PENN Special Senator Star Drag Reel

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The PENN Senator needs no introduction. First launched in 1936, the Senator Series has endured the test of time. The Senator is worldrenowned for being a universal, respected star drag reel. Its rugged design allows it to be an offshore workhorse that has amassed more IGFA big game world records than any other reel in the industry.##The Senator is designed to be a low gear ratio winch, it will pull anything off the bottom. HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads.  Stainless Steel Frame Rings Stainless steel frame rings enhances rigidity to prevent frame-flex. 
Bakelight sideplates with stainless steel reinforcement rings
Machined and anodized aluminum spool
Brass main gear
Stainless steel pinion gear
Multi-disk star drag system for
2 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
Stainless steel reel stand
Convertible power handle
Heavy-duty clicker
113H2 available in left hand

Customer Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
16 Reviews
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Penn Senators are the best slat water reels ever !
My 6 Senators are 40+ years old. I live on the water and we fish 35-40 trips per season. They have caught every thing we have off the Jersey coast from fluke to tuna. Just finished this seasons prep and they are still my favorites and working like they were new. They are the best and most reliable reels I have ever used.
March 23, 2020
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The Penn Senator is a workhorse and has been proven time and time again. We use this reel commercial fishing and it is very dependable.
December 16, 2019
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The only boat multiplier you need
I have twelve Special Senators from 3/0 to 9/0 and they have never, ever let me down, despite extremely heavy punishment in British waters and intermittent negiect: some of my Senators are 1960s vintage and they are quite literally as good as new regardless of punishment. Easy to maintain, seemingly indestructible and simple to use - what you want when you are trying to crank up a conger from 80 metres in a boat rolling from gunwale to gunwale - and frankly one reel will handle anything from feathering for mackerel to 3lb flatties to big shark - a 6/0 or even a 4/0 Senator will carry enough line and have enough oomph to manage: the star drag is also subtle and positive and can be set to find limits easily. Can not recommend them enough!
August 7, 2018
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I have always like Penn Reels and its a great product at an excellent value
the durability and longevity and their reliable, I have used other brands but I keep coming back to Penn, now I have almost completely switched back to Penn, just need 1 or 2 more.
Thanks again
June 24, 2018
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Its a beast
I just got it and it is huge. A lot more than I expected for the money. Penn has a great rep and have been around a long time so I'm not worried about performance. I'm looking forward to deep water fishing. Hopefully this saltwater noob can hang
April 18, 2018
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Great time tested reel
We use the penn senators nearly every day catching grouper, sharks and tarpon in southwest Florida. Always dependable good line capacity and consistent drag. There is a reason they have been around so long. They are workhorses.
June 5, 2017
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My Father bought a Nordhavn 50' back in 2000. He isn't really a fisherman but I knew that we would be travelling over some perfect fishing grounds in the years to come and the trawler's standard cruising speed is around 8 knots (perfect for some trolling. Knowing that whatever Rods and Reels I bought for the boat would likely be neglected in the years between the passages on which I could join him, I opted for a pair of Penn Special Senator 6/0's. I recently made a 9 day trip on the boat after a 4 year hiatus and found these reels had been propped in a corner of the cockpit, in full sun, all that time. The poles they were attached to were shot out completely but I was shocked to find that, after a little TLC, the Senators were both working flawlessly. I stopped by a local tackle shop in port on the morning of the second day, had the reels re-spooled with fresh 50 lb mono, picked up a new pair of Penn Mariner rods, and a dozen frozen Ballyhoo. By the time we left port at 8:30 AM on the second day, were were back in business!

I certainly would not recommend treating your gear with such careless disregard, but It's nice to know these reels can survive almost anything!!!
March 2, 2017
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Penn senator 5 star
Fantastic quality that you would expect from penn. Very happy with my purchase
March 18, 2016
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Pure Dependability
I have had this reel for quite a while now. As dependable of a reel you can purchase. I primarily use for snapper, grouper, and kingfish fishing. Has handled numerous smokers peeling off a ton of line, yet the reel is still as smooth as day I purchased it
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February 25, 2016
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Great trolling reel for rockfish!
I have two of these that I use for trolling. Very reliable reel at a great price.
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February 9, 2016
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