The Penn International 12 VSX Reels are 2-speed saltwater lever drag reels engineered for anglers who needed extreme ranges when targeting big game species. The VSX 12 model, of Penn's International series of reels, achieves a range of 24lbs max drag at strike with the capability of reaching 36lbs when full drag is applied. The International VSX reels are constructed with full metal body and side plates in order to keep precise gear alignment under heavy loads and extreme pressure. The strong frame and solid construction ensure the force anglers exert is concentrated into the fight rather than pitted against the gear itself. The International VSX exhibits incredible smoothness largely due to Penn's dura-drag system which delivers smooth start ups and virtually eliminates any hesistation, even under extreme drag settings. These reels are proven to perform flawlessly where others have failed, their settings are extremely accurate and smooth with really consistent adjustments - no need for concern over popped lines and pulled hooks. Setting the drag requires a push-to turn preset in order to eliminate any accidental, unwanted changes in drag pressure.
This reel displays a 2-speed system which enables anglers to capitalize on the benefits of both high and low speed gear ratios. The high speed gear ratio proves very effective when attempting to catch up to fish as they run toward the boat with great speed. As they do so, its imperative to collect the line and put pressure on the fish. Once engaged in battle, the lower speed option provides the power necessary to go mano-e-pesco with the surging vertical runs the fish makes before being boated. The process of switching between high and low speeds is incredibly easy with the Penn International VSX, the push button design allows for quick shifting ability for rapid adjustments on the fly. The 12 VSX model reel also possesses an adjustable clicker that allows for the greatest range of bait clicker settings in the industry. Simply turn the dial clockwise to increase the tension for fishing bigger baits or turn it counterclockwise to lighten the tension for smaller baits or to detect lighter strikes. It comes in real handy when using live bait or drift fishing.
The Penn International VSX is an excellent series 2-speed saltwater lever drag reels constructed from high quality materials, engineered with the latest technological advancements and designed with ergonomics in mind. The reels are strong and reliable designed to meet the growing demand for smaller profile, 2-speed reels which take advantage of the benefits afforded by braided spectra lines. We offer the Penn International VSX in the 12 size which has proven to be a real hit among west coast anglers.