Since 1932, the Penn Fishing Tackle Company has been making quality reels, rods and other fishing tackle. It's particularly noted for making saltwater fishing reels that can stand up to the harsh marine environment and its fearsome fighters.
Penn Battle II Spinning Reels are no exception. Built like tanks but surprisingly affordable, the lineup of Penn Battle 2 reels includes versions that can handle everything from perch and snapper to cow bass and alligator blues.
Even though it's tough, this reel is a smooth operator. The Battle II has 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.
Choose from versions including the Penn Battle 4000, which can hold 270 yards of 8-pound mono, and the Penn Battle 8000, which can spool up 340 yards of 20-pound-test monofilament. For a great Penn Battle 5000 deal or any of its cousins, look no further than TackleDirect.
For the money this reel rocks. I was trying to run a Fierce ii for a long time, but those kept breaking. Finally stepped "up" to this reel and I'm so glad I did. Primarily used for catching bait from my kayak, but I and others have used it for jigging off kayaks here in Hawaii. Won't break the bank, and so far I'm not sure if it will break at all.
ProsCost effective, reliability.
ConsFor what I'm using it for, I have no complaints
By Bobby A.
Penn BTL 3000
February 15, 2021
Great reel Good action
December 16, 2020
doing great so far no problems with it
By Keith R.
November 8, 2020
Great reel for light tackle fishing
Great reels for Chesapeake Bay fishing.
November 2, 2020
I have 2 Penn Battle II (2500 & 3000) on Ugly Stick Lite Pro rods! Can't beat the combo!
ProsHT-100 drag is fantastic!
By Lao T.
River edge, NJ
November 1, 2020
I bought the Battle II 6000, and have been using it almost once a week for porgy, sea bass, fluke and now stripers, almost everything the sea has to offer here in North Jersey. I even tried it for cod in 150 feet water off Rhode Island. The reel is smooth and tough, with zero problem. I bought a Battle III, and will try to see if there is any difference.
Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic Little Reel Puts The Heat on Big Fish
October 31, 2020
I have one of these badass little reels filled up with 30lb powerpro. I use this reel every time I visit Florida for all of my inshore fishing needs. Snappers, snook, small tarpon, bonefish, redfish, making bait, spanish mackerel etc.... On the west coast I exclusively use it to throw light surface lures like waxwings and stickbaits to schoolie yellowtails and calico bass. I did one local half day trip out of Long Beach last year and landed 4 15-20 lb yellowtail on it. The deckies were casting heavy irons and each got one but just couldn't get the distance or accuracy to present to the breezing fish that I was able to with the light spinning gear. I had a sea lion grab one yellow by the tail and i fought him for it for about 15 minutes. I got the fish back from him after another sea lion came up and bit the fishes face, they proceeded to fight each other as I cranked that yellow in across the surface as fast as I could. A couple holes in the head and a couple in the tail with the meat perfectly intact. This little reel stood up to a 500+lb sea lion and didn't skip a beat! Couldn't ask for more, I disassembled the whole reel afterwards and I couldn't see any wear marks on any of the gears or anything like that. Put it back together and its still operating at 100%.
ProsSmall Strong Smooth Inexpensive A truly great value
ConsIf you don't already have this reel. That's a con.
By Joe D.
October 22, 2020
I have been a Penn guy for a long time and have tried out the majority of their reels. This reel is by far the best value. For the price this reel is made great and holds up well against bigger fish. My favorite part is how smooth the drag on this reel is.
El Dorado Hills, California
So far, so good
October 18, 2020
Fished with it on several occasionsâ€;¦ Leopard sharks and bat rays. Love the reelâ€;¦ Retrieves smoothly/quietly. Looking to buy anotherâ€;¦ Possibly a Battle II 6000
October 17, 2020
This is an excellent reel for the money. It is smooth and have zero issues. I love Penn reels.
LBI NEW JERSEY
October 15, 2020
Great real with 30lb braid with 7/6 st croci medium rod on beach
ProsGreat for the money
ConsNone so far
By Mike G.
Penn Battle 2
October 14, 2020
I love the Penn Battle series of spinning reels, I belive Penn to be the most reliable spinning reels on the market.
Solid reel for general inshore fishing (4000)
July 25, 2020
I have the 4000 model and it is my go to for striper fishing throughout the northeast. It has taken quite a bit of abuse and caught many fish!
ProsDurable, great value, solid drag system.
ConsNot sealed - requires occasional maintenance.
Decent reel for the price point
April 11, 2020
I have a couple of reels at different price categories and this one fits right at it's price point. You can put a decent amount of braid on it and it's over all good striped bass reel
South Jersey, New jersey
5000 series perfect ffrom stripers to tarpon
March 24, 2020
I just recently purchased the Battle 2 in the 5000 series for striper fishing in New Jersey. Great product for calm weather fishing, may not be the best for surf fishing because it isn't as sealed as some of the higher grade Penn reels. I have also done tarpon fishing with this feel and it performed great, enough drag to fight 100 lb + tarpon and made the experience more enjoyable.
ConsWater seal not as trustworthy as higher grade so may get damaged in surf fidhing
looking to try and catch some black tip sharks. Which reel would be best. Im looking to put 40 to 50 lb braid on it also i will be fishing from the beach.
If you are looking into the Penn Battle III for this i would recommend the 8000 size reel, I know its a little more money but the Penn Spinfisher 8500 would be more suitable for this fishing application
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