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Penn Conquer Surf or Boat reel? What does everyone think? I have been thinking about it and my first thoughts after seeing it and messing around with it a few times felt it was Boat reel due to the hatch and the ability to allow saltwater & sand into the gear box if it where to get dunked or dropped in the sand. Now I have been thinking the easy of opening it and the ability to clean it and regrease it at will without much effort it starting to change my mind. My question now is what are the gears / guts made of and can they stand up long term to the rigors of surf fishing?

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Penn Conquer Surf or Boat reel? What does everyone think? I have been thinking about it and my first thoughts after seeing it and messing around with it a few times felt it was Boat reel due to the hatch and the ability to allow saltwater & sand into the gear box if it where to get dunked or dropped in the sand. Now I have been thinking the easy of opening it and the ability to clean it and regrease it at will without much effort it starting to change my mind. My question now is what are the gears / guts made of and can they stand up long term to the rigors of surf fishing?

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I was just at the Manahawkin Flea market and check out the reel. I wouldn't buy it seems to me that lil swinging door over time is gonna loosen up and eventually fail to keep grit out of that reel I would buy a slammer tried, tested and proven over the conquer . Got a great deal on a stradic 5000 to add to my arsenal instead. I own plenty of penns, Older ssms, and plenty of conventional that are workhorses and serve as my loaners. But I love my shimanos, 4 bait runners, 3 stradics, 2 tekotas, two corsairs , that are my go too reels when I fish.



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I've not actually used one, so take this with a grain of salt, but to me it looks like a boat reel. Here are things I think are strikes against it:

  • The trap door is a terrible idea on the beach. It's a way for sand to get into the gearbox, and the easy access "benefit" is pretty much meaningless. What, are you going to start carrying reel lube in your pocket, so you can service the reels between casts?
  • It's got way more drag than you need in the surf: The 7000, which is the only reel with enough line capacity (325 yards of 30 lb braid) to be suitable for use in the suds, has a listed maximum drag rating of 32 pounds. Have you ever needed 30 pounds of drag in the surf? Me neither.
  • Price: $200-$220 is too expensive, in my opinion, for a reel that's made in China and is not designed specifically for beach fishing. Why shell out $220 for a reel when you can get a Slammer, which will do everything you ask it to in the surf, for $70 less?
  • Did I mention that the trap door is a terrible idea for surfcasters?
The one really good idea on the reel is the braid-ready spool. The spool has a rubber strip in the middle of it, which eliminates the need for mono backing (or electrical tape). This is a terrific idea that should be offered as an option for every saltwater spinning reel out there.

It might be a good boat reel, and I could be wrong, but to me the Conquer doesn't look like a reel that will be good for surf rats. The Torque spinner, on the other hand....
 

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My initial thoughts, that this is a good boat reel seems to be what I have got so far from the responses. I was just curious as to what people thought. I can tell you that a Penn Torque is not in my future any time soon. I guess I will be sticking with my Penn 704z's :D.

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