Continuing his reel tuning series, Neil Mackellow explains how to tweak the sexy Penn 975CS reel.
A CT framed International baitcaster with a powerful drag, the Penn International 975CS is perfect when serious grunt is required. Stainless steel main and pinion gears, oversize HT100ä drag system and a spool running on two aircraft quality stainless steel bearings creates a great package. The two spool bearings are buried pretty deep, but subsequently need little maintenance. A three position centrifugal braking system is easy to use and the blocks cannot fall out! By twisting the flat white plastic cog under the brake carrier you can set all four, just two or no blocks engaged.
Gear ratio: 4.5 : 1
Brakes: Four centrifugal plastic blocks.
Spool end tension: Set spool end float so there is just discernable lateral movement
Fishing tune: Red RF plus two blocks engaged
Pro’s: Bullet proof
Con’s: A bit of a looker!
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Click the tutorial pictures below to see step-by-step instructions.