penn 209 Review

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The Penn Level Wind 209 is fishing real that has been designed for easier casting. This is made possible by the high capacity stainless steel spool that is featured in the construction. The saltwater reel is a perfect accessory used for trolling or even stirring saltwater as well as freshwater so as to catch fish. And its construction is one that features only the strong durable and well-protected parts so as to guarantee a long lasting durable performance, no matter how harsh the environment may be.

penn 209 Review

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  • Anodized aluminum spool
  • Smooth drag under heavy weights
  • Ergonomic counter-balanced handle featuring an oversized paddle knob

 The Penn 209 Special Features

  • Stainless steel reel stand
  • Counter balanced handle that features an oversized paddle knob
  • Main gear features a machine cut brass
  • Smooth drag under even the very heavy loads
  • Machines aluminum spool that has been anodized
  • Stainless steel pinion gear that has been precision-machined


  • 3.2:1 gear ratio
  • 19 ounce-weight
  • 19-inch line retrieve
  • 10 pounds maximum drag load weight


There are three important things to consider when working with a bait casting reel. These are the comfort of the angler and ease of reel use, the performance capabilities of the reel to catch fish and lastly, how durable the product is. The Penn 209 gets its credit from coming with a construction that factors all the three requirements.

​The Spool

The Penn 209 comes with an aluminum spool that has been machined and anodized. First of all, the aluminum used is such a durable material that will serve generations before disintegrating. Aluminum in itself isn’t as susceptible to rust as is the case with steel and iron. Lastly, aluminum is a lightweight material. As a result, even before working on it, you have a durable lightweight material for a spool. This considerable reduces the weight of the reel as it improves the durability.

Machining the aluminum is necessary so as to make the product smooth and comfortable to hold. Machined metals are also generally more attractive to look at. Above all, machining the aluminum hardens this piece of metal thus a more durable material is provided.

Aluminum anodizing on the other side is a special way of giving the spool a special coat. The resultant coat boosts the durability of the spool even further. There will be no cases of rust as well as reduced instances of scratches etc. saltwater is shielded away from the spool’s construction material thereby reducing the possibilities of reactions that are known to reduce the life of metals. In other words, the model’s spool has been engineered for maximum durability.

​The Reel Stand

Aluminum could still have been used but due to the fact that aluminum easily bends, stainless steel had to be chosen for the stand. Stainless steel is equally durable, but the only downside is that it is a bit heavy when compared to aluminum.

The Gear

The main gear has also been engineered for durability. It features brass, which is also a very lightweight but durable material. On the other hand, the pinion gear features a precision machined stainless steel material

The Handle

It has been counter-balance designed with an oversized paddle knob. These two construction technologies ensure that reeling is easy and comfortable. In other words, the handle features one of the best ergonomic designs you will get in a bait casting reel.

In summary, the Penn 209 review brings out something clearly; that the product has been designed and constructed for durability. What about performance then?

Performance of the Penn 209

The product comes with a 3.2:1 gear ration and a maximum drag force rating of 10 pounds. It is extremely efficient when it comes to all the fishing activities that a reel can do. All the exciting features above have been factored in to ensure that the reel is able to bear a heavy load as well as with standing the worst outdoor wear and tear. And with easy and better handling, your bait catching experience with this accessory will not only be easy but also interesting.

Benefits and Drawbacks


  • Ergonomics:

    The accessory comes with a counter-balanced handle that has been designed with an oversized paddle knob on it. This makes it for easy and comfortable to handle the reel. As a result, fishing becomes less strenuous
  • Efficiency:

    It comes with different excellent materials which have skillfully been joined together to produce a fishing reel that produced smooth performances even when subjected to heavy loads.
  • Durable Construction:

    Not only are the selected materials durable for use even under saltwater conditions, but the construction and finishing processes are also such that the ultimate durability of the accessory is boosted even further.
  • Performance:

    One unique performance the reel comes with is its ability to stir water thereby greatly luring fish towards it. This is exactly where you want the fish to be.


  • Its weight limit is quite low thus limiting you to the kinds of fish you can catch

This is a great product for many customers, especially when they compare it to the products within its price range, as well as those which are a bit pricier than it is. In overall, the majority of the users have been pleased with what it can produce.
The only challenge comes in the weight capacity. Some users would really have wanted to catch heavier fish than the

10-pound limit. Those who have tried going beyond this limit have ended up being almost spooled into the waters. Overall, it is a great investment and one of the best baitcasting reels for the buck.

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Before you started reading this review, you probably didn’t know what to expect. Probably you had despised this product. But I bet that this Penn 209 review has now changed your perception of the product and has given you a better understanding of this durable and performance centered fishing accessory. In a nutshell, the Penn 209 is one of the best baitcasting reels you will find on the market.

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