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8 reviews | 4.6 out of 5
Saw this rod online and jumped on it. It arrived at the store about a week later and is beautiful. Tried it out on our boat yesterday and it performed as advertised while bottom fishing off Palm Beach. The only thing I would change would be the bottom Guide. It really should be a bit larger for the reel I have attached to it. Other than that . . . . I love it!
You can't go wrong with this one if you are just starting out. I like the fact that it is made of a solid peace instead of two. The rod feel solid and sturdy. The only downside might be that the guides don't seem to be super sturdy so I am worried that eventually that might be a problem. Aside from that the quality is superb for the price and its a great way to start out and figure out if you are really into it or not before spending a lot of money on the more pro fishing rods. I will say that you should not go cheap on your reel, otherwise you wont get the most out of the rod. I think spending more on a good reel will give you a better experience with this rod. I plan on getting the Penn Squall lever Drag 50LD for my 6'.6" rod. Eventually I'll get a better one and use that reel on the new rod.
I highly recomend the Penn Mariner. Well built, high quality for the price. I intend to purchase another shortly.
Great rod except the first guide is to small for a spinning reel and needs to be a half inch more from rod.
Cheap and good rod, but the image in is not correct is of another rod.
Never really thought of WalMart for quality fishing gear, but this Penn rod was perfect for what I needed, and after all, it's a Penn! Same rod at a well known fishing superstore was almost twice as much.