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Old 08-31-2010, 01:21 PM
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Default penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

looking for a penn 975 i had the chance to fish a penn 975 levelwind for a day live lining bunker earyier this year and loved it. Now that im looking to buy one i was curious if the cs really has a noticable increase in casting distance. Has anyone used both or even a levelwind versus one without. Im not interested in the abu garcia reels i have used them on several ocasions and i just didnt like them. one was a 7000ci3 and one was a 6500 . Both were smooth but not for me. thanks for any info.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:33 PM
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

I just picked up the 975 levelwind. I have and still fish a calcutta 7000 and just got rid of an abu 7000. I also fished the 965 and the 6500 big game. The 975 casts beautiful with braid and is an all around great reel. I think it's a reel I'll have for a long time. Personally I don't think your going to gain much more distance without the levelwind. And if your trying to distance cast neither one would be good for that anyway.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:11 PM
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

im not planning to distance cast at all .im just wondering if it makes a noticeable difference. i'm mostly planning to fish it off my boat. and plan on using 30lb braid
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:35 PM
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

If i was using it off a boat with braid i would go with levelwind. Just out of practicality, why worry about properly laying the line back on the spool and braid will slice you silly.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:59 PM
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

ive been leaning towards the levelwind from the start . you have a good point on the braid cutting my finger when im winding it back on. i use braid on most of my spinning reels now. this would be the first non levelwind reel with braid so thanks for pointing that out. I was a die hard mono guy until last year so my other larger conventionals still have it and will likey keep mono. thanks alot im still interested in the casting thing but i think ive made my mind up. Now to find a decent priced used one. im planning on a star drag model also.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:42 PM
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You will NEVER cut your finger with braid on a retrieve even with a big fish on if your doing things right. I picked my level-wind up 15% off on the tax free day for $205 all said and done. Call a few shops and see what they have for deals before buying a used one. You may only have to pay a few extra bucks vs used. You never know how someone else treated their gear. It's not a reel that would break the bank if you bought it new compared to used. GO NEW LEVEL_WIND..
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

Bump up to 50 or 65 lb braid I have no problem with cuts. The thinner diameters are what give you nasty cuts. By mid october my fingers are so calloused and hard, braid is no problemo.



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Old 09-02-2010, 04:22 PM
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

yeah i might actually go with 50 pound braid since i have a few spools of it from when they switched from super braid to sonic braid.2 bucks a spool was awesome.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:30 AM
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Default Re: penn 975 cs or 975 levelwind

I had the 975cs for a while. Not happy with that reel. Noisy on the cast and scratches up real easy. Stricktly a boat reel. Avet's are alot better for less $
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