Penn Prevail Surf Rod Review [2022 Update]

Updated on August 29, 2022 by

Are you planning to head to your favorite spot and do some surfcasting but don’t have the perfect fishing rod? Maybe the Penn Prevail will suit your purposes.

In this article, I am going to review one of the most popular fishing rods from the well-known brand Penn. I will discuss everything about this product, from its features to its pros and cons. At the end of this Penn Prevail Rod review, you’ll be able to decide whether or not this rod is for you. So, let’s dive in.

Penn Prevail Surf Rod

Penn Prevail Surf Rod Review [2022 Update] 1
  • High Modulus Graphite Blank
  • Fuji Stainless Steel Guides
  • Carbon Fiber Shield
  • X-Wrap Shrink Tube

Penn Prevail Rod Review

Penn is a well-known brand that has been manufacturing amazing quality fishing products since 1932. It is a highly trusted and familiar name in the fishing industry. Their products are affordable and are great for entry-level anglers who are not willing to spend a lot. This is true of the Prevail fishing rod which was launched as an entry-level rod back in the year 2012.

The Penn Prevail rod is constructed from high-grade graphite composite material where it gets the sensitivity from the graphite and strength and durability from the carbon fiber. Both of these qualities are very important for a fishing rod to have, especially for a long surf rod where I have found that sensitivity is important for timing your strike and strength is crucial to applying tension to land your fish.

Both of these materials are very common in modern fishing rods. Another reason I prefer graphite materials is that they keep the rod lighter while still being durable. The Penn Prevail is no different, it is very lightweight for its size and is pretty durable.

The only downside from my experience is that graphite rods are more vulnerable to impact damage compared with full fiberglass, so make sure you secure it properly in your truck during transport.

Finally, when the rod blank is combined with the stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts, it becomes longer-lasting and more corrosion resistant. If you take care of this rod it will surely last for years, even when being used in saltwater applications.

Penn Prevail Rod Review
Penn Prevail 3-Piece Surf Rod

Key Features
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Carbon Fiber vs Graphite Fishing Rod [2022 Update]

Made From Graphite Composite Material

This fishing rod is made from a composite material that combines the best of both worlds, the lightweight benefit of the graphite, and the strength of fiberglass. The rod is easy to carry around and doesn’t take much space thanks to its 2 or 3-piece design. I am often worried about storing long surf rods in my garage but the split design solves that issue. I also found it to be very lightweight from its material, so it is quite easy to handle.

Aluminum Oxide Inserts In Guides

The guides of the Penn Prevail are made from stainless steel and come with aluminum oxide inserts that protect the line. In general, aluminum oxide is known for providing a smooth and long-lasting sliding section for a variety of fishing lines. I am a big fan of getting higher quality guides – I have experienced too many damaged lines from a corroded guide that I didn’t notice. This can quickly become the weakest link in a fishing rod and ends its life far too early. I don’t have any concerns with Prevail’s guides, especially as they will be used extensively in salt water.

Carbon Shield

There is a carbon fiber layer on the blank and the guide that offers extra protection and strength to the product. This woven carbon shield acts as a protective layer.

Rubber Shrink Tube Handles

The rod comes with rubber shrink tube handles that offer a firm grip even in wet conditions. It also makes the rod longer-lasting. You can choose from 4 types of handles depending upon your convenience and the length of the rod.

Penn Prevail Rubber Shrink Handle
Penn Prevail Rubber Shrink Handle

Graphite Reel Seat

The rod features a reel seat made from DPS graphite which ensures that your reel is attached firmly and won’t get flimsy in the middle of fishing.


From the features of this rod, it looks like Penn has done a commendable job in manufacturing this Prevail Surf rod. The quality and features you’re getting with this fishing rod are no less the ones offered by the high-end fishing rods.

If you’re someone who has just started fishing or an angler who only gets out a few times in a year and looking for a great quality rod at an affordable price, this product might be perfect for you. The good thing about this rod is its versatility, it can be used in waters from inshore saltwater to freshwater where casting distance matters.

The choice of the reel also depends upon the type of fish you’re targeting, so keep this thing in mind while selecting the right fishing reel for your rod.

The Penn Prevail Fishing Rod is suitable for most fishing strategies and styles – You can use it for casting artificial lures or soaking baits out the back of the surf. It can also be used for targeting large saltwater fish species like sharks, strippers, kings, blues, and drums.

I can say that this rod is really impressive for the features it provides at an affordable price. If you’re a beginner and learning fishing and casting, this will be a great choice for you. However, if you’re an experienced angler and go surf fishing every second day, this might not be a great choice for you as it isn’t as good at handling bigger species compared to premium surf rods – So, I would suggest you invest in a great quality high-end surf fishing rod.

Penn Prevail Casting Test
Penn Prevail Casting Test


  • The first and foremost advantage of Penn Prevail fishing rod is its affordability. It offers great features at a pocket-friendly price.
  • It is very sturdy and durable. They will surely last for years if you take care of it properly.
  • The graphite composite material makes it much lighter than a full fiberglass alternative, which can get very heavy, especially at the longer lengths.
  • The high-quality guides are corrosion-resistant and won’t damage your line after a few years of use.


  • Although it claims that the reel is firm, it can still get flimsy when you target the big fish.
  • There are some better alternatives for experienced anglers who are targeting large gamefish.
  • 2 and 3 piece designs can reduce the sensitivity to strike if you are looking to target small species like sand whiting.

Penn Prevail Surf Rod

Penn Prevail Surf Rod Review [2022 Update] 1
  • High Modulus Graphite Blank
  • Fuji Stainless Steel Guides
  • Carbon Fiber Shield
  • X-Wrap Shrink Tube

Penn Prevail Rod Video Review


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Penn Prevail Fishing Rod is great for fishing enthusiasts who aren’t willing to go surfcasting regularly and not willing to spend a lot on a premium fishing rod. It loads quickly and offers a great grip. It is corrosion-resistant and will handle saltwater conditions for years to come. You’ll be able to catch your favorite fish without too much effort. If you’re just starting over, go for it!

Happy fishing!

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Captain Russ Egan

Captain 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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