Fishing & Boating News

PENN's New LD Series Reels Offer Smooth, Dependable Lever Drag Performance For Battling Tough GameFish


(11/15/2000 - Philadelphia, PA) When you take on hard-fighting gamefish like cobia, kings, tarpon and tuna, you need a rugged, lightweight reel with a smooth, precise drag system, plus the power to bring these saltwater bruisers to the boat. That's exactly what Penn had in mind when designing its new-for-2001 LD Series models.

Offering the proven performance of Penn's world-renowned International® style lever drag system, the 225LB (425 yds./20 pound test) and 245LD (475 yds./30 pound test) are superior fishing machines inside and out. They feature rugged one piece graphite frames and machined anodized aluminum spools that are extremely lightweight, yet strong enough to endure anything the harsh marine environment can dish out.

At the heart of American-made LD Series reels is Penn's exclusive HT100™ lever drag system, specially designed to deliver smooth, consistent and dependable fish-stopping performance. The 225LD and 245LD models let you pre-set the drag tension to your exact requirements by adjusting the control knob on the sideplate of each reel. While fishing, the 120-degree arc lever allows you to conveniently and accurately control drag pressure through three set stops - free spool, strike and full.

Within each of these reels, four sealed stainless steel ball bearings ensure smoothness and reliability under the most demanding saltwater conditions. Solid machined stainless steel gears in both the 225LB and 245LB provide gear ratios of 4.3-1 and 3.9-1 respectively, for the perfect combination of speed and cranking power. Rock-solid performance is supplied by a sturdy double dog anti-reverse system on the 225LB and a heavy duty single dog anti-reverse system on the 245LB model. Both of the LD Series reels come with graphite rod clamps for easy and secure attachment. These reels can be system matched to high quality rods within Penn's Tuna Stick®, Sabre®, Power Stick®, Slammer® and Mariner® rod families for optimum overall performance.

To learn more about Penn's new 225LD and 245LD reels, or the complete line of Penn reels, rods, downriggers and accessories, see your Penn tackle dealer. Or send $2 ($5 outside N. America) for a full-color Penn catalog to: Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg., Co. 3028 West Hunting Park Ave., Dept FW, Philadelphia, PA 19132-1121.