Penn Fierce 2 Spinning Reel Review
When trying to pair your next fishing rod with a spinner that makes the cut and does so with great flourish, you may want to take a good look at the Penn Fierce 2.
This spinning reel has so many talking, and it isn’t just about how well it works, but also about how it looks while it does its job. We have to admit, one look and we were nodding and agreeing with them with gusto!
This reel has a flare that is apparent right from the start, demanding attention as if it owns the entire range of competition from the get-go. The red and black colors immediately gave us pause and made us have to dig deeper to see if it was all flash and no bang. We weren’t disappointed by what we found, either, and we brought it all back in this article with us for you to get just as good of a look.
Get ready for a great fishing experience and see if this design hits the mark for you as it did for us!
Maximum drag high
High line capacity
Easy to adjust
Not fully sealed
High drag lock
While it does weigh a bit, it balances well, which is surprising considering its build. It can also handle a full spook of line, which, looking at its size, doesn’t seem possible.
Overall, the whole feel of it has satisfied those who have decided on purchasing this reel over some of the more expensive ones.
It comes with the quality wire already in place for fishing, and we feel it should be mentioned that the company didn’t forgo on this just because of the cost. It has next to no real drag on the line which is wonderful and even has settings so that you can decide just how much you want it to pull, and how much you want to let it fly. The only downside comes from the fact that the lock seems to be set rather high for most who have tested it.
Thankfully the protective coating on this model also means it does have one more fantastic quality feature: it can be used for both fresh and saltwater fishing. You won’t have to switch reels in order to keep this one from getting hit with water that it can’t handle.
The only downside is that it isn’t fully sealed, which has a few concerned that it could still become damaged if tested too far in saltwater use
As mentioned earlier, the amount this spool can hold is also amazing given its size and build, allowing for you to have an entire full reel worth in what seems to be something much too compact for it. Each one holds over 100 yards worth and there are additional variants of the same reel which can hold even more, which has eyes turning and brows lifting when it comes to just what this one can handle.
Most fishermen will never truly need as much as this particular model holds, which puts it at the top of the fishing game, especially when the next best reel is $30 more.
Of course, we can’t forget to point back out that this reel definitely has a look to fulfill its promises too! Nothing says you have power like the gorgeous red and black finish this reel has, and it’s a great display of what it means to be worth the dollar both in detail and in appearance. Designed to be used mainly for use with spinner rods, we can say that it certainly seems to be a catch-all on its own.
There are bigger variants, and those have a slightly harsher pull, but not enough to really cause this game-changer to have to worry about losing face. It would be expected, after all, that if you have more to pull, it’s going to take a little more elbow grease to assure you get it all back in. The drop, however, is only by tenths, and in the end, none of them pull at under a five to one ratio, which, again, is a great selling point.
With the proper bearings and locking system in place, as this one has, you can be assured that you won’t get the pull from using it or trying to drawback that you might with a slightly rougher handle. The other plus side when comparing a metal handle and spinner to a plastic-covered one is the durability. Since this particular model is treated against corrosion you are protected on two different fronts against the reel cracking and breaking while in use.
Those who have purchased this reel feel the only way you could get smoother or more durable action when it comes to your reel is to be willing to spend that extra money to jump up in the level of equipment. While doable for some, knowing that you have one that compares to higher-level equipment without paying that extra $30-50 can be well worth the knowledge on its own.
The only issue in the drag lock part of the design it has a high-end area where it seems to snap into locking which has the problem of snapping the line. Yes, we mentioned that this is not as common with this reel, but then when you understand just how much pressure ends up having to be placed before this happens, you’ll get a better picture. Most fish, small and medium-sized, won’t cause the jerking on the lock, but fish weighing close to 25 pounds and up tend to have a much larger chance of causing the lock up and therefore breaking your line.
In the end, it seems to be a problem that isn’t just with this reel in particular, but it is something we felt was necessary to point out. There is also a drag adjustment knob that can help with some of the issues, and that’s a design in the model that has kept many sticking to this one as their reel of choice. Others who have anything remotely similar are simply more difficult to use and adjust.
The inside of the spool actually compresses on the line, keeping it flat, without applying enough pressure to stop your cast from going the needed distance. It also means there is less friction on the pole due to the quick reaction time for the release.
The warranty is limited to manufacturer's defect and doesn’t cover anything beyond that in the end. If the damage is accidental or due to normal wear and tear the only real offer made to get it seen to is by going to a local dealer and seeing if they can repair it for you, and of course that costs out of pocket. That’s the only downside we found in the end, and it is one that made us tilt out head a bit since we would have preferred seeing what other companies offer in regard to their products.
Easy to use
Full metal body
Good line strength
Some buyers have mentioned that they feel if you are willing to pat the $60, then just hold off a paycheck or two and pay the extra for a pro-grade to bypass even the small gap between the two. The choice really comes down to if you feel that it is truly worth it to wait over the one or two areas that could be slightly better or not. In all truth, what we saw in the reason why they said to wait didn’t seem to be worth it in the end.