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Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel Review

Penn Fierce II Spinning Reel Review

The Penn Fierce II or Penn Fierce 2 is a quality reel from a great manufacturer that has been around for decades, which is why I have decided to do a review on it.

The Penn Fierce II was first released in the fall of 2015.  Penn has been producing a large number of reels and some of them seem to be very close to each other in term of features.

The Penn Fierce II slips in between the Penn Pursuit II which is the least expensive of Penn’s offerings and the Penn Battle II which has developed a reputation for being a rock-solid, affordable reel.

The Bottom Line

  • This is a solid, inexpensive reel for inshore fishing
  • Full metal body construction
  • Shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Proven drag system

The Penn Fierce II provides good value and is available HERE.

The Fierce II gives you a few upgrades over the Pursuit II such as moving to the full metal body, adding the Techno-Balanced rotor, an additional bearing, a superline spool, and a heavier aluminum bail wire.

If you are looking for a solid reel in the $59 – $89 range, depending on the size, then this reel is well worth considering.  For the additional $20 over the Penn Pursuit II I think this is an easy choice.

Penn Fierce II Features

Full Metal Body and sideplate – The full metal die-cast aluminum body and sideplate keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads and provide for a more durable reel in the long run.

Improved Paint Quality – The better paint quality protects the reel against saltwater spray and chemicals, which will always lead to corrosion if you are not careful.  This was a reported problem in the previous model.

It is nice to see that Penn listens to the feedback of their customers and has addressed this issue.

Techno-Balanced™  The Techno-Balanced rotor is a trademarked rotor design of Penn and is engineered to provide a very smooth retrieve.  This, when combined with the 4+1 bearing system, makes the reel feel silky smooth.

4+1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings –  The new Fierce II incorporates a total of 5 stainless ball bearings that provide you with a nice smooth retrieve that will last you for years if you take care of the reel.

There are two on the main gear and two on the pinion gear, plus one on the instant anti-reverse. These are shielded against water NOT sealed.

Oiled felt drag system – Penn uses its tried-and-true oiled felt drag system on this series of reels to provide a smooth drag that ranges between 10 and 25 lbs.

Instant Anti-Reverse bearing –  The instant anti-reverse is a one way bearing that provides for a solid retrieve without any back play in the handle like we used to find in the older model reels with a racket-style anti-reverse system.

Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire – The Penn Fierce II has an extra heavy duty bail wire that will withstand the test of time and should not warp over a long period of time. This is of importance as a warped or bent bail will lead to inferior line management and line lay when retrieving.

Superline Spool Line Capacity Rings – The super spool incorporates rubber inlaid into the spool, which means that you can go directly to the spool with a braid of your choice without having to back it with mono.

The rings are marked at 1/3, 2/3 and full line capacity.  This is a feature that we are starting to see more and more, with more fishermen choosing mono as their go-to line of choice.

 Penn Fierce II Features at a Glance

  • Full Metal Body and sideplate
  • Techno-Balanced™ rotor
  • 4+1 shielded stainless steel ball bearings
  • Oiled felt drag system
  • Instant Anti-Reverse bearing 
  • Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • Superline Spool
  • Line Capacity Rings

The Fierce II spinning reel comes in 8 different models, ranging from the 1000 series with up to 160 yards of 6 lbs braid capacity with a 9 lb drag all the way up to the 8000, that has 475 yards of 50 lbs mono capacity with a full 25 lbs of drag utilizing the oiled felt washers.

The Penn Fierce II is a quality reel at an affordable price that offers a number of quality features.

What I have found is that if I am willing to spend $60-$70 for a reel, then I can typically find another $20-$30 laying around (don’t order that large pizza this week) and then I can buy myself a slightly better quality reel that offers more features.

The drag system, while not the Penn HT-100 carbon fiber that you will get on the Penn Battle II and above models, is still the time-proven oiled felt washer system that provides a quality, smooth drag that lasts for many years if you take the time to maintain it properly.

You hear me mention maintenance in most of my reviews, as I fish in saltwater and we have to clean up after each trip or our gear gets ruined very quickly.  For this reason, I like a reel that is fully sealed, like the Penn Battle II better than the Fierce II.

Penn Fierce II Pros

  • Affordable
  • Full metal body
  • Smooth drag
  • Improved corrosion resistance

Penn Fierce II Cons

  • Heavier reel
  • Wind knots
  • Not fully sealed
  • No HT-100 drag system

Penn Fierce II Alternatives

If you are looking for a reel that is even less expensive than the Penn Fierce II, then you can always take a look at the Penn Pursuit II, which runs about $20 less in each size.

What you give up is the full metal body, one ball bearing, the Techno-balanced rotor, and the super line spool.  To me, that is a lot to give up for $20.  Read the full review of the Penn Pursuit II HERE.

For a few dollars more, I would take a look at the Penn Battle II, where you will gain the HT-1000 carbon fiber drag system and add sealed vs. shielded ball bearings.  Read the full review of the Penn Battle II HERE.

One more notch up on the scale would be the Pflueger Supreme XT, which is a high-quality reel that does not cost a fortune.

The reel is made of high-quality materials such as magnesium and even incorporates carbon fiber into the handle, keeping the reel strong and lightweight.  Read the full review of the Pfleuger Supreme XT review HERE.

In Conclusion: Is the Penn Fierce II a Good Pick?

This is a quality reel at a very affordable price from a well known manufacturer that will last for years, if well taken care of.

There are not a lot of features, so I would call this a basic-quality reel that will withstand heavy use and it will not break the bank.

I would recommend this as a nice reel for a young angler who has learned how to not leave his/her reel in the dirt or under water.

This reel will not disappoint for the money.

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Jeffrey Babino

Friday 31st of December 2021

Hi I have both of these reels iam very happy with them would love to get a battle but for me now it's a little bit out of my price range thanks

MUTTON manny

Sunday 23rd of June 2019

Shitty gears I have two in hand(a 5k and a 4k )and both have shaved main gears after a few months the cheaper battle series are tougher or just get a diawa bg or shimano stratus really disappointed in the fierce 2 is the worst penn ive owed in 35 years of fishing miami and the keys