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Penn Surfmaster 850

I got two of these last week and got them for 50 quid each off the internet. They both worked fine straight out of the box, but then one of them broke (bail arm spring (?)) but it was easy enough to fix. They cast superbly - very long distances can be achieved with these - more than 200 yards as the advert goes, but I'm not as good as that, so I can only do 120-130 but it's still more than my old reels. Very well built (apart from the broken spring) and will last for years. They are half price at the moment so you can grab yourself a bargain if you're quick. Only thing I don't like is that the clip that holds the line for storage on the side of the reel isn't big enough to hold 50lb shock leader, but I think all manufacturers do that. Other than that - very impresive and definately worth a look. I'm giving these a 9 because of the broken spring. Otherwise it would have got a 9.5 - 10.

Added: October 29th 2006
Reviewer: ScreamingReels
Score: 9  
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Penn Surfmaster 850
Posted by tracy on 2008-12-17 11:47:04
My Score: 1  

I bought a Penn 850 in November and it packed up on the first trip out,the spool would no longer raise or lower and the handle became permanently loose despite my best efforts to fix it.Sent it back to Penn (Scotland) under their guarantee by recorded delivery and have heard nothing and their phone number on the paperwork is obsolete.Doubt i will get a replacement anytime soon,in my opinion very poor workmanship for an overpriced product,avoid like the plague!

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