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    Penn reels

    Does anyone have any experience with a model 710 or 712 green reels?
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    Greenies came before the black and gold reels, but are essentially similar. I've used mostly the black and gold. The long-time striped bass record from shore of 78 lbs was caught on a 710, for what that's worth.

    "And yes I recall the reel was a 710-- but I recall he said it was on 15 mono... which on that reel would = say 160- 180 yards or so." IGFA rated the line as 20 and I think is still the line class record.



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    I just happened on a few 5 or 6 for what I thought was a good price. I bought a Penn 209 and a sabiki rod with a reel. I just wanted to know what they were worth. Or if I should just leave them alone. I also got a call from a guy with several Fenwick blanks. Thanks for the response

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    I am quite familiar with the green Penn 710 and 712.
    Both of these typically sell for $40 - $60 on eBay.
    They date back to the 1960s and 70s, but are 'workhorse' reels that still endure.
    The retrieve is a little slow by today's standards (about 3.6:1), but the drag and line capacity are quite adequate for plugging.
    Not nearly as smooth as more 'modern' reels either, and the line roller on the 710 leaves a lot to be desired.
    Also the spool of the 710 is essentially plastic (6 year old at that), and subject to split under too much pressure.
    I always liked the 712 better, and the two ultralites (714 and 716) even better!

    Enjoy!
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    Very familiar, sold to pier#r my treasures I never used
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    Thanks I will get the 712 and look for the others. Thanks David and Bill
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    Depending on the action,length, & price , I would get the Fenwicks too for a couple builds
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    +1 Some of those older brown Fenwick 2 piece rods were state of the art 40 years ago!
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    I got 2 one two piece the other one piece. Both brown Fenwick glass blanks. The Price was too good to turn down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coach View Post
    I got 2 one two piece the other one piece. Both brown Fenwick glass blanks. The Price was too good to turn down.
    How long are they?
    I picked up 2 a couple years ago , and fished the 9ft last fall trip, did real well slinging the slot reds over the rail, thinking a good king rod, the other is 8ft and lighter in action, haven't fished it yet both could use rewraped (one day) couple guides have been rewraped on each, plus the flex coat is showing it's age (if even flex coat)
    going to try and save the info tag when I do it(Fenwick)
    Bill..............

 

 
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