Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel Review

Updated on May 20, 2022 by

Durability is what will bring you back to the Penn Fierce II over and over. The reel is ideal for dragging and casting with a balanced rotor and excellent side plating.

The Fierce II can suit different anglers with very different needs, coming in a range of sizes and with a wide range of supporting features.

In this review I go through some of the key features of the reel as well as the upgrades from the original Fierce I model and compare it to the Fierce III upgraded model.

There are also some disadvantages when compared to other more expensive reels that you should know about when making your buying decision, but it all depends on your personal requirements – where will you be fishing, what is your budget, and what type and size of fish species you are targeting.

Read through our guide of the best Penn Spinning Reels for more alternatives.

Penn Fierce Spinning Reel

Penn Fierce Spinning Reel
  • 4 Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Versatile Sized Model Range
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Premium Performance and Durability

Quantitative Score

Performance – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Read more about how our scoring system works.

Penn Fierce II Features

The Penn Fierce is a durable reel that can handle bumps and drops – but it does not have the bells and whistles of a more expensive option. It is very versatile and will certainly not let you down when you hook a trophy fish.

The reel is slightly heavier than other alternatives in the same size, but this gives the advantage of durability – you will not break this reel. It certainly fits in the power category.

Excellent Dragging Support With No Slippage

Different fishing situations require different gear, but the Penn wants to offer a Fierce II that suits all different situations. The reel comes in a range of different sizes, with the smallest capable of dragging a 13 lbs fish up to reels able to drag 25 lbs fish.

The reel is well balanced and ruggedly built. The Fierce II is designed to minimise, or even eliminate, slippage when the lines are under heavy drag. The reel features a carbon dragging regulator attached to its head to further increase durability.

Outstanding Casting Support

You don’t need to be a professional to be good as casting but the Fierce II features excellent leverage and torque that provides the rotor with excellent casting support. The reel is a good one to cast with, thanks to the Fierce II’s balance and line-lay.

Stunning Metal Body 

Penn are known for their well-built reels, and the Fierce II is no exception. It has a metal body and side plating that are perfect for salt-water fishing. The distinctive red and black look stands out from the crowd, but ultimately it’s the reel’s rugged build a good performance that will get you using it.

Line Capacity Rings

The spool has a rubber inlay which means you can put braid fishing line directly onto the spool without needing a mono backing.

It also has line capacity rings – this shows when you have 1/3, 2/3, and full line capacity.

I remember one fishing trip when I was younger – I cast my line only to realize I only had used up a lot of line from structure cuts. I only had around 1/4 of my line left and was going to have a lot of trouble when a fish hit my bait.

A feature like the line capacity is simple, but particularly useful if you don’t go fishing very often or go fishing so often that you lose a lot of line.

You can see these red rings on the bottom of the spool:

Penn Fierce 2 Line Capacity Rings in Red for 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity
Penn Fierce 2 Line Capacity Rings in Red for 1/3, 2/3, and full capacity

Improved Paint Quality

One of the common complaints with the original Fierce I model was the paint chips and decays over time resulting in a reel that looks crappy and loses some of its corrosion resistance. The Fierce II model has an improved paint quality, increasing its corrosion resistance, durability, and keeps it looking new for years to come.


  • Highly durable build. The Fierce II doesn’t just look good, it also works well.
  • Well engineered – The reel’s bearing system and the gears should mean the Fierce II keeps working for a long time.
  • The biggest Fierce II reel has a drag limit of 25 lbs for the largest 8000 series.
  • The well-balanced construction means the reel is decent as casting.


  • The device is a bit heavier than competitors.
  • The anti-reversing function of the device is instant and could put undue pressure on the rotor.
  • The main gear is shielded against water entry, but not sealed against water, so make sure you maintain it well, flush it, and keep it dry when not in use

Penn Fierce Spinning Reel

Penn Fierce Spinning Reel
  • 4 Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Versatile Sized Model Range
  • Line Capacity Rings
  • Premium Performance and Durability


ModelGear RatioMax DragLine Retrieval RateWeight
10005.2:17 lb22 inches7.8 oz
20006.2:17 lb30 inches9.3 oz
30006.2:110 lb35 inches11.7 oz
40006.2:113 lb37 inches12.3 oz
50005.6:120 lb36 inches19.6 oz
60005.6:120 lb41 inches21.2 oz
80005.3:125 lb44 inches28.4 oz

Competitor Specification Comparison

Let’s have a look at the specifications to compare the data between similarly ranked spinning reels. This data is based on a 3000 sized reel model.

Spinning ReelScoreBall BearingsSuitable for SaltwaterRetrieve RateGear RatioMax DragWeightMono Capacity (6lb)Price Range
Penn Fierce II3/54+1Yes35 inches6.2:110 lb11.7 oz220 yards$$
Shimano Sienna3/53+1No28 inches5.0:19 lb8.8 oz110 yards$
Shimano IX3/50Yes21 inches4.1:17 lb8.6 oz170 yards$
Shimano Baitrunner D3/53+1Yes28 inches4.8:115 lb13.5 oz260 yards$$$

FAQs About Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel

What is the weight of the reel?

The weight of the device is 12.3 oz for the 4000 series – heavier than some reels in the market.

Is there an additional spool available with the device?

No, it only comes with the one spool. If you want a spare then you will have to purchase it seperately.

What is the drag limit of the item? 

The drag limit rages for the different sized reels. The smallest Fierce II has a 13 lbs limit, with the largest having a 25 lbs max. 

What is the difference between a Penn Fierce 2 and Fierce 3?

The updated Fierce 3 has an upgraded drag system. It has HT100 drag washers and has a sealed pinion bearing.

From my personal perspective, the Fierce 3 is a more durable reel without having many additional features in performance. They are very similar reels.

Penn Fierce II Video Review

If you are looking for a good video review of the Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel, then have a look at this one by Penn:


The Fierce II is a good quality, rugged reel, but could be a bit heavier than some people like. It has good quality dragging capacity in the biggest reels is well engineers and built well. The Fierce II is a high-quality reel and the varying sizes mean it can suit anglers of all different needs.

If you have used a Fierce II and can often your own experience then please leave a comment below so that we can all learn from your wisdom.

If you are looking for our comparison of the best spinning reels under $100 on the market, then please see this article.

Happy fishing!

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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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