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Penn International 965 Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels Manufacturer: Penn
Penn Model: International 965
Review Category: Fishing Reels

Purchase: I purchased this real for 239 dollars from the Sports Authority in Riverhead Long Island NY. I bought it light inshore saltwater fishing, targeting species such as fluke, weakfish, and winter flounder.

Things I like about the Penn International 965: I paired this reel with a Lamiglas inshore classic and spooled it with 20Lb. berkley pro and fish mostly Spro bucktails. In this set up reel functions beutifully. It is super sleek and tough as nails. The retrieve is quick and the drag is smooth and tight. It has caught dozens of nice and still looks and functions like new. Overall it is an American made classic that can't be beat.

What I don't like about the Penn International 965: I can find no fault with any aspect of the 965, but I also have a 975cs which has a problem with the bolts securing the aluminum housing coming loose after every ten retrieves or so depending on depth. Not a big deal but repeatedly tightening them can become annoying. Some Loctite would probably due the trick, but it may be hard to disasemble for maintenance.

International 965 quality: Overall material quality and construction is excellent. The American made reals offer exceptional fit and finnish. The anodized aluminum frame is classicly stylish and incredibly durable. The stainless steel gears and innards are indestructable. These reals are made to be heirlooms with a minimum of maintenance.

International 965 summary: In a world where cost has taken precedence over quality, the Penn International series defies this trend like it has done for generations, producing timeless classics that only get better with each subsequent model. Many companies outsource reel production to foreign Nations where unskilled labor is cheap and the workers are oppressed and care little for the product they create. Internationals however are domestic made by craftspeople who honor fishing tradition. This is shown in the exceptional quality of their works which are unsurpassed in both form and function.

Rating for this Penn product: 5

Author of this review on Penn Fishing Reels: Lt. Samuel

Date: 2008-03-21

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