of the Penn Conrad? Because i am at my wits end trying to figure out where abouts the other reels i have owned are any better, and cost 3-4 times as much. Ive got the 7000 size ones had them a year now and they've been faultless that much so I prefer them to my shimannos better reel imho


Mine have been used and abused week in week out for years and are still perfect, done zero maintenance on them. To help the reel cast further than any other Penn has fitted the Affinity LC 8000 with a long tapered spool. Forged from aluminium, this spool is able to reel line off in large, high-speed, coils. This ensures that maximum momentum is maintain throughout the cast, enabling the line reach out as far as possible – all without the risk of tangles. The spool is also slow oscillating. This ensures you get perfect line lay on the retrieve which, in turn, sets the reel up perfectly for the next cast. Everything about the Penn Affinity LC 8000 spool has been designed to get you those vital extra few meters with each cast. I have got the 8000 version and have used them fishing in cape verde for sharks and they coped fine where are another reel sounds like a coffee grinder now after 2 weeks use there. Hey Jon, just replied on the other thread pal, you only just reminded me about that other thread when o read this post. Any advice or help allways apreciated mate, no offence intended Of course daiwa or shimano won't be losing any sleep, they are highly established in the carp anglers market. But i don't get how so many users of the Penn' can be wrong in terms of their performance.

After sales service is second to none and Penn actually hold the record for the most reels sold for a particular model and the longest running model that remains unchanged. (The spinfisher, released in 1961 and still sold). And the old daiwa reels that are still in production and costly for the ‘technology’ are expensive because they’re not built to fall apart, are incredibly well supported with spares from the manufacturer and won’t be obsolete in a few years like Penn seem to be doing. As Ian just pointed out mate, they’re certainly capable. The issues arise if and when you do something stupid and break one, or one develops a fault (even the best product can have a few lemons slip through) with no spares available.The new way of thinking seems to be that big spools are not as fundamental for big casts as we first thought, and line diameter is more relevant. I may be wrong though Talk about rose tinted spectacles..........They don't look bad but the handle is RATS. Sorry but just not convinced

Given the two small retaining screws holding the reel handles on, I can't imagine it's much effort to pop these off. You'd just have to find the correct bore wooden handle and maybe centre spindle bit. the paddle shape could work its that grippy stuff on it but its enough to make me think maybe i would not buy them And the same is true for the shimanos were are the new ones made all mine are the old japanese ones. The penns I own are korean made and chinese made. Afterall you say yourself there's 'hardly any difference' between any reels. So why are they double the price of a reel renowned for longevity and faultless service?

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just read that reply ,, i,ve just messaged them asking the length of 'hexagonal' shaft ,,, they have 2 sizes listed too 16 x 5 cm and 14 x 4.5cm If they had bodies machined from a solid Titanium Billet, Timken Taper Roller Bearing on the Pinions, Phospor Bronze Gearing etc............ I could understand the price. You are right. It would have to be drilled out, popped the logo cap off of the handle and there is no way to undo it apart from drill it

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