Penn Spinfisher VI Spinning Reel Review

Updated on May 20, 2022 by

Penn Spinfisher VI reel is a spinning reel with an extremely well-built, full metal body. It is ready to give you the durability that you need to use a spinning reel in saltwater – be it the harshest saltwater or if you mistakenly drop the rod in the sand, nothing is going to happen to the Penn Spinfisher VI spinning reel due to its enclosed body.

The extremely lightweight frame of this reel seals the gears and also the drag system within it. The reel has a complete metal body. Superior gear alignment of the reel can withstand extreme pressure under load and adds additional control while fishing.

Penn Spinfisher Spinning Reel

penn spinfisher vi spinning reel
  • IPX5 Waterproof Seal
  • HT-100 Drag Washers
  • Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Full Metal Body

Quantitative Score

Performance – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

Durability – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Value for Money – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read more about how our scoring system works.

Penn Spinfisher VI Reel Overview

Enjoy Pinpoint Casting 

The Penn Spinfisher is a specialist casting reel.  

The main reason for this is Penn’s Leveline technology. This gives better oscillation of the line management system giving an even line lay. The better the line lay the less resistance it provides when casting – this gives superior casting distances.

The Spinfisher VI comes with Penn’s unique Instant Anti Reverse. This eliminates rotor back play which gives instant hook sets.

It also comes with the Live Liner Drag. This was designed for fishing with live bait – just pull the switch back and the front drag disengages and runs off the rear drag.

Waterproof and Corrosion Resistance

One of the main features of the Spinfisher VI is its design to prevent saltwater from corroding the internal gears and ball bearings. This allows it to continue performing for years to come.

This is done through its design and materials of construction. It has an IPX 5 Sealed body and spool design. The ball bearings are sealed stainless steel – this is compared with cheaper models that have ‘shielded only’ ball bearings.

What is IPX5?

IPX5 stands for the International Ingress Protection Rating and the particular test that it has passed. IPX5 means that the reel has been subjected to water jets at a flow rate of 12.5 L/min at a pressure of 30 kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters with no harmful effects.

It also has HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers which are present in only the most recent high-end Penn Spinning Reels.

The full metal body and side plate also keep the reel aligned and durable even when under high stress from a fleeing fish.

Enjoy The Smooth Drag

The benefit of having a completely sealed body is that you can sustain superior performance for many years to come. This means that the way it feels in the store is the way it will feel in the future – there will not be any significant deterioration from rust or sand.

Spool Super-Lining To Stop Slippage 

The spool is designed with Penn’s Superline Spool, which means that no backing is required. The spool has a rubber gasket backing that keeps the main line from slipping.

This makes it easier to apply your line and gives you more line capacity as you don’t need to add a backing line on to your spool first.


  • Full Metal Body with Superline Spool and Line Capacity Rings
  • Sealed Stainless Steel Ball Bearings (as opposed to shielded)
  • HT-100 carbon fiber drag washers
  • IPX Sealed body and spool design for improved saltwater corrosion resistance
  • Superline Spool eliminates the need for backing


  • There have been some reports of paint chipping and bail arm loosening over time.

Penn Spinfisher VI Specifications

BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB240/10 220/15 160/20310/10 270/15 220/20390/15 320/20 250/30500/20 380/30 335/40485/30 410/40 335/50530/40 440/50 400/65730/40 600/50 555/65730/50 670/65 435/80845/50 780/65 540/80
GEAR RATIO6.2:16.2:16.2:15.6:15.6:14.7:14.7:14.2:14.2:1
MAX DRAG LB15lb15lb20lb25lb30lb35lb40lb45lb50lb
MONO CAPACITY YD/LB255/6 175/8 140/10360/6 285/8 220/10425/8 320/10 235/12430/10 330/12 230/15390/12 345/15 205/20490/15 330/20 220/30455/20 310/30 260/40350/30 300/40 240/50435/30 360/40 255/50
RECOVERY RATE33″37″40″39″42″38″42″40″43″
REEL SIZE2500350045005500650075008500950010500
WEIGHT10.7 oz12.1 oz12.5 oz18.5 oz22.3 oz26.5 oz28.3 oz37.1 oz38.6 oz

Spinfisher Video Review

For more information have a look at Penn’s official video to see this reel in action:

Penn Spinfisher Spinning Reel

penn spinfisher vi spinning reel
  • IPX5 Waterproof Seal
  • HT-100 Drag Washers
  • Stainless Steel Ball Bearings
  • Full Metal Body


Is the reel heavy?

The reel is on the heavier side if compared to its size, but the weight of the reel is made heavier in order to keep its ground firm in big places.

Will I have to configure the reel, as I get it?

No, the reel remains at a preconfigured stage. However, the manual comes with the reel for the next time configuration aid. 

What is the difference between the Penn Spinfisher V and VI?

The Penn Spinfisher VI has an upgraded IPX5 sealed bearing system so you don’t have to worry about getting any sand or salt water into the gears. It also has HT100 carbon fiber drag washers which Penn has added to most of their newly released reels. This improved the durability and reduced the risk of corrosion. Over time you will see that this reel maintains its high performance for longer.
The Spinfisher VI also comes in a new 2500 series size option, which is perfect for inshore fishing.


What are the things that you usually look for in a fishing reel? Dragging support, line-laying, casting feature, metal body and of course in the balance and weight of the device – these are the things you need, right? All these are present in the Spinfisher to make it one of the significant items in the entire store.

If you are looking for some more info on Penn reels then have a look at their official website.

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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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