Battle II spinning reels have Penn's HT-100 Versa-Drag washers keyed into the spool which allows both sides of each drag washer to be used. This gives the Battle II higher max drags, more range, and smoother start ups than the competition. All HT-100 washers are greased with Penn's proprietary PENN grease for longevity.
These are tanks and they work well. They are pretty smooth and have good line capacity. I know several charter capts who use these religiously for bottom fishing and life lining.
Proseasy to maintain, tons of drag, carbon drag, all alum body that won't flex,
ConsThey are heavy.
4/5 stars a little heavy but a tank
January 13, 2020
I have two of these and a 6k. They are a bit heavy but are solid reels. No flex and so far no issues with the grinding or loss or smoothing due to salt water intrusion. I know a couple of charter capts who use these for bottom fishing and live lining rockfish who swear by them. It has carbon drag with 25 lbs of drag that you'll never need but it's there.
ConsA little heavy.
Best. Reel. Ever.
January 13, 2020
This is honestly the best reel i have ever owned in my whole life. It has such smooth reeling and is great.
Love the reel
November 20, 2019
I have the 1000 that I use for inshore snapper, perch, and schoolie stripers this thing has been pretty faithful to me. It feels very light but iâ€;™;m not sure if almost every 1000 reel feels like that but phew itâ€;™;s an amazing reel from a great company
By Chuck D.
BTLII4000 is sweet!
September 13, 2019
The 4K reel is durable, has been fished saltwater for the last 3 years and is still flawless. Not as buttery smooth as other reels on the market, but it's always ready for a battle.
Great for the price, a bit heavy though
August 19, 2019
I've got 3 of these reels, in rod reel sets, and we use them as our casters, bottom fishing and in a pinch have used them for trolling. They are good reels, a bit heavy but work well and a good values for the money. The Fury is also a good reel to consider when looking at these. It's a model down but also less expensive. There are smoother reels out there but the Penns are pretty tough and are easy to take care of. If weight is an issue then you might want to look for an alternative. Otherwise these are good long lasting reels that I've seen in a lot of charter boats.
Prosvalue for the money, tough and proven reels
Consthey are heavy
Penn Battle II
July 21, 2019
Iâ€;™;ve used the fierce, sargus, battle and now the battle II as my lighter tackle and kayak reels. It does the job well, has a great drag and hasnâ€;™;t failed me yet.
ProsPrice Drag Smoothness
Bluffton, South Carolina
Great reel Penn never disappoints
June 9, 2019
I got this real in the 8500 series and love it. Paired it with a 12-foot battalion surf rod. One of my first bigger surf setups I use for casting dates for land-based shark fishing it has handled up to a 7'3" lemon shark no problem at all. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a great real but don't want to drop too much money on a Spinfisher V or Slammer in the same reel class.
Itching to use it.
March 18, 2019
Paired this up with the St. Croix TSRS90Mr Travel rod, can't wait to his the east cost beaches.
By Alex D.
Penn Battle II
March 8, 2019
This reel is excellent, I highly recommend this reel.
ProsExcellent for the price
By george d.
The Penn Battle II is a great reel
March 7, 2019
This reel is a fine piece of work. I was hesitant at first because I've been using Penn 712 z's for ever, but one finally wore out so I ordered a Battle II 4000. It's the perfect replacement for the 712. I've got it on a 7' medium action Ugly Stick. Feels right, can't wait to get out on the water! Again this reel is well worth the money and I will be buying another soon. Hey, it's a Penn, gotta love it...George D.
ProsIt's a well made, smooth and solid reel.
February 11, 2019
Lightweight, durable and all around beast
February 4, 2019
This is my second 5000 size reel. I one for vertical jigging and the second for pitching out mullets at the jetties. Affordable reel that will handle big fish.
I am going buy a Penn Battle 2 3000 for inshore fluke/flounder fishing. Can you recommend some rods that would be great paired with this reel? I will be using bucktails no heavier than 3 ounces.
