How to Setup a Penn Baitcast Reel

How to Setup a Penn Baitcast Reel
Penn is a name that is widely recognized by freshwater and saltwater anglers alike. Manufacturing a variety of equipment, the company's reels are particularly known for being reliable and durable. Among the reels produced by Penn, baitcast reels such as the Pursuit are a popular option for both freshwater and inshore anglers. Penn baitcast reels have features including corrosion-resistant bodies, aluminum spools and brass gears for long-lasting service in a variety of conditions. Setting up a Penn baitcast reel is a simple process that all anglers should understand how to accomplish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Penn baitcast reel
  • Matched baitcast rod
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Loosen the locking ring on the reel seat of a matched baitcast rod. Place the foot of the Penn baitcast reel on the reel seat and tighten the locking ring so that the reel is securely held in place.
Step 2
Pull the free end of the monofilament fishing line through the rod tip and down through each successive line guide. Locate the small round line guide at the front of the Penn baitcast reel.
Step 3
Feed the free end of the monofilament fishing line through the line guide and pull 6 to 7 inches of the line around the spool. Attach the line to the spool with an arbor knot. Tie the arbor by forming a simple overhand knot with the free end of the line, so that the loop of the knot passes around the main line. Tie a second overhand knot using only the free end, then pull both knots tight against the spool.
Step 4
Apply tension to the line between the Penn baitcast reel and the first line guide, then turn the reel handle to begin winding line on the reel.
Step 5
Fill the spool with line until it is with in 1/4 to 1/8 inch of the spool edge. Do not fill the spool completely full with line, as this can contribute to problems with casting, such as backlash and birds nest.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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