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Penn's New International® 70 Big Game Special Ushers In "New Generation" Of Two Speed Lever Drag Performance


(11/20/2000 - ) Penn has advanced two speed lever drag performance to a higher level with its new-for-2001 International® 70 Big Game Special, a reel destined to become an instant favorite among serious offshore anglers worldwide.

Bridging the gap between Penn's popular 50 and 80 size two speed reels, the American-made 70 is a new breed of International®. This compact, lightweight two speed minimizes strain on the angler, while supplying maximum power for landing big, tough saltwater gamefish. Whether you're taking on "cow" yellowfin, giant sharks or behemoth billfish, Penn's 70 will provide the smoothness, strength and line capacity (1000 yds./50-pound test or 600 yds./80-pound test) needed to get these beasts to the boat. An ideal stand-up big game reel, the 70 is sure to please the most discriminating long range or bluewater fisherman.

Innovative features work together to make the American-made 70 an extremely easy-to-use and effective big game fighting machine. Penn's new Bio-Drive Retrieve· System combines a new ergonomic frame and handle design, a convenient push button shifting system and Penn's exclusive double disc HT100· drag system -- all developed to let the angler and reel perform together with no wasted energy.

The 70 also features a "new generation" Rotary Tuned· lever drag that provides smoother, more consistent stopping power and greater angling versatility. This system features an extra long 150-degree quadrant for full free-spool, a new "strip drag" position for dropping back baits, chunking or live bait fishing, plus an expanded striking and fish-fighting zone to match any condition or big game adversary.

A new, contoured one piece machined aluminum frame, gold anodized for good looks and corrosion resistance, gives the Penn 70 a streamlined appearance. This handsome, durable frame protects a network of top quality, corrosion-resistant internal components, including four shielded stainless steel ball bearings and super strong machined stainless steel main gears, pinion gears and drag cams.

Like all of Penn's famed International® two speed reels, the 70 Big Game Special allows you to shift gears easily, even during the heat of battle, to suit the specific angling situation. A simple push of the button on the handle lets you select either the 3.1-1 high gear, ideal for keeping up with a saltwater speedster charging the boat, or the 1.3-1 low gear, perfect for steadily gaining ground on the most stubborn gamefish.

Other powerful International® 70 features include a forged gold anodized aluminum spool, double dog design, heavy duty warning clicker and stainless steel reel stand. The 70 can be matched with top quality big game rods from Penn's International® II, International® or Tuna Stick® rod families for optimum fish-fighting performance.

To learn more about Penn's new International® 70, 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 2000 Penn catalog to: Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co., 3028 West Hunting Park Ave., Dept. P, Philadelphia, PA 19132-1121. Phone: (215) 229-9415. Fax: (215) 223-3017.

Good Fishing!