I would pair the Battle II 3000 (specifically for fluke) with any of the following rods.... (1) Shimano Teramar Inshore Northeast Spinning Rods TMSE70MH (1/2-2oz) or TMSE70H (1-4oz) (2) Daiwa PRIN76HFS Proteus Inshore Spinning Rod PRIN76HFS (3) Rogue SWE 705S Saltwater/Bay Rods SWE 705S Spinning
Hi, I'm looking at buying a Penn Fierce 3000 for my son and a Penn Battle II 4000 for myself - saltwater fishing from land and boat (not going for the big stuff) - local fishers recommend 15lb test mono - can I load these reels up with that line - it seems to exceed the recommended lines but I don't really want to go too big reel wise for my son (who is 9) - probably going to pair these reels up with Ugly Stik GX2 Medium 2 piece 6ft and 7ft rods so need reels which aren't too big/heavy. Any help would be appreciated, many thanks.
If you wanted to use that pound test, I would switch to a bigger reel or use braided line instead. With 15lb monofilament you would not fit enough line on the reel. Another option would be to use a lighter mono.
You would tie your line onto the reel using an "arbor knot" if using mono line, if you are using braided line then you would tie it onto the reel using a "uni-knot" and then put a small piece of tape on top of the knot/line (electrical works best) in order to prevent your braided line to spin or move on the reel. Then, you would make sure the line lays under the bail correctly, shut the bail, and with your drag turned tight start reeling the line onto your reel. When reeling on the line, I like to have another person hold the spool of line I am using (with a screwdriver going through the hole/middle of the spool so that the spool can spin smoothly) so I can get the tightest handle on it, allowing my line to go on as tight as possible.
hello i just received my tsunami trophy surf rod and Penn Battalion surf rod both are 11'. i wanna get a new reel for both of them. is there a size you can recommend for both those poles. i dont want anything heavy or make the pole look not proportional . thanks u for your time
The 6000/7000 size would probably be your best bet on an 11 foot rod. I have a 9 foot Penn Prevail surf rod with a Battle II 5000 and it balances perfectly.
Submitted by:Philip on November 12, 2015 from Swampscott, Massachusetts
Hi tackle direct! I am interested in battle 5000 for off shore jigging and want to make sure if its drag knob is waterproof type or not.Which type is it? Also I heard that its handle is compatible with conflict 5000's.Is it true?
The Battle II reels are not waterproof. The Spin fisher is sealed, but not completely waterproof. It will work well for you with your application. If you want a waterproof reel, you are looking at a Van Staal or ZeeBaas.
Submitted by:Customer Service on December 23, 2014
I have recently moved to the Gulf coast of Florida and have never done any inshore fishing. What is a very good all around inshore and fresh water spinning reel about the size of the Shimano 4000?
The Penn Battle II 4000 (PEN-1333) is a very good all around reel at a great price. Also consider the Quantum Cabo 40 (QUA-0297). It is lighter then the Penn and has a titanium magnetic bail system which is virtually indestructible.
Hi TackleDirect, I am looking at the battle 2500 for seatrout, flounder, and redfish. What rod would you reccomend? I will be using 10 - 15 pound braid and 1/16 oz to 3/8 oz jigs.
There are a large number of rods at a variety of price points that will work well for your application. Here are a few to consider; Penn Legion 7'6' (PEN-1001, or PEN-1002) difference is the handle. Gloomis 7' or 7'6" (GLO-0155, GLO-0150) Star 7' (STA-0172) St. Croix (SCR-0956)
Submitted by:Customer Service on November 24, 2014
Is this a big reel? Or can I use this reel in rivers. I fish for trout in Alberta Canada I also fish with 6 or 8 ib Tess . I'm wondering how much can this reel hold and if it's the right reel for this application
The 2000 size would be perfect for your application. It will hold 180yards of 6# or 125 yards of 8#. It would be great on that G-Loomis.
hi, am going to order penn battalion 10' pen 1374 saltwater rod from your site, which reel is good for me and the one you recomend. am going to use this rod and reel in kerala, india. and the reel must not be too costly. i will be waiting for your reply....
Hello Sharon! For the rod you are getting, the Penn Battle 2 reels would be a perfect choice! They are super durable yet very affordable and would pair nicely with your rod. Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!
Submitted by:Customer Service on September 29, 2014
Most Helpful Answer
Hi..let me ask, where would you go fishing?Is it in in the sea? Or river maybe? A 10' rod may be a bit too long if you would ask me. For Battle 2, I would recommend something around 7-8'. Just one thing you have to consider is Power (Light, Medium or Heavy) and the Action (e.g. Fast). If you are looking to catch multiple types of fish, you may want to go for a Medium/Fast rating rod. It works perfectly for all of us here in Salalah, Oman.
Submitted by:John Martin on January 12, 2015 from Salalah, Oman