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The Penn Pursuit III spinning reel, is a high value for money, budget reel. The reel is very durable, but it’s best attribute is it’s incredible high end drag system.

The Pursuit III is constructed from a very lightweight graphite body, which makes it very corrosion resistant. It also features the incredibly smooth, and immensely popular HT-100 drag system from Penn. It is this drag system alone, that makes this reel one of the best value for money budget reels on the market today.

The reel comes in 6 sizes starting from 2500 up to 8000. So there is a size available for nearly every anglers fishing needs.

Penn has also included their Instant Anti-Reverse system to eliminate any back play. This allows for some really solid instant hooks ups. With 4 shielded stainless ball bearings, this reel has a really smooth retrieve.

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Pursuit III Technical Specifications:

  • Stainless Steel Main Shaft,
  • 4 Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings,
  • 1 Instant Anti-Ball Bearing,
  • Infinite Anti-Reverse,
  • HT-100 Drag System,
  • Bail System Constructed With Thick Bail Wire,
  • Bushing In Bail Roller,
  • Braid,
  • Machined & Anodized Aluminum Spool,
  • Braid Ready,
  • Line Capacity Rings,
  • Lightweight & Corrosion Resistant Graphite Body,
  • Aluminum Sideplate,
  • Graphite Rotor,
  • Paddle Knob (3000-4000 only),
  • Football Mini Knob (5000-6000 only),
  • Football Junior Knob (8000 only)
Model NumberMono Capacity yd/lbBraid Capacity yd/lbBearing CountMax Drag lb/kgGear RatioRetrieve RateReel SizeDrag TypeColorWeight (oz)Reel Handle Position
PURIII2500255/6 175/8 140/10240/10 220/15 160/20510lb | 4.5kg6.2:133" | 84cm2500Front DragBlack/Silver9.80Right/Left
PURIII3000200/8 165/10 120/12250/15 180/20 130/30512lb | 5.4kg
35" | 89cm3000Front DragBlack/Silver11.80Right/Left
PURIII4000270/8 220/10 165/12
360/15 260/20 185/30515lb | 6.8kg6.2:137" | 94cm4000Front DragBlack/Silver12.40Right/Left
PURIII5000225/12 200/15 135/20420/20 300/30 240/40520lb | 9.0kg5.6:136" | 91cm5000Front DragBlack/Silver19.70Right/Left
PURIII6000335/15 230/20 210/25490/30 390/40 335/50520lb | 9.0kg5.6:141" | 104cm6000Front DragBlack/Silver21.40Right/Left
PURIII8000340/20 310/25 230/30475/50 390/65 345/80525lb | 11.3kg5.3:143" | 109 cm8000Front DragBlack/Silver29.10Right/Left

Our Review:

It is not very often that you get a budget fishing reel, that is of any real quality. Most reels below $60-$70 do become a bit cheap and nasty. Penn has managed to smash that problem out of the park.

The inclusion of Penn’s HT-100 drag system, is a real game changer. This a quality, reliable and very popular drag system. Adding this drag system to the Pursuit III has made it one of the best, if not the best budget fishing reel on the market.

There is huge value for money purchasing one of these reels. And it will perform just like many higher priced reels. These reels have the power and reliability to be used across a wide range of fishing applications. They can be used in both fresh and saltwater, and there is a reel size for nearly every one.

These reels are just at home catching small freshwater species, right up to small game fish and big bass. So if you need some quality and reliability, yet are limited to a budget. Then we highly recommend that you check out Pursuit III.

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