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Got a new Battle 8000 on a Penn Torque 10 ft rod .Ready to fish. so im looking for somebody who has the battle reels, and your opinion on performance.


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yes, you it for bait. i own 2 penn battle 2000's & its windknot city. i now fish all stradics & saros because i got so tired of the battle. i can say ive never got a windknot with the saros or stradic but ive got to many to count with the battle.
 

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yes, you it for bait. i own 2 penn battle 2000's & its windknot city. i now fish all stradics & saros because i got so tired of the battle. i can say ive never got a windknot with the saros or stradic but ive got to many to count with the battle.
I too have had my share of windknots on the 4000 Battle and 3000 Fierce that I own. Maybe I'll try a Saros or Stradic this spring.

To the OPs question: besides the windknots that kayak456 mentioned, the drag is great on the 4k series I have. The HT100 drags are night/day over the felt washers in the lower end Penns. The Battle 4000/7' M rod is my inshore/yak combo. Plenty of muscle for the 16"-24" specs and puppies last season.
 

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Picked up a Battle 8000 last summer. Was in need of a large spinning reel and wanted to save a few bucks and give Penn a try, as I had heard favorable opinions on the Battle. After the second trip out, essentially brand new and caught only one 3-4' atlantic sharpnose, it crapped out on me with what seemed to be a loose part rattling around inside. I have a video clip somewhere. Returned it the next day and got another Shimano...lesson learned. I know lots of guys love 'em, but Penn missed their chance to win me over with that reel. I hope you have a better experience with yours.
 

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windknots .was that with braid or mono.only reason i ask, is with all my spinners i have expierenced that,even 4500ss up to 9500ss
 

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you can only get a windknot with braid. & i had 8 pound mono on the battle & it worked good. i just would not recommend a battle for stuff under 2 ounces where slack line may be involved. i would get a spin fisher v instead. i own one 3500 size & its my whiting reel. yes it gets windknot but its alot better than a battle
 

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Guess I'm gonna go against the grain here a bit.. NEVER WAS a PENN FAN,always diawa.. Well decided to try the smaller 2000 series battle,and have had EXCELLENT luck with it.. Drag is exceptional,have close to 0 windknots,and gears are fine in it.. My son has the 6000 and has caught a few fish on it,does great.. Maybe we just stumbled on to two good'ns??? Anyway have bought 3 of the 3000 size for my charters,after owning the 2000 for close to three years now,catching TONS of fish from alberts,stripers up to 20lbs,pups,small kings,one keeper sized cobe and a couple of smaller ones, spainish,as well as everything inbetween fresh and salt, figured I would give this reel a thumbs up.. You guys seem to be piss'n on my parade though.... :D
 

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i like my battle alot, it is extremly smooth but i have gotten to many wind knows to cast. & yeah i stop the lure when it hits the water so there is no slack & iclose the bail manually. i take all the windknot precautions but still get windknots. not with shimano. the battle i owned was a 2000
 

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Own 2000 to the 4000. No issue with wind knots, gears or drag. I have found the Battle to be a fine reel in small to mid size. Do not fish large spinners. Sargus was/is just as dependable, just without the upgraded drag.
 

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I'm sure there's some user error on my part too. I throw smaller jigs (1/4) and being on a yak I tend to throw into the wind alot which will cause windknots. Also, reeling while the drag is running will cause windknots too - guilty of that bad habit.
 

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wind knots are caused by slack line & improper line lay. i forgot that the battle doesnt lay line evenly at all. sometimes my line looks like a hour glass. reeling against the drag causes line twist, not wind knots
 

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the line roller on a stradic or saros or symetre or sahara is different than other reels. there is a small notch on the line roller that catches the line . im just saying ive used the battle all last fall using various topwater plugs for stripers ( i live in maryland, im talkin about chesapeake bay fishing) & i got alot of wind knots. yes the real help up to 20-35 inch stripers just fine, the wind knots were to much of a hassle
 

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surfchunker your my hero.all ive ever used was penn spinners,i have the same line up as you plus a couple of ss.and they all have braid.really never had much of a problem at all with them,hope i didnt just jinx myself
 

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the line roller on a stradic or saros or symetre or sahara is different than other reels. there is a small notch on the line roller that catches the line . im just saying ive used the battle all last fall using various topwater plugs for stripers ( i live in maryland, im talkin about chesapeake bay fishing) & i got alot of wind knots. yes the real help up to 20-35 inch stripers just fine, the wind knots were to much of a hassle
Have used the reel (battle 2000) fishing for smallmouths with jigs and plugs from a yak in rapids,fishing for all kinds of saltwater species using gotchas (biggest culprit for windknots) all kinds of jigs and bucktails,as well as sandfleas and cutbait on the bottom.. Never an issue.. Not saying it's user error at all,but if your reel is laying line on there as you say,maybe that is the problem.. Send it back and see if they can fix it... jmho....
 

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also used shimano, Daiwas an penns ... only time I get wind knots it is my fault, overfilling the spool, line not on tight or slipping on the spool, not closing the bail by hand, drag too loose, with one except was I had a bail roller freeze up and after I freed it up it was fine
 

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i can understand windknots when their is alot lure and repetitious casting,never really had that problem in the surf.But i have noticed that reels that have smaller spools will do the windknots more frequently.So have you or anyone else used the penn torque rods?They seem to be a really good rod jmho.
 

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My buddy left a 2500 Penn spinning reel at my house like a battle but older version I took it bass fishing and I threw out wind knots left and right even with wind to my back. Before long I threw it in the pond because it sucked. Gonna stick to my Stella
 

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There are thousands of people with battles that love them but all you hear on here is trash about them. I would buy one in a heartbeat. Most sport shops i've been in carry the battle and they sell quite a few. I doubt they get all of them back.
 
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